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! 

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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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Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes are perfect for breakfast (yes, cake for breakfast!) or dessert! A hint of molasses and a heavy dose of cinnamon and cardamom come together with a bit of chai and a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips in an easy quick bread-style cake. And the best part is, you don’t even need a special cake pan to make adorable mini cakes. Oh, no, wait, the best part is the chai icing and the chocolate chips, right? 

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This is one of those days that I just can’t believe is here [noted I'm writing on Sunday, Oct 12th]. Our anniversary. 

What?!

Seriously, a whole year has passed since the most beautiful day in my whole life. I can’t fathom that. It was just so beautiful and I hold it on a pedestal in my mind. I’ve never felt more beautiful either. Well, at least we have gorgeous photos from that day (thank you Elizabeth!) and a big ol’ hunk of cake (my parents have a whole layer in their freezer and my mom said she was saving it to eat on our anniversary too! Cake for everyone!). I even saved the sugar flowers from the cake. How could I not?! 

Anyways! I had an awesome weekend. We finally found rugs we loved for our house. 2 of the 3 were out of stock, so at least we get one of them, right? My home is going to look like a friggin Turkish bazaar. Woohoo! 

We also attended our small town’s “Water Tower Festival”…which in a small town is basically a stage for middle-aged men in a cover band and 1 funnel cake stand and 2 beer stations. Fall festivities at their finest. We walked around the town square a couple times, went and ate dinner, then went home to watch the DVR. We’re so fun. 

Insert terrible transition here…

And so here’s some cake for you! Because I know you’ll want to pop champs and toast to us [right?]. This cake is amazing. It’s basically the consistency of banana bread or pumpkin bread. And it tastes like chai and is studded with chocolate chips! You could totally eat it for breakfast if you wanted to. Please do. And it’s based off of my Baked Pumpkin Donuts recipe, so you know it’s going to be amazing! 

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #pumpkin #chai

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #pumpkin #chai

You don’t need mini cake pans either! Just use tin cans. Wash them really really well, remove the labels, and make sure they’re well greased before you pour in any batter. Mini cakes, done!

You’re so impressive. You’re welcome! 

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #autumn #pumpkin #chai

Cheers! [to autumn, to our anniversary, to 5 years of blogging, to small towns, to cake]

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes
Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes are like a breakfast bread disguised as cake. They're tender and moist, spiced with your favorite autumn flavors and studded with chocolate chips. A drippy, sweet glaze adds the perfect finishing touch. (makes 2, 2-layer mini cakes)
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  2. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  3. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  4. ¼ tsp. cloves
  5. 2 Tbs. molasses
  6. ¼ cup coconut oil
  7. 1 egg
  8. ½ cup oat flour
  9. 2 Tbs. coconut flour
  10. 1 tsp. starch (I used tapioca)
  11. 1 tsp. baking powder
  12. ½ tsp. salt
  13. 1 chai tea bag tea (I used Tazo)
  14. ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Glaze
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2 tsp. almond milk
  3. pinch of cinnamon
  4. pinch of cardamom
  5. pinch of cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease your mini cake pans or 2 empty, cleaned and dried, tin cans (make sure they’re squeaky clean and don’t have any labels on them anymore).
  2. In a small microwave safe bowl, heat the coconut oil until melted and warm. Add the tea bag to the warm coconut oil and set aside (odd, yes, but we’re infusing the oil with the chai flavor here). Let steep at least 5 minutes. Squeeze out the tea bag (carefully, and don’t do this yet if your oil is hot because I don’t want any burned fingers) and discard the tea bag.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and the spices with the egg until smooth. Next, add the molasses and whisk until smooth. Add your infused coconut oil and mix.
  4. Finally, add all of the dry ingredients and stir until everything is just combined. Then add the chocolate chips and give it a couple mixes.
  5. Pour your patter into your mini cake pans or tin cans (just divide the batter evenly between the two cans). Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let your cakes cool in the cans on a wire rack. When they’ve cooled for a bit (at least 30 min), turn your cans upside down on your wire rack and release the cakes (you may need to run a paring knife around the edges first, just don’t shake them to get the cakes out or you’ll probably break the cakes…because I’ve totally done this!). Let the cakes finish cooling before assembling.
  7. When you’re ready to assemble your cakes, cut them each in half. Mix up your Glaze ingredients in a small bowl until you have the desired consistency. Spoon some glaze on top of the bottom layer, add the top layer of cake then top with more glaze (and maybe a pinch more of spices). Eat and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Unglazed cakes can be kept in a storage bag in the fridge for 4 days. Glaze before eating…or don’t glaze at all and eat them for breakfast, because they’re essentially a quick bread!
Adapted from my Baked Pumpkin Donuts
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Fall Fitness Update Weeks 3 & 4 and Protein Pancake Recipe

