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Gingerbread Chia Pudding

November 12, 2013

If you’re just tuning in to the blog then I will preface this post by saying that I live with my parents. I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong about living with your parents, but when you are 24 years old you generally don’t anticipate it to pan out this way. When I moved back to Toronto from NYC I went through a brief phase of funemployment. It wasn’t the most logical decision to sign a lease when I didn’t have a job. So after 5 years of living away from home I bunked up with Mom and Dad.

Gingerbread Chia Pudding for a fun Christmas twist on classic chia pudding. The perfect winter snack recipe!It was a weird adjustment at first. I was so used to taking care of and only worrying about myself that I wasn’t exactly the most considerate roommate. For the most part I’ve gotten better about my typical selfishness. I’m completely neurotic about the kitchen being clean so in that respect I’ve definitely been helpful. And my parents and siblings (who are always dropping by and generally only for food or toilet paper) often get to act as taste-testers, which can be a good or bad thing. On the downside I have two very curious people watching me and asking me questions incessantly, but this is ultimately the price you pay for free rent.
Gingerbread Chia Pudding for a fun Christmas twist on classic chia pudding. The perfect winter snack recipe!One of the best parts about living with your parents is getting phone calls along these lines “Davida, I’m at Bulk Bar, do you need anything?”, “Davida, I’m stopping for dinner, what do you want?, and “Davida, what did you want from costco again?”. Yeah, I’m seriously going to miss those calls. But I’m also incredibly picky about my food and have learned what things not to ask for. For example, my Dad was going grocery shopping and asked me if I needed anything. I knew better than to tell him to pick up a carton of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, but I did anyway. And of course he came home with 3 litres of soy milk. Whomp whomp #firstworldproblems. On the bright side it turns out that chia pudding tastes awesome with soy milk! And yes this is how my story connects to this recipe. It was a long shot, I know.

In other news, I have a plan in the works to move out, but you’ll need to stay tuned for that 😉

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Gingerbread Chia Pudding

PREP TIME 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond, soy, hemp, rice etc...)
  • 4.5 T chia seeds
  • 1 T freshly grated ginger (dried works but use less)
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or airtight container. Stir well.
  2. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  3. Serve cold with toppings of choice.

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Do you live with your parents? What’s your milk of choice?

  • Reply
    Jessie
    November 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Nothing beats the simplicity of making chia pudding. I’m loving ginger at the moment. I’m thinking this would be a great snack while watching Elf. Perfect for the holiday season!

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    gottaeatgreen.com
    November 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I make chia pudding almost every week.. I love it! This recipe looks delicious, and so festive for the holidays!

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    Elise @ 9toFit.com
    November 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    YAYYY it’s gingerbread time!

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    November 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Lol I’ve definitely learned the hard way that there are certain things that I can’t ask my dad to buy for me either. If I’m in DIRE need of something, sometimes I’ll text him a picture of it so that he can compare it to what’s in the store — but even that’s not foolproof.

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    November 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Coconut Almond milk is the BOMB! Living with parents can be challenging, but it has it’s perks 😉

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      It’s SO good but I have a hard time finding it let alone getting my dad to find it lol

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    Chelsea @ chelseashealthykitchen.com
    November 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Haha you know I can completely relate about living at home – we should start a club! You’re right that it definitely has its perks though. I love having my mom do my laundry sometimes and when my dad cooks dinner!

    Also this chia pudding looks fabulous. I flipping love gingerbread!

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    softserveandsquats.com
    November 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    YUM! I love chia pudding and the gingerbread flavor is a great idea. Now I just need to get more chia seeds! I’m a big fan of almond milk!

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    interventionsandlullabies
    November 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I live at home with my parents too, and definitely don’t take for granted everything they do for me (and the groceries they buy!). 🙂
    I’ve actually never had chia pudding before (I know, I know), but I love gingerbread and this looks absolutely delicious. I’m thinking breakfast in the near future!

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    November 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This sounds good! I love pumpkin but I’m really excited to start seeing more gingerbread flavored recipes too. I don’t eat gingerbread in the summer but its a favorite winter flavor.

