When it is cold outside, I always want something warm for breakfast, like oatmeal. But sometimes it gets boring and I like to switch it up a bit. My boss recently told me about this chia seed parfait. It is DELICIOUS! It will work in the winter and in the summer. Right now I microwave the apple jam part a bit in the microwave first to heat it up a little. Then I add it to the chia seed parfait with some nuts for a crunch and it is a very delicious and satisfying breakfast. I have included the recipe below.
Apple Pie Chia Seed Jam + Parfait
Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugar. The jam can be used on oatmeal or toast. And it is another great way to use chia seeds.
For the jam: Add the first 6 ingredients into a medium pot and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a low boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes of so. When the apples are fork tender, remove from heat and mash 50% of the mixture to thicken. Set aside to cool.
For the vegan overnight oats: Combine the oats, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 1-2 hours to thicken. Once the oats are softened and the liquid is mostly absorbed, it's ready. You can thin it out with more milk or thicken it with more chia seeds.
To make each parfait: Layer the vegan overnight oats with the apple pie jam, a few spoonfuls of each per layer. Add toasted walnuts on top of each layer if desired.
Store leftover jam in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge. Should last for at least 1-2 weeks.
You can use any nuts or no nuts at all.
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