Craving something delicious and sweet? Try making these super easy, dairy-free, vegan and paleo, Chocolate and Matcha Chia Pudding Parfaits! Decadent enough for dessert and healthy enough for breakfast!
Well I hope you guys liked the last chia pudding I made because today I made us another one, Chocolate and Matcha Chia Pudding Parfaits! I couldn’t help myself, I’m quite possibly becoming addicted to the stuff. It’s weird to think that I could be becoming obsessed with adding these little seeds to smoothies, granola bars and my favorite pudding, when a few years ago I couldn’t stand them. I distinctly remember my first experience with chia pudding.
I was at the expo for the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon scooping up as many free samples as I possibly could…seriously it’s the main attraction at running expos. I had about 10 energy bars, enough GU to get me through three marathons and about half a dozen other runner friendly snacks and recovery drinks. I passed by a booth for chia pudding where they were giving out samples and since I’m not one to turn down a free sample I gave it a try. It was all I could do not to spit it back into the sample cup! My first and pretty much only thought was “OMG people eat this crap?!” Needless to say I didn’t buy any and the coupon for $1.00 off went directly into the garbage.
So here I am several years later and have currently made chia pudding three times in the past two weeks. So what gives? What changed my mind? My guess is whatever brand I sampled at that marathon a few years back was probably just a version I didn’t care for as is my problem with many snack foods, bars and energy snacks. I almost always prefer to make my own, case and point being my latest version of chia pudding.
Unlike my last chia pudding parfaits, these Chocolate and Matcha Chia Pudding Parfaits are dairy-free, vegan and you only need 6 ingredients to make them. These parfaits are the perfect sweet treat to make especially when you get the occasional chocolate craving like I do. To keep these parfaits dairy-free I used Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk. I loved using the unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this recipe because not only was it a low calorie, soy and dairy-free option, but it also allowed me to control the amount of sweetness I wanted the chia pudding to have. Making this pudding only takes about 5-10 minutes of hands on time and there is nothing complicated about it. It’s literally just a matter of whisking the ingredients together and letting them thicken and set up in the fridge overnight. If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy, easy to make sweet treat look no further than these Chocolate and Matcha Chia Pudding Parfaits!
Thanks to Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are my own.