These cute little chia pudding parfaits are absolutely "parfait" for this 4th of July. Sometimes it's hard to stay healthy on the 4th with all the BBQs and the oh-so-tempting patriotic desserts, but this recipe has got you totally covered and will keep you feeling light and healthy while strutting your bikini bod on the beach all weekend.
You'll LOVE this Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding. It's sweetened with stevia, packed with protein, and topped off with antioxidant-rich berries. My favorite ingredient is the fresh vanilla bean - it is just magical and gives the pudding a gourmet twist, and makes me feel a little fancy every time I use it in a recipe! The combo of the vanilla bean and coconut flavor is so scrumptious and sweet. If you love coconut, you'll be in heaven with the parfaits - they taste like summertime! And nothing tastes better than summer right?
If you're hosting a brunch on the 4th or if you want to serve some guilt-free desserts, this is the perfect recipe for you. I ate it for breakfast today and it was perfectly filling and satisfying. What's extra fab about this recipe is that it literally takes 5 minutes to prepare, then you just put it in the fridge, go run some errands, workout, do something productive, and come back and your pudding is ready to go. Another option is to pop it in the fridge overnight and you don't even have to think about it. Then you can assemble it into fruit parfaits whenever you feel like it.
Here's what you'll need . . .
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup light coconut milk (it comes in a can)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
2 tbsp shredded coconut
A drizzle of honey
All of your favorite berries
Makes 3 medium mason jar parfaits.
All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together in a bowl or glass. Stir well until everything is evenly combined. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours (or overnight!). Assemble your mason jars or wine glasses with berries on the bottom, then a few spoonfuls of pudding, more berries, more pudding . . . you get the point. Garnish with berries on top and toasted coconut flakes or Trader Joe's Roasted Coconut Chips (YUM!). Drizzle with honey and serve to all your friends at your 4th of July partay!
Happy 4th! xo
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.