Vanilla Maple Chia Seed Pudding

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If you love tapioca pudding and eating healthy you will love this! This tastes just like tapioca pudding except it has less than 200 calories per serving and is loaded with all kinds of essential nutrients your body needs such as fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. You can add all sorts of extra toppings such as chopped apples, bananas, berries, or even almonds! I usually just use what I have in my fridge. A dash of cinnamon also goes well with this healthy breakfast or snack treat!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetend almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/2 cup vanilla nonfat greek yogurt
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1/4 cup fresh fruit topping (your choice)
*you can buy chia seeds at any nutrition store such as whole foods.

Steps:
1. In a bowl, whisk together almond milk, yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup. Add chia seeds and and mix until combined.

2. Put in fridge for 45 minutes until mixture become thick like a pudding. Serve and top with cinnamon and fresh fruit or/and almonds! This is nutritious and delicious!

*You can even make this the night before for a quick breakfast!

Maple Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup salted butter; chilled and cubed
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tbsp chilled water

Filling:
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
4 tsp cinnamon

Topping:
1/4 cup maple syrup

Steps:
1. Combine flour and sugar in a medium bowl, mix and add in butter. Mix until dough forms small, pea-sized pellets.
2. Add chilled maple syrup and 2 Tbsp water, and mix until dough can be formed into a ball. DO NOT overmix, or the dough will become tough.
3. Spereate dough into 2 disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm.
4. To prepare filling, mix sugars and cinaamon in a small bowl and mix with a fork; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
5. Using a floured surface and rolling pin, roll out dough in the shape of a rectangle 10 inches wide and 15 inches long and about 1/8 inches thick. Sprinkle dough with half of the sugar filling.
6. Starting with the smaller side, roll dough up tightly into a cylinder. Dampen edge with water and seal. Repeat with remaining dough.
7. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 inch slices from each roll. Place sliced cookies in an ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart from eachother. With a brush, lightly brush tops with maple syrup. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with a Cinnamon Maple Syrup

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Yield: 5

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of all-pupose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
3 Tbsp of firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
½ tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 cup of canned 100% pure pumpkin
1 egg yolk plus 3 egg whites
4 tablespoons of melted cooled butter

Steps:
1. Mix flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl and mix until combined.

2. Heat waffle iron. Add milk, pumpkin, eggs, and cooled butter to flour mixutes and mix on medium speed until smooth.

3. Waffle mix should be the consistency of a brownie batter. When waffle iron is ready, butter and add about a cup and cook accordingly to your waffle iron (it should be around 3 minutes per waffle).

Cinnamon Maple Syrup Glaze

Ingredients:

¾ cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. In a microwave safe cup or small bowl, add all ingredients and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and put back in microwave for another 15 seconds. The syrup glaze should be thick once cooled.