Yay, I’ve actually been sticking to my new healthy eating plan, everyone! I’m so excited! I’ve been trying to avoid processed foods and fake sugar, and I’ve creeped into losing about 6-7 pounds now, wooooo! And this is without significant exercise. I’m not going to lie, I am still eating some of the same processed stuff (like yesterday, when I bought a small coffee and used one packet of raw sugar and one packet of Splenda), but I’m trying to limit the amounts of the processed/fake foods and eat lots of healthy, homemade meals that contains lots of vegetables and produce. One morning I even made what I’d call “virgin” fruit cake oatmeal: oats, almond milk, carrots, dates, dried cranberries, nuts, and spices. It was so good, and I felt great about eating it! I’m trying to make small, healthy changes that I enjoy eating, so I can make this new lifestyle stick.
Speaking of yummy dishes, I had some sweet fun in the kitchen this morning! First, I found another fun healthy blog to tell everyone about: Oh She Glows. Angela (the author of Oh She Glows) is dedicated to making healthy and fun vegan eats. Even though I’m not vegan, I love some of her healthy recipes! She takes some familiar comfort foods and makes them vegan friendly and healthy! One recipe I spotted that seemed easy-to-make was a Chocolate Carob Pudding. Angela uses pumpkin as a base to make a healthy “pudding” flavored with protein powder and other things. I’ve been loving having something sweet in the morning to temper my sweet tooth. A bowl of fibrous pumpkin, high anti-oxidant dark cocoa powder, and protein powder with only a little honey seems like a filling, healthy breakfast idea, right?
I didn’t have all of her required ingredients, though (like chocolate protein powder and carob powder). I did have cocoa powder and vanilla protein powder, along with instant coffee. How about making this a Mocha Pumpkin “Pudding” that could be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, or even to squash a chocolate craving?
I bet you would never guess the base of this is pumpkin!
Ok, granted, this healthy of an item will never taste like a creamy, high fat, heavy cream-based pudding. But for a healthy alternative, I sure loved this recipe! I felt like I was having a rich, filling breakfast item (so much fiber!) and the pudding itself is real chocolatey with only a hint of the pumpkin–I won’t crave sweets today, that’s for sure! My recipe is a mixture of pumpkin, vanilla protein powder, cocoa powder, almond milk, instant coffee, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Protein powder and instant coffee may sound like unnecessary ingredients to carry in your household all the time, but I’ve found that I use them both quite often! Protein keeps me feeling fuller for longer, and I love the taste of coffee with chocolate and tend to add it to all of my sweet recipes. Happy eats, everyone! Here is my recipe with new ingredients (adapted from Angela’s original).
Mocha Pumpkin Pudding (high protein and fiber)
1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
3 tbsp dark cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup stevia
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp instant coffee
3/4 cup almond milk (with your instant coffee already mixed and dissolved into the milk!)
a tiny sprinkle of salt!
cinnamon, to taste
Optional: dried coconut, cherries, fruit, chocolate chips
In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (protein powder, salt, cinnamon, stevia, cocoa powder). Now, dissolve your instant coffee into your almond milk, and add your “coffee” almond milk to the bowl. Stir together, making sure you eliminate all the lumps, and then set aside.
In a medium bowl, add the pumpkin, vanilla extract, and honey, and mix together. Now, incorporate your small (coffee milk and dry ingredient) bowl into the medium bowl full of pumpkin, and give it a good stir.
Now, build a yummy parfait or dessert with the mixture. I made a breakfast “dessert” pudding by adding dried coconut and cherries on top. I’m off to hang pictures in our new apartment. Enjoy! Hope you all have a sweet Saturday!