Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

First things first… You guys are amazing. I had the best time reading through all of your comments and words of advice about what to pack and what to eat during my upcoming trip to Europe. You now have me craving gelato, pizza, blueberry steak (!?), crepes from street vendors and croissants. I can’t wait!

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You should all know that I plan to bathe in gelato! YUM! Smile

I also want to say how much I appreciate the time many of you put into sharing so much in the comments section. I plan to make a master list of places to visit, food to try and things to pack for my trip based on your suggestions. Stay tuned for a post dedicated to what I’ll be packing once I get my butt in gear and figure out what to bring!

Dinner

This evening was spent outside! Ryan and I arrived home from work at almost the exact same time, changed into our play clothes and headed outside with Sadie for a walk around the lake.

Before we left, I placed several Italian sausages in the oven to bake while we were out.

Once we returned from our walk, the sausages were ready to be cut up into slivers and placed on top of some cheese. Yup, it was pizza night in our house! (I blame your comments about all of the delicious slices of pizza I must try when I am in Italy for sparking this craving!)

The base of the pizza was a pre-made Boboli thin pizza crust that we picked up at the grocery store using a coupon from the company.

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I’m going to be 100 percent honest when I say I’ve seen these pizza crusts for sale for years but have never bought one because they just looked kind of “blah” to me.

Well, I was wrong. So, so wrong!

After topping the pizza crust with marinara meat sauce, spinach, shredded cheese and Italian sausage and baking it for 8 minutes, we had a hot semi-homemade pizza that tasted fantastic.

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In Ryan’s words, “This is how pizza crust is supposed to taste.” He was speaking in reference to the pizza dough we’ve purchased from the Publix deli that somehow always ends up too thick and heavy.

This pizza crust was doughy on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside and not overly thick.

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Plus, once we finished eating our pizza we felt satisfied and not like we weighed 5,000 pounds. Pizza win!

Dessert

Dessert tonight was COOL.

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I’ve seen several different creations using chia seeds popping up on blogs all over the place and, after seeing a recipe on Gena’s blog, figured I could transform the seeds into a pseudo-dessert!

I combined the following:

  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • Small spoonful of sugar (1 – 2 tsp.?)

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I let the mixture sit while I was at work all day and this evening I enjoyed a thick bowl of chocolate chia seed pudding!

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The seeds softened and thickened in the almond milk overtime and the texture reminded me a bit of tapioca pudding. It was really tasty!

I think this chia seed pudding would make a fantastic breakfast if combined with some peanut butter, granola and bananas or fresh berries. So good!

Now that my belly is sufficiently full, I’m off to pack my lunch and spend some time on the couch with Ryan and Sadie. (Any ideas as to what I can make for lunch tomorrow using leftover Italian sausage?)

Enjoy your evening!

Comments

  1. says

    I’m a new reader! Hello!

    I’ve been on a chia seed kick recently too (as with everyone else it seems!) so I’m definitely doing to try this pudding out! Yum!

    The croissants in Paris = must nom! There’s really nothing like it except in Paris! All the croissants you’ve eaten before will taste like frauds. ;) And the nutella crepes…. oh my gosh.

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  2. says

    That pizza looks great! I’ve always seen that crust in the store too and never thought to buy it. Now I should try it! Oh and that pudding looks like the perfect dessert!

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  3. jessie says

    I know I’m a little late but here are my two-cents about your Europe trip:

    -IF YOU DO NOT TRY POFFERTJES YOU ARE INSANE. (They’re tiny little puffed pancakes sprinkled with butter and powdered sugar.) It’s also fun to watch how they’re made, Europeans are some fast flippers!

    -It’s HOT during the summer: pack shorts, tanks and dresses. These are also space-savers in your suitcase! (For extra space saving goodness, I grabbed one of the vacuum storage bags at Walmart and was so happy I did.)

    -Don’t skimp on the shoes: Make sure your shoes have a good sole. Flip flops won’t cut it some places in Europe. Keep in mind you’ll be walking on a ton of cobblestone roads.

    -Make copies of all your credit cards, passport, etc. and keep them in your purse (you may also want to give copies of these to someone you trust who is staying stateside). If something happens while you are there and you’re lost/cant get to your hotel/some other tragedy occurs you’ll want to be able to prove who you are and where you’re from. Also, take the time to look up where the American Embassy is in each of the places you’ll visit.

    -Have fun! I didn’t want to come back when the trip ended & almost skipped my flight!

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  4. Elizabeth says

    I love Publix pizza dough. I usually rub mine with olive oil, roll it out and put it on a pan in the oven for a few minutes to let it cook, then I take it out and add my sauce, cheese and toppings. This way it comes out a little cripsy. You should try it this way! I think rubbing it with olive oil really helps.

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  5. Kristie says

    Hi Julie!

    Just curious — What kind of almond milk do you usually use?

    I’ve been using the unsweetened Blue Diamond brand for my oatmeal, but I think the chia pudding would definitely be better with the sweetened kind! Let me know :)

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  6. says

    The pizza looks fantastic! You have such great recipes on here, I will have to try it. I love putting italian turkey sausage on boboli pizzas and adding my own pizzaz to them! I’m scared to puff up the chia seeds, honestly I just munch on them dry but I may have to take ur advice and do the pudding!

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