Maca Chia Cocoa Protein Pancakes

Indulgent AND healthy???

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That’s my kind of breakfast! And after such an action- (and food-) packed day like yesterday, these Maca Chia Cocoa Protein Pancakes are exactly what we need to get us going on an even tougher Monday morning than usual. You feel me?

We had a great time watching the Super Bowl yesterday, but as we weren’t really cheering for either of the teams, let’s be honest, we really just showed up for the food.  The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying a little break in the rain and getting outside for some beach volleyball, and a fun photo shoot with one of my new clients that I’m doing some social media work for.

We also spent some time recovering from partying all last week at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which is a huge annual event for us thanks to the hubs’ hookup with VIP tickets. Highlights included seeing the world premiere of the film “Charged” (which is amazing, BTW, so inspiring – stay tuned for more on that one) and rubbing elbows with Denzel Washington who was given the Maltin Modern Master Award for his lifetime of achievements both on the stage and in front of the camera. We always have such a blast every year and, although it goes by way too fast, we always find ourselves ready for a good deal of extra shut-eye when all is said and done.

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All the more reason for these Maca Chia Cocoa Protein Pancakes to come into our lives! I realize I have not yet posted a pancake recipe here on the blog, although if you’ve checked out my eBook, you’ll know that I have a couple of tasty recipes for more standard, “go-to” pancakes. I also realize that we are now officially into the second month of the year, which means most folks are still TRYING to hold onto their New Year’s resolutions but are finding their strength is waning. I mean, how can it not be with all of these Valentine’s ads and displays floating around?

Well, I have good news for you folks! These Maca Chia Cocoa Protein Pancakes are chock full of superfoods, yet can still easily pass as dessert (or just a not-so-savory breakfast if that’s more your jam.) You know I’m all about that balance, and this recipe is practically the epitome of what I preach.

Oh, and did I mention they’re also gluten-free? I don’t purposely try to avoid gluten in my recipes (sorry for all of my gluten-intolerants out there,) but just as some of my recipes accidentally turn out vegan, some also just HAPPEN to turn out gluten-free. Just be sure to use gluten-free oats in the batter and you’ll be golden!

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Just like the aforementioned oats, most of the ingredients for these Maca Chia Cocoa Protein Pancakes are something you’ll likely have in your pantry already if you’re in any way tuned into the health and fitness world (or just like a damn good smoothie in the morning.) And if you don’t have these ingredients on hand already, have no fear, because our trusty old Amazon is pulling through for you once again. I even did all of the hard work for you:

MACA POWDER
PROTEIN POWDER
CHIA SEEDS

Alright kids, no more excuses. Let’s bust out our fancy blender and get to it. That’s right, I said blender. Because that’s the only thing you’ll need to whip up this recipe, aside from your nonstick skillet or griddle, of course.

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Seriously, the process of this pancake batter could not be any easier. Just throw all of the ingredients in the blender, give it a good whir, and you’re ready to pour said batter into your piping hot cooking vessel. Sound easy enough?

Now, we all know that a Maca Chia Cocoa Protein Pancake’s story can’t stop once it comes off the griddle, because isn’t a pancake breakfast all about the toppings? Yesssirreee. I opted for sliced banana, cacao nibs and high-grade maple syrup for mine, but feel free to use whatever you want! Whipped cream, butter, peanut butter and strawberries are just a few more things that come to mind.

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So there you have it folks! The secret to a healthy, balanced breakfast that still tastes like dessert. Now can we agree that this Monday isn’t going to be all that bad?

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Maca Chia Cocoa Protein Pancakes

These chocolate pancakes are full of healthy superfoods, yet still taste incredibly indulgent. The perfect breakfast for any day of the week!

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 9 mini pancakes
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 banana
  • 2 scoops protein powder (vanilla or chocolate flavor will work)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons maca powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Instructions
  1. Begin heating a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. 

  2. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender.

  3. Using a quarter cup measure, scoop pancake batter onto heated pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until it gets a nice golden color. 

