Rich and creamy peanut butter chia pudding is layered with chunks of sweet apples simmered in cinnamon and maple syrup to make these delectable parfaits that are decadent enough to eat for dessert, but healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
This is a pudding that you can eat for breakfast or dessert, which, if you ask me, is the best quality you can find in either a breakfast or a dessert. On the one hand, it’s made from healthy protein and omega-3 packed chia seeds, along with plant milk, peanut butter and seasonal fruit. Fantastic. Healthy. On the other hand, it’s rich and creamy and slightly sweet, and apples and peanut butter are a pretty magical combination.
I love chia pudding, but peanut butter chia pudding might be my new favorite chia pudding, and when it’s topped with cinnamony apple chunks, it’s something like eating a scruptious little caramel apple parfait.
You can get the chia seeds for this recipe from Bob’s Red Mill, who was nice enough to supply me with a chia stash to make this recipe. You can get some online, and most likely at your local supermarket too.
Peanut Butter Chia Pudding with Cinnamon Simmered Apples
For the Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
- 1 cup unflavored soy or almond milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 2-3 tbsp. maple syrup to taste
- pinch salt
For the Cinnamon Simmered Apples
- 2 apples pick a medium-sweet variety, such as Gala or Cortland, peeled and diced
- 2 tbsp. water plus extra
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
Make the Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
- Place all ingredients in a mason jar (or other sealable container) and stir well. Cover and optionally give it a good shake to ensure everything is blended.
- Refrigerate overnight.
Make the Cinnamon Simmered Apples
- Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and stir to incorporate.
- Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Lower heat and allow to simmer until apples are tender and most of the liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a few more splashes of water during cooking if the mixture becomes too dry.
Assemble the Parfaits
- Arrange pudding and apples in layers in mason jars or parfait glasses. Or just throw everything into a bowl if you don't care about being fancy.