Chia Pecan Peach Parfait

Check out that title – say that five times fast! Love me some alliterations.

Almost as much as I love the prettiness and simplicity of a yogurt parfait. (Okay, kinda corny segue, I admit.) There’s just something about taking just a few minutes to layer fruit, yogurt, and nuts and making it look like dessert that makes a morning feel special. But this dessert-for-breakfast isn’t like sneaking a slice of pie the day after Thanksgiving for your morning meal (although pie does go really well with coffee…). It’s actually healthy for you, offering a good dose of fiber, healthy fats, and probiotics.

A bonus? It’s easily made in advance and can be made totally portable. Just take a glass jar or container and prepare it in there instead. It’ll keep just fine overnight. In fact, I recently made little parfaits like these in small jars to take on a road trip. I made them the night before, and they were a lovely little breakfast treat for us on our ride. Of course, they’re not just for breakfast – you could totally pack one in a lunchbox as dessert or afternoon treat.

While I love the combination of chia seeds, pecans, and peaches, this parfait is endlessly adaptable. Cherries and almonds? Apples and walnuts? Bananas and chocolate chips? (What, chocolate chips can be part of a healthy diet, right?) They all sound good to me. Use whatever is in season or whatever you like. But whatever you do, take a moment to treat yourself to “healthy dessert” for breakfast!

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Chia Pecan Peach Parfait (gluten-free, vegan)

1 6-oz container plain non-dairy yogurt (I like So Delicious or Amande)

1 peach, cut into large dice

1/2 T chia seeds

About 10-12 pecan halves (1/2 oz)

In a parfait fish (or glass jar), spoon a third of the yogurt in the bottom. Top with a third of the diced peaches. Sprinkle a few chia seeds and pecans over. Repeat this process twice more. Refrigerate if not served immediately.

Serves 1.

This post is linked to 5-Ingredient Mondays over at The Daily Dietribe.

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