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Chia Pudding Parfaits

Posted by ReganJonesRD
June 29, 2016
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Never tried chia pudding? Here's your chance! Chia Pudding Parfaits made with fresh peaches and granola.

Never tried chia pudding? Here's your chance! Chia Pudding Parfaits made with fresh peaches and granola.

~by Regan Jones, RD

Whadya have for breakfast this morning? Did it look as yummy as this?


Never tried chia pudding? Here's your chance! Chia Pudding Parfaits made with fresh peaches and granola.

No? Then, you can thank me later when you make this new Chia Pudding Parfait recipe tonight to have for breakfast tomorrow morning. 

I'll confess I was a little slow on the uptake with chia pudding. It's been a "thing" for a while, although I never really wanted to give it a try. But my friends at Cabot Creamery (they're also a client) asked me to develop a chia pudding recipe for them recently and this is what I came up with:

Never tried chia pudding? Here's your chance! Chia Pudding Parfaits made with fresh peaches and granola.

It's become one of those recipes that really "sticks" with me, ya know? And by that I mean it keeps me full all morning AND makes me think as soon as it's over, "I want to eat that for breakfast again tomorrow!" 

So I took the basic chia recipe I created for Cabot and adapted it with fresh summer peaches and granola. You could, of course, top it however you prefer. 

You'll notice in the recipe that I didn't use low-fat Greek yogurt. You could, and please do if you prefer it. But I've determined that when it comes to kefir and Greek yogurt, regular (read: full fat) is where I'm most happy.

I find low-fat plain Greek yogurt and low-fat kefir a bit "too tangy." Somehow, leaving the fat in place in both these products smooths out the flavor in a way that I find especially appealing. I don't find myself needing a lot of extra sugar to mask the flavor, which is the problem with too many "low-fat" kefirs and Greek yogurts. (If you're confused about the current debate over choosing Low-fat vs Full-fat Dairy, read this post by my friend and colleague Marie Spano. It clears up a lot.)  

If I haven't convinced you yet to try chia pudding based on look and taste alone, consider what a nutritional powerhouse chia seeds are (in addition to just being plain fun and a little weird). These tiny little seeds are stocked with omega-3 fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber. I'm so sure you're gonna love them, here's one more chia pudding recipe I'm asking you to try from my friends at Cooking Light.

Enjoy! 

Never tried chia pudding? Here's your chance! Chia Pudding Parfaits made with fresh peaches and granola.

Never tried chia pudding? Here's your chance! Chia Pudding Parfait with fresh peaches and granola by @ReganJonesRD
Never tried chia pudding? Here's your chance! Chia Pudding Parfaits made with fresh peaches and granola.

Chia Pudding Parfaits

Yield

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 medium-size fresh peaches, sliced
  • 1 1/3 cups granola

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, yogurt, honey and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon until smooth. Whisk in chia seeds; refrigerate overnight (for best results, stir mixture again 1 hour after refrigerating to redistribute any chia seeds that may have settled).
  2. When ready to serve, layer chia seeds, sliced peaches and granola evenly among 4 glasses or bowls.
Click for nutritional information
Calories 369
Carbohydrates 54g
Fiber 13.8g
Sugar 30.5g
Fat 11.8g
Protein 17.3g
Sodium 61mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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