Healthy Treats: Cherry White Chocolate Chia Parfait

June 19, 2014

Healthy Treats: Cherry White Chocolate Chia Parfait

Chia puddings–they’re everywhere. And yet–surprise surprise–we haven’t had a single chia pudding recipe among our 1,000+ articles to date. Maybe because we just assumed it’s so ubiquitous. But chia is worth going over again–it’s one of the best vegan sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, and contains more Omega 3 per serving than salmon (!).  Chia also has the correct Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio (1:4). Since most Americans get too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3, adding chia seeds to your diet can help balance those out. In addition, chia seeds pack a ton of plant protein–3 g per tablespoon, and 12 grams in this recipe.

So here is a simple and sweet treat for summer when you don’t want anything too heavy. The white chocolate flavored pudding is perfectly matched by cherry “jam” and sweet blueberries. This would make a great, no-bake Fourth of July dessert, or make-ahead food to take to a picnic or the beach. (Or..picnic on the beach?! Go crazy!) Enjoy!

Cherry White Chocolate Chia Parfait

1 serving

4 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk (or another non dairy milk)
1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tbsp raw cacao butter
1 tsp natural sweetener like maple or brown rice syrup (optional; I didn’t use any and it was sweet enough, but depends on your taste)
about 12-14 cherries, halved and pitted
1/4 cup blueberries

1. In a blender, blend coconut milk, vanilla, almond butter, cocoa butter, and sweetener (if using) until thoroughly combined. Move to a bowl, and add chia seeds. Combine with a spoon and let sit for 15 minutes, or until seeds have completely expanded.

2. Meanwhile, add the cherries to the now empty blender. Process for a bit until it reaches chunky jam consistency.

3. To assemble, add chia pudding to the bottom of a clear cup. Add a layer of cherries. Top with a second layer of pudding. Then add blueberries on top to finish.
Healthy Breakfast: Red White and Blue Chia Parfait

Healthy Breakfast: Red White and Blue Chia Parfait



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Originally from Portland, Oregon, Juhea now lives in NYC with her Oreo cookie cat, Zeus. When she is not writing, she enjoys running in Central Park, yoga, and teaching Barre classes. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, Google+ and Pinterest.


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