Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

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With only six ingredients and no fancy kitchen equipment needed, the hardest part of this of this recipe is waiting for it to sit in the fridge overnight!  It might be my new favorite treat!

What you will need:

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1/3 cup chia seeds

4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

3-4 Tablespoons of maple syrup img_0556

I tend to find it easier to pre measure all my ingredients and have them in small containers. Especially because I can put all the food containers away and clean off any measuring tools and put them away before I start to cook.  That way i don’t have as much clean up after I’m done cooking.  This is obviously completely optional, but I find that it makes clean up easier in general.

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First, put the chia seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.  Using a fork, sift and combine the dry ingredients completely.  Keep stirring until all the clumps are gone and the mixture is uniformity combined.

Next, mix in the almond milk and maple syrup.  Mix completely, until you think that you have over mixed it pretty much.

Place in a clean glass container.  Let it rest overnight.

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When it looks like this it’s ready!

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You can enjoy it plain or add toppings such as blueberries, coconut flakes, or pretty much anything vegan!

enjoy!

Note- if the texture is not to your liking, simply put it in a food processor or blender.  It will have the consistency of regular pudding.

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Chocolate oatmeal with pistachios, blueberries and avocado

 

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I can never get enough oatmeal, and it’s so versatile that the flavor possibilities are pretty much endless!  Okay, I know chocolate, pistachios, blueberries and avocado might sound a little out there, but it’s one of my new favorite breakfasts!

What you will need:

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1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

2 tsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp. sweetener of choice (I prefer Splenda )

Avocado

blueberries

pistacios

First, heat the plant milk on the stove on medium high heat.  Once it’s boiling, add the oats, cocoa powder, sweetener of choice and cinnamon.  Lower heat and allow to simmer for about five minutes, until cooked.

Take the avocado and cut in half.  Set the side with the seed aside.  While the skin is still on the avocado half, cut slices lengthwise.  Take a spoon and scoop out the slices.

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Place cooked oatmeal in a bowl, top with pistachios, blueberries and avocados and enjoy!

Vegan bacon flakes

imageWhy are these called vegan bacon flakes?  Because using coconut flakes as a base gives it such a nice crunch!  It’s smokey,  savory and makes a wonderful salad topper!  Plus, it’s an easy recipe that requires five ingredients and about 20 minutes.

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What you will need-

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1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (slightly underfill the cup)

1 TBSP soy sauce

3/4 TBSP liquid smoke

1/2 TBSP maple syrup

1/4 tsp. paprika

Directions

Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees.

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In a small bowl,  mix the soy sauce, liquid smoke, maple syrup and paprika together.  In a separate and larger bowl, place the coconut flakes.  Next, slowly drizzle the wet mixture on top of the flakes.  Stir to make sure all the flakes have been covered.

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Next, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Use Pam or coconut oil to grease the baking sheet. (You can also use parchment paper)

Put coconut flakes on top of the pan, making sure to spread them out so that they are very thinly lined up.

Cook for 15-20 minutes.  Making sure to flip at least every five minutes and to move some of the flakes from the edges to the center.

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This is makes sure it comes out even!  Watch very closely after the first 10-12 minutes to ensure the flakes don’t burn!  They are thin and can burn easily.

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enjoy!

They are PERFECT salad toppers too!

Three ingredient double chocolate oatmeal

imageDouble chocolate oatmeal really doesn’t get any easier than this.  Three ingredients and five minutes are all you need!  It’s vegan, delicious, easy and another great excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast!

what you will need-

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1 cup chocolate cashew milk

1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal

1 tablespoon mini vegan chocolate chips

Put the chocolate cashew milk in a pot and heat on medium high heat.  Once it begins to boil, add the oatmeal and bring down to medium heat.  Cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Put the oatmeal in a bowl, and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

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Enjoy!

Vegan Easy, Cheesy, Creamy and Savory oatmeal

imageThis is an easy four ingredient recipe for a vegan savory creamy and cheesy oatmeal.  Who says oatmeal recipes have to be sweet?  This recipe is perfect for chilly fall mornings!

What you will need-

image1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup oatmeal (the old fashioned kind that take five minutes to cook)

2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/2 of a 10 gram vegetable bullion cube

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Prep the vegetable bullion cube by slicing it in half.  Take the half you are going to use and set aside.  In a saucepan, add almond milk and crushed 5 grams of vegetable bullion cube.  Heat on medium high heat until it begins boiling.  Once it is boiling, add the oatmeal and nutritional yeast.  Bring heat down to medium heat.  Simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

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(serves one)

Coconut and chocolate chip pancakes

imageThese coconut and chocolate chip pancakes are so moist, fluffy and amazing.  I honestly don’t even put maple syrup on them!  My boyfriend refuses to believe these are vegan.  These are just so sweet, fluffy and almost cake like!  It is definitely a great way to start the day!

What you will need-

image1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons coconut oil (plus extra to use to grease the pan)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

1/4 cup vegan mini chocolate chips (I use a brand called enjoy life)

Put the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt in a bowl.  Use a fork to mix.  This will sift the dry ingredients as well as combine them.

Add the almond milk, coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

imageMix with a hand mixer.  When completely blended, add the coconut flakes and use the mixer to mix for a few seconds.

Add the chocolate chips and mix with a spoon.

imageNext, heat a skillet to medium heat and allow to heat up completely.  Once the skillet is hot, put some coconut oil into the pan.

imageCook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes on one side and 1-2 minutes on the other side.

imageEnjoy!

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Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

imageThese are the fluffiest vegan pancakes I’ve made yet, and they are chocolate!  They were very easy to make and came out so fluffy and delicious.  These almost seem too easy to be homemade, but I know, I had you at chocolate for breakfast.

What you will need-

image1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup almond milk

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (plus extra to put in the pan)

First, set aside a bowl for all the dry ingredients.  Measure and add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Use a fork to mix.  This will sift and mix the dry ingredients.

Next, slowly mix in the almond milk, coconut oil and brown sugar.  Then, I used a hand mixer To blend it uniformly and to make it smooth.

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Heat up a frying pan to medium heat.  Once it has heated up, drizzle some melted coconut oil into the pan.  Scoop the batter into the pan.

imageCook for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for an additional minute or two.  Repeat with all the pancakes.

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Enjoy!

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