carrot cake chia pudding

Hello my baby carrots!

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So today I decided to do something a little different for What I Ate Wednesday. While it’s a blog party that I love, I’ve been finding lately I just haven’t been feeling it, at least not in the same sense. The idea of photographing all of my eats in a single day was beginning to cause some anxiety for me- do I really want to admit I ate that? Or that much? Plus I felt a pressure to ensure my food was as clean as possible and interesting. And sometimes that just doesn’t feel healthy for me to do. I have had issues with restriction in the past, something I haven’t discussed too much on the blog, or with very many people at all, but I could feel it starting to creep back. While I understand the benefit of recording your meals in a kind of food diary (you can see things that are missing, food ruts, etc.) and looking at other people's posts (for ideas, etc.), if something is creating anxiety for me when it comes to food, I just don’t feel it’s a good idea for me to be doing. I have come to develop a healthy relationship with food (although, of course I have slip-ups) and I want to keep it that way! I don't want to fall into the comparison trap or feel bad about fueling my body the way it needs to be fuelled. I know I shouldn't no matter what, but if it's something I'm struggling with right now, it's best to remove the triggers. I was actually talking to a blogger-friend about this very topic recently and I felt it was something that was important enough to me to share with you all, and make a change to how I approach WIAW.

So instead of cataloguing a day of eats every week with you guys, I think what I’ll start doing is a post about a recipe, or a food I have been loving the past week! If it’s a recipe, I’ll of course share it with you all and if it’s just a food or ingredient, I’ll fill you all in as to why YOU should love it too! And of course, I may occasionally revert to the more traditional WIAW. How does all that sound to you guys?

So today I’m going to kick off my new WIAW format by sharing a recipe I have made countless times since adopting an anti-candida diet. I teased you all with it on this WIAW post and have gotten a few, fairly adamant requests for it!

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It’s sweet without any fruit, or any kind of sweetener except stevia. It’s protein-packed, omega-3 rich and super filling! Plus, while it’s no green smoothie (oh how I miss those) it still lets you start your day with some veggies while feeling like you are eating dessert.

Yes everyone, it’s my Carrot Cake Chia Pudding!

The star of this pudding are the chia seeds. They help create a thick and satisfying pudding texture without sacrificing taste. What I love about chia seeds is how they absorb water and bulk up helping you to feel full for longer. I also use some Sunwarrior Protein Powder, which is delicious tasting on it’s own and it really helps add some creaminess to the pudding. Now I can’t emphasize this enough- make sure you use a protein powder you like the taste of when making this! I tried it with a protein powder I don’t love but I’m trying to use up and I really did not enjoy this. Don’t come back to me and say you hated it if you try it with a less-than-stellar powder. I warned you ;)

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Carrot Cake Chia Pudding (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Raw)

Tastes like carrot cake but without any grains or sugar! Healthy enough for breakfast, but delicious enough for dessert! If you're feeling really decadent, try topping with some of this icing (minus the turmeric).

Ingredients (1 bowl)

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • heaping 1/2 cup baby carrots (almost 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (I use Natural Sunwarrior Warrior Blend). Make sure it's a protein powder you like the taste of on it's own!
  • 1/2 tsp maca (optional, may need more stevia without it)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 drops stevia (I use english toffee stevia) or to taste, depending on tastes and protein powder used
  • 1 + 1 tbsp chia seeds, divided
  • optional toppings: coconut flakes, chopped walnuts, raisins

Instructions

Place everything except 1 tbsp chia seeds in a blended and blend until smooth. Add in the last tbsp chia seeds and stir to incorporate. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 15 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken. Serve with coconut flakes, chopped walnuts and raisins (if eating fruit) if desired!

It’s super quick to whip up the night before, or even in the morning. If making in the morning just mix it up, go get ready, then come back to a lovely treat! Even easier if made the night before, just whip it up, refrigerate and in the morning add your toppings.

I am submitting this recipe to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Fat Tuesday, Real Food WednesdayAllergy, Free Wednesday, Gluten-free Friday, Foodie Friends Friday and Wellness Weekends!.

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Hope you all like my new format for WIAWs. It’s not the usual thing, but I think it works for me!

Have any other bloggers or readers struggled with writing or reading WIAW posts? I know that we are all unique and therefore need to eat different foods in different amounts, but I just can't help but fall into the comparison trap lately. Maybe it's the stress of moving and change! Either way I think this is a format I can happily participate with. 

What’s your favourite go-to breakfast?

Happy hump day everyone!

 

63 thoughts on “carrot cake chia pudding

  1. Great sounding pudding, Gabby! I must give it a try–I love chia puddings. :) And I agree about WIAW. I could never see the benefit in chronicling every morsel that I ate in a day on the blog. . . I can see how it could lead to problems with self-doubt or comparing to others. I know there are lots of popular blogs out there that do that, but I have never been a reader of too many of those, either. Good for you for going with what feels right to YOU. :D

    • Thanks so much Ricki! It was hard to admit what was going on, but I feel so much better not participating :)

      Aren’t chia puddings amazing! It took me ages to find a way I liked them, but now that I have I can’t get enough!

