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 by 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 strawberry banana chia seed pudding parfait with peanut butter granola. If you were hesitant about trying the pudding before, trust me, after this parfait, you won't go back!
Chia Seed Pudding Parfait with Peanut Butter Granola
- ¼ 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
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 small banana sliced
- ½ 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.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Heat honey, peanut butter, canola oil and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and add peanut butter mixture to oat mixture.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Spread granola in an even layer on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir and bake another 5-10 minutes or until granola is golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer onto a clean wax paper. Let cool completely.
- Layer parfaits. Scoop chia seed pudding in the bottom of a cup, followed by strawberries, banana, and granola. Scoop more pudding and top with remaining fruit, granola, and toasted coconut. Serve.
**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 to replace eggs for certain baked goods! One of my favorite qualities 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 strawberry banana chia seed pudding parfait with peanut butter granola every day and can still go for more!
For more breakfast inspiration check out this apple cider oatmeal with caramelized apples!