Raspberry Chia Seed Parfaits

Raspberry Chia Seed Parfaits, festive and fruitful!

Raspberry Chia Seed Parfaits, festive and fruitful! These parfaits would make a wonderful holiday breakfast...or healthy dessert!

These parfaits would make a wonderful holiday breakfast…or healthy dessert!  

I forget how much I love chia seed pudding, it’s so incredibly easy to make and good for you!  I love how one food provides fiber, protein, healthy fat, vitamins and minerals all in one shot!  Plus, the variations are endless!  You can add cacao to make a chocolate treat or top with fruit of your choice such as berries, kiwi or bananas.  You can even try adding granola for extra crunch!

I took my “go-to” chia seed pudding recipe and added cloves and cinnamon for the holidays, which is highly recommended!  The combination of the spice and milk reminded me of a chai latte!

Raspberry Chia Seed Parfaits, festive and fruitful! These parfaits would make a wonderful holiday breakfast...or healthy dessert!

Raspberry Chia Seed Parfaits
 
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Raspberry Chia Seed Parfaits, festive and fruitful! These parfaits would make a wonderful holiday breakfast...or healthy dessert!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the Chia Seed Pudding:
  • 6 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups of milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
For the Raspberry Puree:
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Toppings:
  • apples & pomegranate seeds
Instructions
To make Chia Seed Pudding:
  1. In a bowl mix all ingredients together and whisk. Let sit for 5 minutes and whisk again to prevent clumping. Cover and place in refrigerator until a pudding consistency is formed, around 2 hours.
To make Raspberry Puree:
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until well blended.
To make parfaits:
  1. Evenly divide raspberry puree into 4 small parfait glasses. Add chia seed pudding then top with fruit. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 211 Fat: 8 Sugar: 19 Fiber: 13 Protein: 6

 Raspberry Chia Seed Parfaits, festive and fruitful! These parfaits would make a wonderful holiday breakfast...or healthy dessert!

hot chocolate steel cut oatmeal

Disclaimer: I received this product for free to review. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own!

Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal ~made in the crockpot while you sleep! Topped with BarkTHINS snacking chocolate!

There is nothing like waking up to a warm bowl of Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal topped with a little BarkTHINS to get you out of bed.  Literally, these oats are cooked in the crock pot overnight while you sleep!  I can’t even begin to tell you what a treat it was to have chocolatey oats ready and waiting for me after sleeping a combined total of 3 hours thanks to the kids waking me up all night long…it’s the little things that keep me going!

Talking about the little things that keep me going…chocolate!  Better yet, BarkTHINS snacking chocolate!  I was asked by the folks over at BarkTHINS to test out their chocolate.  Who wouldn’t say yes to that offer?!?!  The whole family gladly sampled the almond and sea salt, pretzel, pumpkin seed and coconut almond varieties.  All were winners here however, I loved the coconut almond best!  BarkTHINS are made with Fair Trade Certified chocolate and non-GMO ingredients.  Also, all products are made with dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate for the extra dose of antioxidants!

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Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal ~made in the crockpot while you sleep! Topped with BarkTHINS snacking chocolate!

Now, on to the oatmeal!  

Steel cut oats, almond milk, cacao powder, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt all dumped into the crock pot and turned on low.  Simple enough, right?  This would make an excellent Christmas morning breakfast!  I know in our house we will be up before the sun and running non-stop all day!  Having breakfast made the night before is the perfect solution!

Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal ~made in the crockpot while you sleep! Topped with BarkTHINS snacking chocolate!

hot chocolate steel cut oatmeal
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1½ cups almond milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1.4 BarkTHINS crumbles for the top!
Instructions
  1. Spray inside of crock pot with all natural cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together oats, cacao powder, cinnamon and sea salt. Add to crock pot.
  3. Stir in almond milk, water, vanilla and maple syrup.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Top with crumbled BarkTHINS chocolate and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 258 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 47 Sugar: 15 Fiber: 6 Protein: 7

Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal ~made in the crockpot while you sleep! Topped with BarkTHINS snacking chocolate!

Note: While BarkTHINS are not made with animal products, they are not considered vegan due to the processing of the sugar used.  

 

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Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal ~made in the crockpot while you sleep! Topped with BarkTHINS snacking chocolate!

chocolate banana protein smoothie jar

This has been our latest obsession…a Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie Jar!  Whether it’s for breakfast or dessert, this smoothie jar hits the spot!

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie Jar ~ A superfood, super delicious way to start your day!  ~vegan~

I’ve been trying to amp up my protein intake and finally found a protein powder I like, Aloha’s Chocolate Protein Powder!  It’s organic, plant-based and does not include soy or tons of other additives.  Pair with their Daily Good Greens for a superfood, super delicious start to your day! (note: this is not a sponsored post, I just love this product!)  Add a dollop of nut butter for extra protein and healthy fat and top with your favorite fruit and granola!

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie Jar ~ A superfood, super delicious way to start your day!  ~vegan~

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie Jar ~ A superfood, super delicious way to start your day!  ~vegan~

If you don’t have chocolate protein powder just add a little cacao/cocoa powder for the decadent chocolate flavor!  Other excellent add-ins are hemp seeds, chia seeds, spinach or maca powder!  For a drinkable smoothie add 1 cup of liquid!

chocolate banana protein smoothie jar
 
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Makes 2 servings (nutrition facts calculate without toppings) Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie Jar for a superfood, super delicious start to your day!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or cocoa/cacao powder)
  • 1 packet of greens powder (optional)
  • 2-4 tablespoons liquid (almond milk, coconut water, soy milk, hemp milk)
Toppings:
  • granola
  • blueberries
  • banana
  • hempseeds
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender such as a vitamix. Blend until smooth, using damper stick as needed.
  2. Top with favorite fruit and granola!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 258 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 37 Sugar: 22 Fiber: 5 Protein: 9

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie Jar ~ A superfood, super delicious way to start your day!  ~vegan~