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    James
    November 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Fellow 24 year old just moved back in with her parents right here!! I moved back in after my last lease was up and I decided I was going to be overly picky with my next apartment. Turns out my next apartment would be my old bedroom…whoops. Having someone looking out for you is a nice plus, but there have been a few battles over ‘the right kind of whole wheat bread’…not joking. Bread has caused a lot of sleepless nights around here. haha

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      You feel me! It is sort of surreal being back in my childhood bedroom. And I’m SO curious about this bread debacle!

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    Julie@teachinggoodeaters
    November 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I love Chia and will definitely have to try this!!! I don’t know what it is about sending Dads to the store… I once texted mine a list. The first item on the list was, “all fruit jelly.” He came with jelly that had sugar in it (not, “all-fruit”) I then saw a LOT of fruit on the counter. Apparently, he thought I asked for ALL fruit! Who does that? Who would ask for ALL fruit?? I love my dad 🙂

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      ahhahahaha this made me laugh! I love it. Oh Dads 😉

      Glad you liked the chia pudding!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    November 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Funemployment should totally be a word! How awesome is it when your parents come home with your fave foods? Whenever I visit home, my mom had the kitchen stocked with Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups and hummus. What a dream. This chia pudding looks delish, especially with that molasses!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      If bootylicious and twerking can be in the dictioning I think funemployment should be!

      Your parents sound amazing!

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    Kathy @ Vodka and Soda
    November 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    girlfriend. i totally don’t diss living with moms and dad. in my culture, it’s totally normal for you to be with your parents until 1) you can’t stand it anymore and one of you leave or 2) you get married and move out with your husband/wife. in a lot of cases, they end up moving into the parents house or buying a bigger house and moving the parents in with them.

    my mom lives with us. she totally ditched us and took off to hong kong FOR TWO MONTHS so my family will now be subjected to my cooking. feel sorry for them. so this recipe is perfect because i’ve been looking for recipes to cook.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      yo momma ditched ya! She must not like you…KIDDING. How could you not love your beautiful, potty-mouthed face 😉

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    November 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    This is such a creative recipe! I definitely want to try it! I’m a big fan of chia puddings 🙂 I moved in with my parents briefly when I moved back to Denver from Philly. It was…interesting and better for all of us when I moved out. I’m definitely not someone who can have roommates or spend too much time around family. I love them but I really need my space!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Hahaha I would definitely call the experience interesting, bit I’m also so grateful that they haven’t kicked me out!

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    D.
    November 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Oh, yum! I just made Pumpkin Pie Chia pudding, but this is definitely next on the list since fall is on its way out and winter is most certainly here!

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    kellyrunsforfood.com
    November 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve never made chia pudding before, but now I want to try it! I also prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk, haha. That or the dark chocolate that Silk makes. So good!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      I’ve never tried the chocolate silk but I want to! It just means investing in the whole 3 litres though. I wish I could try a sample before committing ya know?

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    November 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I love this story. I too went from living on my own, then back with my parents, and then back on my own. Big thank you to my parents for sure. And I’m making this pudding TONIGHT! You are such a genius and this pudding just makes me happy with it being all holiday spirited. Woo hoo! 🙂

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    Em Kathryn
    November 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    P.S. (sorry forgot to mention this) I love soy milk in baked goods – especially pancakes and cupcakes. One cup soy milk with a tsp of apple cider vinegar makes the milk curdle (as I’m sure you know) and then adds greatness to pancakes or (often in my case) vegan cupcakes!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Love the tips! I add ACV or lemon juice to almost all my pancake or waffle recipe. Makes all the different!

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    November 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Haha, love how you call lit funemployment. I would have totally lived at home with my parents after college but they literally live in the middle of nowhere and it would have been impossible for me to find a job without having to drive an hour or more.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      True! Fortunate that my parents still live in the city 🙂 And funemployment it was! Until I realized I needed money.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    November 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Funemployment, you crack me up 🙂 I’m excited for these move out plans, can’t wait to hear more about it!! Annnd hooray for gingerbread season!

