Blueberry Acai Smoothie & Chia Parfait

Blueberry Acai Smoothie & Chia Parfait
Happy Tuesday! Today I am bringing you a nice simple recipe for a healthy breakfast that I have been absolutely loving lately. Why choose between Chia Pudding and an Acai Bowl when you can combine them together! And so the Blueberry Acai Chia Smoothie Parfait was born. The name is a bit of a mouthful – or should I say a spoonful – and it’s totally delicious.

I first shared this on my Instagram stories a few weeks ago, but I’ve made it quite a few times since then. I think this will be a favourite during the summer months, so I wanted to share it here on the blog too.

I love starting my day with a smoothie, and I’ve shared a few of my favourites here on the blog before. It’s a great way to pack in some vitamins first thing in the morning. I definitely notice an improvement in my energy levels when I have them for breakfast. This green smoothie is my favourite when mangoes are in season. Although I must say, there’s a much wider selection of frozen fruit available now, which are just perfect for throwing into smoothies and mean you can add your favourite fruit all year round.

Blueberry Acai Smoothie & Chia Parfait
This smoothie parfait feels a little more festive and it definitely kept me feeling more satisfied for longer. I put this down to the added chia pudding, which has protein, fibre and omega-3 fats. They also contain calcium, which is great as this recipe is completely vegan and has no dairy.

Acai is another ‘superfood’ that has definitely hit the mainstream in the last few years. Colourful and Insta-worthy acai bowls and smoothies are on the menu of cafes everywhere in Sydney. You can buy frozen acai puree or in powder form, which makes it very easy to have at home.

Blueberry Acai Smoothie & Chia Parfait
It’s deep purple in colour, thanks to a plant compound called anthocyanin which has antioxidant effects. Other foods like blueberries, black beans, pomegranates, grapes (even wine!) and cherries are also high in this beneficial compound. But instead of getting caught up in unproven health claims of particular foods, I think eating as many colourful fruits and vegetables as possible is the best and most delicious way to maximise your daily intake of vitamins and minerals.

The chia pudding is best when it’s prepped in advance, so this makes life way easier in the morning. Your breakfast prep is already half done! I find it most convenient to always have frozen bananas and blueberries on hand because I use them in many of my smoothies.

Blueberry Acai Smoothie & Chia Parfait
You can top off your Chia Smoothie Parfait with any fruit you like – extra fresh banana or blueberries, passionfruit, kiwi fruit and strawberries. I also like to change up the crunchy topping day to day, from homemade granola to cacao nibs or buckinis or coconut. You can add a drizzle of nut butter or honey if the mood strikes. Or add some edible flowers if you want to snap an Instagram photo 😉  It’s really up to you to make it your own and adapt it to your taste.

It makes me extremely happy to dip in my spoon and taste a little bit of everything, combined with the different textures of my chosen toppings each day. It’s a great breakfast that you could even pack into jars or containers and take on the go.

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Blueberry Acai Smoothie & Chia Parfait

Blueberry Acai Smoothie & Chia Parfait

A delicious and healthy breakfast that combines two of my favourite things - an Acai Bowl and Chia Pudding. Perfect for prepping in advance and taking on the go.

Course Breakfast
Keyword Breakfast, Healthy Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

Chia Pudding

  • 1 cup coconut & almond milk (or your favourite plant milk)
  • 1 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons acai powder

Blueberry Acai Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder of your choice (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon acai powder
  • 1 cup coconut & almond milk (or your favourite plant milk)

Toppings (your choice)

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Banana
  • Granola
  • Buckinis
  • Coconut
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Edible Flowers

Instructions

  1. To make the chia pudding, in a bowl or jar, mix together the coconut & almond milk, chia seeds, rice malt syrup and vanilla extract. Set aside for 15 minutes, stir again and refrigerated for a few hours or overnight. When pudding has thickened, stir in the acai powder.
  2. To make the smoothie, combine the frozen blueberries, banana, protein powder (if using), almond butter, acai powder and coconut & almond milk in your NutriBullet or high-powered blender. Blend well until fully combined.
  3. To assemble the parfait, layer the chia pudding in glasses or jars and spoon the blueberry acai smoothie over the top. Top with your favourite fruit and toppings such as berries, kiwi fruit, papaya, buckinis, granola, coconut, edible flowers etc.
  4. I used fresh blueberries, sliced banana, strawberries, coconut flakes and fresh mint leaves for mine.

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