I am always a bit fearful when it comes to making parfaits. I never know if it will layer properly, look pretty, photograph nicely, etc. However, I’ve been able to create a couple of really good parfaits lately and am pretty proud of them. I shared my recipe for my Persimmon Ginger Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter Chia Pudding Parfait with you a few weeks ago, which was the first parfait I had made in a while. The ones previous to this were my Raspberry and Yogurt Parfait and Chocolate Brownie and Raspberry Parfait, which are great recipes, but now that I’m a bit more experienced with recipe development, my more recent parfaits have been much more impressive.
Although today’s parfait doesn’t look strange, it is definitely strange but good. As I’ve stated before, chia pudding is definitely strange but good. I also think that cooking with tea is a bit strange, too, and today’s recipe features Choconut Oolong tea, which is the tea I reviewed in yesterday’s Tea Tuesday post.
This strange but good chia oat parfait tastes like dessert. The two layers of sweet chocolatey Greek yogurt and nutty chocolate chia tea oats pair perfectly with one another. It makes a perfect breakfast and provided me with a great amount of energy to fuel me throughout yesterday’s workout. I went heavy on my squats and my run went by like a breeze!
Choconut Oolong Chia Oats Parfait
For the Greek yogurt layer:
1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
1 TBSP cocoa
1/2 – 1 scoop protein powder, optional (I used 1 scoop)
For the chia oats layer:
1 c Choconut Oolong tea*
3 TBSP chia seeds
1/2 cup rolled oats
cocoa nibs, optional
The night before serving (or at least 30 minutes prior to serving), combine all ingredients for chia oats in a mason jar or sealed container. Allow to sit overnight or for as long as possible.
In the morning, prepare your Greek yogurt by combing with cocoa and protein powder.
Begin to layer your parfait by creating a base with the Greek yogurt mixture. Continue to layer until each mixture is used up. Top with cocoa nibs or toppings of your choice. Serve.
*If you do not have Choconut Oolong tea leaves, you can use any 1 c of liquid of your choice. A good sub here would be chocolate almond milk or any chocolate flavoured tea you enjoy.
This recipe will appear in Laura’s Strange But Good link up on Friday
Did you enjoy today’s recipe? Do you like making parfaits or do you find them a bit intimidating, too?