Five minutes is all it takes to meal prep breakfast for the entire week.
It’s just one of those days. It took you three alarms to get out of bed this morning. Your cat knocked a plant over in the middle of the night and spread dirt all over the white carpets. When you go to make coffee you remember you forgot to pick up more filters last night. And you ran out of time to meal prep this Sunday because you were busy watching the Olympics. Looks like you’ll be getting breakfast from the coffee shop since you’ll already be stopping to get your caffeine for the day.
As you wait in line, you eye the different breakfast options. While they are all loaded with sugar and processed carbs, your stomach is already growling so you know you better just get something or you won’t even make it one hour into the workday. As you walk out of the coffee shop, pastry in hand, you vow to meal prep breakfast ahead of time. But meal prep takes time, and that’s not something you have a lot of.
Cue the chia pudding parfaits. Before you say you think the texture of chia is gross, give this recipe a try. I used to find chia disgusting. It was either too watery or too sticky, and I struggled to find the happy medium. You’ve got to make sure you measure the liquid and chia very carefully while prepping these. One of my favorite things about these parfaits is how easy they are to customize. I used blueberries, granola, and honey in mine, but you can easily switch that up and use your favorite combo.
These chia pudding parfaits stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week and only take about five minutes of meal prep to throw together. So get your mason jars and measuring cups out and let’s prep for success shall we?
Chia Pudding Parfaits
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¾ cup almond milk (I used Blue Diamond’s unsweetened vanilla, but you can use whatever you want. If you prefer regular milk, that works too!)*
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ cup granola
- 1 cup blueberries
- Place all the ingredients, except the granola and blueberries into a mason jar, screw the lid back on, and shake!
- Leave out on the counter for 5-10 minutes and shake one more time before placing in the fridge.
- Once the pudding has set, you can layer in your blueberries and top with granola. Your granola will stay crunchy by layering the blueberries between it and the chia pudding, so try to remember that when you start layering.
*If you make a bunch of these for the week, you may have to add a little bit more liquid to the parfaits as time passes.
What are your favorite breakfast recipes? I’m always looking for new ideas, share in the comments below!