  4. Remove from pan to a heated plate and continue cooking the rest of the batter.

  5. Top with whatever you prefer! Some ideas are: sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, maple syrup, peanut butter, cacao nibs, shredded coconut and whipped cream. 

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Bruschetta, White Bean and Pancetta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Your Monday meals just got a whole lot better…

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If the fact that I made these Bruschetta, White Bean and Pancetta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes multiple times in the span of a week isn’t a clear indication of why you should plan on making these TONIGHT, I don’t know what is.

As you can imagine, the life of a food blogger is constantly filled with new recipe ideas to try and different flavor combinations to test out. This makes it a very rare occurrence that a certain meal appears on repeat in our house. I find we have an endless supply of leftovers sitting in the refrigerator, and once we finish one thing it’s immediately replaced by one or more new dishes that I’ve been fine-tuning and getting ready to be photograph-able in the very near future.

When the hubs and I sat down to eat my first go-around with these sweet potatoes (which actually included sweet Italian sausage crumbles instead of pancetta – also super tasty, might I add) we started reminiscing about how much we loved sweet potatoes, and how much better they were than good ol’ white potatoes.

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Having both grown up with moms that were raised on the East Coast, we remarked about how, when we were little, there were always regular baked or mashed potatoes on the table, but never our sweet, creamy sweet potato friends. The horrors! I guess now we’re trying to make up for lost time by making these Bruschetta, White Bean and Pancetta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes on repeat. Life could certainly be worse.

But guys, seriously, I could make these Bruschetta, White Bean and Pancetta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes forever and ever and ever. They are soooo good. And also really darn healthy. Can I get an “Amen?”

The other great thing about these sweet potatoes is that they come together fairly quickly with just a little bit of planning. The longest part of the process will be baking the potatoes, but you could even do this on Sunday during meal prep for the week (the plain baked sweet potatoes will last in the refrigerator for a few days), or just turn on the oven and pop them in right when you get home from work.

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Once you have your sweet potatoes baked, all that’s left is to whip up the white bean and pancetta filling and the sweet, garlicky bruschetta topping. For the beans, you have two options. I had batch-cooked some dried flageolets I had in the pantry a couple days before, so I simply reheated those in the same pan that I crisped up the pancetta in (hey, there’s nothing like a little leftover pancetta grease to really flavor up some plain ol’ white beans.) But, if you really want to make this a quick and easy meal and aren’t in to the dried bean soak and batch cook, simply use canned white beans.

If you do use the canned white beans, feel free to leave them as is, or add in some rosemary and garlic when you’re reheating them in the pancetta pan. This will leave you with an unbelievable flavor bomb when said white beans are combined with the bright and flavorful bruschetta topping on top of the creamy, roasted sweet potato.

The bruschetta is classic and comes together with just a few ingredients. It’s exactly what you would make for the classic Italian crostini topping: peak season tomatoes, sharp, raw minced garlic, fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil and dash of salt…and you’re set! No cooking required for this little step.

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Once you have your sweet potato baked, your pancetta crisped, your white beans warmed and your bruschetta mixed, you’re ready to rock and roll. Slice open the sweet potato and mash it down just a tad to make an easy landing zone for the white beans and pancetta. Be generous here, no skimping on all of these mouthwatering flavors. Finish off your stuffed tater with a topping of tasty bruschetta, and you have a simple, light weeknight meal, perfect for any night of the week when a heavily-involved dinner just sounds like no fun at all.

Bruschetta, White Bean and Pancetta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, you’re my weeknight hero <3

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Bruschetta, White Bean and Pancetta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 servings

A healthy, Italian-inspired stuffed sweet potato recipe with a fragrant white bean and pancetta mixture and zesty bruschetta topping.

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 4 ounces pancetta (or crumbled Italian sausage, or even tofu if you’re so inclined)
  • 1 – 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 ½ cups homemade white beans)
  • 4 cloves garlic, separated (2 peeled and smashed, 2 minced)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups diced tomato (about 2 medium tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. First, bake the sweet potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pierce each potato about four times with a fork and wrap individually in aluminum foil. Bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the potatoes feel soft to the touch. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Add pancetta to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat on your stove. Cook until pancetta just starts to turn crispy.
  3. Add white beans, the two smashed garlic cloves, and the fresh rosemary. Cook until mixture is heated through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Finally, make the bruschetta. Combine the two minced garlic cloves, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  5. Now it’s time to assemble. Slice each sweet potato in half and smash down slightly to make a good “cradle” for the toppings. Top generously with white bean and pancetta mixture and then finish off with bruschetta. Serve immediately.

