One word to describe your long holiday weekend? And GO.
Mine would be fulfilling. In every possible way.
A fulfilling weekend spent with family and friends, and so much food. But that is a given. Because would it be a trip to Cleveland without a pit stop for cannolis or my favorite ice cream? Never.
And lots of summer sunshine! (As made apparent by how quickly my hair got bigger and bigger from the humidity.)
I can’t think of any other way I would want to spend the first unofficial weekend of summer 2016.
I hope yours was the same!
And now it’s back to a super sleepy and slow-moving reality this morning. I’m guessing a lot of coffee is in order for all of us today? And if you don’t need coffee to stay with it today, then tell me what your trick is, because coffee + this overnight chocolate chia pudding – and hopefully, maybe, I’ll eventually get back into my routine.
Since hopping on the chia pudding train a few months ago, it’s quickly become one of my favorite breakfast options! It’s quick to prep, easy to bring with me if I’m rushing out the door, and makes me feel like I’m starting on a healthy note! Thus (hopefully) leading to better eating decisions throughout the rest of the day.
But it really wasn’t until this almond butter/chocolate combination did I realize how ahmaaaazing chia pudding is when you’re in need of a sweet afternoon snack or dessert.
Then again, anything with chocolate and almond/peanut butter is always bound to be an amazing dessert or snack option so I shouldn’t be too surprised.
Lord knows that even after a long holiday weekend spent indulging, I’ll never be able to kick my sweet tooth – but instead of reaching for the cookies and cream strawberry ice cream, I’ll opt for something like this chocolate chia pudding to satisfy my cravings. 2 points for it being healthy, 3 more for it actually filling me up with exactly what I’m looking for.
And voila, the perfect equation to put me back on track this week without denying myself of any sweets. Also, I was definitely a math major, can’t you tell?
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (or peanut butter)*
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional toppings: fresh fruit, unsweetened coconut flakes, a scoop of almond/peanut butter, etc.
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 3-4 hours.
- When ready to serve, divide the pudding and top with fresh fruit, almond butter, or any other toppings!