Happy Food

What’s your happy food?

You know, foods that make you happy no matter how down you are.  Know what I mean? Sometimes food just brightens up your day… right? Mine are banana muffins, eggs, creative sandwiches, and Qoola frozen yogurt! ❤

My dad likes chocolate chip pancakes made with plain white flour, white sugar, and butter 🙂

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I made some for him one Friday morning, topped with maple syrup and a nice square of butter.

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At the same time, Mom and I enjoyed baked pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast! With Kirkland’s extra thick, salty peanut butter. Have I mentioned how much I miss Costco’s old coconut oil peanut butter? This one, simply peanuts + salt, is just not the same. 😥

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I also added a scoop of chocolate chia pudding on top. It’s super easy to make. Please just disregard the awful lighting in these photos – I know they’re terrible. 😦

Start with some chia seeds – we buy ours in bulk from Costco.

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Add some peanut butter and cocoa powder. We buy both of these from Costco, and they’re great. I love how silky the cocoa powder is. Plus, there’s no sugar added so I love using it for chocolate oatmeal.

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Some pitted dates and a pinch of salt:

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Then add vanilla extract and milk (almond milk is my favourite for this) and stir it up to combine. It’ll be hard to stir, but it doesn’t really matter because we’ll be blending it up. Let sit for the chia to puff up and absorb the liquid, then blend and serve. 🙂 Amazing!

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It’s so good, and good for you too! I like it most on pancakes and oatmeal – plus straight out of the jar for dessert. It gives me lots of energy for aerial silks, which is a pretty sweet bonus!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding {gluten-free, vegan // yields 2 servings}

  • 1 cup milk (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • TOPPINGS: coconut, more chia, almonds, crushed nuts, peanut butter, granola (YUM), chocolate chips, banana slices, cinnamon, berries, etc.

Mix all ingredients and let sit for 2 hours to overnight. When ready to eat, place in blender and blend on HIGH until they are all combined and creamy. You may need to scrape the edges. Pour into a jar and let chill in fridge before eating. Enjoy with toppings!

Based on this recipe by Edible Perspective. 🙂


Mom loves peanut butter, too. I added chocolate chips in my pumpkin oatmeal!

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Around noon we headed to Whole Foods! This place is my #1 favourite place ever. Okay, maybe next to Disneyworld and Montreal. 😉

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Highlights of this hot bar lunch include roasted sweet potatoes, smoked mozzarella pasta salad, and shredded chicken in salsa verde. We also shared a turkey apple brie sandwich. These are the best!

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Dessert was a big tiramisu cake, also from Whole Foods. This tasted super fresh and I loved the creamy, fluffy mascarpone layers.

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Here are the ingredients if you were curious:

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Then I looked it straight in the eye (?) and devoured it with the help of Mom 🙂

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Thank you Mom, for such a fab, filling lunch. I was stuffed but I can’t wait to go back again… and again…

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an awesome recipe that I am working on. Have a sunny week!

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