How are you doing today? It’s Halloween!!! (unless you’re reading this still Friday night). It’s time to go devour a bag or two of candy! Just kidding, but a piece or two would probably hit the spot! What’s going on later today? Are you going out? Staying in to pass out candy? Give me the scoop!
From my last post, I’m glad you enjoyed the Sundried Tomatoes
And Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad recipes. My homemade slaw dressing is easy to make, so tasty, and alot healthier than the store-bought stuff! Heather even got in on this action. Way to go HEABs!
But for today I have a couple easy, chocolaty recipes for you. Because I don’t know about you, but for me Halloween Day is just crying out for Chocolate Love. So here you go….
First, I’ve been seeing hot cocoa cropping up everywhere. Mama Alison got inspired from reading some ED & BV, the Pure Twins kept their version raw & delish, but I decided to make the quick-n-easy version. This is all I did:
Averie’s Vegan Guiltless & Fast Hot Cocoa
In a mug combine:
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (Or 2 Tbsp if you’re like me & want it extra chocolaty)
5-6 oz water (or nut/seed milk of your choice; I didn’t have any open and didn’t feel like cracking a container just for this and water worked perfectly fine)
Stevia or Agave to Taste (I used both agave and liquid cocoa bean stevia but I like things really sweet)
Stir well or Whisk
Microwave for 60 seconds and Voila…
Why do I say guiltless? Because at probably under 50 calories I feel like I am really indulging in a decadent, warm, soothing treat without any regret. Whatsoever. In fact, I loved it so much I made a second cup! And I have been using the Hershey’s Dark cocoa powder and yeah, it’s really good. Thanks Katie for telling me I needed to get on that, stat.
Moving onto my next chocolate creation….
Averie’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 c Nut or Seed Milk (I use TJ’s lowfat vanilla)
2 Tbsp Agave and/or Stevia to taste (I also used a few drops of my NuNaturals Cocoa Bean Extract Liquid Stevia)
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Combine all the ingredients
Stir all the ingredients together and leave on countertop for 20 minutes. Use a whisk if necessary & it may seem like all that chocolate will never dissolve, but it will. And the results will be so worth it.
Come back to it 20 minutes later and stir again. Either devour now…
…Or pop in the fridge for a few hours. Know that the pudding will continue to thicken for the next 4-6 hours. What I like to do is put it in the freezer after it’s thickened in the fridge to create an almost ice-creamy like treat with frozen chocolate chia pudding.
This is after 4 hours in the fridge. Whatever you do with it, it’ll be chocolaty & yummy, plus you’re getting all the great health benefits of chia seeds like extra Omega 3’s, yay for the little chia seeds!
And by the next morning it had thickened to near fudge-like proportions…
What I love about this pudding is that it’s a snap to make but the taste is really decadent, rich, fudgey, just luscious. And as chocolate desserts go, healthy, too.
And now for the Fun Facts I promised….
A couple weeks ago, I was given this Over the Top Award by all these awesome ladies: Heather , Janetha, Amanda and Erin. Michele also gave me a similar award. So needless to say, it’s ummm wayyyy overdue that I accept the award and post my responses. Thanks Girls, you are all awesome and I love you all!!!!!!! muah!!!!!!
2. Your hair? blond
3. Your mother? distant
4. Your father? intelligent
5. Your favorite food? chocolate
6. Your dream last night? none
7. Your favorite drink? water
8. Your dream/goal? happiness
9. What room are you in? bedroom
10. Your hobby? blogging
11. Your fear? loneliness
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something you aren’t? sloppy
15. Muffins? gluten-free
16. Wish list item? diamonds
17. Where did you grow up? Minnesota
18. Last thing you did? bathed
19. What are you wearing? hoodie
20. Your TV?big
21. Your pets? none
22. Your friends? few
23. Your life? blessed
24. Your mood? content
25. Missing someone? friends
26. Vehicle? Mercedes
27. Something you’re not wearing? socks
28. Your favorite store? Nordstrom
29. Your favorite color? pink
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? Wednesday
32. Your best friend? Scott
33. One place that I go over and over? computer
34. One person who emails me regularly? Scott
35. Favorite place to eat? home
Yoga Today is Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend)
Today is the last day of VeganMofo. I have succeeded by posting vegan, and largely raw vegan, foods & recipes every single day during the month of October. It’s been awesome! I would have posted vegan recipes anyway, but ya know, this was a nice thing to keep in mind while blogging.