  2. Nicely said, my friend! I am so happy you posted these thoughts as I think these are thoughts that more people than not have. Being able to identify with others is such a beneficial thing for anyone who struggles with food and eating issues. I am glad for you to be the voice of this!

    Do you think there are any substitutions for the protein powder in this recipe? Is it there for a thickening agent or flavor? Do you think xanthan gum would work in it’s place (if for thickening)? I’m not a huge fan of really any protein powders but I’d still love to try out this pudding! BTW…I have that english toffee stevia too…amazing! I use it in this chocolate hazelnut tea I drink…so good!

    Hope you are having a nice weekend and getting set for your move! We’ll talk more by email… ;-)

    • Thank you Shelby! I have been thinking about it so much lately that it just seemed right to share! It’s actually amazing how many people feel the same!

      In terms of the protein powder, it adds a little sweetness, some thickening, as well as helps it be more filling. I think you could totally try adding more chia (like an extra 1/2-1 tbsp) or flax seed, or definitely give xanthan gum a try (that stuff is magical). Might need to add a little more sweetness, totally your call. Let me know what you try out!

      Oh man english toffee stevia is probably my favourite. That and chocolate. They add a depth of flavour you just don’t get with plain or vanilla. Sounds amazing in that tea!

      Oh man packing is happening like crazy here, same with running errands. I packed up most of my stuff that I use for food photograph today, which made it seem more real! It’s going to be interesting taking good food pictures in my new apartment that’s for sure.

      Hope you are having a good weekend too :) Can’t wait to hear from you soon!

  3. I think it’s a great idea, Gabby, and this pudding looks and sounds sensational! I haven’t really experimented with chia before but I LOVE carrot cake and think this may just be the recipe I need to get started! :-)

  4. Oh you are too sweet, Gabby – I love your honesty and the fact that you are just SO genuine. I just want to give you a big squeezy hug. I’m not a huge fan of the WIAW thing for me, personally as most of the stuff I eat is ugly/SUPER weird (weirder than what I post on my blog!!) so it doesn’t suit my style of posts either. I love your new take on it – you gotta do what works for YOU. I love this carrot chia creation – I WILL try this for sure…. I LOVE anything carrot-cake related! xx

    • Lou you are my favourite, I love hugs :) I’m actually so pleased that people understand and feel similarly! I just remember as a reader how I loved wiaws so when I started a blog it was a top priority. Funny how things change eh?

      I hope you like this recipe! How good are carrots??

  5. Lovely chia pudding! I love anything carrot cake related…

    Good for you for recognizing that it was triggering certain thought patterns and making change before things got out of hand. I completely understand. There are certain things I don’t do because I know there are certain behaviors that stem from that habit. I have not done the WIAW for that very reason. I just don’t like comparing myself to others and I also like being able to post whatever I want on Wednesdays (I have issues with authority, perhaps?? ;-) ) I do enjoy reading others’ WIAW, though. I just don’t think partaking is right for me.

  6. The reason I avoid even clicking through to those WIAW round-ups is that, whenever I have, it’s looked like nothing but a swarm of eating disordered language and behaviour to me. I completely get that it isn’t like this for everyone, but in all honesty it’s always sat very uncomfortably with me. I think it’s absolutely wonderful that you can be honest with yourself about how it’s affecting you, and take a step back.

  7. oh my gosh Gabby! That pudding looks so incredible! aren’t carrots just the best?! They sweet, yet SO GOOD for you! They were my best friend when I was on the anti-candid BED diet! I can’t wait to try this!

  8. You and I think so much alike when it comes to recipes! I’m with ya on the WIAW. My main problem was that I’d forget or be so hungry I didn’t want to be bothered with taking a picture, so I just started showing a few things I eat and including a recipe. In short, I really like your new approach! Your pudding looks fantastic! I love that you’re incorporating veggies into breakfast, but in a clandestine kind of way. My go to breakfast is usually overnight oats, but I’ll have to give this a go and let you know how it turns out! :-)

    • Thanks Luaren :) yes it’s just too easy to compare yourselves to others when it’s an actual record of everything you ate in a day!

      I love overnight oats and haven’t had them in ages. I’ll need to make them once this candida thing is kicked! Hope you like this chia pudding! And yes it’s my way of getting veggies in right away instead of my smoothies :)

  9. I love your twist on WIAW (it’s something I don’t participate in or follow much precisely because I share some of the concerns you outline about it’s negatives…not to say it doesn’t have lots of positives but it’s just not my thing) :) I also love this carrot cake chia pudding! Thanks for the recipe, it looks and sounds wonderful.