Notes

Wine Pairing Note: This light dinner would pair well with a number of wines because of the multitude of flavors. A creamy Chardonnay, an herbal Sauvignon Blanc, or a light Pinot Noir would all be fantastic options with this meal.

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Sweet potatoes on sweet potatoes…

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Whisky Gravlax (Cold Cured Salmon)

Say what???

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You heard me right. Whisky. Gravlax.

So here’s the deal. I LOVE smoked salmon, and it has been on my “To Do” list to make for quite some time now. Now that we’re back from our honeymoon and I’m settling a bit more into being self-employed and working from home, I figured it was finally time to man up and try my hand at making the darn thing!

Small side note: Does anyone else find themselves with grand ambitions to try their hand at something new and somewhat challenging “someday”? I have to admit I’m so guilty of this, so I try to make a conscious effort to actually TRY these new things at some point because, you know what? Usually they’re wayyyyy easier to make than I ever imagined! So, do yourself a favor and make yourself a “Cooking Projects for a Rainy Day” Pinterest board (yep, I have one, and you can follow it here) and start checking some things off your list. If I can do it, so can you. We’re going to conquer our kitchen fears and hesitations together!

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But back to my mission to make homemade smoked salmon and my final decision to make Whisky Gravlax instead. There was one small hiccup in my grand smoked salmon plans: This gal doesn’t own a smoker. Nope, CaliGirl Cooking has not ventured into that world yet (although my husband would probably love me even more if I did 😉 But was I going to let that stop me? No way, Jose. After further researching my non-smoker options on the web, I realized that what I really needed to be making in my particular situation was gravlax. It turns out, “gravlax” was traditionally buried (“grav” as in grave in the ground) under a bed of salt, sugar and herbs. While I wouldn’t be burying my salmon in the ground, I could definitely handle packing it under layers and layers of a sugary-salty-herb mixture.

I also wanted to make a fairly quick version of the dish (at least in smoked or “cured” salmon terms), which meant 24-36 hours MAX. Luckily, I came across this recipe for gravlax that The Minimalist wrote for The New York Times way back in 1998 that I largely based the recipe you’ll find here off of (after my first failed attempt, that is…I think I had about two days’ worth of my sodium intake in my one-ounce taste of that first batch….ick…you live, you learn!)

So, I had the base to my gravlax recipe, but I was still anxious for at least a little bit of that “smoky” taste you get from real smoked salmon. I noticed that a lot of the classic gravlax recipes use a tiny amount of vodka, so in order to get my smoke on, I decided to snag some of the hubby’s super-smoky whisky (in this case I used Ardbeg 10-Year) and use that instead of the vodka. I can’t drink the darn stuff (it feels too much like I’ve just smoked an entire cigar) but I could certainly use it to flavor up my gravlax a little bit…Whisky Gravlax was born!

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Onwards I went. I got a lovely two-pound piece of salmon filet (the guy at the seafood counter only looked at me slightly funny when I came in for a two-pound filet two days in a row) and drizzled on a couple of tablespoons of the smoky whisky. I then proceeded to pack the filet in a heavy coating of sugar, salt and dried dill and wrap it up as tightly as I could in saran wrap to sit overnight in the refrigerator. It still leaked all over the place and I was faced with massive cleanup the next morning. (This was after I found maggots in our trash can…..GROSS! And had already spent a good half hour cleaning those up and hosing the entire can down…Yes, it was one of those mornings…And I hadn’t even had my coffee yet!)

Note to those of you out there anxious to try this recipe: Just put your saran-wrapped salmon filet in a shallow baking dish when you put it in the refrigerator and you’ll be golden. No messy whisky-smelling fish juice for you to clean up the next day. You’re welcome.

