Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed PuddingThis might sound weird, but I go through phases where I’m completely disgusted by eggs–can’t even smell them cooking without gagging–and I’m in one now. My mom says it’s because of a heightening consciousness (veganism is part of her faith), and that makes me sound super cool so let’s go with that. 😉

Regardless of reasoning, I’ve been in need of easy eggless breakfast options lately. Chia seed pudding is awesome because you prepare it the night before and then in the morning have it ready to go. This almond butter banana chia seed pudding recipe is SO GOOD. It makes for a great breakfast but could also satisfy a sweet tooth craving at night if you’re looking for healthy dessert options.  Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Yield: 2 small servings or 1 large

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c almond butter
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: extra banana for slicing and topping (recommended)

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the chia seeds into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a mason jar or other sealable container and stir in the chia seeds.
  3. Let sit in the refrigerator over night (or at least 8 hours).
  4. Slice up some banana for a topping and enjoy as a breakfast or healthy dessert!
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Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Prep this tonight and kick your week off right by enjoying it for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Are you a chia seed pudding fan? What are some of your favorite flavor combos? And anyone else get weird temporary food revulsions? Happens to me with eggs, melted cheese and fish. Maybe my body is telling me to be a vegan …

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No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham BitesI still don’t have a functioning oven so I had to get creative the other week with an almost-too-ripe banana that I didn’t want to spoil. These banana bread bites are rolled in crushed graham crackers and make for a perfect snack or healthier dessert. No-Bake Banana Bread Graham BitesNo-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

Yield: 10-12 balls

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp honey (can use maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 graham crackers, crushed

Instructions

  1. Pulse the oats in a food processor until they make a coarse flour.
  2. Add in all the other ingredients except the graham crackers. Process until you have a fully-combined sticky mixture.
  3. Form into 1-inch balls and individually roll in the crushed graham crackers, pressing firmly until coated.
  4. You can eat right away or refrigerate for 30 minutes first, which I recommend.

Notes

These are good without the graham crackers, too! They'll be sticky though, so it's good to roll them in something (try coconut--delicious option!).

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No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

You can get creative with these. I’ve also rolled raisins in to the mixture after combining in the food processor and it was a great addition!

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip “Cookie Dough” Bites

Chickpea Chocolate Chip "Cookie Dough" Bites (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no added sugar)These chickpea chocolate chip cookie dough bites are proof that clean eating can still be delicious…and make you fat (I dare you to not eat the entire batch of these in one day). 😉

I needed something to help wean me off my ridiculous Starbucks cake pop addiction (I’m on week three of cake pop sobriety; working the 12 steps; taking it one day at a time; feeling great), so I decided to experiment with vegan, gluten-free, bite-sized treats using no added sugar. It took a few rounds of tweaking—the first batch tasted like…chickpeas—but I think I finally nailed this one. I got the idea from this chickpea cookie dough dip recipe I kept seeing on Pinterest.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip "Cookie Dough" Bites (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no added sugar) Chickpea Chocolate Chip "Cookie Dough" Bites (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no added sugar)

If you’re looking for more of a snack versus dessert, skip the outside chocolate coating. If you’re trying to satisfy a sweet tooth, go for the gold—dip your bites in melted chocolate, pop in the refrigerator to let the outer shell harden, and then say hello to your new favorite food.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip "Cookie Dough" Bites (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no added sugar)

Chickpea Chocolate Chip “Cookie Dough” Bites

Yield: 24 bites

Chickpea Chocolate Chip “Cookie Dough” Bites

These faux cookie dough bites are gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and have no added sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
  • ¾ cup chickpeas (roughly half a can)
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1/8 – ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used mini chips from Enjoy Life)
  • An additional ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips if you want to coat the bites in chocolate.

Instructions

  1. Soak your cashews overnight (or at least for 6 hours). I put them in a mason jar, fill up with water, and place in a cool, dark pantry. Drain the water when done.
  2. Place the cashews, chickpeas and rolled oats in a food processor and grind until smooth.
  3. Add in all the other ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Start by adding 1/8 cup of coconut flour, adding in the additional 1/8 cup only if the texture of the dough needs it.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Using your hands, roll 1” balls of the dough. You can stop here, or…
  6. Melt the additional ½ cup of chocolate chips (I was lazy and just used a microwave, but you can do it on the stove using a pot of boiling water).
  7. Using two spoons, roll the cookie dough balls in the melted chocolate until coated in a thin layer.
  8. Place on a parchment paper-lined dish or tray and put in the freezer for 10 minutes to let the outer chocolate shell harden.
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Chickpea Chocolate Chip "Cookie Dough" Bites (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no added sugar) Chickpea Chocolate Chip "Cookie Dough" Bites (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no added sugar)I get back from Mexico late tonight so tomorrow is the last of my pre-vacay scheduled posts. I’ll be tan, bloated, in need of a green juice and a workout, but ready to respond to all the comments and emails you’ve left while I was gone. 🙂

Chickpea Chocolate Chip "Cookie Dough" Bites (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no added sugar)

P.S. Sorry I went completely overboard with pictures of these guys. I felt like a mom picking a favorite child—I just couldn’t decide!

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