Pepitas, chia seeds, flax seeds, and almonds, OH MY! This festive breakfast will start your day off with a full, happy tummy. And of course, if you’re like me, you also can’t get enough pumpkin and chai this time of year. A pumpkin chai fusion was almost destined to be born!
One Pumpkin Chai Parfait serving has:
15 grams of protein, 96% of your daily Vitamin A needs, plus tons of Calcium and Vitamin B-12. And you’ve gotta love those brain-food berries. I’m ready to take my SAT’s again and run a marathon afterwards.
This recipe has been on my mind since October and it was an absolute joy to put it together finally with a great friend. (Shout out to Cydne for letting me use her kitchen and then sending me off with a giant bag of grapefruit!! I’m filing this under “Easy Ways to Make Brittany a Very Happy Camper.”) Those grapefruits will be perfect for my upcoming Grapefruit Jalapeño Chickpea Salad.
Pumpkin Chai Parfait
- 3/4 c. Cinnamon Pecan Almond Granola
- 1/2 c. toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 c. slivered or sliced almonds
- 1/4 c. chia seeds
- 1/4 c. flax seeds
- 16 oz. (about 2 c.) nondairy vanilla yogurt (I use SO Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt)
- 4.5 tsp. chai spice (1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/2 tsp. cardamom, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. clove)
- 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
- 2 Tbs. agave nectar
- 3 oz. raspberries (about half of a 6 oz container)
- 3 oz. blackberries (about half of a 6 oz container)
- >1/4 c. blueberries
- If you bought raw pumpkin seeds, toast them in the oven or toaster oven until lightly brown. It takes less than one medium “toast” setting, so take care not to let them burn.
- Mix chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, and pumpkin seeds in a bowl. (I left my v v separate.)
- Mix half of your vanilla nondairy yogurt with 1/2 c. pumpkin puree and 2 Tbs. agave nectar in one bowl and the chai spices with the other half of the yogurt in another bowl.
- Layer each parfait however your heart desires! If you’d like it to be sweeter, drizzle 1-2 Tbs. agave nectar on top in addition to the agave that is mixed into the pumpkin/yogurt mix.
This is one powerhouse of a parfait. I had one around lunch time and was barely starting to feel hungry again at dinner. It would make the perfect pre/post workout meal, and it takes no more than 10 minutes to put together, so no excuses for not eating breakfast! (Or brinner…that’s breakfast for dinner. lol)
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