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    Danielle @Labelsarefortincans
    November 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Haha this totally sounds like grocery shopping with my parents when I lived at home! It was always a surprise what may come back from the grocery store with them…

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    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    November 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Oh I’m loving this recipe! Your grocery shopping story is so funny! Nothing wrong with living with the parents! I lived with them briefly after I moved back to the US from Australia. Now I just visit them and stay on weekends. They call themselves the proprietors of my beachside B&B. Yeah, we’re weird like that! 🙂

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      AHAHAHHA my parents say that all of their kids got a BA just so they were qualified to live in their “basement apartment”!

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    Shawn @ Fruity N Nutty
    November 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Yup, living with the ‘rents is super awesome!!!

    Seriously, it’s like you were reading my mind when you wrote this post. As the winter season is nearing, all I can think about are gingerbread cookies, well pretty much gingerbread anything. I can’t wait to make this!

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    Aimee / Wallflower Girl
    November 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    High five! I’m also 24 and have also moved back in with my parents B-) I think it’s pretty common these days, with the economy and all… Anyway, this recipe really caught my eye because I’ve been on a real Gingerbread kick today! And chia seeds are one of my favourite ingredients so I really love the sound of this 🙂

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    Brittany
    November 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I happen to love the story leading up to the recipe! YES I live with my mom and my sister, but I haven’t even moved out yet. OOPS. I don’t care much to be honest, and I help a lot with my autistic sister so that justifies my reasons for not making the move yet HAHA! This pudding..ohhh..yum.

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    Lauren Lomsdalen
    November 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Sounds delish and so perfect this time of year!

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    Nicole @ Quest for Balance
    November 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    This looks so good and filling, Please tell me those are crumbled up ginger snaps on top of this pudding?! I’m obsessed with gingersnaps. So delicious! I don’t live at home anymore but I did have a stint where I returned after university and it was not ideal. My parents and I definitely have a better relationship when we’re not all under one roof. I was very grateful that I did have that opportunity available to me though. Glad to see you’re home set up works out well. Free rent is beyond amazing, especially in Toronto.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Yup! I couldn’t let it be THAT healthy. It needed the gingersnaps on top 🙂 Don’t even get me started on the crazy rent in Toronto!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    November 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    This does look good, although after my last failed attempt, I’m pretty sure I’m never trying overnight anything again. My dad would totally do the same thing – he can never seem to get the right stuff at the grocery store, so when I was at home I would just text him the EXACT name (and maybe even a picture of the product), which seemed to help. But you’re right – first world probs!

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    Kim
    November 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Yum – looks good!!!
    I moved out of my mom’s house at 17 when I graduated high school and never lived there again (we don’t get along so…).
    And, I don’t do any milk – my boys just drink regular 2% milk.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Aw I’m sorry to hear that! But now you’re the mom and have some wonderful kids to keep you company!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    November 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I can’t ask my father to buy stuff for me because he always comes back with the wrong stuff haha. He’s so sweet anyway, I’ll be missing his “””help””” when I move to a different town to study, yeah.
    This pudding looks amazing, what a great mistake, right? 😉

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    November 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I live with the SO, but there’s a reason why I do the grocery shopping…I don’t trust him not to get the wrong thing (and it’s usually when he’s with me that chips and ice cream end up in the cart…). I still need to try chia pudding!

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    peacelovenutrition
    November 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Genius!! Chia and Gingerbread– 2 of my favorite things.

    I live alone! And have for over 6 years now (eek I feel old) haha

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    Khushboo
    November 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    High 5 on living with the parentals! As much as I’d love the privacy, living at home has plenty of perks as you mentioned. It’s almost too hard to turn down free rent & groceries ;)! Are you much of a coffee drinker? If so, you NEED to add soy milk- it adds such a creamy texture. If I’m eating cereal or drinking a glass straight up, I prefer to use organic cows’ milk.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      I actually really like soy milk, plus it’s the only non-dairy milk you can get at starbucks so I definitely add it to my coffee 😉

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    Lauren @ I Had a Big Lunch
    November 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I’m really excited to try this! I’ve never made chia pudding before but I love them in my overnight oats so I bet I’d love this. Some people hate the texture but I love it!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Lately I’ve been going between this chia pudding and my gingerbread overnight oats for breakfast! So much gingerbread!

