Friday, February 15, 2013

Healthy Vegan Friday: Spiced Chocolate Chia Pudding and V-day Dinner

Yay, Friday.  I'm a little later than usual with my Healthy Vegan Friday post, but I had some important homework assignments to finish up this morning because yesterday was the day of LOVE and I wasn't doing any school work! 

This week was a busy one.  This is usually a slower time of year for surgeries, but 2013 is not following that trend.  So, I've been working a lot.  And then there's school.  And the best part of the week, Valentine's day!  With all of the busy-ness I didn't get around to making a new Healthy Vegan Friday recipe.  So, I'm re-posting one of my favorite healthy dessert recipes from Vegan MoFo 2011.  This is a guest post I did for xgfx.

Spiced Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups coconut milk beverage (or nut milk of your choice)
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch sea salt
Stir together the chia seeds and shredded coconut in a large bowl.

In a high powered blender mix together the rest of the ingredients until completely smooth. Stir the wet mix into the seed mixture.

Let sit for 15 minutes and stir again. At this point the pudding can be divided into individual serving cups or left in the bowl to refrigerate. I like to put mine in 8 ounce juice glasses. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours before serving. Makes about 4 servings.

Chia pudding is one of my favorite desserts.  And I'm thinking that I need to make it more often.  This recipe is really flexible and forgiving.  You can switch up the spices and sweeteners.  If you want to use stevia just add 1/2 cup more nut milk and enough stevia powder to please your taste buds.  You can blend fruit into the liquid.  And the possibilities for stir-ins are endless. Cacao nibs, anyone?  Yum.

Now let's spend a minute on Valentine's day.  I made a special meal for my special guy.  His favorite is shepherd's pie.  The version I made last night included soy curls, mushrooms, and truffle gravy topped with green onion mashed potatoes.  I won't lie, it was awesome.

And I made some heart shaped lemon spice donuts with raspberry lemon glaze.  All vegan and gluten free, of course.  The pink color of the glaze is from the raspberries.  Nothing artificial.  My heart shaped donut pan is one of my favorite kitchen toys.

I thought this veggie Valentine was pretty cute.

So, what are your plans for the weekend?  I'm thinking about experimenting with some new salad dressing recipes because I always use tahini or almond butter in mine.  I'm not tired of them at all, but now that I'm eating at least two salads a day I want to add a little variety.  And I might make some soup with that coconut milk I bought last weekend and haven't used yet.

See you Monday!


  1. That pudding looks sooooo good!!! Have a great weekend! We are going to lunch at a raw place in NYC! Yay!!

  2. Your chia pudding looks so delicious!! Very pretty and it sounds really amazing. The shepherd's pie looks great too and I love the heart shaped donut!! So adorable and festive :)

    Can't wait to see what dressings you come up with!

    1. Thanks, Sarah. Those donuts have been taunting me all weekend. I'm not eating refined sugar right now. The bf needs to hurry up and finish them off!

  3. that pudding sounds really good. thank you for sharing the recipe!

    the donut looks amazing! i love lemon with raspberry. is it your recipe?

    adorable card! i was going to give out oranges with the card "orange you glad we're friends?"=)

    i've been making a creamy avocado based dressing with hemp seeds, tamari, olive oil and lemon. it's a nice change from my usual olive oil and balsamic vinegar with nutritional yeast and herbs dressing (which is also very tasty!)

    have a great weekend, nikki!

    1. Oh, that dressing sounds great! I'm going to give it a whirl. Thanks for the idea.

      I make donuts using the Babycakes Cover The Classics cookbook. I start the vanilla cake donut and add stuff like lemon zest, spices, etc.

  4. I've really enjoyed looking around your blog! My last post to Healthy Vegan Friday was my "Chocolate Chia Pudding" too. (
    How funny is that? We must be on the same thought wavelengths! I look forward to following your blog :) Amy@Amy's Nutritarian Kitchen

    1. Thank you, Amy! I'm a fan of your blog, too!

  5. Happy belated V-day to you! Chia pudding is the bestest. And I love the hearty Valentine's dinner, that looks like awesome straight-up comfort food. And that donut is gorgeous.

  6. I can't believe I've never made a chia pudding. You've inspired me!
    Thank you for sharing this with Healthy Vegan Fridays. Check back on Friday to see if you were one of the Top 3! We hope to see you again this week. You can submit a post from Friday to end of Tuesday:

  7. Hey Nikki! I'm featuring this on this week's Healthy Vegan Friday :) I have been eating so many chia puddings lately and this one is just calling my name. Thanks for saving me from getting in a chia rut ;)

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Oh, I love chia pudding! Can't wait to try your unique twist on it! Have a great weekend!!

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