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Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Quinoa Breakfast Parfait with Chocolate Chia Pudding

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When your breakfast involves chocolate, you know it's going to be a good day. And when your breakfast tastes like candy, it's even better. But even better yet, it's when your breakfast involves chocolate, tastes like candy AND is actually good for you, that's when things get magical.

I always like starting my day with something sweet. My usual go-to is a green smoothie, but sometimes I like to change things up. Even though I work from home, I still find myself rushing most mornings, which is why smoothies work for so well for me. But when I don't feel like sipping my breakfast, chia seed pudding is the perfect option.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding

What I love about chia pudding is that it takes less than 5 minutes to make and yet it's incredibly decadent and filling. If you haven't tried it, think of it almost like a healthy version of rice pudding, except much tastier.

If you're new to chia seeds, don't get weirded out by their gelatinous nature, these mini seeds have incredible nutritional benefits. For starters, they're loaded with fiber, omega-3 acids and hard to find minerals like manganese and phosphorus. Similar to quinoa, chia seeds also help regulate blood sugar, help keep you fuller for longer and are a great source of plant-based protein for vegetarians and vegans.

Plus, they make a killer pudding!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

This chia seed breakfast parfait starts with a layer of chocolate chia pudding, which I infused with a little vegan protein powder and raw cacao, then has a layer of peanut butter-honey sauce and is topped with a layer of cooked quinoa (with a few chocolate chips).

The pudding part, you make the night before. You simply mix up the ingredients, add them to a jar or bowl and let it sit to thicken in your refrigerator. When you wake up in the morning, your pudding will be set, so you just need to make your peanut butter sauce, layer them on up and breakfast will be ready. Like I said…less than 5 minutes!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

My favorite part about chocolatey-peanut buttery quinoa breakfast is the complex layers of textures. The pudding is thick and has a slight crunch from the chia seeds, the sauce is velvety smooth, and the quinoa is soft. Together they form the perfect bite (and it doesn't hurt that it tastes like a peanut butter cup!).

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

When your breakfast involves chocolate, you know it's going to be a good day. And when your breakfast tastes like candy, it's even better. But even better yet, it's when your breakfast involves chocolate, tastes like candy AND is actually good for you

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast parfait, chocolate, peanut butter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 480 kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 4 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder optional
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Chocolate chips optional


  1. The night before you want to eat this breakfast, whisk together the chia seeds, protein powder, cacao and milk. Place it in a bowl or mason jar and refrigerator overnight (or for at least 2 hours).
  2. When ready to serve, remove chia pudding from the fridge and separate into two glasses.
  3. Mix together the peanut butter, honey and water until smooth. Add a scoop on top of the chia pudding and smooth to form an even layer.
  4. Add 1/2 cup quinoa atop the peanut butter and garnish with a few chocolate chips.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 199mg 8%
Potassium 702mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 15g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 11.9%
Vitamin C 13.3%
Calcium 39.7%
Iron 28.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Breakfast that tastes like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup! I can't wait to make this Chocolate + Peanut Butter Quinoa Parfait. The first layer is a simple Chocolate Chia Pudding, then there's a layer of sweet Peanut Butter Sauce and finally it's topped with cooked QUINOA. Seriously most decadent (and healthy) breakfast EVER!

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  1. Ok so this is my new favorite breakfast. So yummy. I have made it a few times now, however, I have yet to see the pudding layer set. I put it in the fridge overnight but it still soupy the next day. Any thoughts on why this is happening? (Sidenote: If you dont have any quinoa handy, also works well with hemphearts as the topping)

  2. Peanut buter and chocolate is an all time favorite combo!! Love that this is so quick and I can make a complete version for me and a peanut butter-free version for my husband.

  3. You said the magic words!! “CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER!!!” Music to my ears! WIth the added benefit of Chia and Quinoa and I am completely sold!!!

  4. It is amazing. I made it 4 times and since I live alone get to eat it twice (two separate days) each time I make it. I’m waiting for the Chia seed, cocoa powder and milk to gel so I can put it together again. Happy healthy and safe new Year to all.

  5. A co worker of mine was eating this and it looks/sounds amazing! Is there Anything else you could substitute for honey though? Or can you just leave it out?

  6. Well hello gorgeous! Love the new site Alyssa! It is stunning. And okay, I am putting chia on my shopping list for this afternoon. I am officially convinced!

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