A grain-free, refined sugar-free and plant-based breakfast loaded with different textures and incredible flavor. And, best of all, I give you two ways to enjoy it: one for at home and one to-go!
I have been on a chia jam and chia pudding kick lately. They are both no-bake, easy recipes that taste amazing and offer incredible nutritional benefits. I started putting them together and adding creamy, nutty almond butter. The almond butter pairs perfectly with the tart and sweet raspberry chia jam.
All that creaminess needs a crunch factor – enter granola. I typically use either my Easy Vegan Granola recipe or this grain-free granola. I make a big batch once a week and then use the granola throughout the week for snacks and breakfast toppers like these breakfast bowls/parfaits.
This combination is filled to the brim with healthy fats, fiber, plant-based protein and antioxidants. On Sundays I like to make the granola, chia seed pudding and raspberry chia seed jam for the week ahead. This way, in the morning I just combine everything together with the fresh blueberries, almond butter, hemp seeds and coconut flakes.
About Chia Seeds
Chia seeds resemble poppy seeds and are technically part of the mint family. Many consider chia seeds to be a “superfood” as they offer important nutrients in just a few calories. According to the National Institutes of Health, chia seeds are rich in fiber (one tablespoon provides 19% of your recommended daily fiber), essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) and antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. They offer protein and antioxidants and are high in calcium, iron, and magnesium (one tablespoon provides about 8% of your recommended daily amounts of these minerals).
More make-ahead easy nutritious breakfasts (all vegan and gluten-free):
I know you all are going to absolutely love these chia seed creations! They are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, soy-free and peanut-free. If you give them a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see you enjoying them.