Vanilla Latte Chia Parfait

Sometimes it’s just a latte type of morning. Hot, dark espresso mixed with frothy, slightly sweet (non-dairy) milk creates a combination that really gets my mind-set for the day. Luckily, I received an at-home espresso machine from the bearded one for Christmas a couple of years ago, so I’m able to obtain one without overpaying. I find the whole process of making one very methodical but at the same time, beautiful and therapeutic.

Because of that, I made a little instagram video of my making some for my friend and I yesterday morning. What’s exciting about that is that he’s working on my new logo and site! I can’t wait until we work out some kinks and finally get it live, which may happen within the next couple of months.

A sneak peek at some designs!

I’ve been really into breakfast foods lately, and it has been a long time since I’ve made and chia pudding, and an even longer time since I’ve combined my love of coffee and food into one. Now is the time! I’ve taken what really makes a latte special and added some nutritional value to it, and possibly made it prettier; although I’m a total sucker for latte art and I just can’t do it.

When Carie, one of my IG followers, suggested that I do a post on making lattes it really affirmed my want for this recipe. I guess you can thank her for this, then? ;) As far as the espresso machine goes, I absolutely love it and have definitely gotten my money’s worth from it. That’s also after researching different ones for WEEKS. Phew.

Come alive with this caffeinated chia pudding! I imagine that it would be great for a Monday morning. :)

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Vanilla Latte Chia Parfait
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 1-2
 
A chilled Vanilla Latte Chia Parfait makes for a great summer breakfast to get you going!
Ingredients
Espresso Layers
  • 2 Shots of Espresso (Hot) or ⅔ C. Coffee/Espresso
  • 1 tsp. Agave Nectar
  • 2½ T. Chia Seeds
Vanilla Layers
  • ⅓ C. Vanilla Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1½ T. Chia Seeds
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Optional: Pinch of Cinnamon
Optional Toppings
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Agave Nectar
Instructions
  1. Using a small glass/bowl stir together the hot espresso and agave nectar until the nectar dissolves. If you want the coffee flavor to be less bitter, use cold-pressed coffee, just know that it will take longer for the chia seeds to soak up the liquid.
  2. Next, stir 2½ T. chia seeds into the espresso and put in the fridge to cool.
  3. For the vanilla mixture, I steamed the milk until hot and a tad frothy. If you don't have a steamer, heat the milk until hot or just stir the seeds into cold milk. As mentioned before, it will take longer for the seeds to soak up the liquid.
  4. Stir the seeds and salt into the warm milk and set in the refrigerator until chilled.
  5. Once both mixtures are cool, use a tall, skinny glass and layer the two mixtures until you run out.
  6. Top with any of the optional toppings, or ALL of them if you want a loaded latte parfait! Serve cold.

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27 Responses to Vanilla Latte Chia Parfait

  1. Yummy , waw & amazing recipe! I love chia seeds but don’t know easy ways to use them instead of in a smoothy!

    This fabulous dish looks smashing too, my friend! Excellent pics too! Waw!!! MMMMMMMM! I have everything in the house to make this! :) Yummmm!

  2. I love how creative this is! It looks so beautiful, too.

  3. Yum! I never thought of adding chia to my coffee! Love this.

  4. Chia parfait! How awesome! This would be a great way to sneak some nutrients into Neal’s daily afternoon coffee fix.

  5. This is brilliant! Sometimes it feels strange to start a morning with both a smoothie and coffee since it’s just double fisting drinks. But a chia latte absolutely legitimizes starting the morning with a cup of joe! I love it!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Lady, are you spying on me? I seriously am surrounded by drinks every morning. Iced coffee, water, Smoothie, etc. It’s kind of ridiculous. ha ha

  6. Wow! This looks so elegant! I love the layers of chia. So pretty! :)

  7. one word: YUM! I’ve always been curious about chia seeds and now that I bookmarked this recipe, I have a reason to finally them!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      That’s fabulous! Chia seeds can be super fun to work with, from puddings, to jams and protein bars. Have fun trying them out!

  8. veenashankar

    super tempting parfait

  9. Whoa, this looks good. Why haven’t I thought of chia + coffee before? I dunno, but I’m glad you did :)

  10. malpanka

    This looks very yummy, maybe I should finally convince myself to go and finally try chia. It looks very similar to tapioca pudding, which I absolutely adore.
    BTW, since you mentioned latte art I thought I’ll put my two cents in: I worked as a barista at a couple cafes and I found that it’s very difficult to achieve microfoam needed for latte art with non-dairy milk. It’s virtually impossible with milks other than soy, and even the cheaper brands don’t usually work. You may want to experiment with soy milk brands and foaming technique to reduce the size of the bubbles.

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  12. Love the layered look! Especially considering the built in coffee, this sounds like my ideal breakfast. :)

  13. I have to admit that I was never a huge fan of chia desserts. And I also have to admit that you just changed my mind. I am glad I still have some chia in the pantry to try this. Thanks!

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  15. I made this last night to put in my husband’s lunch bag for work. I doubled the recipe so I could have some too. I’m eating it for breakfast right now & it is awesome! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I feel like I will be making this often. :)

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