So for the final time this month, things today were brought to you in VeganMofo spirit.
Tip of the Day: My Dozen ProBars Give Away! I highly recommend entering yourself to win 12 of these delish bars! The contest ends Sunday 10/1/09 so get your entries in pronto, bloggies!
What’s your favorite beverage to drink now that it’s chilly out? Hot cocoa is such a winter-only type of drink for me, but we’ve had a wicked cold snap here in “always hot” Arizona that it just hit the spot, big time. What’s your fave thing to drink (or eat) in the cold weather months?
Stay Tuned For A Highlights & Review Post Recapping the Treats of the Week…
What I’d the calorie content of the pudding?
I would love to win the chia seeds so I can try to make a pudding that I have the recipe for.
I am now a google follower!
I have added your blog to my google reader…
I want to try chia seeds! I want to put them in everything from oatmeal to cookies to…the possibilities seem endless! Thanks so much for the opportunity.
I would love to try Chia seeds … and my daughter asked me weeks ago to get some so we could try 'em.
I am following you on Twitter! :)
I'd love to give chia seeds a try! They're a great gluten-free source of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. You make them look delicious in your fudge and chocolate coconut snowball recipes..and of course Chia pudding!!
Oh, and I follow you on Google Reader:)
I have seen these chia seeds from chia seeds direct posted on lots of blogs, and have been wanting to check them out. I'd love to give them a try!
I tweeted the giveaway.
I already follow you on Twitter :)
From the Chia Seeds Direct website I leaned that chia seeds contain six times more iron than spinach!
I would love to win these chia seeds so that I can try out all your cool recipes and also to SHARE them with my, ahem, not-so-healthy family.
Thanks for doing the giveaway!
I also added you to my blogroll, and can't wait to make your pumpkin pie tomorrow, wow that looks good!
Hi, what an awesome giveaway. I use Chia every day and love it. I just followed you on twitter and checked out the Chia seeds direct website, they have super amazing prices! Good to know!
and i tweeted :)
and that frozen fudge chia looks amazing!
i commented on the 4 chia seed post!
and i followed you on twitter
(i'm in love with your recipes!)
i followed your blog too!
oooooooooo i just ran out of my chia so i would love to win some!!
Found you through Raw Food Rehab! Would love to win 3 lbs of chia seeds! Looking forward to reading your blog!
I just started researching the vegan and raw food lifestyle, and I would love to try out some of your recipes using chia seeds (specifically, pudding!).
left a comment on the pudding recipe!
I tweeted the contest on my twitter page! /appifanie
I now follow you on twitter!
I now follow your blog!
I would like to win chia seeds because I don't use them enough, and I have just been informed I need to cut down on my grocery spending and 3lbs of chia seeds would help a lot!!
I would love to win the chia seeds. I am relatively new to eating living foods … just over a year. You're recipes look very yummy!
Good luck to everyone :)
I've heard a lot about chia seeds lately and would love to try them! :)
I would love to try some chia seeds to make some puddings!!!
i would like some chia seeds! I eat them every day! and people have been asking for them and i'd love to pass them along too.
sweet giveaway! Just started reading your blog and I love it. I followed you on my twitter. User name: randiliz
and i've been reading your blog for a long time…but you're now in my google reader :)
I've been reading about chia seeds for so long in the blog world and would love to try them…
This is my first time reading your blog and already I love it. You seem to have such a happy and positive outlook on life and I will definitely be continuing to visit your blog on a regular basis. I would love to win this bag of chia seeds because since I moved to Oregon (from Austin, The home of Whole Foods) I haven't been able to find the seeds in any of my stores. This would at least hold me over until I go out there for a visit next month :)
oh, and who knew that chia seeds had more iron than spinach???
(well i guess now i do after looking at their website…)
i would LOOOOVVVE to try chia seeds for lots of reasons… but especially because i want to make chia pudding! :)
I would like some Chia seeds, my Mom eats them all the time and I need to incorporate more of her healthy habits into my routine.
