These beautiful chia pudding parfaits are chockfull of healthy ingredients! Each color is dyed naturally using fresh fruits and vegetables. Free of dairy, gluten, grains, and refined sugar!
For each color:
- 1/2 cup dairy-free milk (I used almond and coconut milks, but any milk will do)
- fruit blend (see color options below)
- sweetener of choice (amount will depend on how sweet your fruit is) 1–3 teaspoons of maple syrup, coconut nectar, honey, or a couple of dates. Use more or less to taste.
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds per recipe/color (use 4 tablespoons chia seeds if your mixture blended measures over 1 cup)
- splash of vanilla, optional
- extra cut up fresh fruit, optional, for topping
Plus ONE of the fruits/veggie blends below, separate recipe per color:
- Yellow— 1/4 cup ripe mango + 1/4 cup pineapple (can substitute extra mango or 1/2 banana for pineapple)
- Orange— 1/3 cup ripe mango + a few strawberries + 1 small cube of a peeled beet
- Red— 1/3 cup strawberries + a few raspberries + 1 small cube of a peeled beet
- Purple— 1/3 cup blueberries and/or blackberries plus a few raspberries
- Blue— 1/2 cup blueberries and/or blackberries
- Green— 1/2 small banana, 1 kiwi (peeled), small handful baby spinach
- Each color will need to be blended separately. You can give a quick rinse to the blender in between each color, but if you start with the lightest color, it may not be necessary every time.
- Place your milk and fruit into the blender and blend, but DON’T add chia seeds just yet. Stop and sweeten to taste. Continue to blend until smooth.
- Pour colored milk mixture into a container and whisk in chia seeds and optional vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until pudding has thickened. If possible, mix it again later to break up any chia clumps.
- Repeat steps for each color storing them each in separate containers.
- To assemble parfaits, layer a tall glass with alternating colors and top with additional fresh fruit. Makes 4-6 servings. Store leftover chia pudding in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
- The colors tend to become more muted after the liquid is absorbed by the chia seeds, so make it as vibrant as possible when blending in the fruits & veggies.
- Most of you may already know that yellow + red = orange, blue + red = purple, and yellow + blue = green (but green is easier because there are a lot of green fruits and veggies!) so if you’re having trouble achieving a particular color, for example your orange is too yellow, add a bit more of a red fruit to achieve a more vibrant orange color, and so on.
- Category: snack, gluten-free, vegan