Paleo Granola + Chia Pudding Parfaits

Wow, August flew by! In an effort to quickly get a few more recipes up before the month is over, I’ll keep this brief.

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This is a snack I prepared for my riders at Flywheel Sports in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is paleo, vegan, and delicious. You can swap out different nuts based on allergies, sensitivities, availability, or preference. It takes only a little time to put together and makes a great snack or breakfast to-go!

Paleo Granola + Chia Pudding Parfaits

Crunchy, nutty granola mixed with creamy chia pudding and topped with juicy fresh fruit -- need I say more?

Ingredients

For the granola:

2 cups raw cashews

2 cups raw almonds

½ cup shredded coconut or coconut flakes

¼ cup chia seeds

¼ cup flax seeds

3 tablespoons coconut oil

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup dried apricots, finely chopped

For the chia pudding:

5 tablespoons chia seeds

3 tablespoons maple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup coconut milk

Fresh fruit, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

On a large baking tray, combine cashews, almonds, coconut, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. Gently combine by tossing with your hands. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle overtop of nuts and seeds combo. Gently toss with your hands. Spread out granola as much as possible in the tray. Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until granola is golden brown without being burnt. I started checking my granola around 20 minutes, and at 5 minute intervals after that. When you sample a cashew or almond it should be crunchy without being burnt. When you remove the granola from the oven, toss the dried apricots with it and let cool.

While the granola bakes, whisk thoroughly chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and coconut milk. Refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour.

Finely chop fresh fruit to serve alongside (whatever is seasonal - I used strawberries and peaches in August). To serve, scoop some chia pudding into a mason jar or bowl. Sprinkle granola and fresh fruit overtop.