What a beautiful weekend it was! I got to open up the windows and just cook as much as my hearts desired! I made all kinds of things this week including veggie burgers, raw cherry pie, hummus, and I did lots of work creating and designing new recipes too! Not to give anything away, but I’m planning PB&J pancakes that are going to be 100% vegan and 100% tasty!
One of the best things about weekends like this is that I get to go outside with Ted (My Shih Tzu) and plan my meals for the next week! I usually don’t end up following the plan exactly – but it helps me create a grocery list and gives me lots of ideas that get my creative juices flowing! Here’s a pic of my layout for planning meals outside, you may notice I have a LOVE for cookbooks!
I’m pretty excited for this week because I have a bunch of leftovers from my exciting weekend that will make the week easy breezy when mealtime comes!
One of the things I made this week was Apple Pie Chia Pudding! After finding one of my new favorite vegan sites – The Rawtarian – I’ve been thinking a lot about Raw Desserts! I love the raw recipes because they are whole food, no guilt, and “minimal dishes” types of recipes! Who doesn’t want a pie or a pudding that makes them feel healthy, right?
After creating a chocolate pudding from The Rawtarian I had the idea to create another decadent chia pudding, Apple Pie! It turned out pretty good, so I’ll share it with you!
Apple Pie Chia Pudding
- ¼ Cup Cashews
- ¾ Cup Water
- ⅓ of a Medium Apple, (I used gala but Honey Crisp would have been AMAZING!)
- 5-7 Dates
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- ½-1 tsp Cinnamon to taste, I used closer to a tsp, but I like a lot of cinnamon in things!
- 2 Tbsp+ 2 tsp. Chia Seeds.
- In a High Blender, Combine the Cashews and Water, blend until it creates a creamy cashew milk.
- Add the Apple and Dates to the blender and blend until smooth. Just cut ⅓ of the apple off and eat the rest while you "cook"!
- Add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the blender and once again, blend until smooth.
- Taste the pudding base, and add more cinnamon and nutmeg if you want. Tip: If it's not tasting sweet enough, you can add in dates a couple at a time until it reaches desired sweetness.
- In a bowl with a lid (I used a pyrex bow, but you could also use a tupperware container) combine the chia seeds and the pudding base. You can just use a fork to make sure it's well combined.
- Allowing the pudding to set for at least 2 hours, 6-8 hours is usually best though!
- Enjoy in a fancy glass with apple slices, or in a regular bowl with a spoon!
What other types of recipes would you like to see?
Do you like the idea of desserts that leave you feeling guilt free?