Festive Chia Puddings: Eggnog & Red Velvet w/ Macadamia Cream

December 23, 2016

Festive Chia Puddings: Eggnog & Red Velvet w/ Macadamia Cream by Faring Well

I can’t quite put my finger on what’s changed. It’s easy to give credit to the cool weather, or to a decent creative streak. Maybe changes in my daily routine. My newest approach to diet, fitness, and the overall balancing act of life have improved a bit too. But the change feels more concrete, not like something that can be altered with a failed photoshoot or a missed day of exercise. Ever since visiting my doctor a few months ago, things have begun to change. Allergies were discovered which I’ve been able to avoid as of late. I discovered my adrenal glands were completely depleted, and my thyroid to be under-active (the latter most likely caused by the former) and began a holistic healing regimen.

I finished this initial healing process last week, and I no longer feel the same. I gave up stevia and started consuming actual sugars (maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, dates, etc.) and I no longer feel the same. I started eating foods I craved but had never eaten, such as bread for sandwiches and cooked sweet potatoes, and I no longer feel the same. Hear me, I feel so good. I feel energy which I hadn’t noticed was missing before. I feel emotionally balanced, not like a loose wire that can be set off with any small amount of stress. My body is getting back into shape, despite my reduced amount of running and increased carbs (sweet potatoes, bread) and sugars (maple sweetened oats and hot cocoa, date sweetened cashew milk, etc). Our bodies are amazing, they just want to achieve balance – and if we listen to them and stop fighting against what they crave and need, I’m telling you, sweet serenity awaits.

This is coming from a girl who has fought a true fight against her body for most of her life. Miserably. This may not resonate with some of you, and that is totally wonderful. But I know there are those of you who know this fight well, and I want to encourage you to seek that balance – hopefully through sharing a few of my small victories here and there.

Most importantly, I laugh and enjoy my husband’s presence far more than I ever have. These two are some of the most impactful changes I have noted, and I’m tearing up with gratitude for them dearly. There is nothing like being able to love others in your life well. No amount of clothing, kitchen gadgets, or self indulgences that bring the kind of joy to a person’s heart when they see someone they love feel loved. I love seeing Scott’s face light up because he knows how much he is loved. I love seeing my sweet friends faces smile with joy because they realize how much they are loved. This isn’t the fleeting, flirtatious love that is so widespread – it’s the concrete, soulful love that usually comes from sacrificing something of yours for the benefit of another. A moment of time, a handpicked card, or most often (and my favorite) a good listen. Allowing someone to feel listened to, and not just heard. Taking a moment to stop thinking about your lists, your ideas, things you want to share, and instead, showing interest in someone else. Really caring about what they have to say, about their story.

I have so many thoughts whizzing around my head at the moment, so please forgive my rambling. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the blessings and struggles in my life currently. Many of you shine light into my life on the daily, and I truly have enjoyed so many wonderful conversations with each of you. Here on the blog, but also through Instagram comments, stories, and emails too. I’m especially grateful for your love on my newest project with The Unbakery, and cannot wait to share more soon! Photographing their work this week has been one of my favorite projects to date. The fact they are the sweetest people (and most down to earth) that you will ever meet is truly the naturally-sweetened-icing on the cake. I could go on longer about their goods, but I’ll save it for another post.

In lieu of my recent cold, I was able to find a way to make something delicious and nutritious for us holiday-ers that are ready for the January bowls of clean food to overtake the cookies in our feeds (my love for cookies is not to be mistaken). Here are two new flavors I am so thrilled about I could’t pick a favorite if I tried. I bring you both the eggnog and the red velvet chia pudding! Topped with a sweet and nutty macadamia cream, and totally irresistible (unless you are in the same camp as Scott and would sooner watch a marathon of Queen Latifah movies than take a bite of any chia-related mixture). This one is for the chia pudding lovers, for Pinterest tells me we all exist. I’ve been enjoying these jars throughout this week, and had to wait for my cold to subside in order to actually taste the puddings in full form. Good news, they knocked my fuzzy, snowflake patterned socks off. Merry Christmas you guys, have a super sweet one. – xx

Ps. For those of you who have been asking about Denver, it was so great! Thank you. So much quality time with our good friends, and lots of whisky and dancing to 90s r&b (enter: head cold; worth it). Also, that cashew milk latte from Stowaway changed my life. I can’t wait for this to be more of a common thing around here **crossing fingers**. Hugs to our CO friends, we miss you. 

