Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding {Paleo, 21DSD}

13 November 2013

Guys, I have a couple of confessions to make. Firstly, I try to live frugally. I really do. That's not to say that I don't splurge here and there, especially when things like Lululemon and Nike Pro compression shorts are involved.  And when it comes to the whole food department, I'll openly admit that I've spent more on a box of Lärabars and sashimi than is probably fiscally responsible for a girl in my tax bracket. Am I sorry? No. No I'm not. Not even a little bit.  And the second confession. This one is big.

I've discovered cashew butter. It's kind of big deal. And so dangerous. I was in Whole Foods on Monday since I heard that they had the seasonal snickerdoodle Larabar. I have been to every other supermarket in Columbus, but none of them carry it. And even though I can't eat them until the end of my 21DSD, I wanted to make sure that I stocked up before then, so I headed to Whole Foods determined-- a woman on a mission. (You can buy them on Amazon here And, as you may have seen on Instagram, I found them. So I'm a happy girl.  While I was in there, I stopped by the freshly ground nut butter corner to pick up almond butter and found cashew butter. 

Since I had never had it before, I bought a small container to try. Uh- Y-U-M. I sat on the couch last night watching the latest How I Met Your Mother episode with my friends literally spooning the stuff into my mouth. Weird? Maybe. Delicious? You better believe it

Layla keeping me company during breakfast.

I woke up yesterday morning to a blanket of snow, which probably means that I should be creating recipes with more chocolate and peppermint, but I can't help it. I'm giving pumpkin one last hurrah. This is only my second experience with chia seeds. Whenever I hear "chia", I can't help but sing the ch-ch-ch-chia seed song from those chia pet commercials in my head. The first time I had them was years ago when my somewhat health nut of a mother told me to sprinkle them over my morning bowl of steaming oatmeal. I was obviously not impressed (as I haven't had them since), but since I ate them before they became such a hot health food, I'm totally claiming hipster status. They're available in most grocery stores, but if you prefer to purchase them online, Amazon has a great selection of chia seeds

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding {Paleo, 21DSD}
serves 2-3

1.5 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup chia seeds
4 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
chopped pecans and shredded coconut (for garnish)

Blend all ingredients except for the chia seeds until smooth. Spoon the mixture into a sealable jar and then add the chia seeds. Close the jar and shake well. Place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, reopen the container, sprinkle with chopped pecans and coconut, and enjoy! Sometimes I heat mine up for something reminiscent of oatmeal, but it's just as good cold as it is warm. 

DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links for products that I recommend. If you end up purchasing the products through the links that I provide, I will earn a commission. You will not pay more for the product because you're buying it through my link. It simply means that I might be able to finally simultaneously afford my Lärabar and cashew butter addiction while still putting away some money in my DSLR fund...


  1. I should make this pudding only using my favorite peanut butter. Sounds right up my alley!

  2. I use vanilla and maple flavored nut butters and it's always delicious!

  3. I feel like I'm seeing chia seeds everywhere right now. What's the deal?
    PS -- Vanilla flavored nut butter?! WHERE?! Whole Foods?!

  4. Yum! you know I love my chia pudding. I think I may have it in me for one last pumpkin recipe! And once you can eat those larabars have an extra one for me because they don't carry the seasonal flavors in Canada :(

  5. It's definitely the latest "health" food fad. Whole Foods sells freshly ground plain almond and plain cashew butter, but if I want vanilla, I usually just grind my own in my bullet blender and add a 1/4 tsp of vanilla. It's delicious.

  6. This looks delicious! I'm almost pumpkined out but I am going to try this :)

  7. Looks good and since I just roasted a pumpkin to make pumpkin puree, I will be making this! Thanks!

  8. This is a bit off topic but your cat is so CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S your recipe looks delish!


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