Chia Seed Pudding: Recipe with Vanilla and 100% Vegan

Chia seed recipes, such as this chia seed pudding, are all the rage lately, and for good reason. Chia seeds, when combined with water, juice, or milk, gel up and thicken, creating the most delightful smooth, tapioca-like texture that is perfect for puddings, smoothies and other desserts.

Chia pudding a quick and easy breakfast or snack (no cooking required!) is the perfect option when you are on the go. It features nutrient-rich chia seeds, rich in fiber, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s a definite upgrade from processed breakfast cereals or commercial puddings!

What’s interesting is that chia is an ancient crop that is experiencing a renaissance. The little black and white seeds used to be a staple of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with the Native Americans of the southwest.

Many chia pudding recipes call for soaking the seeds whole, resulting in a tapioca-like texture. Another option is to simply blend all ingredients in a blender for a more uniform, creamy porridge.


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Easy Berry Chia Pudding Pie (No Bake Dessert)

This weekend, I was looking for an easy recipe to make a fruit pie. I searched online and in my recipe books, looking at various traditional recipes, but then I came across this no-bake version made with berries, nuts and seeds, chia seed pudding and vanilla.

Since chia seed recipes have been on my radar lately, as well as I was looking for more ways to use my vanilla bean paste from Tahiti, I decided to give it a try.

It’s a quick and easy dessert, as no baking is required! This is nice, especially on a hot summer day (who wants to spend time in hot kitchen!)


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Vanilla Bean Paste (straight from Tahiti, plus the story of vanilla)

I often use vanilla extract in my recipes, but I was not familiar with vanilla paste until a couple of weeks ago. The first time I heard and saw vanilla paste was a couple of weeks ago, when my husband brought me a jar of vanilla paste from his sailing trip in Tahiti.

It turns out that vanilla bean paste is delicious! It is much thicker than vanilla extract; it’s actually a like thick syrup. While the taste is probably a bit strong (not to mention expensive) to, for example, pour on your pancakes, but it’s delicious when added to baked goods or pancakes. You can use the paste in place of vanilla extract in any recipe where you want the beans to shine. Vanilla bean paste can often be found at specialty stores, and you can find it online easily, as well. It can be used in place of vanilla extract in any recipe. I particularly like to use it in things like banana smoothie with vanilla, vanilla pudding (like this chia seed pudding) and vanilla ice cream.

Tahiti - land of beauty and vanilla

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Broiled Grapefruit: Super Easy Dessert Recipe

Have you ever tried broiled grapefruit? It’s a wonderfully sweet and tasty addition to any meal or dessert. Broiling brings out the sweetness and tampers the acidity of the grapefruit.

It can easily be modified to use many different fruits such as peaches, apricots, or pineapple.

I strongly suggest cutting sections prior to broiling. Otherwise, you have a very sticky mess on your hands!

broiled grapefruit

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3 Brilliant Desserts Made From All Natural Ingredients

Whether you are planning a dinner party, or just want to make a special dessert for a family dinner, these recipes are sure to please. The ingredients are wholesome and keep it healthy, but the are still delicious. Dessert is a great way to round out a meal and gives everyone a special sweet treat to look forward to. The following recipes are sure to become guilt-free, animal-product-free, favorites. Those recipes included are also very versatile, they can be packed in lunches for a midday treat or served at your next summer barbecue…everyone needs to have at least a couple sweet recipes that can be made when time is short.…

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Easiest Ever Chocolate Mousse: Delicious, Guilt Free Recipe (Vegan, with Avocado)

Chocolate mousse is a great dessert that doesn’t take a long time to prepare (this version, literally takes less than 5 minutes). Plus it’s great for entertaining because 1) it looks pretty, 2) it’s delicious, and 3) you can make it ahead of time.

The recipe that I’m about to share with you has to be one of the easiest and most satisfying desserts around. It’s creamy, rich and decadent. Silky texture and deep chocolate flavor in every spoonful. And you won’t believe how quick and easy it is to make, with just two base ingredients, plus a few optional to be added as you wish.

chocolate mousse recipe

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Carrot Cake: Dessert Squares Recipe (Dairy Free, Vegan)

If you are looking for a healthy carrot cake recipe, look no more. I found this recipe in the Tofu 1-2-3 cookbook by Meribeth Abrams and I decided to give it a try. It turned out very tasty, although a bit too sweet and moist for my taste. Next time I will use less sugar/ syrup. I’m also going to experiment with less oil. Who would have thought that a dessert may contain so much of a healthy stuff and still be delicious!


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Strawberry Mousse: Easy Dessert Recipe

I’ve been experimenting lately with easy, no-bake desserts, such as no-bake cookies and several chocolate mousse recipes. Since I had a bag of frozen strawberries and a package of silken tofu, I thought “Why not try this combination?” Turns out, this combination produces another winning dessert or snack, that’s rich in protein and low in sugar. You can reduce the sugar even further in this recipe by reducing agave nectar or substituting it with stevia (the herb).


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Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins Recipe: Simply Delicious and Oh-So-Good-For-You

Filled with cholesterol-reducing organic oats, the multifaceted superfood flax, and mixed with almond milk, containing plenty of calcium and vitamin E, these muffins provide an amazing combination of taste and nutrition. They also contain cinnamon, which has its own benefits on top of being delicious, like regulating blood flow and circulation.

This recipe makes 12 muffins, and you can play around and add or subtract or modify as you see fit. I made mine on the thicker side, with more oats for texture, but you can use the recommended amount below if you like a lighter muffin.

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

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Making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy & Reflecting on Global Climate Change

What do oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have in common with the Hurricane Sandy and global climate change? Let me explain.

I live in Northern New Jersey, in an area that has been affected by the recent hurricane Sandy.

I’m grateful that my family has not been greatly affected by this disaster, even though our area got a lot of flooding and trees had been broken.…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here is a decadent recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Some of you may object that it’s not a super healthy recipe for people on extreme diets, as it includes all purpose flour and sugar, and oil, but we all deserve a treat once in a while, and this is certainly rectified by loads of…

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