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Now that all the clocks have successfully fallen back and the daylight hours are shorter, we can all be confident that fall is in full swing!  Fall is such an excellent time of year!  With lots of cold weather crops coming in (pumpkins, apples, squash, arugula, etc), there’s no shortage of baking inspiration.  But you have to beware the food rut.  Eating the same thing every day out of habit and not so much because it’s beneficial for you is no fun.  For a while I had been wracking my brain about what I could make that could be either a dessert or a breakfast (with a few tweaks), and I’m so glad to be sharing this new recipe with you today!

Chia seeds are such a versatile food, and are just bursting with omega fatty acids and loads of good things.  You can put them in just about anything, and they will add something special to it!  (And they can absorb liquids like nobody’s business).

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Over the weekend we had a games night, and if you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that we made some special cupcake treats.  I’ve recently discovered this really neat little cupcake baking book (I’m probably late to the party about this book, as it was published a few years ago), but I’m sure you’ll like it too!  Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World is a compact little book with so many variations of the cupcake that you’re sure to find something to please just about everyone (unless you have an unnatural dislike for miniature cakes, in which case I’m sorry, this book might not be for you).  The instructions are plain and straightforward and nothing is mysterious about how the recipe is supposed to work.  I tried three different kinds (each batch makes 12 cupcakes, so it was my golden moment to try a few).  There was a recipe for apple cider cupcakes, and they were glorious.  (I even got to use my homemade apple butter in them!  Yes!).  Concerned over eating  cupcakes?  See my 80/20 Approach article!

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Seeing as I had some leftover cider,  I was inspired to be creative in using it up!  I was really wanting a parfait, and it took some working out, and about 3 changes of flavor scheme, before I happily landed on this recipe idea.  I’m sure you’ll love it too.  And really, fall is your moment to make things with cider.  Don’t miss it!

The Perfect Apple Cider Chia Seed Parfait

Prep time: 5 minutes

Set time: 2 hours – overnight

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1 C Apple Cider (cold)
  • 1 handful Golden Raisins
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 3 tbsp Apple Butter
  • Coconut yogurt and diced apple (for layering)
Instructions:
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients.
  2. Allow the bowl to set in the refrigerator for 2 hours (or overnight).
  3. Serve this mixture layered between diced apples and coconut yogurt (it’s much more fun to do this in a clear glass, so that you can enjoy all the layers).
  4. Store unused portions covered in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
  5. If you prefer, you can always just have the thickened seed mixture on its own as a pudding (I tried it, and it’s very nice too).

This would make a great take-along mid-morning snack, and it’s sure to keep you full!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite way to use apple cider is!  Do you like it mulled?  In cupcakes?  On ham?  Let me know!

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Have you seen our brand new logo?  It was rolled out last week, and I’m so excited that it’s finally here!

Also, keep your eyes peeled this week for an announcement video about lots of new and wonderful things coming to our practice!  (I had a meeting about it last week, and I actually was a little giddy after!  I can’t wait to share it all with you!)

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Take care everyone, and have a great week!

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With a background in nursing, Lindsay lives and works in Ontario, Canada.LindsayTurbull.com was created to encourage, inspire and to share life on the road to wellness and living life abundantly.Please make sure that you follow us on social media as well to get updates and other fun things.
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