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I’m happy to report that my second attempt at homemade Whisky Gravlax was a success! And really not hard at all. Seriously. We’re talking less than 15 minutes of prep, set it and forget it overnight in the refrigerator, and the next morning you better run out and get fresh bagels and cream cheese because you’re GOING to want to dig into this Whisky Gravlax as soon as you pull it out and rinse off its sugar-salt-dill coating.

Now what are you waiting for? You only have one more day to go out and buy your salmon before you can have this deliciousness ready to go for an easy, lazy Saturday morning breakfast! Oh, and don’t forget the mimosas 🙂

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Whisky Gravlax (Cold Cured Salmon)

15 minutes

Cook Time: 24 hours

Total Time: 24 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 8-10 servings

3-4 ounces per person

An easy recipe for cold cured salmon using the classic salt, sugar and herb mixture and smoky whisky as the secret ingredient.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds salmon filet
  • 2 tablespoons whisky (as smoky as you can find, I used Ardbeg 10-Year)
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill (or one bunch of fresh dill)

Instructions

  1. Place salmon filet skin side down on a large piece of plastic wrap. Drizzle whisky evenly over salmon filet.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine salt, sugar and dill. Pour over salmon filet and pack it on as much as you can (there will be A LOT of this mixture, and you’ll want to be sure to use it all!)
  3. Wrap filet in plastic wrap and place in a shallow baking dish in the refrigerator for 24-36 hours.
  4. Remove filet from the refrigerator and rinse off the excess sugar-salt-dill mixture. Slice thinly to serve.

Notes

Wine Pairing Note: This Whisky Gravlax would pair perfectly with a lightly oaked chardonnay. The smoky flavor from the whisky will balance nicely with the soft buttery-ness of the oak, and salmon is a natural pairing for all chardonnay. BUT, if you’re serving the smoked salmon for breakfast, there’s no better way to pair this dish than with a mimosa!

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Oh heyyyyyyy…

Lobster Roll Lettuce Wraps with Brioche Crumbles

I’ve just made your day.

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I’m so excited to share this recipe with you because it really is the epitome of what I’m alllll about. These Lobster Roll Lettuce Wraps with Brioche Crumbles are just as delicious as the classic Lobster Roll you’d find on the coast in New England, but with a healthy twist!

You know I’m all about balance, and this recipe is just that – balanced. You also know that I’m definitely NOT about deprivation or restricting any certain food group, so even though these wraps forego the traditional bread bun, we still sneak in a little carbs and crunch with a light dusting of buttery, golden brioche crumbles. I promised I’d be coming through with some fun, healthy recipes in the next few weeks!

These Lobster Roll Lettuce Wraps are the perfect warm weather get-together food, so if you haven’t finalized your Fourth of July menu yet, you still have time to run out and grab the ingredients and whip this recipe up. Once you steam the lobster (or, shortcut alert, buy cooked lobster!) and toast up the brioche crumbles, the recipe comes together in a snap. Very limited time slaving away in the kitchen, a healthy dish, and sooooo much flavor. Where can you go wrong with that?

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I decided to be adventurous and cook my own lobster (because after successfully cooking lobster tails for this Lobster & Cheesy Grits dish I made a while back, I feel like I can conquer the world!) but as I mentioned, you could certainly go out and buy the stuff pre-cooked if you don’t want to deal with all of the shell cracking and skewering. I did add a little bit of Old Bay seasoning to my lobster as I was cooking it, so if you buy the pre-cooked stuff, just sprinkle on the suggested amount of the seasoning before mixing it in to the rest of the salad.

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The only other ingredients you’ll need for the lobster salad are Greek yogurt (subbed in for the usual mayo!), fresh tarragon, granulated garlic, a little salt and a little lemon juice. Super easy and I know you’ve already got most of this stuff in your pantry/refrigerator/garden.

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For the brioche crumbles, simply grab a pre-made loaf (I mean, unless you want to be really ambitious and make some from scratch – don’t let me stop you there!), chop it into tiny cubes, and toast them over the stove in a sauté pan with a nice coating of butter (we have to sneak in a little bit of extravagance, right? Balance, people.)

