Chia pudding with almond milk, layered with a delicious cherry compote, and enrobed in a chocolate drizzle. This dessert is so decadent, it’s hard to believe it’s healthy and vegan. Layer in glass jars for a stunning dessert recipe that is a crowd pleaser!
Valentine’s Day is known for fruit and chocolate lovers alike, but I don’t want to play by the rules. This chocolate cherry chia pudding parfait is great for all occasions. You can put it in small glass containers for the perfect self-serving sized treat (or even for breakfast!)
Chia seeds are a great source of vegan protein and are great for detoxing. They make an excellent ingredient in pudding recipes because when mixed with a liquid (in this case almond milk), they become gelatinous and “pudding-like”.
Parfaits are all about the layers and in this chia pudding recipe, we have three steps: the chia pudding, the cherry compote, and the chocolate. If you would like to cut the prep time down, add chocolate chips instead of making the chocolate topping, I can vouch it’s just as delicious!
Cherry compote sounds so fancy but it’s really so easy to make!
- In a small saucepan, add frozen cherries
- In a separate bowl, mix together water and sugar until water is dissolved
- Add water and sugar mixture to cherries and heat on medium until cherries start to bubble
- Reduce to low heat and let simmer until cherries break down (about 15-20 minutes). Stir and mash cherries in between
- Add a small amount of cornstarch to thicken the compote
Okay, I’m here to get nostalgia for a bit, but do you remember magic chocolate shell? The sauce that hardened when pouring onto ice cream? Well, that stuff isn’t so magic because it’s super easy to make at home. This chocolate sauce gets hard just like that magic chocolate shell, making it satisfying to “break” with a spoon!
For my chocolate lovers out there, you can add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the chia pudding recipe to make a chocolate chia pudding. This gives you all the black forest flavor, but with healthy vibes. Or try substituting the almond milk with coconut milk for a slightly different (and tasty) flavor. The compote recipe can work with other berries too, so you can try raspberry or blueberry if you’d prefer. Better yet, swap out the chocolate sauce with granola for a delicious crunch!
This vegan dessert recipe is so easy to make and absolutely customizable too.
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Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding Parfait
Layers of chia pudding made with almond milk, cherry compote, and a decadent chocolate sauce make this parfait to die for. You won't believe how easy it is to make this vegan and gluten-free dessert recipe!
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup cherries frozen
- 1/4 cup cane sugar
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 4 6 ounce glass jars
Add all ingredients for chia pudding in a large mason jar. Shake well. Place in refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours, preferably overnight.
In a small bowl, mix together cane sugar and warm water until dissolved.
Add cherries to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slow bubble. Reduce heat to low-medium and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring and mashing cherries frequently.
After 20 minutes, add cornstarch to cherry compote and stir well. Remove from heat and let sit to thicken (about 5 minutes).
Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments stirring between each round until chocolate is completely melted.
To assemble parfaits, add a layer of chia pudding and then cherry compote. Repeat until jars are full. Top with additional cherries (optional) and drizzle with chocolate sauce.
You can omit the chocolate sauce step and use chocolate chips instead. Please note the chocolate sauce hardens so only make a thin layer!
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