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    apieceofcait
    November 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve never made chia pudding, but its on my list! and this seems perfect for xmas time! I LOVE seasonal flavors! 🙂

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    Manhattan Image and Style
    November 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    This pudding sounds amazing!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! 🙂

    Feel free to visit my blog as well if you wish! <3

    Diana

    http://www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com

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    Sarah Cook
    November 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I think you’re going to get incessant questions as long as you live with any other human beings. Brandon is always peering over my shoulder asking me what I’m doing/making/looking at. But he doesn’t call me to ask what I want from the store or for dinner, unfortunately. That’s my job! 😉

    I’m just as a big gingerbread freak as you are and this looks delicious. Oh, and I cannot.wait. to hear your news!!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      It’s so true though…it’s not going to end once I move out! And you already picked up on my news based on another sneaky comment I left…LOTS OF BIG NEWS AH!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    So I think you’ve pretty much convinced me to get molasses… all your recent recipes ask for this damn ingredient.

    Don’t even get me started on asking for groceries. Ironically,I asked mum once to get me almond milk too. She got me a package of almonds and a litre of milk.

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    reba-Not So Perfect Life
    November 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    How funny I just posted a gingerbread recipe today as well. Great minds think alike. I have really strong ginger cravings all year round! Beatiful pictures!

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    Christie A
    November 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Haha, I love this! My husband and I moved in with my parents when we graduated college and I know exactly how you feel. I love this recipe too! It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    November 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I’m making this tonight for tomorrow’s breakfast and I’m SO EXCITED. Also–I know what you mean about asking people to get groceries for you ahha it’s a nice gesture though!

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    Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia
    November 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    YUM! This sounds soooo good!

    Ever since I was little, I’ve had a strong love for molasses AND ginger. My mom used to put blackstrap molasses our oats (for extra iron because us redheads tend to have iron deficiency / anemia). It took a little getting used to but eventually I grew to love it 😛

    If you ever get a chance, make your own almond milk / other nut milk / hemp milk / rice milk. It’s super easy peasy and tastes better than what you can find in the stores (in my opinion). I don’t do soy but I’m sure you could do that too.

    And any news is exciting news! Now you have me wondering about the big reveal 😛

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      I never knew molasses were so high in iron OR that gingers were prone to anemia. Keep teaching me things Maria! And yes I’ve definitely made almond milk (and a few other nut milks) before but I just don’t have me enough time to do that always!

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    Laura@ Fit Running Mama
    November 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Yum! I am making this for sure–thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah Pie
    November 13, 2013 at 12:08 am

    If it makes you feel better I’m 24 and still living with my parents (with the exception of college I’ve never officially moved out… #gradschoolproblems). I do appreciate the cheap rent and the occasional free food (though apparently most of my tastes are too odd for my mom to purchase) though I am anxious to get out on my own as soon as I am gainfully employed 🙂

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      There’s at least 6 people who have commented that they are 24 and living at home. Let’s start a club! I wish I had school as an excuse for why I’m living at home. Nope, I’m just cheap!

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    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    November 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I remember the good ol’ days of living with the parental units! Looking forward to hearing about your move!

    Also, I love anything to do with gingerbread! This recipe is a winner in my book!

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    November 13, 2013 at 1:01 am

    My in-laws pick me up things at Costco too, and it’s always hit or miss on what they bring back. I had to endure 2 pounds of bad cheese, and I didn’t think there was any such thing.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Ugh I know! When it’s bad it’s like WTF am I supposed to do with 50 lbs of THIS?!?!

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    almostgettingittogether.com
    November 13, 2013 at 3:09 am

    I’m 24 and just moved back home after living with roommates. I realized it just works better for me and I like shopping and traveling too much to pay for food or rent. I have the same pet peeves as you – incessant questions, etc. but I remind myself I missed it when I was gone.

