Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding is the best of both worlds: sticky rice and rice pudding! The unique, Autumnal flavor of Earl Grey combines with creamy coconut milk and sweet coconut sugar for a comforting dessert (or breakfast!). Pockets of white chocolate create a fun surprise too!  

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

OMG OMG so SOOOOOO many things on my mind.

  1. Is it seriously almost Halloween?! This is nuts! Nuts I tell ya!
  2. I had a CRAZY dream last night! My teeth had fallen out! And it was one of those crazy realistic dreams where I couldn’t tell whether it was real or not…waking up was a relief! Um, no teeth?! What does that mean? Well, besides that I’m terrified of my dental appointment I have coming up in November. Oh wait, maybe that’s it.
  3. A friend of mine is going through a crazy, sudden change in her life. I think about her and her situation so often but don’t really know what to do for her because we live so far apart. I guess I just want her to know I’m mentally holding her hand. Le’ sigh. [PS YOU know who you are, if you’re reading this, I love you. And if I’m in your neighborhood within the next few months, I’m taking you for REAL ice cream.]
  4. I ran a 5K for real on Saturday! I swore off running awhile ago to think about my health, but getting back out there in a real way was so liberating! I felt so alive and like I was really pushing myself in a great way. Woohoo!

Annnnddddd….

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

I made this Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding and it totally blows me away! I have it in my fridge and I’m trying not to just sit on my kitchen floor and shovel the entire batch down my gob.

The flavor of Earl Grey tea is infused into short grain sweet rice (which is usually used to make Thai sticky rice), with coconut milk and a subtle hint of creamy vanilla white chocolate. Coconut sugar melts right in, providing just the right amount of sweetness and doesn’t distract you from the true flavor of this sticky, creamy porridge. Top off your bowl with some bright, seasonal fruit and you’re in total heaven. Oh, and it takes less than 20 minutes, start to finish!

This Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding would be an amazing dessert, but also makes a sweet snack or breakfast too. 

Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding
Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding is the best of both worlds: sticky rice and rice pudding! The unique, Autumnal flavor of Earl Grey combines with creamy coconut milk and sweet coconut sugar for a comforting dessert (or breakfast!). Pockets of white chocolate create a fun surprise too! (4-6 servings)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup short grain sweet rice*, rinsed well
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 can lite coconut milk (or full fat), divided
  4. 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  5. 3 Tbs. coconut sugar
  6. ¼ cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a pan, combine the water and rice and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts boiling, turn it down to a low simmer and add 1 cup of the coconut milk and the contents of the tea bag (cut the bag open and empty it into the pan…if it’s not finely milled, you should quickly mill it in a blender or spice grinder). Stir, add the lid, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. After 15 minutes, stir the rice and turn off the heat. It should be very thick and the liquid should be absorbed or almost totally absorbed. Add the rest of the can of coconut milk and the white chocolate and stir (but don’t stir until the white chocolate is completely melted, just give it a few good stirs to distribute it and create pockets of white chocolate).
  3. Serve it warm, topped with a sprinkle of coconut sugar and some fresh fruit. Add a splash of coconut milk if you like a thinner porridge. Also, this tastes amazing cold too and gets quite sticky, so try it that way too!
Notes
  1. *I found mine in an Asian/international foods market. It says “sweet rice” on the bag.
  2. Keep Earl Grey Sticky Rice Pudding in the fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 1 week. Eat hot or cold!
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Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding is one of those treats that makes you feel like you’re indulging, but really you’re getting in a nutritious snack (or dessert!). Chia seeds are packed with healthy omega’s and pumpkin is packed with vitamins, and the whole recipe is amped with fiber and FLAVOR! So go on, enjoy some pumpkin! 

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #fall #vegan

I’m having a few random revelations, so bare with me. 

Or is it bear?

That was one. I could Google, but I’m feeling spontaneous. 