I just have to update you! The Frisky Fall fitness challenge I’m participating in is wrapping up week 4 (half way done!) and I can’t wait to share with you the green Protein Pancake recipe I’ve been making for breakfast almost every morning! 

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Ok, so week 3 was going great. I was plugging forward. I was waking up and working out, keeping my meals straight and pretty perfect, and I was feeling positive.
Then I think the 4 week hump hit me.

I was in the car with my husband last weekend and he asked me how I think the challenge is going and if it has helped me at all. I stopped to think about it.

My response was positive. I told him that I liked feeling challenged and like I had an active goal to work towards every day, feeding the competitive side of me. I told him that I didn’t see any visible changes in body, but I felt like I was happier because I was excited and making progress internally…

Well, then the next week starts rolling (this week, week 4) and suddenly I’m not feeling as great. I’m so sore and tired yet I’m getting in my workouts. I’m feeling…f…a…t… gasp.

I’m a woman, I can’t help it. But as soon as you look in the mirror and your mindset flip flops, it hits you like a Mack truck and suddenly things aren’t so great. I start the woah-is-me mindset, getting upset over the unfavorable circumstances my hormones have left me in and how it’s not fair that I don’t see results like some women get to see results. Life isn’t fair, this I have been told since I was a small child. I am well aware.

So, I know I need to set aside ideals, hopes, and dreams that are centered around my body image. When I figure out how to do that (and thus win the Nobel Prize), you’ll know.

Not to leave you on a depressing note, I just needed to be honest, because we all go through it, and our bodies can’t always be what we tell them to be [genetics come a'callin].

 

I wanted to share with you a recipe! A fitness recipe…

My famous Vega Green Protein Pancake recipe! If you didn’t know, I have bombarded my twitter and Instagram feeds with my pancake because I happen to eat it almost every single morning. I love it. It’s well balanced, full of secret hidden spinach, dairy free, and really yummy! I’ve never had a pancake recipe turn out as well as these do with Vega, so that’s that (nope, they don’t pay me to say this, I just happen to have bought a TON of Vega after discovering how amazing it is and discovering that it doesn’t make me sick like most protein powders do, and then they gifted me some, because they’re lovely).

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Vega Green Protein Pancake(s)
A delicious lean, green, protein packed breakfast disguised as a pancake! You can't beat that! I use Vega protein powder because it is the powder that works best for my body, but you can experiment with another protein if you'd prefer. (makes 1 serving)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 banana (approximately 3”)
  2. 1 cup spinach
  3. ¼ cup egg white*
  4. 3 Tbs. unsweetened almond milk*
  5. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  6. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  8. 1 scoop Vega Sport Vanilla protein powder
  9. Optional nutrient additions (choose 1 or 2): 1 tsp. spirulina powder, 1 tsp. acai powder, 1 tsp. maqui powder, 1 tsp. flaxseeds, or 2 tsp. psyllium husk powder
Instructions
  1. ~In a blender (I use a Bullet blender for these, so any blender will do), first add banana, then spinach, then egg white and almond milk. Next, add the vanilla, spices and Vega protein powder. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of your blender so everything is incorporated.
  2. ~Head a nonstick skillet on medium-low, sprayed with nonstick spray (I use coconut oil). Pour your batter in for 3-4 pancakes. Let the pancakes cook until you have bubbling throughout the middle and they look cooked around the edge (appx 4 min). Flip and cook 2-3 min on the other side.
  3. ~Stack them up, top them off! I like heating blueberries until they burst and release their juices. I also love adding almond butter, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, or local honey or maple syrup. Have fun and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *if you’re not using liquid egg whites, add 2 egg whites and 2 Tbs of almond milk, then add almond milk 1 Tbs at a time as you’re blending until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. You may notice on my Instagram feed that I tend to have one giant pancake. That's just the way I roll. I love to pour all of the batter in a small skillet, making 1 big pancake. Easy.
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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. 

