If it tastes like a dessert, but I can eat it for breakfast, I am all in. Once in a while, I like a savory breakfast, but for the most part, I like to get my day started with something sweet. If there’s chocolate involved, that’s even better. Chia pudding appears frequently in my breakfast rotation because it’s easy to whip up a batch before I go to bed and it’s a good way to work protein, fiber, and fresh fruit into my morning.
This particular chia breakfast parfait recipe is kind of like eating a peanut butter cup for breakfast. A peanut butter cup made with chia seeds! Chocolate chia pudding is layered with a creamy peanut butter sauce and topped with banana slices. Some chia parfait recipes are pretty intense and require a lot of prep work, but this one is fuss-free in order to accommodate my morning grogginess.
If you haven’t had chia pudding before, they’re all built upon the same idea: chia seeds soak up liquid and become gelatinous. (Gelatinous! That’s a fun word!) By adding just enough liquid for them to absorb, you end up with something similar to a rice or tapioca pudding. You can add other ingredients and sweeteners to achieve just about any flavor you can imagine.
Because I’ve found that I feel better when I start my day with protein, I used Silk Soymilk to make this recipe–a cup of Silk has 7 grams of protein! Chia seeds and a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter up the protein in this parfait even more, for a total of 12 grams. And I mentioned it tastes like a peanut butter cup too, right? Because yeah, that.
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2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1/2 cup + 2-3 tablespoons Silk Soymilk
Sweetener to taste (optional)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 small banana, sliced
Cacao nibs for garnish (optional)
Combine the chia seeds and cacao powder in a small resealable container. Pour in 1/2 cup of soymilk and stir to incorporate. If you're using unsweetened soymilk, stir in sweetener of choice, to taste.
Let the mixture sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then give it another good stir, put on the lid, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The longer you refrigerate the pudding, the thicker it will be.
When you're ready to assemble your parfait, whisk together the peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of soymilk in a small bowl. If the mixture is too thick, whisk in an additional tablespoon of soymilk.
Layer the chia pudding with the peanut butter sauce and banana slices in a serving dish or jar. Top with cacao nibs, if using, and serve immediately.
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