Strawberry Banana Chia Parfait

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Healthy breakfast or dessert…you choose 🙂 Gluten free, dairy free, rich in protein and good carbs. Bursting with flavours. And a simple one to prepare

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You already know my love for chia and this is yet another simple breakfast/snack/dessert recipe. It will keep you full for hours and you can prepare it in advance for a quick breakfast or school/work snack.

I already told you a lot about chia seeds and how amazing they are for us but anyway, let me quickly remind you. Chia seeds are considered to be a superfood, extremely rich in lots of great stuff for our bodies: easily digestive protein, omega 3 fatty acids (anti inflammatory and essential for fat to be metabolised in our bodies), abundance of minerals. It helps our body to better absorb water, so yes, it keeps us well hydrated. And most importantly, it has healing properties for out gut and bowels so in the long run helps out body absorb nutrients better. This is so important for all of us but especially for people with iron deficiency or any other malnourishment problems. In my example, having chia regularly helped me get my iron levels sky high! I used to be on lowest acceptable level whole my life, and that I have chia regularly, well above average 🙂

Ok guys, lecture done and we can proceed to the recipe.

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Prep time: 15 minutes + soaking time (min 30 minutes)
Yields: 1 portion

Ingredients

2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup milk (almond, oat, cashew…any plant one of your choosing)

1 banana
handful of strawberries
1 cup yoghurt (soy, coconut, oat…or if using dairy go for greek that is has less sugar – that is lactose, and more protein compared to regular one)
few drops of lemon juice
1 tsp agave or maple syrup

Method

1. Mix seeds and milk. Keep stirring until seeds are well distributed and liquid is starting to thicken slowly
2. Stir few more times in course of next few minutes and leave it to soak for at least half an hour. You can leave it overnight in the fridge and finish preparation in the morning.
3. Mash the banana and add some lemon juice to it to prevent it going brown
4. Mash the strawberries and add a touch of sweetener (agave or maple syrup)
5. When chia is thickened, add half the yoghurt to it and mix well.
6. Now we can assemble the parfait: banana mash as bottom layer, then half chia pudding, then strawberry mash and rest of the yoghurt and finish with remaining chia pudding. You can add some more sliced fruits on top if desired
7. That’s it guys!
8. You can dig in right away or save it for later. Keep it in the fridge up to 2 days

Notes
1. You can sub strawberries with any other berries
2. Use sweetener of choice or omit altogether
3. You can also sweeten chia pudding a bit if you have a sweet tooth

Hope you enjoy this one and if you like what I share on my blog, you can subscribe to the updates and if you happen to try these and even take pictures tag them #deliciousandhealthybymaya on Instagram so I can find you. I would love to hear from you 🙂

Much love,
Maja xx

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