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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… 

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Baked Pumpkin Donuts are an Autumnal delight, first thing in the morning! They’re baked, so they’re healthier, gluten-free, slightly sweet, moist, and bake up in 10 minutes or less! You’ll be enjoying donuts in no time! 

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I had another one of those anti-productive weekends.

We hung photos on the wall. I hated it. We took it all down. Blank walls.

I painted all of our frames the same color. I ran out of paint. I couldn’t finish. Blah.

I made a pumpkin loaf cake. It broke in half. Fail.

I DID however do a few things. I snipped some flowers and brought them inside, making cute little arrangements for our vases. I practiced some yoga, posting a picture on Instagram, obviously. I ran 5K on Sunday (a weekly tradition now since starting that 8 week fall fitness challenge) and helped my husband pick out work pants (riveting, I know).

Wow! I feel like I have to apologize for being so boring! Promise I’m reading a book that is exciting and baking yummy things for you! Don’t leave me!

So, here’s some proof!! Baked Pumpkin Donuts!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

Baked Pumpkin Donuts (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

I’ll point out that mine are quickly glazed to make adorable sprinkles stick. I’m going to be blasphemous and recommend you DON’T glaze yours. Eek! Gasp! What?!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

Baked Pumpkin Donuts (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

Yes! Please listen. These are MOIST. Yup, said it. They are really dense and moist and fragile and delish. They don’t need a glaze. You can try to make sprinkles stick if you must, but really, you should just gobble these up naked. The donuts, not you. Not that I’d know. Please don’t tell me.

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Baked Pumpkin Donuts are an Autumnal delight, first thing in the morning! They're baked, so they're healthier, gluten-free, slightly sweet, moist, and bake up in 10 minutes or less! You'll be enjoying donuts in no time! (makes 6 donuts)
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup pumpkin puree (½ can)
  2. 2 Tbs. molasses
  3. 1 egg
  4. ¼ cup coconut oil, melted, cooled
  5. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  6. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp. cloves
  8. ½ cup oat flour
  9. 2 Tbs. coconut flour
  10. 1 tsp. starch (I use tapioca starch, but potato or corn would work too!)
  11. 1 tsp. baking powder
  12. pinch of salt
  13. Sprinkles, for decorating, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 deg F. Spray your donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, molasses, egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Stir well until completely combined. Next, add all of the dry ingredients. Stir a few times until everything is incorporated but not over mixed (everything should be just moistened).
  3. Transfer your batter into a gallon-sized zip-top plastic bag. Snip the tip of one corner and pipe the batter into your donut pan, tapping the pan lightly on the counter to settle the batter.
  4. Bake the donuts for 8-10 min, or until your toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool on a wire rack for a few minutes then flip them out of the pan.
  5. If you want to decorate your donuts with fall sprinkles, mix ½ cup powdered sugar with 2 tsp. of water. Dip your donuts into the icing then sprinkle with sprinkles. Enjoy! (Although I dipped and sprinkled mine, these donuts are SO moist that they really don’t need it! Maybe you should eat one (or three) before deciding to glaze them!)
Notes
  1. Keep cooled donuts in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.
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