2. I’m so much stronger than I ever thought. Today (Tues) I took an advanced yoga class. I was scared sheetless {<– see what I did there?} to attend it and my social anxiety was in full gear, but my current yoga instructor (whom I would follow to the end of the Earth), told me to try it. She told me that I would really enjoy it because it’ll push me into the poses I’m most drawn to (inversions). So, I did it! And guess what: my yoga instructor was right there taking the class next to me! And I made it through the whole class, sweaty, shaky and so happy! I did it! I kicked its arse! {note: I’m not British, I apologize} 

3. I am sick of texting and driving. I’m sick of the random occurrences that I do it (shamefully), and I’m sick of seeing other people do it. I’m sick of trucks randomly swerving into my lane or going 20 mph too slow, only for me to pass them and realize they’re texting. 
I get it, trust me, I do. It’s so easy to do if  you’re a multitasking superhero like myself. And when you take road trips that last 6+ hours (like I do every few weekends), it’s easy to get caught up in how “good” you’ve gotten at it. But I really am tired of seeing it. I’m tired of my husband reloading ESPN.com to see the games get updated every 5minutes (or 30 seconds…depending on what day it is). 
This isn’t a big ol “it can wait” campaign, I have no horror story to relay to you (thank goodness), I’m just saying I’m annoyed. And 99% of it has to do with other drivers driving me nuts, because I have wicked road rage, but the other 1% is a true fear. 

Just had to let you know.

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #fall #vegan

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #fall #vegan

Ok! NOW on to some Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding! Are you a thoroughly jaundiced shade of orange yet? No?! Me either, so let’s keep working on it!

Chia pudding is so dang good. I’m a “snack pack” kind of girl. 

If you don’t adore the texture, blend all of the ingredients in a blender to get a smooth pudding after it’s set. Problem solved. 

The taste of this one is spot on. Like, dead ringer for some killer good pumpkin pie. You’ll love it. You just have to. 

And do I even have to mention the vitamins and minerals in this sucker?! Omega’s, fiber, vitamin A, beta carotene, anti-inflammatory and digestive aide…the list goes on and on. All of that just from this bowl of pudding. Now if that isn’t a reason enough to shovel this in, I don’t know what is! Enjoy! 

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #fall #vegan

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #fall #vegan

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding
Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding is a vitamin, omega, fiber-packed treat that tastes just like pumpkin pie! No guilt here, only sweet nutritious autumn delight! (makes 2 portions)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  2. ¼ cup chia seeds
  3. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  4. ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  5. ¼ tsp. allspice
  6. 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  7. 2 Tbs. pumpkin puree
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap. Let set in the fridge for 2 hours (at least).
  2. Take the pudding out of the fridge, stir, then put back in the fridge for another 2 hours or until you're ready to eat it.
  3. Serve it up (layer with more pumpkin if you want!) and enjoy!
  4. Makes 2 portions
Notes
  1. I recommend stirring the pudding after a couple hours. Even if you let it sit overnight without stirring it, it will have a liquid layer and a thicker layer or blobs. Stirring it after a few hours ensures everything gets evenly absorbed and much thicker!
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Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (gluten free Halloween treats with Chex)

Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge, oh my! Never leave out another kiddo at Halloween with my delicious gluten free Halloween treat ideas, featuring Chex gluten free cereals! 

  Gluten Free Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (treatswithatwist.com)

I can’t believe its practically Halloween!

I never dress up, but I always come up with a hypothetical costume, “just in case”…like there may be a “you MUST wear a costume” emergency situation and I need to be prepared. Ridiculous. But I’m a giant child so it shouldn’t come as any surprise to you.

Anyways! Y’all know that I maintain a gluten-free household. I don’t have an allergy, but I have a sensitivity, which is most apparent when I’m working out intensely or going through a training regimen. So, although it may not seem like a big deal, any reaction at all bugs me and thus, we feel healthier and happier keeping our home gluten free.