I'm now following you on Twitter @randilyna and tweeted the contest and am now following your blog. You have lots of great veggie ideas on here! Thanks for running a great contest!
you're in my google reader already :)
i still haven't tried chia seeds!!! what am i waiting for :)
I would LOVE to win the Chia seeds giveaway! I have never tried them, but after seeing them on your blog I want to SOOO bad!
Following you on Twitter now :)
I hear about chia seeds all the time but I still have yet to try them. I know a lot of bloggers use them in oats so I would most likely do that first. Thanks!
I constantly read so many good things about Chia seeds (how they are a super source of omega 3's, etc.) I have yet to find them even at Whole Foods so I would love to win a 3 pound bag!!
I added you to my google reader! :)
I would like to win Chia seeds because they have a really lovely flavor that I'd love to incorporate into my homemade granola!! Of course, the fiber and healthy fats don't hurt either. :) Thanks for the gieveaway Averie!
I'd love to try these. I keep hearing about them, but haven't done anything about incorporating them into our diet yet.
I'd love to try these. I keep hearing about them, but haven't done anything about incorporating them into our diet yet.
I really want to try these! I can't find them anywhere!
I LOVE Chia seeds, getting ready to make a breakfast pudding right now!
nothing better for energy for spin class!
Yur chia seed pudding sounds good too… so many possibilities with this stuff!
I think the best of you 4 recipes is the Chocolate chia outs in a jar, I mean really what doesnt sound amazing about that!
I also subscribe to you on my reader
I would love to win these cause of all the great benefits and recipes you can make!
I would loveee to win some chia seeds because they are a staple in my kitchen! I love putting some in my smoothies too ;)
OH awesome! I want to win some just because chia seeds are so darn fun to experiment with :)
You're in my google reader!
I've been dying to try these! I've seen them on all the blogs lately, but haven't been able to find any in my area.
Just linked back to the giveaway!
Just left a comment on 4 Chia Seeds Recipes Post.
And followed you on twitter.
I just subscribed in googlereader.
I just left a comment on the chia pudding post.
I would love to win the chia seeds because I have never tried them!
I am trying to incorporate more raw into my diet and I'd love to give those chia seeds a whirl. I keep hearing so much about them. They look so yummy in your recipes.
I'd love to try the PB, Banana, & Chocolate Chia Oats.
I left a comment on your Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding post.
I learned from Chia Seeds Direct's website that chia seeds are the only product they sell.
I'd love to try chia seeds because I think they'd be a great (and easy) way to add to the nutritional content of the oatmeal I usually eat for breakfast.
I'm following you on Twitter.. and would love to win the chia seeds because they would be the perfect touch to my recent vegan lifestyle!!! i've wanted to try them for so long!
I would love to win these so I can make Chia pudding! I've been dying to try chia seeds, but they're a bit too expensive for a broke college student like me :(
ahhhh ch-ch-ch-chia sounds fab! i want to make the chia holiday pudding since i have heard so many rave reviews about it!
I've never had chia seeds – I would love to try them!
I would love to try the Chia seeds for my green monsters in the morning, and for baking my dairy free goodness!!
Chia Seeds would be great in my morning smoothie.
I really need to win these chia seeds because I recently ran out of my chia seed stash and I am too cheap to buy more. I love to add chia seeds to cookies and granola bars. They are especially good in Super charge Me Cookies! Mmm! My mouth is watering just thinking about them!
I added you to my google reader.
I left a comment on the 4 Chia Seed recipe post too.
I left a comment on the Chocolate Chia Seed Post.
U are on my blogroll.
I learned that "Chia Seeds are a powerhouse nutritional food and extremely rich in Omega-3 fatty acids."
I follow u on twitter @theskinnyplate
I follow on google reader too.
I follow ur blog on Google:
The Skinny Plate
CHia seeds are the new flax seeds. I'd love to get a good supply of it for my morning oats.
i have never tried chia seeds and i feel so out of the loop!
i love the way they make things gel up!
I would love to win this giveaway! I have never tried chia seeds, and the first recipe that I would make if I win is chocolate chia pudding!
