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VANILLA COCONUT CHIA PROTEIN PUDDING & PIÑA COLADA PARFAIT

I absolutely love chia pudding and this simple protein-packed vanilla coconut version is one of my all-time favourites.  It’s nutritious and delicious and can literally be thrown together in just minutes the night before for a quick and easy breakfast, snack or lunch.

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Here I layered the chia pudding with fresh pineapple, coconut chips and grain-free granola for a super satisfying tropical treat. However, this pudding works well with just about any fruit or topping. Check out the beautiful blood orange breakfast jar below!

PHOTO CREDIT PEXELS.COM

PHOTO CREDIT PEXELS.COM

Chia seeds have a mild nutty taste and are rich in fibre, minerals, plant protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats.  In fact, a 2 Tbsp serving of chia seeds contains approximately 4 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbohydrate, of which 11 grams are actually fibre!

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1 can (1.5 cups) organic full-fat coconut milk

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew or nut-free milk (I like to make homemade plant-based milk with my Almond Cow)

  • 1/4 cup Organika Enhanced Collagen Relax OR Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla protein powder OR 2 Tbsp of each

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)

  • Lakanto monkfruit, Swerve zero carb/zero calorie sweetener, pure stevia, or sweetener of choice to taste (optional)

  • 1/2 cup white chia seeds

  • optional toppings/parfait layers: diced fresh fruit, toasted unsweetened coconut chips, grain-free granola, or other toppings as desired

Directions:

  1. Put coconut milk, cashew milk, collagen or protein powder, and vanilla into a bowl or blender container and whisk or blend on high until well-mixed.  Sweeten to taste.

  2. Add chia seeds and whisk or pulse blend until just combined.

  3. Pour into bowl or single-serving mason jars and cover.

  4. Let sit for 10 minutes, then whisk or shake well, re-cover, and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours.

Coconut Chia Protein Pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.  Serve cold or heated with your choice of toppings. To make the Parfait, alternate layers of chia pudding with layers of diced pineapple, coconut chips and granola.

Packed as portable breakfast parfaits

Packed as portable breakfast parfaits

Coconut Chia Protein Pudding topped with pineapple, grain-free granola and melted cashew & coconut butter

Coconut Chia Protein Pudding topped with pineapple, grain-free granola and melted cashew & coconut butter

VANILLA COCONUT CHIA PROTEIN PUDDING WITH BLOOD ORANGE SLICES

VANILLA COCONUT CHIA PROTEIN PUDDING WITH BLOOD ORANGE SLICES