Next up: the simplest dessert.
Not long after I acquired my first ever bag of chia seeds, I went in search of chia pudding. The recipe that I used came from Food Doodles’ take on Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding and it’s satisfying, easy and so chocolatey. But since I can’t help myself when it comes to recipe tinkering, I made a second batch, the Mocha Chia Pudding pictured below, with some modifications. It’s a little extra work, but the flavor is a bit richer than the original version.
Need more chocolate inspiration? Try some of my other pudding recipes:
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/4 freshly-brewed coffee
- 1 packet crystallized stevia (or your favorite sweetener, to taste)
- 1 ounce high-quality semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- cacao nibs, for sprinkling
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or if you have a better longer span than I do, melt it in the microwave). Gently heat the non-dairy milk and the coffee and whisk into the melted chocolate. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla extract and let cool for a few minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds and stevia. Stir into the chocolate mixture. Leave the mixture out or store in the refrigerator until thickened. Add more milk if necessary. Top with cacao nibs.
Apparently this has been buzzing around the Internet for years, but like Rip Van Winkle, I just kinda woke up to the whole phenom – thanks to a post at Terra, Not Terror. I was immediately intrigued by this idea, mainly because it sounds so freaking wacky, but also because I haven’t been satisfied with my face-washing routine in years. I was a Kiehl’s devotee for a long time, then kind of bounced around among various products, all of which made my face feel dry and tight. I’d then have to slather on copious amounts of moisturizer to counteract the dryness.
As soon as I read the post, I bopped off into the Internet to read more. I got detailed info at The Oil Cleansing Method and set about making my own concoction. I had to mess with the ratio a little to get it right. I’m using a combination of caster oil (cheap!) and sunflower oil. I’ve been doing this routine now for a couple of weeks. And I’m a convert. I actually look forward to washing my face. It really is like a mini self-facial. My skin feels great, I’ve cut out the moisturizer (still use a daily SPF) and I think I’m seeing improvement in the texture and brightness of my skin. Weird, wild stuff!
And then over at Air Eater there was a post about not washing one’s hair. I know, right? Lidia describes her new routine in detail and once again, I hit the Internet to find out more. There is a TON of info out there and yes, it’s old, old news. What has shampoo done for me lately except dry out my scalp?? I actually went cold turkey and am just rinsing my hair with plain old water. No one has yet turned away in utter disgust. The notion of letting my skin and hair – my own body – manage itself is truly appealing.
2018 update: I now use Deva Curl products exclusively and couldn’t be happier with my curls!
I’m eternally grateful to Luminous Vegans for this post, which introduced me to the miracle that is Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. I read, I bought. It’s completely natural and contains no aluminum. It’s creamy, smells delicious (lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil) and is easy to apply.
That’s all well and good, but it also needed to work. Without going into the ugly details, I put deodorant through its paces and this product came through with sweet-smelling colors. Get some for your wife/husband/friend/siblings. Get them off of the aluminum scary-stuff and onto this totally natural, effective cream.
2018 update: I no longer use deodorants on a daily basis (but this one smells divine and works well). I developed some kind of skin reaction so now I only apply it when it’s really, really hot and I’m going to be close to other humans.