I commented over on the recipe post.
Overnight PB & Banana Vanilla Chia Oats caught my eye! YUM!!!
I left my comment over on the chia seed pudding recipe post.
i love chia seeds and the recipes from your blog.
You're already on my blogroll – have been for quite a while. :-)
I visited the chia seeds website. I'm thinking you might need to buy the FORTY FOUR pounds of chia seeds they sell in bulk, girl. With all those chia puddings and recipes you're making, you might just need that much. hehehe ;-)
I posted on Twitter!
I'm already following you on Twitter! :-)
I'll be posting my BrainOn review tomorrow – I'll link back to this post there.
I added you to Google Reader! :)
I'm already following you publicly. :-)
I've already tried chia seeds but I've never had Chia Seeds Direct brand. And also, I only have a small bag and I don't want to run out! :-D
I would love to try chia pudding! Also, they seem like a good way to get the omega 3s and amino acids.
You're already on my blogroll too :)
I follow you on twitter! (@SaladGirlMags)
You're in my google reader, duh :P
I want to win because I've only had Chia seeds once!
commet mania going on over here! I am interested in these so I can make some of these dang recipes you keep sharing! I'm afraid to use the little bit I have on one recipe!
linking back tomorrow
you are clearly on my blogroll :)
I have also added you to my google reader! :) Your recipes look delicious!
I would love to try Chia seeds because I've heard so much about them but I can't find them anywhere!!!
I just checked out your recipes…I am dying to make the Overnight PB & Banana Vanilla Chia Oats. Looks so yummy!
I am a follower:)
You are in my Google Reader
I would love to try Chia seeds. Your recipes look delish!
More love has been left on your 4 recipe post.
I left you some love on the chia pudding post :)
I visited the website and learned that chia seeds are still out of my budget range even if I buy them online :(
I don't use googlereader because I like to go to the blog websites but I have you in my blogs I read everyday folder and in the nifty little doodad rss reader on my desktop, does that count?
Why I want to win is easy… I am a super broke student and whole foods charges waayy to much for me to afford them right now but I want to try all of your amazing recipes so so bad because everything else I have made (esp brownie batter) is just foodgasmic.
#2 – Done
#3 – Don't have google reader :(
#4 – This has been linked in my newest post ;)
#5 – I already follow
#6 – I sent the contest out in twitter
#7 – I learned that they have cheap seeds over there! WOW!
#8 – Done, already on my blogroll
#9 – I commented on your yummy post!
#10 – I heart the PB,Banana, Chocolate Chia Oats – Because I love Chocolate!!
#1 – I would love to win these nutrient rich seeds because I FINALLY have my better half using them in his smoothies ;) I am going through Chia like crazy now. But I am super happy he loves them!!!
I would love some chia seeds because I have never had them! (Oh the horror, I know)But I have heard so much about them and would love to try them out. With these seeds I would like to create tons of recipes and then post them on my site(chicvegan.com)and of course let everyone know about the awesome blog where I got them from.
Love your blog regardless, you are fantastic!
man im on fire with this give away! ahah..I just became a follower of your blog as well. (I love this site!=)
I checked out the website and found white chia seeds. I had no idea there was white chia seeds! Cool! Also learned that the mayan word for strength is chia! I do alot of endurance sports so learning that chia seeds helps builds your endurance and stamina was very interesting to me
I checked out your chia seed pudding recipe too! Looks great!! i've always made mine with water…but putting it in nut milk sounds awesome. Going to have to try that tonight=)
I also linked this contest on my blog: http://livingfitdaily.blogspot.com
I checked out your 4 chia seed recipes..The Overnight PB & Banana Vanilla Chia Oats looks amazing!
I would love to try chia seeds in a smoothie! I make puddings with them alot. The chocolate chia pudding rocks!
My pick of your 4 chia seed recipes was the peanut butter banana oatmeal dish – except I would use almond butter – check out this post by excellent blogger and nutritionst Meghan Telpner about why she hates peanuts: http://meghantelpnerblog.com/2009/04/03/nut-butter-battle/
I left a comment on your Chocolate Chia Pudding Post – I love your enthusiasm for this stuff, these giveaways sure help spread the love of healthy food!
