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Chia Makes Everything Better- Protein Cookie Dough Dip and Power Pancakes

Chia Makes Everything Better- Protein Cookie Dough Dip and Power Pancakes


It’s not very nice of Monday to sneak up on a mama like it did today. What the heck happened to the weekend?

My intention was to get up early and get most of my work done before the boys got up and we were off to start my marathon of a day teaching 6 different classes. However, duty called and the boys woke up two hours earlier than normal and poor Joaquin was crying “Mommy hold you”. Change of plans.

So, we’ll see if I can get these two recipes to you while my pajama wearing friends watch Sesame Street.


It’s no secret I’ve been a little obsessed with chia lately. We’ve added it to green eggs and oats, chia cookie dough dip, the Peanut Butter Surprise Pizoatie….. the list goes on and on.

Simply stated, chia just makes everything better. I love the stuff, the nutritional benefits of the super seed (I listed some in my original Chia’rific post and found this article just now with a list of all the benefits) and I’m convinced my complexion has gotten better since I added chia to my diet on a daily basis.

In a perfect world chia would also take care of my awful brown spots on my face and act like fairy dust that I could sprinkle on my “piles” to magically organize themselves, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

This weekend consisted of a couple of chia experiments.

I promised you the recipe for these amazing protein pancakes the other day so here we go.


I whipped these up after boot camp Saturday and they were so impressive I just had to share.




Here’s the evolution of my Saturday breakfast.


That’s a big gob of SunButter on there with sugar free maple syrup.



Okay. One more chia creation to start your week.

My friend Sarena called me a tease when I posted a picture of this on Facebook yesterday.


I obviously have a little problem. I create a new recipe and then pretty much have it everyday for about two weeks (usually trying to create new versions of it). I’ve done it with the microwave muffin (making it green, subbing in pumpkin, making it chocolate), overnight oats, French Toast bakes, different broccoli slaw concoctions, etc.

Well, this protein cookie dough is my new obsession. I took it a step further yesterday by adding some chia. Friends, I think we have a winner.




Holy moly.


I don’t even know what to say except that you’ve got to try this now. Like NOW!


There’s still time to enter the Chobani Champions giveaway. I’ll be picking three winners tonight and announce them tomorrow morning!

Well, shoot. Now I don’t have time to shower. It’s a good thing I’m going to be sweaty all day anyway. If you’re someone that I’ll be seeing today in my classes, you might want to stand far away. Ha!

Also…. since I’ve made this protein cookie dough dip a few too many times, I’m almost out of protein powder. I’m in search of a good gluten free one. Any suggestions? Do you have a favorite protein powder?

Have a great day!

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  1. 1

    I can just imagine you tossing chia around the house hoping it will organize your desk 🙂 Chia IS amazing and so are spinach pancakes…best. breakfast. ever.

  2. 2
    Anna W. says:

    What cute little guys! Love those quilts!
    That dip looks amazing! Must try soon!

  3. 3

    Mmmm… green pancakes! What egg replacer do you use? I’ve just been making flax eggs but I don’t think the consistency is right for pancakes.

    Have you ever used apple cider vinegar as a toner for your face? I swear it’s helped my spots. 🙂

  4. 4

    I need to make that chia cookie dough dip – looks delicious!

    Have you tried Sun Warrior protein powder? It’s vegan AND gluten free: http://www.sunwarrior.com/products/sunwarrior-protein

  5. 5

    I am all over this cookie dough, but first I have my chickpeas ready for the original recipe! I’m making it today! I do the same with quickie treats. I find something I love and eat it till I can’t stand it then move on. Then I think, “why don’t I make that anymore”, then I make it again until I get sick of it. I think a lot of it is for the ease of making things. I don’t have time to think about it most of the time, so I go with the quickie treat and move on. As for protein powders, I just started using Life’s Basics http://www.lifetimevitamins.com/products/lifetime_plantprotein.html, per Lindsay’s suggestion. I do like it, but I just got the vanilla and chocolate last week, so I’m new to it. I’m always on the look out for good dairy and gluten free protein sources though. Good luck today! I hope to get in a run with Jay this afternoon since the sun is shining!

    • 5.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I hope you got your run in with Jay.. Thanks for the protein powder suggestion. I will check it out. 🙂 And I’m so like that with little dessert treats (and breakfast). Same thing every day until I get sick of it. Ha.

  6. 6

    Oh, I knew I loved Chia for a reason!! I have been taking a “shot” of it with juice for a few months now, mainly for the hydration/blood sugar balance but now I know it is doing other good things too! I am also perpetually on the hunt for a gf protein powder… I’ve been using whey protein from Whole Foods but I am not 100% sure how I feel about that yet… so do share if you find something!! I also don’t want to spend a million $$ to buy it 😉 So demanding!

    • 6.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I’ll let you know if I find a good protein powder. Yeah, why are some of them so darn expensive? That’s just silly. I picked up some packets to try from the store the other day. So glad you’re enjoying your chia! 🙂

  7. 7
    Laura says:

    We’ve been having some earlier-than-normal wake ups in our house, too… can’t figure it out. But thank goodness for SS to buy some time. 🙂 Yummy recipes, I need to try those pancakes–they’re one of L’s favorite foods. And I now have a stuft kitty print out, so maybe I can participate this week. 🙂

  8. 8

    I’ve been looking for a healthier, gluten free pancake recipe, and that one sounds like it will do the trick! Thank you for sharing. Also, is there anything cuter than a couple of pajama-clad, blaneket-snuggled little boys? Omg. Can I have them?

  9. 9
    lindsay says:

    my google reader has so many of your chia recipes starred. Youre a star in my book! hehe. Keep ’em coming.

  10. 10

    I am in love with chia seeds! They’re great because they don’t have to be ground like flax for your body to get the benefits!

  11. 11

    Oh, how I hate when the kids wake up early. Always sets the day off on a hectic note.

  12. 12

    Oh my the cookie dough dip is something I have to try asap. Sounds and looks delish. Love Chia too! Pinned it.

  13. 13

    I need to try chia seeds. I’ve been afraid to because sometimes certain textures freak me out lol, but I think it’s time I suck it up and try it! Both of these recipes look fabulous!

    • 13.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I get the texture thing. Sometimes if they’ve soaked and the get that slimey gel consitency it’s a little wierd, but it’s still fun. I think I like them more just added to things (like this protein dough) because they’re still a little crunchy. You’ve got to try them Lindsay! 🙂

  14. 14

    That cookie dough dip sounds amazing!

  15. 15
    Annette Bailey says:

    The whey protein powder I use now is GNC Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60. Tastes good and is gluten free except for cookies and cream flavor. I have used the chocolate and vanilla.

  16. 16
    katie says:

    I need to try the chia cookie dough yum!!!! I also love those pancakes, I have made spinach pancakes before, but not in so long!

    Happy week to you! <3

  17. 17
    Samantha says:

    Kristin- try Vega protein powder in vanilla chai. Vegan, gluten free, no fillers… by Brendan Brazier, a Canadian vegan triathlete. It has yellow pea/hemp/rice protein, chia, and maca, which repairs the adrenals. It’s sourced from whole foods- amazing product!!!


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