    What did you top this with? I have to try!

    Funemployment. I LOVE IT. I thought I was the only person who used that term.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Girl you know were twinsiessss. I spend way too much money to pay my own rent, so I guess the incessant questions are worth it!

      GINGERBREAD COOKIES ON TOP!

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    Paige Podbelsek
    November 13, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Yessss so happy for gingerbread to be here!! Love chia pudding…this looks great and simple 🙂

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    Monet
    November 13, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Um, yes please! Pass me a bowl of this pudding! And I can so relate…we’ve moved back in with my parents twice now (the last time I was about 6 months pregnant!?!?!?) But we’ve finally bought a house. So it will end, I promise. Until then, enjoy all the perks!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Ah that’s so exciting! One day I’ll buy a house…for now I’ll just mooch off my parents 😉

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    dentistvschef
    November 13, 2013 at 6:14 am

    My chia seed in on shippping now,
    i can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    November 13, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I live with my boyfriend now but I used to live with my parents till I was 25 as didn’t want to pay rent. I hated all the questions as well as that I just didn’t have my own space. Since moving out I appreciate more all the cleaning and cooking they used to do for me.

    Loving your recipe it looks delicious!! What is the crumble on top of the pudding?

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Yup definitely going to miss them when I move out. Hopefully not too far so they can come cook and clean for me. #spoiledgirlproblems!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Oh and it’s crumpled gingersnaps!

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    Ellie
    November 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Whoaaa this actually looks and sounds delicious! I think I’ll give it a try this week and will let you know! I’ve been super curious about chia pudding as I already love chia anyway, but never really made the “time” to try it.
    And I actually lived with my parents till last year right when I got married! (24 years old) And although it was hard in many ways like my mom always talking to me and sometimes not having my own space, I truly have learned to appreciate it and gained so much love, patience, and all that good stuff because of it! The funny thing is I went to visit them today and was thinking how much I miss those days despite the challenges. 😀 What’s even more interesting is the fact that it’s all relevant! It has a lot to do with culture and there is NOTHING STRANGE about living with your parents if you’re Korean. In fact, a lot of families end up living together even after getting married, hah! Sorry for that long comment. I just thought it was a cool post and quite timely!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Aw such a nice story Ellie! And now you have beautiful Selah to live with you. My coworker is Korean and she says it’s definitely cultural thing. I’m just channeling my not-so-existent Korean roots haha! Definitely give the recipe a try!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    November 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Ha! I don’t even think my dad knows what SOY MILK is! Haha! Oh god, I moved out of the house a whopping TEN YEARS ago and while I love both my parents dearly, I can’t imagine having to move back in with them! It’s hard after you’ve been out on your own and developed certain habits (good or bad, they’re YOURS). Love the flavors in this recipe, but I’ll confess right now, I’m not a huge chia seed fan…aside from the occasional garnish. I might just have to take your word on it for this one! 😉 xoxo

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      The one thing we don’t agree on!!! NOOOOOOO. It’s okay….I still love you!

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    Chai a cup of life
    November 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I thInk it’s great that you live with your parents and if you all get along it’s fun. I lived with my parents off and on after high school and it was great to come home to a home cooked meal and when they go grocery shopping. There are definitely down sides to it also!
    Glad you found use for the soy milk!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Definitely some perks and some downsides. But I’d put up with A LOT for free rent haha!

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    jessiebearwhatwillyou
    November 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Hahahhaa omg my dad would bring home something random like soy milk too. So close, dad. So close. At least it turned out delicious!

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    November 14, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I’m over pumpkin and ready for gingerbread! Perfect timing!

