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Raw Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ever since everything turned upside  4 months ago (has it already been FOUR months??!), there have been some major changes occurring in my life.

Part of what has been changing for me is the way I eat. For those of you who know me, know that I have never committed myself to one style of eating. I like to think of myself as always evolving (in all aspects of my being). Though Fork and Beans became mainly an homage to gluten-free and vegan baking (something that will not change), I have never professed to be a vegan, especially when I found that my body really did not respond well to giving up all animal products. Every body is different.

So with that said, expect some changes to be going on around here.

And while I am re-vamping the direction of Fork and Beans (I do hope you continue to stay cozy over here and enjoy the new options!), why don’t you try on for size this easy, on-the-go breakfast.  Chia seeds never tasted this easy and so good!

Raw Cacao Chia Seed Pudding (for One) Recipe

Raw & gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar-free

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 c. non-dairy milk
  • 1 Tb raw cacao powder (or regular ol’ cocoa powder)
  • drizzle of agave for sweetness (optional)
  • Toppings of choice (I love berries, hemp hearts, and chopped almonds on mine).

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place all ingredients into a mason jar. Screw top tight and shake vigorously.
  2. Place in refrigerator overnight (chia seeds will expand as they set).
  3. Mix with a spoon and pour desired toppings on top. Take it to go.
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  1. Cara, I tried this recipe and it was amazing. I’m definitely making it again, but I am also writing a post on it… pimping this recipe and your blog with links and all. Hope you don’t mind! I need to get back on track with my eating and this is just the kind of thing I need in my “go-to” breakfast arsenal. Thank you for such an inspiring recipe!

    November 7, 2012
    • HOORAY!!! So glad that you liked it!! I just saw your post too–I like the banana addition… xoxo!

      November 7, 2012
  2. I’m making this today! It’s been on my mind since you posted it. Hope you are well…

    November 6, 2012
  3. Bridget #

    I love that you are sharing this. I admire the vegan lifestyle very much but I too struggled with the transition away from animal protien. I look forward to your recipes and more!!

    August 28, 2012
    • It is just so important to listen to your body and be gentle to yourself, right? Glad to hear that you are doing that, Bridget! Thanks for the comment. xo

      August 29, 2012
  4. Hey Cara, just had to pop in to say that I am super impressed and proud of you for doing what needs to be done with your diet – it will always be an evolving process and I support you 100% in listening to your body. Yup, I say this as I sit here in France – enjoying a full array of foods I normaly avoid at home (*unless I don’t), and am feeling amazing! There is nothing wrong with changing things up – everyday if you like too!! Love it friend! 🙂 xx

    August 22, 2012
  5. I’m so excited about your raw recpies, Cara. You probably didn’t know, but I became raw and veggie about 3 months back. Best decision I’ve made in my life. Would love to share some of the recipes I’ve whipped up if you’re keen. Kisses and hugs. xo

    August 22, 2012
  6. Chocolate is soooo my weakness. I love this. I can’t wait to make this soon 🙂

    August 20, 2012
    • Chocolate is rather bewitching, isn’t it 🙂

      August 22, 2012
  7. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts #

    This looks like a fantastic breakfast – or dessert – or snack 🙂 I have to experiment more with chia, I really only use them as egg replacer and I think I am missing out.

    August 17, 2012
    • HAHA! Precisely! A food that fits into any hour of the day 🙂 Love it.

      August 22, 2012
    • Mary Natvig #

      how do you use chia seeds for an egg replacer???-My granddaughter is allergic to eggs and I would love to find healthy replacements!! marolnatvig@hotmail.com

      September 11, 2012
      • For one egg, used 1 Tb ground chia seeds (preferably white chia seeds, since the blacks ones will color your baked goods) plus 3 Tb water. Whisk until combined and then allow to sit for 5 minutes as it gels up. Good luck! xo

        September 11, 2012
  8. I think I will certainly stay nice an cozy over here to see just what your cookin’ up next – honestly you have awesome recipes but you are way more awesome, that girlie is why I keep coming back!

    I so need to try this out, to easy not too!

    August 17, 2012
    • Goodness, you know how to make a girl blush. You are so wonderful Heather. Thank you for ALL the love you give me!!

      August 22, 2012
  9. And I have this bag of chia seeds in my pantry that I meant to make into pudding a while ago…good timing! And it’s NO FRIEKIN COOK, which has been the theme of my entire summer. It’s in the running to be the hottest summer on record!

    Gonna make it right now for tomorrow morning, in fact!

    Can’t wait to see where you’ll go with the blog. I’m not 100% vegan, either (never was)! Still trying to see what works best for me, as I think so many of us are, sometimes “less” vegan works, sometimes “more” vegan works, is what I’m finding. All the conflicting nutritional advice out there doesn’t help, either 🙂 But, I do love Dr. Greger!

