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 then there's apples, which are the star of all kinds of delicious desserts from apple pie to apple crisp to apple strudel. Pair up those flavors in this recipe and you've got a healthy-ish snack that tastes like a decadent dessert!
Peanut Butter Chia Pudding with Cinnamon Simmered Apples
For the Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
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.
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.