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Once we have these two very important pieces of the puzzle, our Lobster Roll Lettuce Wraps are basically ready to go. We just scoop the lobster salad into some sturdy lettuce cups and sprinkle our delicious, perfectly crunchy brioche crumbles over top. Of course, we eat these right away (because who wouldn’t) and delight in the glorious messiness that ensues.  So worth it.

Before I sign off, tell me, what are your plans for this patriotic day? I’m certainly planning on bringing some super-tasty Lobster Roll Lettuce Wraps with Brioche Crumbles out on our friend’s yacht later today, where we’ll be enjoying front row seats to the fireworks show off of the Santa Barbara Harbor (be sure to follow along on Snapchat –> @caligirlcooking for all of the festivities!) I hope everyone has a safe, fun and festive Fourth! XO

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Lobster Roll Lettuce Wraps with Brioche Crumbles

40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 4

A healthy spin on the classic Lobster Roll with all the same great flavor - wraps instead of rolls, topped with a buttery, golden brioche crumble.

Ingredients

  • 4 lobster tails, meat popped out of shells and skewered
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • ¾ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups brioche crumbles/small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. First, cook the lobster. To pop the meat out of the shell, take kitchen shears and cut a slit down each tail’s “spine.” Then, using thumbs (one on each side) gently pull the shell apart and slide the meat away from the shell, eventually setting it on top of the empty shell. Skewer each tail with a wooden skewer (see photos above.)
  2. Set a large steamer pot on the stove with water. Add garlic cloves and bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling, add lobster tails to steamer basket (you may have to work in batches.) Place lid over steamer pot and cook lobster for about 10-15 minutes, or until no longer translucent and cooked through. Using tongs, remove from pot and let cool.
  3. Next, make the brioche crumbles. In a medium sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add brioche crumbles and parsley and stir to coat. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally to get a uniform golden toast on all pieces. Remove from pan and let cool.
  4. Once lobster is cool, pull meat off of shell and dice into small pieces. Place lobster meat in a bowl with yogurt, tarragon, garlic, salt and lemon juice. Stir to combine. For best results, place this lobster salad in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. Once salad is cool, arrange a platter of large, sturdy lettuce leaves. Serve salad and crumbles in separate bowls so guests can make their own wraps. Have them place a scoop of lobster salad on the lettuce, top with brioche crumbles and enjoy!
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I’m rolling up my sleeves and digging in!

Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait

I finally jumped on the chia pudding bandwagon.Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait | CaliGirl Cooking

But you know what, I’m totally okay with it, because out of ALL of the chia pudding recipes out there, I finally have one that speaks to me, that I would not hesitate one bit to make at any given point in time. You see, I’m picky about my chia puddings. It’s a bit of a textural thing. Chia pudding on its own is a little too slimy for me, along the very same lines of why I am averse to Jell-O. I need some textural dimension in my foodstuffs, not something that just slides on down before I even have time to savor the flavor (you see what I did there?)

So when I started thinking that I needed to hop on this chia pudding train (because yes, if everyone else decided to jump off a cliff, I probably would too), I started brainstorming ways I could add texture and flavor to make it a truly enjoyable meal for me. I immediately thought of adding some crunch, and what better way to do that than with my absolute favorite, Andy’s Fairfield Granola? It’s got the oats, it’s got the nuts, it’s got the spices and sesame seeds…Perfect-o.

Next, I figured we’d need some sort of fruit, to really knock the nutritional value of this pudding out of the park. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all! (Although I definitely won’t judge if you consume this for lunch, dinner OR dessert.) Because ‘tis the season, I decided to stew up some fresh, juicy strawberries to get them nice and syrupy, and of course I had to add some amaretto to give them a little kick (as it just so happens to be my favorite “breakfast” liqueur.)