    August 16, 2012
    • You are so right, Dawn! It’s best to listen to ourselves first than anyone else (even if that includes nutritional advice). We are smart. We know what’s best for our bodies. Love this comment! xo

      August 22, 2012
  10. good to see you back! i hope you find what makes you feel best. Sometimes the body signals are messed up though. mine definitely are:) you would think the way i crave chocolate these days, there is probably something called ccd chronic chocolate deficiency:)
    i love all the pudding toppings! i havent tried any chia pudding yet. dont know if i will like the texture:)

    August 16, 2012
    • I think there IS something called CCD! Yes, in fact I just read it on the internet the other day. It says that the only way to cure said deficiency is through MORE chocolate. So, get on it girl! 😉

      August 22, 2012
  11. i am definitely going to have to give chia seeds a try! this pudding looks so delicious!

    August 16, 2012
    • I am in the background chanting:
      Do it! Do it!
      🙂

      August 22, 2012
  12. Alexia @ NamasteYoga #

    although i used to HATE chia seeds or the gooey weird thing it made in your mouth i started to absolutely love them! i just had to figure out how to make them taste niiiice i.e. with chocolate powder or some berries and banana mixed in and topped with all kinds of superfoods like you did! i sometimes mix some oats in it and let them soak together because i still find it overwhelming at times to have 4 tbsp of soaked chia on its own!

    August 16, 2012
    • Oooh, that is a great idea about the oats! I also like to warm it up just a little–I find it gives it a good texture (maybe that is just in my head) but it tastes better 🙂 xoxo

      August 16, 2012
  13. Why is chia so freakin’ awesome? I love it and I love chia pudding even more. Though not nearly as much as I love you 😉

    August 15, 2012
    • Clearly you do not love it (or me) as much as I love YOU!!!!

      August 16, 2012
      • Um, wha? Are you mad at me for not coming to disneyland? 😉 xoxo

        August 21, 2012
        • haha. The only thought that crossed my mind is how much I simply adore you, that’s all!!! 🙂

          August 21, 2012
  14. Chia seeds are amazing.

    Life is all about journey: choice and direction. We are not all one thing and nothing of another. I will follow where you lead, my friend. Anywhere.

    August 15, 2012
    • My god, have I told you that I love you??? Because I really really really DO!!! xo

      August 16, 2012
  15. Is this when I confess that I’ve never had chia seeds?
    And did you know that lots of soy isn’t good for you? I read somewhere that Americans don’t know how to cook soy properly so it doesn’t do weird things to you. Since Asians have used it for a long time, they know how it needs to be cooked. There’s your random bit of info for the day (or night). I’ll join you in a toast to grass-fed cheeseburgers 😀

    August 15, 2012
    • I love your random bits 🙂 ha! Thank you for that… Now go eat some chia seeds!!!

      August 16, 2012
  16. Nothing snarky. Just Yuuuuuuuummm… 🙂

    August 15, 2012
    • Missing snarky… 😦

      August 16, 2012
  17. I’ve never put so many add-ins into my chia pudding. I usually just throw in some berries. Interesting. I guess I need to kick it up a notch.

    August 15, 2012
    • I’m a girl who likes a lot of options 🙂

      August 16, 2012
  18. lb #

    the recipe looks really tasty! guess what’s for breakfast?!
    i am vegan (a long-time vegetarian before that) , and wondering if you would mind explaining what your body did to respond and let you know that giving up “all animal products” was not right for you? not judging at all… just curious.
    good luck with your new path.

    August 15, 2012
    • Hi LB! Veganism was never something I was super serious about. I went vegetarian (which I LOVED) and still ate eggs and dairy. But then when I was told I was allergic to dairy, I gave it all up, making me a GF vegan. My body just didn’t like it. I got these HORRIBLE sores in my mouth from vitamin deficiencies (despite taking vitamins) and was advised to add some animal products. I still prefer eating vegetarian (which I eat mainly during the day) but I also enjoy seafood and an occasional hamburger.

      Thanks for the wonderful comment!

      August 22, 2012
  19. Lovin’ the hemp seeds lately 🙂

    August 15, 2012
    • Meeeeeee tooooo!! I had no idea they are so good!

      August 16, 2012
  20. Love this recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

    August 15, 2012
    • Hope you enjoy it! xo

      August 22, 2012
  21. Hey Cara – I’m a recent addition to your long list of devotees (Shira sent me!).

    I’ll be trying your chia pudding down here in Syders and wishing you some good old fashioned good vibes as I eat it!

    August 15, 2012
    • Goodness, what a totally fun comment! Thank you so much–it put such a big smile in my heart!! xoxo

      August 22, 2012
  22. I certainly hope that you’ve found a way of eating that makes you feel your best. I can’t wait to see what changes the future brings! 🙂

    August 15, 2012
    • Same goes to you, friend! xo

      August 16, 2012
  23. I’ll be interested to see what changes you are making, although to be honest, I’m very “to each their own” when it comes to food choices. Everybody (and every body) is so different, and I know that you are introspective and compassionate in any decision you make. I’m currently about 90 percent vegan and hate when people judge others for not being “vegan enough” or including certain things in their diet. We all have our reasons, and I support you 100 percent (unless of course you’re going to start eating endangered bald eagles or something. Then all bets are off.)

