A Fount-ain of Joy + Overnight Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding
We have a new coffee shop here in the Triangle - Fount Coffee + Kitchen in Morrisville, North Carolina - and before I share a recipe with you, I have to take a minute and recognize some goodness happening here in my neighborhood.
“Drink from the Fount”
Fount is a coffee shop - and you know how I feel about coffee. But the great coffee isn’t the reason I keep going back.
The reason I keep going back isn’t the amazing, healthy eats and gluten-free kitchen. Word of advice: try the stacks, aka slices of Simple Kneads GF toast with fun toppings like scrambled eggs, avocado, or almond butter and bananas.
Fount is housed in a beautiful, open space with a clean, minimalist design that was seemingly built for Instagram. I dare you not to photograph their sentiment wall:
While my current breakfast obsession is inspired by their new overnight chia puddings that I discovered last week while picking up Valentine’s Day dessert, it’s still not the best thing
The best thing about Fount is the people.
It’s the way they do their jobs and the way they make you feel.
I’ve been there enough to say with almost complete certainty that the team at Fount is always smiling and cheerful. Team #NoBadDays is in full effect here. Every single person behind the counter is calm, smiling, and seems genuinely happy to be there, taking orders, serving people. No matter how long the line is or what time of day it is, they never make you feel anything but welcome.
How are these people so happy and calm?
Are they starting their shifts with a team yoga practice? Prayer and meditation? I don’t know what their secret is, but there is something blissful and good going on in this place and I hope it spreads like wildfire.
There aren’t enough businesses doing what they do and I’m praising them publicly for it! I hope you will go pay them a visit so you can experience the feels for yourself. Get some coffee and a stack while you’re there…
Imagine what would happen if more people took this much pride and joy in their work, and paid attention to the simple things like making people feel welcomed and seen.
If you have the pleasure of visiting Fount, take a moment and look up from your smart phone. Just quietly sit and watch.
It has inspired me on every visit: to serve people better, to make more eye contact, start more conversations, and take more time and care in what I create and how I make people feel.
Overnight Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding
Let’s shift gears here!
I know chia pudding is not a new idea, but it’s new-ish to me. It’s an option I easily forget about. I was so happy to re-discover it at Fount last week and I think you will be, too!
I upped the protein by adding a scoop of chocolate cacao whey protein powder to each serving. That adds 11 grams of pure protein! If you can’t do whey, you can omit it and add another protein source on the side like chicken, turkey sausage, smoked salmon - whatever is hanging around in your fridge.
Even with the added protein, a serving of this alone will likely not be enough to keep you full for very long. That means one thing:
I’ve been adding a small sliced banana and maybe a few berries, plus a spoonful of natural peanut or almond butter. If you do better on less carbs, omit the banana as a topping and just add more low-sugar fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries along with the tablespoon of nut butter.
This Overnight Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding is so rich that it could easily double as dessert, too! On mornings I go to Fount, I’ll gladly eat their version, but it’s nice to know I can recreate my own version here at home and get my fix, too!
Adapted from Minimalist Baker - Serves 4
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbs. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
2 servings of chocolate whey protein powder (I used Garden of Life Chocolate Cacao Grassfed Whey. 2 scoops is one serving, so that’s 4 scoops total)
1/2 c. chia seeds
Toppings: sliced banana, fresh berries, natural almond or peanut butter
1. In a medium bowl, stir together cocoa powder, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt until a thick liquid/paste forms. Stream in a little almond milk if needed.
2. Add 2 servings of chocolate whey protein powder.
NOTE: READ THE LABEL on your protein powder. Some brands require 2 scoops per serving, some are only 1 scoop. Add however many scoops you need to get 2 servings.
Stream in the almond milk, whisking until the mixture is completely smooth and you can no longer see protein powder or cocoa powder.
3. Add the chia seeds and stir to combine. Pour mixture evenly into 4 small jars or glasses. Refrigerate overnight.
4. Top with fresh fruit and 1 Tbs. nut butter and serve!
NUTRITION INFO (per 1/4 of recipe - no toppings included)
231 calories, 8.7 g fat, 24 g. carbs (16 g fiber), 17.4 g protein