Spirulina Chia Parfait

On a health kick until Christmas Eve, then I’ll be rockin’ my stretchy pants and stuffing my face full of holiday goodies. Until then, I’ll be making this chia parfait every morning to make room for what’s ahead. It’s kind of like a healthy version of a trifle – a lot of layers and a lot of textures.

Chia seeds are my go-to when I’m trying to incorporate more fibre, healthy fats and protein. They are little sponges that absorb liquid like it’s nobody’s business, creating a thick “pudding” of sorts in just a short amount of time. I use the Costco brand chia seeds, found here.

Here are the layers:

Layer 1: Chia pudding – the ratio I use for the pudding is 1:3, seeds:liquid. In a mixing bowl, add one-third cup chia seeds with three times the amount (one cup) of your favourite dairy-free milk (I prefer almond). Mix in half a teaspoon of blue spirulina (optional), half a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Place in the fridge while you prepare the other layers.

Layer 2: Frozen fruit smoothie – to a food processor (I have a ninja), add two frozen bananas, half a cup of frozen mango, a quarter teaspoon of green spirulina (optional) and a half teaspoon of blue spirulina (optional). Blend until smooth, adding a splash of dairy-free milk to get it going, and scraping down the sides every so often. The spirulina powders give it that amazing teal colour and are packed with healthy nutrients.

Layer 3: Fresh blueberries

Layer 4: My Brown Butter Nutty Granola

Layer 5: Favoured toppings – My Homemade Peanut Butter, dark chocolate shavings, toasted coconut, etc.

Spirulina Chia Parfait

Serving size: 2

Prep time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk (I prefer almond), plus 1-2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp blue spirulina, separated
  • salt
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 tsp green spirulina
  • Brown Butter Nutty Granola (optional)
  • Homemade Peanut Butter (optional)
  • Fresh fruit for topping

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk chia seeds, milk, vanilla, half of a teaspoon of blue spirulina and a pinch of salt. Place in the fridge to set for about 20 minutes while you prepare the other layers.
  2. To a food processor, add the bananas, mango, green spirulina powder and the remaining half teaspoon of blue spirulina powder. Pulse a few times and then blend, adding in 1-2 teaspoons of milk to help it along. Scrape down the sides as needed and blend until smooth.
  3. To build the parfait: In a Mason Jar or a short glass, scoop in a few spoonfuls of the chia pudding. Next, add the smoothie layer and top with granola. Repeat these layers and then add the fresh fruit, peanut butter and more granola.

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