Feeling overwhelmed by all the holiday preparation this week? If you have tons of relatives coming in to town, it may be overwhelming to think about what to feed them at times other than the Big Meal itself. This month’s Recipe Redux (see links below) is here to help by giving you plenty of healthy holiday dessert ideas! By the way, you’re all set for Thanksgiving with these recipes:
There are also lots of other ideas on the blog for healthy sides and desserts, like Brussels sprouts, butter roasted veggies, and apple muffins, so poke around for new ideas to add to the traditional meal.
Anyway, here’s one simple idea that will fill your guests up at breakfast or dessert with a unique and healthy fall feel- Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding. Recipes like these are floating all over the internet, so thanks for going with this one! It’s perfect to make a few days in advance and have available for anyone who wanders into the kitchen looking for snacks or breakfasts. It also only takes about 8 minutes to make (and can be doubled/tripled/quadrupled as needed) and uses mostly ingredients that you probably have to get for Thanksgiving anyway. You can also pre-portion it so no one makes a mess scooping some out of a communal bowl. In fact, it’s perfect to package up and bring for breakfast at work- that’s what I did to break up the monotony of yogurt parfaits!
Aside from being high in omega-3s, fiber, and protein, chia seeds are unique little thingies- they are actually able to absorb about 4 times their weight in water and balloon up over time in the pudding. Pro-tip- chia seeds are way cheaper at Trader Joe’s and Target than elsewhere. In fact, you have to make this pudding a little bit ahead of time for the correct thickening effect, otherwise, you will just have a watery pumpkin soup with crunchy little seeds floating around in it. The texture may be a little weird at first if you’ve never had chia pudding before- it’s almost like caviar- and if it’s too weird, you can blend up the pudding mixture for a smoother feel. However, the flavor is just like the interior of a pumpkin pie, which is especially convincing if you top the pudding with some granola and a dollop of whipped cream (I won’t tell). It makes a perfect seasonal dessert while relatives are in town, but this pudding is so nutrient-dense that you can eat it guilt-free for breakfast every day!
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 dash salt
- Cut up fruit, granola, and/or whipped cream for serving
- Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Portion as desired.
- Let sit for at least 3 hours to give time for the chia seeds to thicken the mixture. Top and enjoy!