    August 15, 2012
    • Slowly putting down my fork full of charred bald eagle. haha. That is terrible–never!!! Thank you for the hearty laugh out loud (dare I say, HLOL). You always make me smile, Abby!!!

      August 16, 2012
  24. Laurel #

    I LOVE you! It’s funny how I’ve felt that I was committing a major felony when I found that my body just did not work AT ALL without some grass fed animal protein. I still wish I could do without it but survival is an awfully old instinct. Thanks for ‘fessing up for me. Can’t wait. xoxox

    August 15, 2012
    • No no no, I love YOU!!!! It’s so important to always listen to our bodies, isn’t it?? Well, then again, it’s always important to trust ourselves that we have all the answers in life in general, huh? It’s what you are always tell me, anyway 🙂 xoxoxoxox!!

      August 16, 2012
      • Laurel #

        Well, now that I know you’re paying ATTENTION, erherm, am I correct that you can’t do dairy? If you can’t, this is the book that is currently blowing me away.
        http://www.amazon.com/Artisan-Vegan-Cheese-Miyoko-Schinner
        /dp/1570672830/ref=lh_ni_t
        I swear they give away at least half a dozen recipes in the ‘Look Inside’ feature.

        August 16, 2012
  25. Love this recipe Cara! I’m completely behind you changing the direction of your blog. Not that I don’t love your blog as it is, but I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! Glad you are finding an eating style that works for your body! I’m still struggling to find mine…hopefully I can join you that zone soon!

    Oh and I love your choice of toppings. I love hemp seeds and walnuts too!

    August 15, 2012
    • I think it will always be an evolving process… one that we have to open to constantly. I will gladly join you in that zone 🙂 xo

      August 16, 2012
  26. Are you going to start including non-vegan stuff? I struggle with that, too. I’m not a vegan, though most of what I post is. Most is also low-sugar/no refined sugar, but I don’t_always_ eat that way either. I sometimes wonder if it wouldn’t be more honest to show the breadth of things I eat….

    August 15, 2012
    • Exactly! It’s easy to get pegged into a category but then you realize that you are doing yourself a disservice by not broadening the options. At first I thought I was supposed to have the narrowed, specific vision for the blog and then I realized, this is my freaking blog. Who cares! haha. I will be interested in hearing what you decide on, Deanna!

      August 15, 2012
  27. I thought you were allergic to almonds! Now I feel less guilty about all my almond recipes ; )

    August 15, 2012
    • Nope, just pecans 🙂 xoxoxoxoxo!!!

      August 15, 2012
  28. Rachel #

    wooo hooo!! hamburger lovers unite!

    August 15, 2012
    • I was just about to forward this post to you 🙂 Aren’t you so proud??? ha!

      August 15, 2012
  29. it’s true, every body is different. i hope you are getting into the swing of things and are finding happiness in your new life. i can’t believe it’s been 4 months, either! i’ve sincerely missed you!

    chia seed pudding looks incredibly delicious! you know, i’ve never had chia seed pudding but oddly enough i’ve kind of been craving it. now i’ve got a recipe so i’m good to go xo ❤

    August 15, 2012
    • I really miss you too, Caitlin. I’m hoping I can finally get my mojo back–it’s been hard this summer! In the meantime, go try out this recipe. You are going to fall in love 🙂 xoxo

      August 15, 2012
  30. (hug) (hug) (hug) for you, because I miss you. interested to see what the changes will be, and I hope for a smooth transition with no speedbumps or meanies. XXO

    did i mention I MISS YOU!?

    August 15, 2012
    • Ugh, I miss you too! I love seeing your face, missy 🙂 Hopefully I can get my butt back into gear soon (sans meanies, yes!) Much love to you!!! xo

      August 15, 2012
  31. Love it! I am a self confessed chia seed lover….This looks delicious and total power house to get you through your day. Keep it up Cara! Can’t wait to continue reading and trying your recipes. xo

    August 15, 2012
    • Chia seed lovers unite 🙂
      Thanks for such a sweet comment and for your support, Suzanne! xo

      August 15, 2012
  32. I’ve been the same way. Egg eating, rotisserie chicken loving lady as of late – and my body feels so. much. better. Looking back, following a vegan/gluten free diet is EXTREMELY restrictive, and it’s no wonder I felt like shit all the time. But, hopefully things have been better for you, my love. You truly deserve all the happiness in the world.

    PS – your package is still sitting on my dresser. It’s been hot, ok? And trekking to the post office in the heat is not an option. I suppose I should open it back up and throw in something extra special for how long you’ve had to wait.

    August 15, 2012
    • I actually forgot about it so you could have not said anything I wouldn’t have known any differently 🙂 haha! I think I kinda like getting these comments, letting me know where the package is in your house more than actually getting it. HA.

      So happy to hear that your body is happy lately–hooray! That has been a long time coming! Dude, I was getting funky weird symptoms lately and I couldn’t handle all the soy products, etc. Just didn’t make sense to me… Here’s to eating a hamburger 🙂

      August 15, 2012

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