Simple Chocolate Chia Breakfast Pudding

Choc Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are all the go at the moment and with good reason – they’re a powerhouse of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fibre and minerals such as calcium, manganese and phosphorus. I put them liberally in bread, cookies, smoothies, no-bake treats and of course, chia puddings.

There are plenty of recipes around for chia puddings with all sorts of ingredients, including superfood powders, lovely parfait style layers and crunchy, crumbly toppings. This recipe came about when I wanted to use up the rest of a can of coconut cream. Rather than use a pile of ingredients, I decided to keep it quick and simple – chocolate (of course) plus the left over coconut cream with a couple of tiny tweaks.

It whipped together in a couple of minutes and topped with fresh berries the next morning I had a delicious, healthy, sustaining breakfast. I’ve since made it for other people and it’s gone down a treat. It’s like having dessert for breakfast, so why wouldn’t it?

Simple Chocolate Chia Breakfast Pudding

2 tblspn chia seeds
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup coconut water (or milk of your choice)
2 tspn raw cacao powder
1 tspn maple syrup
1/4 tspn vanilla
pinch of salt
berries to serve

Mix all ingredients except chia seeds and berries in a bowl until well combined.
Fold through chia.
Pour into a serving dish (I like to use a nice glass or bowl so it feels a bit fancy).
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Serve with fresh berries.

All measurements are approximate – it won’t make or break it if you guestimate.

Let me know if you try it or if you have a favourite chia pudding combo.

Caz x

Upcycling With Chalk Paint

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I love a good upcycle. I love the challenge of taking something and turning it into something new.

I love how upcycling can allow me to keep things that might otherwise not continue to be useful or beautiful. Especially things that have sentimental value.

I’ve had my eye on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for some time but baulked at the price being charged here in Australia. My perfectionist tendencies came to the fore and consequently I didn’t get going on a project as I didn’t want to ‘stuff it up’.

In my roaming around the interwebs, I discovered Websters Chalk Paint Powder. You can add this to any acrylic paint to create a very similar product. Sample packs are available for a really reasonable price, I thought I’d give it a go. [Read more...]

Why I’m Embracing Being Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

We all can be our own worst enemies at times. You know, getting in our own way when we really want to move forward or up or sideways or diagonally or somewhere.

After years of knowing that I’m really hard on myself but not understanding why I keep getting in my own way, I finally reached a point a year or so ago where I could own the perfectionist tag. I never identified with it before. That was ‘other’ people.

What does perfectionism do for me?

Being a perfectionist has led me to achieve some neat things, usually for other people’s benefit rather than my own. And I mean that in a good way – I love doing things to benefit others and gain a lot of satisfaction from it.

Being willing to ‘work myself to death’ has enabled me to be part of some fabulous experiences. But not be able to fully embrace them as I was so exhausted and stressed. [Read more...]

Eating Our Way Around Singapore (Part 1)

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Marina Bay Sands from Gluttons Bay

My musician hubby had a month long job in Singapore recently which gave Mr 7 and I the chance to hop on over for the middle part of his contract. That way we wouldn’t miss each other too much, we’d get a kind of family holiday plus a visit to Legoland Malaysia into the bargain!

We all love to eat in this house. Nom nom nom. My cooking is often inspired by the food we’ve eaten in our travels around south east asia over the last 18 years. Singapore has so much great food as it’s a meeting place of many cultures and cuisines.

We basically ate our way around the island, exploring the different ethnic quarters as well as the primarily residential area that was our home base. [Read more...]

Nutty, Seedy Cookies

Nutty Seedy Cookies

I’m always on the hunt for baking recipes that pack a punch of goodness. I like to adjust, substitute and add things to increase the ‘value’, particularly for Mr 7. Cookies seem to be a better way to get nuts and seeds into him as he finds the contrast of textures too much in a muffin and muesli-type bars don’t appeal. [Read more...]

Listen To Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart

Listen to your heart…

No, not the Roxette song from the late 80s and I’m not talking in the romantic sense either.

Listen to your heart… Open your heart…

The universe has been conspiring to place women in my path to ensure I get the message:

Stop over-thinking.
Get out of your head and into your heart. [Read more...]

Confessions of a Dishonest Mama

Mothers lie

Yes, I lie to my child. Not just about the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny either.

Sometimes I lie to my child about what I’m feeding him.

As I’ve mentioned before, my Mr 7 has sensory and anxiety issues with food. It makes feeding him frustrating, difficult and sometimes embarrassing when other people don’t get why your child won’t eat millions of things ‘all’ children eat. [Read more...]

Upcycled Travel-Themed Storage Boxes

In an effort to help my study/spare room feel more loved peaceful and inviting, I was on the lookout for ways to better store and disguise some of the ‘stuff’ I had hanging around after a round of de-cluttering. Cheap, easy and preferably upcycled were key criteria.

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I fell for some jute/twine covered boxes but then discovered that they were very time consuming and by the time I bought all the twine and hot glue plus some fabric if I didn’t have anything suitable in my stash, more expensive than I was planning on.

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Enter a trio of map covered shoe boxes and I knew I had my winner. I love travel, the colours would work with the vague scheme I’ve been trying to cultivate and I already had old atlas pages left over from my Love Garlands (they weren’t suitable as the orientation didn’t match on front and back). [Read more...]

Learning to fill my cup

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I’ve been feeling fairly blah again lately and out of any sense of rhythm or routine. Sigh…

Some of it has been rooted in the everyday – returning from Singapore, illness, fibromyalgia symptoms, Mr 7′s health and then getting sick myself with the the pelvic floor-challenging cough from hell. I’ve been struggling to keep on top of the everyday stuff and feel like I’m getting nowhere, or further behind if possible on other things.

I can see now that some of the blah-ness comes from neglecting myself. My inner self mostly. Sure I’ve been doing some things that I enjoy – reading, watching some favourite TV shows, cooking – but it hasn’t really kept me in touch with ME. I haven’t been nourishing myself with what my soul craves. [Read more...]

Filling a hole in our household

There has been something missing from my life for some time. Just over three and a half years in fact. There has been grief, longing but a level of acceptance that one day, some day, that hole would be filled.

For you see, although I have owned (or been owned by) cats, I am a dog person. My parents had a dog before I was born. I grew up with dogs and formed strong bonds with dogs of relatives and close friends.

My first very own ‘baby’, Dave came to us on our first wedding anniversary and stayed for nearly fifteen years. A rough coated Jack Russell Terrier, he had loads of personality and a winning way with everyone he met. He was just another member of our household.

Dave [Read more...]