  10. Sounds awesome, Gabby and I love any way that I can add carrots to my day :-). I SO hear you on blogging/food/photo/recipe anxiety! It’s the very reason that I ended my other blog and why I cut back on how many posts I do in a week. I was totally stressing myself out – for NO REASON. I’ve been all about removing stress from my life and somehow it crept back in. All my own doing.

    • Right? Carrots are awesome!

      I know what you mean- even though blogging is a hobby and something we enjoy, it comes with a pressure to post often and post high quality! At the end of the day though, it should just be about what we enjoy and what we want. I’m glad you are trying to find your way back to that :)

  11. Good for you Gabby for recognizing this a taking a different approach to WIAW – which I love you new format by the way!

    This sounds totally decadent for breakfast but still healthy!

    …I know I would probably feel a bit overwhelmed with WIAW that is why I don’t participate – I would feel like my whole day of eating would have to be perfect and the presentation A+ too.

    • Thank you Heather! It seems like it’s something a lot of blogger struggle with, even if it’s not WIAW specific, but there is a certain amount of pressure when it comes to always have delicious, and in some cases healthy food all the time. The anxiety and stress was starting to become an issue for me and since blogging is supposed to be fun, why deal with that right?

      Yes that’s what I was going for with this breakfast! Sometimes, dessert for breakfast is just needed :)

  12. Many times I just skip breakfast, which is a terrible thing, I know, but with my two little ones is just crazy around when everybody gets up. This week I live on mango and a coffee for breakfast, at least I am not starving when 11pm comes.
    Your recipe sounds super delicious, as always :)

  13. Hi Gabby

    Yes I can totally understand why you want a break from WIAW, and you’re right it’s hard not to compare yourself to other people. I sometimes find even reading food blogs makes me start to crave unhealthy food that I wouldn’t normally eat. Thankfully I don’t get much time for making snacks but it would be dangerous if I did.
    I’ve been thinking on and off about doing a WIAW but I think my food might be a bit too boring. The problem is in my mind that healthy food is often boring food because the more you jazz something up, the more complicated it becomes and the harder it is for the body to digest.
    I’m happy with the food that I eat as I rarely indulgence in anything I wouldn’t want to share with the world but my meals are hardly inspiring. I generally eat green thickies for breakfast and often for lunch too, maybe some homemade hummus and oat cakes. For dinner I have a simple cooked vegan meal on top of a massive salad. I may do a WIAW as a one as a one off in the future but I think people would get bored of my plain meals if they saw them every week.
    I find if I eat foods that I see as a ‘treat’ or indulgence’ too often, even if they are healthy I can’t stop eating and it leads to a binge, so for me it’s all or nothing but it works for me. Everyone is different. It’s great you’ve recognised that it’s not doing you any favours at the moment.
    I really enjoy just reading recipes as sometimes you see some food you really like on WIAW and can’t make it yourself as there is no recipe, so better to just select the best stuff I think. (like this recipe)

    • Thanks Katherine, I’m glad you can see it from my point of view. 

      I think it would be fun to see one of your WIAW posts, would even be helpful for people who want to start using your thickies to improve their health! Of course it’s completely up to you, even if you just did a post on how you generally eat throughout the day. No need to do it every week, and if it doesn’t feel right you can always stop right?

      You’re right about WIAWs sometimes beaing a tease for food- they show you something delicious, but no recipe! Ahh the cravings it causes with no way to satisfy it hehe

  14. mhmmm this carrot pudding looks the bomb gabby!! i am still loving green smoothies– would love to try candida free for a while but i seriously dont have the energy for it at the moment. i have a 55+ work hour week with lots of yoga classes and absolutely no free time, late dinners and an absolutely exhausting time schedule that i rather spoil myself with good eats including green smoothies!

    i would not stress about WIAW… i would certainly not do it.. people compare themselves so m uch with other and i really dont wanna support that… some people also judge and i woule rather keep myself out of it and just ENJOY all the positives i experience all day.. this means a wonderful meal, yes, but its not everything. i would love ro read more about how you feel when you do this, eat this, etc…

    • Thank you Alexia! Oh jeez your schedule sounds insane! I can totally understand why you wouldn’t want to try out an anti-candida diet right now- you need food you love with a schedule like that!

      It’s so hard to not compare yourselves to others with WIAW, even though that’s not the point of the blog party! But for now I’m struggling with that so I think it’s a good idea for me to stop. I’d rather focus on the enjoyment of food, and life as you said!

