Raspberry, Goji & Vanilla Overnight Parfait
By Amy Crawford
It's just after 9pm and my mind has no sooner switched off from thinking about a dinner creation and it's moved straight onto breakfast. This is what happens when you're a bit food 'mad' (I've said this before and I'll say it again...I'm no rabbit in the meals department). I have spent many years of a corporate career trying to find an outlet that satiates my creativity and I guess I've found it. The purpose of those couple of sentences is to show you what often happens in my kitchen after dinner. Breakfast happens. And attached is yesterday's breakfast which was lovingly prepared in about two minutes.
People, this is FAIL proof, seriously. As long as you don't add salt instead of stevia or pepper instead of chia seeds. You get my drift. In any case if you haven't yet discovered chia seeds, please give these little seeds of joy a go. They are so very good of you - they have the highest known plant source of Omega-3 - sold?! But the best thing is that they are super versatile. Add liquid to chia and it turns into jelly, thickens up in the space of 10 minutes. For a "need-a-spoon-consistency" smoothie lover like myself, chia is a dream come true.
1/3 cup chia seeds (white or black, no difference)
3/4 cup almond milk (or your choice of milk, you could even use water)
1/4 cup raspberries
1 heaped teaspoon goji berries
1 tablespoon of natural, full fat yoghurt
Stevia to taste (I used a fat pinch)
1 dessert spoon ground flaxseed (or LSA and both optional)
A few drops of vanilla essence or vanilla powder
1 dessert spoon mesquite powder (or maca powder, both optional)
Throw it all in the glass and stir. Cover and pop in the fridge for breakfast. Voila!
A word of warning, don't leave your chia seeds sitting in the liquid at the bottom of the glass even for a minute. They'll solidify and you'll have a battle mixing in all the other ingredients. Also, never fear if you don't have all of these ingredients. You could throw chia, milk, a sweetener and berries and you'll have a beautiful thick parfait. You could also add nut butters, chopped nuts, coconut oil (oh lord that's good - it solidifies in little bits and adds great texture). Go for your life with it. Also, you can do this 15-30 minutes before breakfast. I'm just a bit food mad and can't wait that long.