My latest current obsession is chia seed pudding and overnight oats. I’ve seen many pictures of both dishes all over the internet and was intrigued with the hype. I initially prepared the chia seed pudding for my client, who has recently decided to go vegan. When I tried a bite of the breakfast, I immediately fell in love. I had a scoop of only the pudding, no fancy toppings or fruit, and it was still delicious. After that bite, I started to make my own creations for my breakfast, including this banana strawberry peanut butter chia seed pudding parfait. If you were hesitant about trying the pudding before, trust me, after this parfait, you won’t go back!
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk (or any other milk of your choice)
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups vanilla frozen Greek yogurt
- 1 small banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
- toasted coconut, optional
- Combine chia seeds with milk, stirring to combine. Let sit for at least 3 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally.
- Prepare the granola according to recipe.
- Layer parfaits. Scoop chia seed pudding in bottom of cup, followed by strawberries, banana and granola. Scoop more pudding and top with remaining fruit, granola, and toasted coconut. Serve.
For granola recipe click here
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Who would have thought that the once popular chia pets would now become popular for their health benefits! Chia seeds are incredibly beneficial to your health, providing a high source of protein, polyunsaturated fats, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. It’s great for vegan and Paleo diets since they are gluten-free; chia seeds can even be used in replace of eggs for certain baked goods! One of my favorite qualites of chia seed puddings is that they are incredibly filling. You only need a small amount to keep you satisfied for the day.
The chia seeds soak up a good amount of liquid, plumping up over several hours. Remember to stir the milk and seed mixture occasionally to allow the seeds on top to soak enough liquid.
There are so many different ways you can prepare your pudding but I love the combination of strawberry, banana and peanut butter. Ever have a strawberry jam and peanut butter sandwich with sliced bananas? Well the idea is the same, without the bread. The granola itself is highly addictive; pair it with the other ingredients and you have one delicious breakfast. I enjoyed this every day and can still go for more!