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    californiaendlesssummer.com
    November 14, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I love how you used the term funemployment. THat’s certainly what I called it this summer 🙂 I actually enjoyed living at home in comparison to my senior year. This might have been the fact that I had my mom to talk to ALL THE TIME and my roommates in college were usually with their significant others or just MIA. Anywho, I certainly tried to do the grocery shopping so I could throw in some of my fun foodie goodies. I don’t think my family would have eaten most of my recipes, but that’s just because I would throw things together at and ad hoc basis. Nothing nearly as delicious as yours!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      My Mom is definitely around! I remember living in NYC and my roommate was MIA and there were days when I didn’t utter a word before I got to work, so it’s actually kind of nice having the parents around to talk to 🙂

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    gschroer
    November 14, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I’ve never made chia pudding but have always wanted to! This recipe sounds amazing so I might give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

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    Megan (The Lyons Share)
    November 14, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Yum!!! I don’t currently live with my parents, although Kevin and I did 2 summers ago! And it was great – nothing like the nightmare I expected :). Will definitely be making this soon!

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    Madison @ Eating 4 Balance
    November 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Technically I live at school right now, but yes, I still live with my parents. Thankfully my dad has finally learned out to read a label for allergens (well, mostly) so that we don’t have any more cases of him buying 5 bags of frozen vegetables only to realize that they either contain salt (which is usually made with corn) or were processed with wheat and dairy. My mom basically knows everything that I need as far as food goes though since right now it is very simple, meat and vegetables. It’s funny trying to describe to my dad though what squash to cook when I’m away from home because he still doesn’t know the difference between acorn and butternut, let alone delicata, sweet dumpling, hubbard, etc. 😀

    Favorite milk- Canned coconut from Trader Joe’s!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      That’s so sweet of your Dad! I don’t think my Dad would ever even consider picking up a squash for me. God only knows what he’d come home with!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    November 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Haha, awww, your parents sound so thoughtful and sweet. I still haven’t been brave enough to try chia pudding. When I eat chia seeds they always get stuck in my teeth…but I love gingerbread so this might be the ticket to me liking them 😉

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      They really are! So grateful for them. But I knowwww I always go to work with chia seeds in my teeth!

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    Tara
    November 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Yum! I love chia pudding and gingerbread, but have never combined the two!! This is definitely on my “must make during the holiday season” list 🙂

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    Jo @ Living Mint Green
    November 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Chia pudding is one of my fav snacks when I don’t know WHAT I want to eat. I’m so excited to try this gingerbread version, I typically just use cinnamon & I’m so bored of it.

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    veganmiam.com
    November 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I made banana & coconut chia puddings few months ago – so tasty, but filling! I love that you made it into a autumn pudding 🙂 with lovely “chai” spices! I live with my partner – living with my parents is probably the last thing on my list! I love almond, macadamia nut or coconut milk, mmmmmm! Hope you have a great weekend, Davida!

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    Love What You Do
    November 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I love this recipe!
    I have moved back in with my P’s a few times and still crash there now and again. I love it!

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    *CaNdY FiT*
    November 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I absolutely loved that story. Great intro to your recipe 🙂

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    November 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    oh man, your description of living with your parents sounds exactly like my experience- they were always in the kitchen with me asking thousands of questions. BUT I so miss getting those calls asking if there was any ingredients I needed while they were out no matter how expensive or seemingly random. Goji berries? Xanthan gum? Artisana Coconut BUTTER (not the oil dad no…), no problem!

    Loved this post and this recipe 🙂

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    Whitney English, To Live and Diet in L.A.
    November 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Oh I love Gingerbread! Def adding this to my must make list!

    And there’s no shame in living at home OR in funemployment. Some of the coolest people I know partake in either or both 🙂

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    Carla Bruns
    November 17, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I have still not tried chia. I just can’t get over the whole chiapet phase of the 70s and I can’t help but think of it in that way.

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    Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    November 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I lived with my parents and my husband’s parents for a month this summer while transitioning to our new home. I LOVED it! There’s something sweet about living together as adults.

    Love this recipe too! Featuring it tomorrow at Raw Foods Thursdays. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    November 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve definitely been busy at work the last couple of weeks because I missed this.

    There’s nothing wrong with living with your parents in your 20s. I only just moved out of home. But I get what you mean about readjusting when moving back in after living away from home. When I moved back home after three years away at uni it took some adjusting for both me and my folks.

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