Last year I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t feeling ‘holly jolly’. It wasn’t in a grinchy way, I just didn’t have that warm, holiday zing buzzing through me like usual. This was something I had never experienced before and honestly, it was a bit unsettling.

The house was decorated, there was Christmas music on loop to help encourage those festive feelings – still nothing. I sincerely wondered if I had finally lost my spirit to all the chaos and materialism of the season, alongside the troubling political climate of late 2016.

As I was scrolling on Instagram one morning I saw so many festive treats, cookies, cakes and candies. But we all know, I’m not currently the greatest baker – the last thing I wanted to do was add to the stress of baking to my holiday slump.

Then I thought, “wait, what about adding some gingerbread spice to (one of my morning favorites) chia pudding?” It was already in the refrigerator all I had to do was add the spice. But, of course I didn’t have this on hand. So I sifted together some spices to create my own and then stirred them on into my chia pudding. Voila!

I was excited to have made something festive! But best of all, and I kid you not, a few bites in I found myself humming ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ – success!

So, it seems that the flavors of the season play a crucial roll in sparking some of those festive feelings for me. Surprise, surprise! Of course food would be the missing link.

I hope that if you are feeling those Cindy Lo-Ho vibes or perhaps even a bit Grinchy, that this pudding can help elevate your spirit. Or further lift your holiday joy if you are already feeling full blown Buddy the Elf.

Happy Holidays and Enjoy!

Gingerbread Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plant milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp gingerbread spice*
  • 1 tsp unsulphured molasses
  • 1-2 tbs maple syrup

*Gingerbread spice:

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a jar, stir together all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  2. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight to thicken.
  3. When ready to eat, stir and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Option to blend after thickened to create creamy dessert like pudding. Goes beautifully with Coconut Whipped Cream!