I went over to the Chia Seeds Direct site and learned that a 4.5 lb. bag (didn't see 3 lb.!) is $35.99 so especially would like to win these since I'll probably end up buying some if I don't!
Hi again – not sure if my profile is set up correctly, but this is the Kelly who mailed you from Mpls yesterday =). I posted an entry on my Examiner page about the giveaway!
You're also on my blogroll!
You're already on my GoogleReader!
I'd love to win because I am dying to try the chia pudding I've seen here and everywhere else!
Hi! I've been reading about Chia seeds for months, but haven't gotten around to ordering them online, would LOVE to try them!
I'm following you on Twitter.
I use Google Reader and put your blog on it.
I would love to try chia seeds after seeing them on so many blogs. Also, your pudding looks yummy.
I would LOVE to win these because I have been wanting to try these for months!!
#7 I went to the website and descovered WHITE chia seeds!! very cool!!
I would love to try your chia pudding!! I havent tried it yet and if I get this bag, this will be my first recipe!!
you are OBVVVVIOUSLY on my reader :)
Averie have I mentioed how awesome you are?? what a great giveaway! I absolutely LOVE chia seeds! I am so happy I discovered them! They are delicious in oats. I love their crunchy yet gel like texture!!
Never tried Chia Seeds. And since they would be for free–I bet they will taste even better!
10–Commented about those chocolate chip chia seed cookies you made… I've got to try those.
#9–Left you a comment about your pudding. Wondering: are the seeds chewy, crunchy, or otherwise?
#7– visited the website. Didn't realize there were white chia seeds, too! Anyone know how they are?
Aaaand #3– You're on my google reader!
I would love to make one of your chia seed puddings, or add them to my morning monsters. Thanks so much for the opportunity!
Entry #8- You are on my blogroll for sure!
Entry #7- I went to Chia Seeds Direct website!
Entry #3- Your blog is in my google reader
I would love to get some chia seeds! They are so hard to find around here and I always wish I have some when I see your fabulous recipes!
I would LOVE to win this! I have never had chia seeds, but have heard tons about them! They look good, especially in your chia seed pudding recipe. I would love to get the chance to try them and benefit from all those yummy omega 3's!
I would love to try the chia seeds because I've been seeing them all over the blogworld, but have never seen them in stores near me! I love incorporating superfoods into my meals.
On the chia seeds direct website, I learned that chia seeds have 6 times more iron than spinach! (can you tell I'd like to win this giveaway?)
I also left a comment on the 4 chia seed recipes post!
And I left a comment on the chocolate chia seed pudding post!
And you are in my google reader!
I would love to try them because all the recipes I've seen look so delicious and the health benefits sound great.
And you are also already in my google reader! Wouldn't want to miss a post. :)
OF COURSE you're on my blogroll! ;)
I am following you on twitter!
I would LOVE to win some Chia Seeds! They are so good mixed in greek yogurt or on top of cereal. Such a healthy addition!
I love Chia seeds – I even made your chia chocolate pudding this weekend!
went to the chia seeds direct site – different colors? What does that mean?
left a comment on the chocolate chia pudding post. Hmmm, maybe a chocolate english toffee pudding? Sweet dreams indeed!
Left a comment on the 4 chia puddings post
I just finished my chia seeds yesterday! I need some more!
Wow, that's a lot of chia seeds! I would like to win these so I can finally make some chia pudding. :)
i love chia seeds :)
expecially with all your fab recipes ;) xo
I'd love to win some Chia seeds because the nutritional stats are AMAZING!
I can't find them anywhere and would love to try them!
I keep hearing about chai seeds and so I would LOVE to give them a try!
And again on the 4chia seeds recipe post. Now I'm done commenting. :)
You're on my blogroll lovie!
p.s. you're very welcome for the recipe!! :)
just posted a comment on the pudding post.
What are the chances! I was putting up my post them came to see yours and we're both doing a chia seed giveaway : )
Ooo I'd love to try chia seeds! There are so many awesome recipes floating around out there :D
And I just cruised over to Chia Seeds Direct :)
I've tried chia seeds already as part of a freebie from ordering raw coconut butter online–I'd love to win a 3 pound bag of them! Most likely I'd put it in my smoothies.
