‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice and everything nice!
Am I right?
I mean, the seasonal release of pumpkin spice everything is practically a national holiday.
From baked goods, to cereals, to flavorful drinks, and so much more – you can’t stroll down the grocery aisles without being bombarded by this festive flavor.
Although – according to Catherine Franssen, a professor of psychology and neurostudies – there is actual science behind this craze as “the sweet smell and tantalizing taste of pumpkin spice can trigger a nostalgic emotional response” in the human brain, the question is…should we indulge?
Unfortunately, what you’ll find in most pumpkin spice goodies is NOT everything nice.
The majority of these deliciously flavored treats are loaded with dangerous amounts of sugars, toxins, artificial flavors and additives, highly processed ingredients, and more – which can lead to wonky blood sugar levels and wreck havoc on your body.
But there’s no denying it.
The quintessential fall flavor of pumpkin spice is here to stay!
And you know what? There’s no argument here from me.
As the days begin to shorten, the nights start to cool, and the changing leaves dance among the autumn breeze – there’s no denying that I want to indulge a little too.
PIC – PIN
PUMPKIN SPICE CHIA PUDDING
Skip the latte lines – and the other high-sugar, overprocessed goodies that will cause your system to crash later on – and come celebrate the pumpkin spice season with this simply delicious and nutritious pumpkin spice chia pudding from my kitchen to yours!
- 1 cup almond milk (or other milk of choice)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Honey or pure maple syrup (to desired taste)
- Mix almond milk, chia seeds, & vanilla together. Whisk to combine.
- Cover & store in refrigerator overnight. Mixture will become thick & creamy.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together, then add to the refrigerated chia mixture.
- Optional: Top with coconut whipped cream, cinnamon, crushed walnuts or pumpkin seeds
Original post written: 9/25/18
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