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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Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars

(No-Bake) Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars -- easy to make and the perfect snack!  | pumpsandiron.comThese are like a healthier, chewy oatmeal raisin cookie. I’d like to say I prepped a bunch to eat throughout the week as a grab-and-go post-workout snack but the first time I made them … Joe and I ate the entire batch in an evening. They’re that tasty.

These are vegan and if you use gluten-free oats, also gluten-free.(No-Bake) Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars -- easy to make and the perfect snack!  | pumpsandiron.com

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars

Yield: 6-8 bars (depending on how big you cut them)

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup almond butter*
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup raisins, separated in half
  • 10 pitted dates**
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup crushed dry roasted almonds (optional)***

Instructions

  1. Put the oats in a food processor and combine for about 15 seconds until a rough flour consistency.
  2. Add in the dates, 1/4 cup raisins, almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and pinch of sea salt. Run the processor until fully combined into a big ball of dough (in my processor this took about 1 minute.
  3. Remove your dough and knead the remaining 1/4 cup of raisins into it.
  4. Press dough evenly into a small baking pan lined with parchment paper (mine is 6" x 6").
  5. OPTIONAL: Press crushed almonds on top firmly so that they sink into the mixture.
  6. Cover pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove and use a knife to cut the mixture into bars. Separate and enjoy!

Notes

*I recommend using runny almond butter so that the texture isn't too dry. **Dates should be sticky and mooshy. If they're dry, soak in water until soft. ***These are delicious with or without the almonds on top. It was an awesome added crunch when I used them, but I think the bars are equally yummy without the almonds. STORING: I like to store these in the refrigerator in a tupperware container with small pieces of parchment paper in between the bars so that they don't stick together.

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(No-Bake) Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars -- easy to make and the perfect snack!  | pumpsandiron.comDon’t be afraid to customize these! You could swap the maple syrup for honey; add in some hemp seeds for a nutritional boost; replace 1/4 cup of the oats with an equal amount of protein powder–have fun with it! (No-Bake) Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars -- easy to make and the perfect snack!  | pumpsandiron.com I might have overdone the whole artistically-toss-spare-ingredients-around-the-photoshoot thing with this one … 😉 signature

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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