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EGGNOG CHIA PUDDING
Makes 2 servings.

1 1/2 cups cashew milk (recipe below)
1 medium banana, very ripe
2 teaspoons coconut butter
1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla beans, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup whole chia seeds
macadamia cream, to serve (recipe below)

Combine everything but the chia seeds in a high speed blender and puree on high until smooth. Add the chia seeds and pulse a few times to disperse. Pour into a 20 ounce jar, seal tight, and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours (or overnight). Spoon into serving glasses and top with a scoop of macadamia cream.


RED VELVET CHIA PUDDING
Makes 2 servings.

1 1/2 cups cashew milk (recipe below)
2 teaspoons raw cacao powder
2 small beets, trimmed, boiled and cooled
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons coconut butter
1/4 cup whole chia seeds
macadamia cream, to serve (recipe below)

Combine everything but the chia seeds in a high speed blender and puree on high until smooth. Add the chia seeds and pulse a few times to disperse. Pour into a 20 ounce jar, seal tight, and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours (or overnight). Spoon into serving glasses and top with a scoop of macadamia cream.


MACADAMIA CREAM
Makes one 8 ounce jar.

1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons plant milk (I use cashew)

Place the macadamia nuts and cashews in a small bowl and cover with water. Let soak overnight on the counter, or in the fridge. Drain well and add to a high speed blender. Add the remaining ingredients, secure the lid, and insert the tamper. Puree on low, moving to high while using the tamper to keep the mixture at the base and moving. Continue pureeing until smooth (for a creamier consistency, use all cashews – the macadamias area  bit grittier but so tasty). Transfer to a jar, seal tight, and keep in the fridge until ready to use. Best if enjoyed within one week.


CASHEW MILK
Makes 3 1/2 cups.

1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
3 1/2 cups filtered water
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medjool dates, pitted
pinch of pink salt

Combined all of the ingredients in a high speed blender. Secure the lid and puree on high for 30 to 40 seconds. Pour through a nut milk bag over a large bowl. Squeeze well until only the pulp is left in the bag. Pour the milk into a glass jar large enough to hold the amount, seal with an airtight lid, and keep in the fridge. Use within 3 days.


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24 Comments

  • Reply Jess @Nourished by Nutrition December 23, 2016 at 3:46 am

    I’m smiling from ear to ear and my heart is filled with so much joy, Jessie. Hearing about your small victories is always incredible. As little as the may seem to others, the impact they have on your life and on the lives of other who have or are struggling is immeasurable. You are a rock star! Now gimme that cashew macadamia nut butter cream (my jar of cashew butter cream is down to the very last spoonful). Merry Christmas, Jessie. xx

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Oh Jess, thank you! My heart is smiling reading this. You are so encouraging and I crazy appreciate you presence in this space friend. I hope you had a lovely Christmas! xo

  • Reply Carlos At Spoonabilities December 23, 2016 at 4:54 am

    It was beautiful reading your personal post today. There is a point during that I felt that you were talking to me, you described the same feeling that I get sometimes. Thank you for this personal touching post.

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much Carlos, I’m so happy to hear it resonated with you too! Hope you are enjoying this holiday week, I appreciate you taking the time to read + comment on my post here!

  • Reply Gena December 23, 2016 at 4:56 am

    I feel so happy to read this post, Jessie. One of the first things I do with clients is to encourage them to give up stevia and other artificial foods or replacement foods. I challenge them instead to eat the very things they want, in moderation, along with everything else, trusting that there are no “bad” foods and that their bodies are more resilient and wise than they think they are. Pretty much every food can be part of a healthful diet, but guilt and avoidance and subtle restriction can’t be part of a healthful diet.

    Um, also, these puddings? Adorable! I hope you coast into Christmas and new year’s with all of this newfound body respect and joy. Sending much love.

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Gena, you are such an inspiration and I appreciate you to the moon and back. It is shocking how many stages to this healing process there are. Just when you think you’ve made it, another step presents itself that you didn’t see before! So happy to have this space where we can encourage each other and share about our struggles + wins. I adore your space at TFH for that very reason. Hoping this is such a wonderful + relaxing holiday week for you friend. <3

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 23, 2016 at 5:49 am

    This was so beautiful and refreshing to read, my friend! So much happiness and good vibes going into the holidays and new year! With a perfect recipe to boot!

