Either for breakfast or dessert, this healthy tropical chia parfait is perfect eaten anytime of the day. It’s sweet enough with a rich flavor that makes for a perfect after dinner treat. Also, packed with fiber and protein, choose it for breakfast and you will get all the energy you need to start your day in a good way. It is easy to make and the result is so beautiful it will make you feel like a gourmet chef.
How to make this 3 layered chia parfait?
You will prepare 3 easy layers, then assemble them in a serving cup. Try to use a see through glass container to see how beautiful the result is:
– Have you made CHIA SEED PUDDING before? This is a must to try. Just mix these tiny beads with liquid and let it rest. The seeds absorb the liquid to form a thicker jelly mixture or a texture similar to tapioca. You can add the flavor you want to create a delicious high in protein, fiber and Omega-3 fat pudding with barely any effort. Overnight oatmeals are another easy and convenient way to eat more chia seeds. In this recipe, the chia pudding is infused with coconut flavor to make a tropical version.
– A perfect parfait not only requires many different flavors, but also a combination of textures to make it interesting. Here comes my QUICKY CRUNCHY OATS for a most needed crispy factor. It resembles granola, but made in a pan for a faster version. It also stays good at room temperature for a few days when first cooled down in the pan, then stored in an air tight container. In a rush? Use store bought granola instead.
– What’s missing? Delicious, sweet and tropicaly PINEAPPLE. Honestly, any fruits would work here: berries, pears, bananas or even oranges, but pineapple is the ultimate choice for this dessert. I might be biased since it’s one of my favorite fruit, but this fibery, sweet and almost tangy fruit goes so well with the other flavors and texture of this chia parfait. Not a fan of pineapple? Choose mango to keep the tropical vibe going.
You will need to use coconut oil in this recipe. You cannot substitute this ingredient for any other oil and here is the reason why: when melted coconut oil cools down, it goes back to a hard state that you see at room temperature. In this case, this makes the oat mixture crunchy when cooled down. I do not consider coconut oil any healthier a than any other oil, but I find its unique texture and taste very useful in many recipes, especially baking. Like any other oil, just limit its use to a minimum.
For all the meal planner pros out there:
This treat is great to include in your batch cooking, only you have to wait just before serving to assembly the parfait so the oats do not get soggy.
Here is what you can do when you have more free time:
– Make the chia seeds pudding and let it rest in the fridge to get a perfect pudding texture. It will stay good in the fridge for a few days. It might get thicker with longer period of resting time, just adjust the texture to your liking adding a tiny bit of non dairy milk just before layering.
– Prepare the quick crunchy oats ahead, store it until you need to built the parfait. Consider doubling the recipe.
– Use the fruits you have in your house and change them up through out the week for a fun variation.
– Finally, just layer up when you need a well deserved treat!
Coconut pineapple chia parfait
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
Quicky crunchy oat:
- 2 tbsp coconut oil unrefined is best for a tropical taste
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
For the parfait:
- fresh pineapple diced in small cubes
Make the chia pudding:
- In a medium bowl, mix together all the chia pudding ingredients and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours before using (overnight is better).
Make the quicky crunchy oats:
- In a small pan, start by melting the coconut oil over medium heat.
- When melted, add the rest of the ingredients and mix very well.
- Keep cooking for about 3-5 minutes on medium heat until the oats are starting to get brown and you get a toasty smell. Remove from the heat and let it cool completely in the pan. The oats will get crunchy when cooled down. Store in a air-thight container at room temperature if not using immediately.
Built the parfait:
- Layer the chia seed pudding, crunchy quicky oat and pineapple as you please in a jar or a bowl. After being layered, the parfait needs to be eaten right away so the oat does not get soggy. Enjoy!
- See the blog post for how to prepare it ahead.