Are you feeling the rush of fall yet? You know I’ve been feeling it since the beginning of August, but I am catching vibes from pretty much everyone that fall is here this past week. I’m not even in school this year (I’m still a little sad about that) and I am feeling the time crunch and hustle bustle. I’m not exaggerating when I say I drank a half gallon of coffee every day this week.
I taught a Healthy Breakfasts Cooking Class with Maker Mountain Studios the other weekend, and the timing just felt perfect. We made Whole Wheat Muffins, two-ways with frozen fruit and dried fruit, and Coconut Chia Pudding with a topping bar, so attendees could customize their parfaits. This was my first time teaching this class and I’m already brainstorming ideas for the coming months (skipping September because of the wedding). Stay tuned to the Vegan Heartbeats Facebook and be sure to check out the Maker Mountain Studios Facebook for a full list of their events. They have Blacksmithing classes each month and felted wool classes where you make little woodland creatures, dryer balls and coffee cup sleeves, plus many more unique classes.
Coconut Chia Pudding has been my saving grace breakfast food. I make a big jar (32 ounces) at the beginning of the week and breakfast is taken care of. The biggest selling point (other than how amazingly treat-like it tastes) is how customizable it is. I can add different toppings, so even though I’m eating the same thing every day, I can trick myself into thinking it’s different. This is important, especially for me, because I can get bored of a food if I eat it too often. For breakfast, that means I end up skipping it altogether. Some of my favorite combos are:
- Diced peach with slivered almonds
- Banana and melted peanut butter drizzled on top
- Sprinkling with extra cinnamon and cocoa powder
Coconut Chia Pudding is hard to describe. It’s coconut-y, creamy, and thick. It’s sweet and cold. It’s the texture of tapioca pudding, but also very reminiscent of whipped cream.
I’d love to see your personal creations. Share pictures of any VHB recipes you try on Facebook and Instagram – tag me @veganheartbeats!
Click here to download a pdf recipe card for my Coconut Chia Pudding.