Holidays seem to always be a different story though…you get together with family and friends, classic family recipes are made without updates or changes, piles and piles of candy and cookies and treats get dropped off for you or made in your kitchen…

Well, for all of those with sensitivities or allergies, this is a problem. So, this year, we’re kicking off the holidays, yes Halloween, with gluten free treats that make you popular and keep you included and guilt-free for not resorting to those classics that may not suit you (or your kids) so well anymore.

I’ve teamed up with Chex and their delicious gluten free cereals and have made some spooky spectacular gluten free treats! I made you some Eyeball Treats (how cute are these?!) and Spiders Legs Fudge (creepy crunchy little spiders legs are actually chocolate Chex! And they’re healthy too, made from dates and peanut butter!)!

Gluten Free Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (treatswithatwist.com)

Hop on over to their page and check out the recipe! Let me know when you try them, because I know you’ll love them! Plus, your kids (or those gluten-intolerant kiddos in your neighborhood) will love them and feel more than included in the festivities! 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Chex cereals, but all of the recipes and opinions are my own. I appreciate your support on these sponsored posts that make Treats With a Twist possible! 

Brussels Slaw Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

It’s about time to share a “real food” recipe, right? My  Brussels Slaw Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing is the perfect Fall salad, and with balanced bitter and sweet fall flavors from seasonal veggies and apples. Make it ahead of time and the flavors only get better with time in the fridge! 

Shaved Brussels Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing (treatswithatwist.com)  

You almost thought I never made real food, right? Totally had you tricked there.

I am really excited to share with you a beautiful, colorful Fall slaw salad! Shaved Brussels sprouts are combined with beautiful purple cabbage, apples and nuts and seeds. All of it is tossed in a creamy yet healthy maple tahini dressing! Apples give it a sweet, extra crunchy bite!

I’m sharing this recipe over on KitchenAid’s blog, Kitchenthusiast! Go check it out! 

It’s a super simple recipe! Just a few quick minutes with your KitchenAid food processor and you’re done! The dressing is quickly put together in a jar so you can shake it up then pour it all over your salad. 

This is one of those salads that only gets better after a few hours (or overnight!) in the fridge, so make it ahead of time, then make another batch of dressing to top it with before you serve it! You’re picnics or Fall dinners will never be the same. 

Did I mention it’s gluten-free and vegan?! Yup, it’s a crowd pleaser! 

Shaved Brussels Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing (treatswithatwist.com)

Disclaimer: This recipe is over on KitchenAid’s blog, Kitchenthusiast. I am a regular, compensated contributor to this blog. Although this is a compensated recipe, it is my own and thus my opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the posts that allow Treats With a Twist to happen! 

September Treats Favorites

Don’t worry! I’m not done with pumpkin-palooza! But I just had to take a pause and do a roundup of the amazing September Treats Favorites we’ve had so far. Good? Good. 

I’ll keep this short and sweet because we ALL want to get to the treats (and because I’m 3/4 of the way through reading Gone Girl and I have to finish it!!). Ready to drool and then make something gluten-free and Fall fabulous?

1. Carrot Almond Muffins! Um, yes please! Plus, it’s all about the crumble, right?

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2. Simple Oat and Cherry Breakfast Cookies! I’m ALL about eating cookies for breakfast. These are super healthy and you’ll be excited to share them with your friends and kids…just kidding, you’ll probably hide them and eat them all yourself. All cool. 

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3. Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts! Enough said. 

Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #nobake #fall

 

4. Pumpkin Spice Granola! Crispy, crunchity, pumpkin spice-ity… (think I’ll be sued?)!

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5. Pumpkin Spice Granola Pancakes! Let’s throw that stuff up there into and onto some pancakes! Ok! Now we’re best friends. 

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6. Baked Pumpkin Donuts! Ok, clearly I’m stuck in breakfast land and frolicking through pumpkin fields. Care to join me?

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And that was September! Are you hungry? I’m hungry. Please excuse me…