      I’ll definitely keep that in mind going forward :)

  15. Proud of you Gabby! Do what makes you feel good, and blogging should be fun and positive, which you obviously (wisely) know :) Love from France (where I’ve been eating bread & cheese everyday and feel like a million bucks, but that’s a whole other story!!) xx

  16. Oh, thank you so much for saying that out-loud, Gabby! I am only an occasional “WIAW”-er, and I never really articulated why I didn’t want to do it every week, but you just said it for me. Yes, it would end up producing major anxiety. I have to admit there have been some Tuesday mornings that I started taking pictures, then by the end of the day, I was like, “I can’t post this, it’s not healthy enough.” And then I felt terrible for not being more transparent! No good at all. : (

    I think this new format is great, and this recipe sounds amazing! I’ve been going nuts with chia puddings lately. : )

    • Aww thank you Raechel, I’m so glad someone feels the same as me! While it is a fun idea, it’s not worth the anxiety! I’m sure I will end up doing it again but deciding not to do it as a weekly thing is a relief! Because at the end of the day I think it’s healthier to have a good relationship with food than to eat 100% healthy all the time.

      Aren’t chia puddings the best? Taste like dessert but so good for you! Pretty much defines all my favourite dishes hehe.

  17. when i am hungry the camera is invisible to my eye. to it is difficult to remember to click:) plus most of my meals are just plain indian meals, which i think are plain. But thats what i eat 4 out of 5 times.
    i like the new format. i still have not picked up chia seeds yet. someone please send some to me for a review, then i will have to try something ;) you can probably round up some similar recipes or recipes with the same main ingredient or just ideas on what to do more with it.:)

    • Haha I hear you on that one- sometimes I am too hungry or food just looks too good to remember to take a picture!

      Definitely get some chia seeds in your life!

      I like the idea of the round up and ideas of what to do with different foods, thanks! 

  18. Yay the carrot cake chia pudding!! It sounds sooooo good, I’ve been into all things carrot cake lately and this sounds awesome!

    I totally understand the pressures of feeling like you have to post or follow the guidelines of WIAW or anything else like that. I get stressed a lot about my food when I know I’m putting it on my blog, because like you, I think there is an expectation for hyper clean foods. I don’t eat 100% clean all of the time and I still eat small amounts of gluten because a tiny amount once in a while won’t affect me. But I feel like I’m cheating! Anyway, I like your new idea for WIAW posts. It’s more important for you to feel good and healthy and to maintain your healthy relationship with food. I think that all of us would rather see you healthy and happy than to have an entire day’s worth of meals to read.

    Thanks again for the carrot cake chia pudding recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Thanks Sarah! I’m glad you understand and you got it exactly right. Whenever I eat something that’s not perfectly healthy I feel like I’m cheating which creates a negative feeling. It should just feel like an indulgence or a treat, or a natural part of a balanced diet, however you want to look at it. Anyway. I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels the pressure and thanks for understanding :)

      Hope you like the pudding!

  19. That looks so yummy! Is it weird that I’ve never actually made chia pudding? I LOVE chia seeds though!

    I like your new format too! I am planning on starting a blog (one of these days….) and I’d often wondered if I’d enjoy WIAW or if it would make me feel a little too self conscious and I’d feel like I had to edit myself. You are wise to remember to be kind to yourself!

    • Well that’s just craziness! It actually took me a while to find a way to make chia pudding that I actually liked. The key for me is to blend some of the seeds and keep other whole. I like the texture so much better that way!

      Thank you so much! Ya it’s really hard to be truthful and compassionate iwht yourself sometimes. It’s just so hard not to compare yourself to others when you are documenting all your food and then looking at everyone else’s! I think it’s a great idea though, just not something that’s good for me right now. 

  20. Nice pudding, Gabby! The protein powder totally makes a difference. I just started using Sun Warrior (whatever their non-flavoured kind is, Warrior Blend, I think) and I dont find it nearly as creamy as my old hemp powder. Except the hemp has a kinda funny taste unless I mask it with chocolate or something… Oh well…

    Anyways, I would not be stressed about doing or not doing WIAW. I certainly don’t do it – I couldn’t fathom photographing all my eats for a day, just because well, I don’t want to have a camera with me taking sub-par photos. Just taking pics of (most) of what I cook is stressful enough because I like to take photos when it is fresh.

    I say kudos to you for realizing it is a trigger for something negative and nipping it in the butt!

    Btw, we are kindred spirits. I have a raw carrot cupcake recipe going up tomorrow. :)

    • There’s always a give and take with protein powders isn’t there? It takes so much trial and error to find one that completely works for you!

      And thanks! It’s something I like participating in, but lately I have had so many negative emotions surrounding it, it didn’t seem right to force it. Who knows, maybe in a while I’ll want to do it again. But for now I like being more choosy in the food I choose to show and would rather not document every bit of food. Just healthier for me :) 

      Oh I can’t wait to see your recipe! I have been totally wanting to make raw carrot cake cupcakes for ages, I can’t wait to see yours!

      And the fact that you said kindred spirits just made me all kinds of happy :)

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