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Aw Rebeca, thank you! Really appreciate this ^^. Happy belated holidays and early new years to you!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full December 23, 2016 at 6:44 am

    My heart is bursting with joy to hear that you are doing better, sweet Jessie. I wish I could give you the biggest hug right now… I remember emailing you almost two years ago and talking about our respective digestive ailments. Look at how far we’ve come!! I’m so proud of you and I know that things will only continue to get better and better :) I hope you and Scott have a blessed Christmas and feel the peace and joy of Christ in your hearts this holiday season <3 <3 <3

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Sarah, I wish I could give you the biggest hug right back! I so appreciate you and your heartfelt words. It is crazy to look back and see all that has happened with us both! I’m so happy you are doing so well too, goodness, you have gone through so much! Cheers to a new year with even more struggles + wins as we go through this life. Grateful to know you, and Merry belated Christmas girl! xo

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker December 23, 2016 at 7:38 am

    I’m so happy to hear all of this Jesse! It so resonates with me because when I started letting go of what I ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ eat and started eating what I was craving, I felt SO much better. Recently I started craving eggs, so I ate a few and felt better, which felt weird! Anyway, I know it feels so great to have this newfound energy and passion (I kind of gave up running too!), so I hope you enjoy it to the fullest during this holiday season. Enjoy sweet friend, you are a gem! xo

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Abby! This ^ is huge. I’m so happy to hear you are learning through listening to your body as well. I actually started craving eggs a few months back, gave them a try, and found out I was allergic – eep! But I would have never known if I didn’t try. Its all about balance and listening to our bodies and discovery! I hope you are enjoying this holiday week to the fullest too girl, you are such a sweet heart. xo

  • Reply Angie December 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    You’re resilient and so amazing! Continue on this path you are truly meant to be on~ You inspire me, Jessie! Keep shining friend.

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Angie! You are so sweet and shining light into my day as we speak – appreciate you <3.

  • Reply Karlie December 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Jessie this post is so courageous and inspiring. You have a real way with words that touches my heart every time. The joy you are feeling comes through in your posts- both instagram and on the blog. I am so happy for you! Also – I am making these because GENIUS !! xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Aw Karlie! Yay! I hope you do make and enjoy these tons. Thank you for these sweet and encouraging words, I appreciate them more than you know! xoxo

  • Reply Leah | love me, feed me December 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

    This makes me so incredibly happy <3 This is so well written and this is such an exciting victory! Looking forward to where this new energy, excitement, and passion takes you and what the new year has in store for you.
    xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Leah, thank you! You are so kind to write me this, and I really appreciate the encouragement <3 you have such a sweet heart. I'm excited to see too. Hope you are having a fab holiday week girl! xo

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout December 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    <3 <3 <3 You're amazing! So glad to hear you are feeling better! <3 <3 <3

    • Reply Faring Well December 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Maya, thank you! You are always so sweet, happy holiday week girl! xx

  • Reply Rebeca December 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    First, I loved everything about this post. So many words that resonated with me! From restriction to listening to your body and finding peace and balance… I’ve so been there! Even though I don’t know, it makes me truly happy to read you’re feeming better. I do think sharing our victories (and struggles) makes us all better.
    And second! I came home today to find my boyfriend had made the red velvet pudding. He only made one serving and we demolished quickly. Delicious!

    • Reply Faring Well January 2, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Rebecca, you are so sweet for taking the time to write me this! Thank you <3. It's so encouraging to connect with others who have gone through similar struggles, and I agree - sharing makes us all stronger. Now for this pudding! It is just the coolest that your boyfriend made it (what a great guy) and that you both enjoyed it too! So freaking happy. I hope you two had a stellar New Years girl, happy 2017! xx

  • Reply Tisha Riman | The Nourished Mind January 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I also have dealt with restrictive eating, and nothing feels more empowering (or healthier!) than eating what you want. When I started eating carbs again, I found I stopped craving sugar, and I felt more grounded. So that’s awesome!

    Also, these recipes just look fantastic. I never would have thought to do an eggnog chia, so thanks! I’m excited to try it out :)
    xx

    • Reply Faring Well January 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you Tisha for taking the time to write me this here, I can relate with you on the reduced sugar cravings too! Finally being balanced feels amazing, and I’m so happy to read you have accomplished this too – yay! And as for the recipe love, thank you, you’re too too kind! Hope you’re having a wonderful week, and maybe get to try a special eggnog chia pudding soon <3.

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