Everyone wants to start the day off right. In our household, breakfast is BIG. The boys love having toast and cereal and eggs and fruit. I was a little worried that I would have enough to fill them up with, if we cut eggs and dairy from our diet. Oh and bacon, I mean – eggs and bacon is the Little Dude’s favourite meal right now.
The swap from milk to other milk substitutes wasn’t that big of a deal, because I was already lactose intolerant and so the boys were used to drinking some almond milk or coconut milk or soy milk. In fact, they really enjoyed our special treat swap of chocolate coconut water for chocolate milk.
Which is what gave me the idea to create some delicious vegan blood orange and cacao chia parfaits – perfect for breakfast or afternoon treat or dessert!
VEGAN BLOOD ORANGE AND CACAO CHIA PARFAIT
1 cup chia seeds
2 cups coconut water
1 tablespoon organic maple syrup
1/4 cup cacao
1 cup blood orange juice
Place the chia seeds in a small bowl. Add the water, maple syrup, cacao, and blood orange juice, stirring to combine. Place in the refrigerator and let it set overnight. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and check that the chia seeds have gelled.
Scoop out and place into individual bowls for serving. Top with a little blood orange zest, or dried blood orange slices or even a little drizzle of dark chocolate.
**This dessert is a little bitter, so might not be to every child’s taste. Although I loved the bitter jaffa combination, you may want to increase the sweetness.
**Blood oranges gifted by the wonderful people at Redbelly Blood Oranges
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