When you have a raging sweet tooth like I do, a healthy dessert that can double as a filling breakfast is a big-time win.
Anytime you tell me that something with the word pudding in it is not a total sugar bomb and a legitimately healthy treat, I’m in. You guys know by now how much I love chia seed pudding. There’s something about the tapioca-like texture I adore and knowing I’m diving into a treat that’s rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids is all the better.
To make this Greek yogurt chia seed pudding parfait a little more filling, I decided to incorporate plain Greek yogurt in an effort to amp up the protein of the pudding and give it a thick, creaminess. A splash of pure maple syrup was all it needed to give it a punch of sweetness before it was time for the best part… The toppings!
To offset the thick, creamy texture of the chia pudding, I added crunchy pecans, fresh slices of banana and soft, chewy Van’s gluten-free banana nut granola. (Van’s new granola offers 14 grams of nutrient-dense, gluten-free whole grains and is just 120 calories per serving!) When it comes to parfaits, toppings are key. Don’t be shy. Load ‘em up!
The great thing about this parfait is that you can customize it a bit and play around with the toppings. For a more indulgent dessert, try adding a sprinkle of butterscotch or white chocolate chips. For a more tropical feel, sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top!
Banana Nut Greek Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: breakfast, recipes
This filling and slightly sweet Greek yogurt chia seed pudding parfait is gluten-free and packed with protein, healthy fats and fresh fruit. Enjoy it for dessert or a fun breakfast in the morning.
- 1 cup milk of choice (I love almond or coconut milk)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 6-ounce container plain Greek yogurt
- 1 –2 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on preferred level of sweetness)
- 1/2 cup Van’s gluten-free banana nut granola
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 banana, peeled and sliced
- Combine milk, chia seeds, Greek yogurt and maple syrup in a medium-size bowl. Stir to combine and break up Greek yogurt clumps.
- Refrigerate for two hours or overnight to allow chia pudding to thicken.
- Divide half of the chia pudding between two cups. Top with half of the toppings, evenly distributing the granola, pecans and banana slices between the bowls.
- Add another layer of the chia pudding on top of the toppings.
- Top each parfait with remaining the remaining toppings and enjoy!
Keywords: BREAKFAST RECIPES, DESSERT, DESSERTS/SWEET TREATS, GLUTEN-FREE, RECIPES, SNACKS
Question of the Day
- When it comes to breakfast foods, do you prefer a savory or sweet morning meal?
Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Van’s. I truly hope you enjoy the recipe and thank you sincerely for your support surrounding sponsored posts. I really appreciate it! Van’s granola is available at grocery stores, mass merchandisers and natural food retailers nationwide. To find Van’s granola in a store near you visit their store locator.
Van’s GF granola is the BEST! I love how it’s more chewy than crunchy. Cranberry Almond is delish.
Linz @ Itz Linz says
savory usually, but i’m all about sweet pudding parfaits as well! 🙂
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Yum I’ve never tried Van’s granola before…looks great! I usually prefer savory in the morning, but lately I’ve been loving sweet baked oatmeal or yogurts. This is perfect!
kaitlin @4loveofcarrots says
yum, this sounds delicious! I love Van’s products especially their granola!
Kaci @ Kaci K. RD2Be says
Yum this sounds really good! I’m more of a sweet person for breakfast and really anytime of the day.
Catherine Cormier says
I mainly crave something sweet for breakfast (oatmeal, smoothie, overnight oats) but every now and then I want something savory made with eggs (omelet, frittata, veggie & egg skillet). Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!!
Yum!! For this sugar loving gluten free gal, this looks great! P.s. I totally want to try this with pineapple, toasted almonds and coconut!! 🙂
Nicole @ Blunders and Absurdities Blog says
I’m usually a savory person for breakfast, but sweets pretty much anytime after 11 am 😉
Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl says
I love sweet dessert for breakfasts! However, sometimes I go full on cake, like this morning 🙂
Sarah @ Sweet Miles says
It depends! I love salty things like bacon, but can also down a hefty portion of french toast! We’ve been eating banana bread for breakfast this past week though, so this looks like something we would both love!
Kristina @ Ms.Modify says
This sounds so good! Since I’m gluten free due to celiac disease I’m always looking for new breakfast options! I haven’t tried Vans granola, I need to look for it!
I don’t really like too sweet or too savory in the morning, maybe more plain…with coffee of course!
I always prefer savory to sweet. I love Van’s products so I can’t wait to give this a whirl.
Yum! I love this idea. I prefer sweet breakfasts over savory. Oatmeal or cereal is usually my go-to breakfast. I can’t wait to try this parfait!
I usually prefer savory but have been loving greek yogurt with fresh fruit and pecans or walnuts.
It reminds me of acai bowls that some of the juice places here in Tampa sell. They are so delicious but hard on the bank account!
I have a feeling I’ll be craving these chia puddings very soon once the weather heats up! Thanks for the recipe!
Sarah @ RunningChickago.com says
Julie- this is unrelated to this post, but Hautelook has baby moccasins on sale!!
Checking it out now!! Thank you!!
Melissa @ Melly NYC says
I’m all about savory foods for breakfast! Can’t go wrong with eggs and toast!
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
Yum! This sounds delicious! I like to mix up breakfast… sometimes it’s sweet pancakes, oats, or parfaits, and other times it’s a hash or omelet/scrambled eggs.
I probably have a triple or even quadruple sweet tooth, haha! Dark chocolate at EVERY meal 😉 Anyways, this sounds absolutely amazing! The layers look beautifully structured and everything looks so pretty together!