Berry Chia Overnight Oats Parfait
There’s nothing more convenient than filling up a jar with a few ingredients in the evening and then waking up to a breakfast that magically happens while you are sleeping! This berry coconut version of overnight oats has one extra step: swirling in a spoon of nutrient-dense and mood-boosting chia seed jam! Mix it all together for an easy meal that will be ready & waiting as you head out the door.
* Serves 1
½ cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
¾ cup nut milk of choice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-2 tablespoons shredded coconut (or use 1 tablespoon coconut butter for extra creaminess!)
½ teaspoon vanilla
Maple syrup to taste (The jam and berries will add natural sweetness.)
Pinch of salt
Optional: 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon of chia jam (recipe below)
Toppings: fresh berries, shredded coconut, nuts, seeds, and/or lemon zest
To make the oats: Add the oats, nut milk, coconut, splash of vanilla, chia seeds, splash of maple syrup (optional) and pinch of salt to a jar. Stir well. In the morning, stir the jar and mix in a spoonful of the chia seed jam (see below). Top the jar with fresh berries, shredded coconut, nuts and/or seeds, and additional lemon zest (for a lemony flavor). Sweeten with maple syrup or extra chia jam, if desired.
NOTE: The oats can be eaten straight from the jar for a grab & go option or heated in a pot before adding the extra toppings!
Chia Seed Jam
2 cups strawberries or any berries (can use fresh or thawed frozen)
¼ cup water (use only for fresh berries)
2 tablespoons maple syrup (honey works well too)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon lemon zest
pinch of sea salt
In a medium size bowl, mash the thawed frozen or fresh berries with a fork. (Add the water if using fresh berries.) Place the mashed berries, and maple syrup in a small pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook mixture for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the pot from the heat and add in a pinch of salt and the optional flavorings if using. Mix well. Add in the chia seeds and stir. Once cooled, place the thickened jam in a mason jar or airtight container and chill for at least an hour before serving or overnight. Store the remaining jam in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.