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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Things I’ve learned about having a broken wrist:

I can use a can opener by using it to punch 50 holes along the rim of its lid.

My fingers on my cast hand really smell (TMI? I swear I’m not unhygienic… I think the cast material gives them a weird odour).

Sports bras are a (one handed) girl’s best friend.

My armpit makes an awesome grip in lieu of my left hand.

A girls shopping day with your mom sucks when you struggle to try anything on.

Meals and snacks that only require one hand are my go to right now.

Enter this strawberry coconut chia pudding. Is it just me or is pudding the ultimate I’m-sick/injured/sad-and-I-feel-sorry-for-myself food? It reminds me of that scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Emily Blunt is in the hospital and ranting while shoveling chocolate pudding in her face.

I’ve done chocolate chia pudding before, but I wanted to go a more fruity route with this strawberry coconut chia pudding, Made with creamy coconut milk and fresh strawberries, it’s a luscious treat that tastes just like summer! It’s also nut free and gluten free, and easily made vegan with a few swaps. And lucky for me, it’s easy to whip up too… once I’ve gotten through punching 50 holes on the rim of the coconut milk can, that is.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding
 
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This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just a 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.
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Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup milk or non-dairy milk of your choice
  • ¾ cup sliced fresh ripe strawberries
  • 2 tsp honey (sub maple syrup if vegan)
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • Strawberries, shredded coconut, and cacao nibs for topping
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine the coconut milk, milk, strawberries, and honey. Blend until combined then transfer to a container with a lid.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds then let sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours until it is thickened up.
  3. After 6 hours, remove from the fridge and add more milk if needed. Divide among 4 bowls and add toppings before serving.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Have you ever struggled in the kitchen due to an injury?

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Hemp Protein Date Bars

These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!

 

These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!

Sometimes I have a hard time processing things when tragedies like last week’s events happen.

On the one hand, I feel kind of distanced from it. In Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad countless lives have been altered permanently, but yet over here in Canada we’re still going about our daily lives mostly as usual. On the other hand, it also feels too close. Hearing it on the news, reading stories from the survivors… it makes it seem all too real.

It’s times like these that I’m reminded to be present in all my relationships and live everyday with a full heart. Be friendly to strangers, forgive petty spats… make love, not war, you know?

No, I haven’t gone all hippie on you guys. Well… maybe I have a bit. I’ve been in a bit of a hemp craze lately!

These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!

Hemp seeds, that is, ahem. With 10 grams of protein in 3 tbsp, I often recommend these guys as an easy way to boost protein in breakfast and snacks, where we tend to not eat enough of this macronutrient. Hemp seeds are also a great source of iron, B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese. And they contain some omega 3s – which is important if you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet that doesn’t include fish.

Hemp seeds can be easily added to oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, baking, and even sprinkled on your salads and vegetables! If you’re looking for a great way to use them, try these hemp protein date bars that I adapted from this recipe. With only 7 ingredients, they’re an easy homemade snack you can whip up in a cinch! And they’re dairy free, gluten free, nut free, and vegan. Hippie friendly, if you will.

So with that, I bid you peace, love, and hempiness!

These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!

Hemp Protein Date Bars
 
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These hemp protein date bars are a healthy homemade snack bar that you will love! Vegan, gluten free, nut free, and made with no refined sugar!
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Yield: 10-12 bars
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup mixed raw seeds (I used pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp protein powder
  • 1 cup packed Medjool dates (about 13)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp water if needed
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse the mixed seeds, coconut, hemp seeds, and protein powder together. Remove to a bowl.
  2. Add the dates, cacao powder, and vanilla to the food processor next and mix until it comes together. If your dates are dry you may need to add 1-2 tbsp water.
  3. Add back the seed mixture to the food processor and pulse until everything is combined.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly into a parchment lined loaf pan (or you could just shape it by hand on a piece of parchment paper), pressing down firmly.
  5. Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to let harden, then cut into 10-12 bars and wrap individually in seran wrap. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Soy Nut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and chewy soy nut butter banana chocolate chip cookies that are nut free, dairy free, egg free, and wheat free!

Soft and chewy soy nut butter banana chocolate chip cookies that are nut free, dairy free, egg free, and wheat free!

So I know right now you’re probably thinking: “Didn’t I just see a recipe for nut free banana chocolate chip cookies on this blog?”

You’re not wrong – I did post a recipe for Sunbutter banana chocolate chip cookies just last month. But that’s just how I am. I often find myself being a bit repetitive in life.

Growing up, I used to really love this Mediterranean chicken and goat cheese panini at Jack Astors and without fail, I would order it everytime I went there. When I go on walks, I often take the exact same route. If I really love a song, I’ll play it twice in a row. Last winter when I first saw the movie Chef one night, I immediately woke up and watched it again the next morning. When I workout at GoodLife Fitness, I almost always do a 15 minute warm up on the bike followed by a 30 minute weight workout.

What can I say, I find comfort in repetition.

Soft and chewy soy nut butter banana chocolate chip cookies that are nut free, dairy free, egg free, and wheat free!

So when I saw this recipe for peanut butter banana chocolate chip cookies on Two Peas and their Pod just a few days after I posted my own banana chocolate chip cookie recipe, I decided I wanted to make it anyway. I used soy nut butter to make it safe for my allergies and changed some of the ingredients and quantities based on what I had on hand. The result was soft, muffin-like soy nut butter banana chocolate chip cookies that taste like banana bread! JZ and I both had one warm out of the oven – and then I went back for a second one.

Something repetition is a good thing.

Soft and chewy soy nut butter banana chocolate chip cookies that are nut free, dairy free, egg free, and wheat free!

Soy Nut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Soft and chewy soy nut butter banana chocolate chip cookies that are nut free, dairy free, egg free, and wheat free!
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Yield: 8-10 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 very ripe medium bananas
  • ¼ cup creamy soy nut butter (or peanut butter)
  • ½ tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • Heaping ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Mash your bananas in a large bowl until only a few chunks remain. Stir in the soy nut butter, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla nad stir until smooth.
  3. Then add the oats, flax, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate chips and mix to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Spoon the batter into 8 to 10 mounts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake on the centre rack for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are done. Remove and let cool before devouring!

Are you a repetitive person?

This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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