Autumn is here, and it’s time to embrace all the flavors that this time of year has to offer!
Sometimes while embracing fall flavors such as pumpkin spice, we unintentionally start embracing a larger pant size. Luckily, we believe that this year can be different!
Since your quality of life is our passion here at QOL – we want to show you that you can celebrate the fall harvest and create decadent dishes that will benefit and energize your body, without causing you to pack on extra pounds.
We created a delicious and healthy way to eat pumpkin spice that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and naturally delicious – meaning it doesn’t include any artificial sweeteners.
When designing this recipe we asked ourselves the following question – how can we pack as many health benefits as possible into one tasty pumpkin spice treat?
The answer to that question…
The almighty superfood – THE CHIA SEED!
Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients while containing very few calories. They are rich in fiber, protein, healthy fats, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and other essential nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2. Chia seeds are high in quality protein which is a weight-loss-friendly macronutrient. This macronutrient can help with appetite control as well as the reduction of food cravings.
Finally, chia seeds are cardioprotective, due to their ability to raise “good” HDL cholesterol, while reducing certain risk factors such as triglycerides, inflammation, insulin resistance, and belly fat.
Many pumpkin spice recipes use an artificial pumpkin flavoring rather than the actual fruit. Yes, pumpkins are fruits! Using organic pumpkin puree adds many health benefits that are associated with these fruits! Such as loads of Vitamin A, antioxidants, potassium and Vitamin C.
This recipe is so delicious that it can be eaten as a dessert, but also so nutrient-rich that it can be eaten for breakfast!
To make this healthy pumpkin pie chia seed pudding follow these simple steps:
Start off by mixing together the following ingredients:
¼ cup of White Chia Seeds
1 Cup of Oat Milk
½ Cup Organic Pumpkin
Mix in spices! 2 tsp Cinnamon, ½ tsp Ginger, 1/8 tsp cloves, ¼ tsp nutmeg
Throw the mixture into your blender with maple syrup (to taste) – blend for a few seconds and let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight or until stiff.
Finally, add toppings!
Here at QOL, we like to add coconut, whipped cream, and candied pecans. Some other great options could be - cocoa nibs, chopped almonds, dark chocolate chips or shaved coconut. Feel free to get creative with healthy toppings!
Go ahead and give this recipe a try! Don’t feel guilty about polishing off the whole batch because after all, it is healthy!
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