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The trickiest part about this recipe is that it does require some prep time to make all of the components. But once those are made, the parfaits come together in a snap. The granola can be easily made well in advance (we’re talking two, three even four days ahead if kept in an air-tight container) and the strawberries can be made the night before when you’re prepping your chia pudding. Yes, this pudding does need to sit overnight to set up, as most chia pudding recipes do, but it comes together sooo easily it will really take you no time at all. Simply whisk chia seeds, coconut beverage, vanilla and honey together in an airtight container, let sit for about 10 minutes, stir again, and pop in the refrigerator to “gelatinize” overnight (is that a thing?)

The next morning, there’s a chance the chia pudding may still be a bit clumpy. That’s okay! Simply give it another stir and let it sit for 10-20 minutes more (and if you don’t have time, use the pudding as is.) It will continue to firm up the longer it sits. Distribute the pudding among the serving vessels (I used stemless wine glasses), then add the stewed strawberries over top. Finally, sprinkle on the granola. If you’re feeling incredibly ambitious, you could drizzle on some honey to really finish them off. That’s it!

Now, I know it’s only Wednesday and you’re looking for that little something to get you through the rest of the week. Guys, this is that thing! I promise that if you wake up in the morning knowing that this Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait is waiting for you, it will make it sooooo much easier to get your booty out of bed, and maybe to the gym for that AM workout? I don’t know about you, but food is always my best motivator.

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Speaking of workouts, I’m dying to hear all of the ways you like to get moving and grooving. Tell me, what are some of your favorite ways to get a sweat on? I am in the middle of Week 10 on Kayla Itsines’ BBG app and I am loving it! For someone with less and less free time these days, I’m totally digging the fact that her resistance training sessions are only 28 minutes long and I am DRIPPING in sweat afterwards. I get in such an intense workout in a very short amount of time. I’ve noticed lots of small changes already, but I can’t wait to hit the 12-week mark as I hear that’s when you really start to notice the effects.  I didn’t start the program to lose weight, but more so to really tone things up so I am in the best shape EVER for my wedding. It’s of course a little early to tell, but it seems to be working! <3 <3

What I am pretty sure of is that Kayla would totally approve of this Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait (okay, maybe minus the booze, but we’re all about balance, right?) I’ve found that it’s the perfect pick-me-up after one of her intense training sessions. It’s got tons of protein to keep me satiated plus loads of vitamins and minerals. So many good things!

So tell me, do I have any fellow BBGers out there? How do you feel about the new app? And for all my readers in general, what are your favorite post-workout meals or snacks that leave you feeling replenished and refreshed? I’m going to need lots of healthy, energizing meals over the next few months!Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait | CaliGirl Cooking

Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait

8 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 parfaits

A delicious, healthy chia pudding parfait with crunchy granola and stewed strawberries.

Ingredients

    For the granola:
  • One batch of Andy’s Fairfield Granola (Note: This will make way more than you actually need, but it’s a great snack to have on hand!)
    For the stewed strawberries:
  • 1 ½ pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto

Instructions

  1. First, prepare the granola according to the recipe, found here. Cool and store in an airtight container or resealable bag until ready to use.
  2. The night before, prep the stewed strawberries and chia pudding. For the strawberries, combine all ingredients (strawberries, sugar and amaretto) in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until strawberries have released their juices and turned slightly syrupy. Remove from heat and let cool. Once strawberries are mostly cool, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. For the chia pudding, whisk together the chia seeds, coconut beverage, vanilla and honey. Let mixture sit for about 10 minutes and then whisk again, breaking up any clumps. Place in another airtight container in the refrigerator. Let sit overnight.
  4. In the morning, remove chia pudding from refrigerator and stir one more time. Let sit for 10-20 minutes after stirring to let it really set up nicely. Once pudding is set, distribute it evenly among four serving vessels (this could change depending on what size “vessels” you are using; I used stemless wine glasses.)
  5. Remove the strawberries from the refrigerator and spoon on top of the pudding in the individual glasses. Next, sprinkle on a generous serving of granola (I’d say ¼ - 1/3 of a cup, depending on how indulgent you want to be.) Top with a little drizzle of honey, if desired.

Notes

These chia pudding parfaits were delicious on the first morning, but got even better by the second morning. Simply wait to add the granola until right before you're ready to eat so it doesn't get soggy.

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