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.
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!
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!
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!).
- 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).
- When ready to serve, remove chia pudding from the fridge and separate into two glasses.
- 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.
- Add ½ cup quinoa atop the peanut butter and garnish with a few chocolate chips.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 508kcal Calories from fat 245|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 27g||42%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||35%|
|Dietary Fiber 14g||56%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
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