I'd love to try chia seeds because I haven't tried any yet and am dying to make some chia recipes!! Thanks so much!
And after looking at the site, I learned that chia seeds have more iron in them than does spinach. I need iron!
I also posted on the 4 Chia one
I have posted a comment on the chocolate chia post
You are in my google reader
I am now a follower of your blog through google
I would love to win some chia seeds because I'm a poor college student! They pack so much nutrition – so, if I won some, I would not have to buy as much food =)
ugh i TOTALLY want to win this because of all you're crazy good looking chia seed recipes ESPECIALLY the chocolate puuuddin ;)
youre already on my reader!!
just tweeted your contest:
Youre like a give-away queen Averie!! You rock.
Uh I would LOVE to try Chia seeds because Ive actually never had em (hangs head in shame).
Your obv in my google reader and my blog roll. Ill link this on my next post tomorrow! :)
you are already in my Google reader :)
i would like to win and try chia seeds because i'm a nutrition geek and love to try new healthy stuff in my green smoothies :)
I LOVE some chia! that is why I would like to win this giveaway :)
i'm following you on twitter (@outofshell) :)
I added you to my blogroll: http://thestylemd.blogspot.com/
I twittered: http://twitter.com/mgonyeo/statuses/5378130878
last one i promise :) i took a gander at your 4 chia seeds recipe post.
I follow on twitter (@mgonyeo)
I subscribe with google reader
Your chocolate chia seed pudding looks good too. I would have everything I would need to make it, except for the cocao powder rats!
I follow publicly (mgonyeo)
oh my goodness here is another one… your on my blogroll aswell!
I would like to try them because I have never had them before. Plus, I know they are very good for me!
I checked out chia seeds website… one thing i learned is that there are white chia seeds too? I never knew that before!
Your in my google reader now too.
Im already a big follower
I love chia seeds! Ive tried them a few times before and i love how versatile they are. What a cool giveaway too!
Already a devoted follower ;)
I tweeted your giveaway link.
I follow you on twitter. I'm @pleutim.
Love Love Love chia. It's a great simple breakfast to take while travelling too – just add nut "milk" and let sit. *fingers crossed* ^_^
You're already in my google reader. That's how I saw this new post. ;)
Ooh! I'm toying with starting a raw/vegan lifestyle and would LOVE to try chia seeds. I've seen so many great-looking recipes for breakfast porridge and for puddings using chia. I've love to win these. Three pounds sounds like they'd go a long way.
You know we love your giveaways! I need to change things up from my usual flax seeds :)
and just added you to my brolll! don't know why you weren't there already!!
went to chia seeds direct and learned there are diff colored chias? i feel dumb for not knowing that haha but i had NO idea!
just tweeted at http://twitter.com/FoodieDiaries
and following you on twitter!
already in my Google reader obviouslyyyy
hola chica–i can't believe i've never tried chia seeds!! this is the main reason i want to try them; i feel so out of the food blogger loop!!
I want to win Chia seeds bc they are awesome for vegetarians! yum yum!
so i can make some of your recipes. and say CH CH CH CHIAAAAAAAAAAA~~~
I have been DYING to try chia seeds!
I follow your blog publicly, I'm following you on twitter, and leaving both comments!
Not a chia fan, but good luck to everyone else, haha ;)
I'm also a follower of your blog!
I would love to try them in smoothies, or even in oatmeal! YUM! =]
you are in my google reader (did that this morning)
I already follow you on Twitter!
You are in my Google reader.
Ahhhh!! I have never had chia seeds and want to try them soooo badly!!
cool giveaway – thanks. I would like to win to try some in breakfast dishes (plus it reminds me of my favorite childhood toy – chia pets)
I would love to try these Chia Seeds, well..Because you make them look so darn yummy! I am not a vegan, but after visiting your blog and checking out your recipes I am hooked! I have already tried your apple crumble and it is to DIE FOR!! Now if only I had chia seeds I could try your scrummy (thats scrumptious and yummy put together, lol!) chia seed pudding!!!