Thursday, August 22, 2013

COCSY Parfait - Coconut Oatmeal, Chia Seed Pudding, and Yogurt Parfait...or Maybe CSYCO Has a Better Ring to It...

I had a MASSIVE craving for coconut oatmeal even though I had never had it before...I honestly have the most bizarre cravings - what does that mean about me?  Instead of making a traditional bowl of oats, I was feeling artsy this morning and decided to jazz it up a bit.

Chia seeds are incredibly healthy for you; they are full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, and Omega-3's.  When combined with liquids, chia seeds turn into an interesting-textured pudding that's light and has a slight crunch! Crunchy pudding you say? I swear, it feels so much better on your tongue than it sounds.  To maximize on these healthy ingredients and to satisfy my craving, I made this very refreshing (and pretty if I do say so myself) parfait.


  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt - you can substitute any other kind of yogurt if you so wish 
  • 3 tbsp. liquid egg whites, or the egg white from one egg
  • 4 tbsp. almond milk, or whatever milk you have available
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. imitation coconut extract
  • 1/2 banana
  • blueberries

Pour milk into a glass jar along with chia seeds and mix it together until all the chia seeds are coated with the milk.  Put the jar into the refrigerator and let cool - you can store this overnight for quick access in the morning, or if you have time, I had it sitting for about 30 minutes in the morning.  In the first 10 or 15 minutes of it's chill time, take it out and stir to reduce any clumpiness.  This chia seed and milk combination will thicken and turn into a "pudding".  Bring water to a boil in a pot on medium heat.  Add oats to the boiling water and let simmer uncovered for about 2 minutes.  Meanwhile, fluff eggwhites in a bowl until nice and frothy; pour the eggwhites into the oatmeal after the 2 minutes of simmer time and continue stirring for another 2 minutes.  Add in the coconut extract a little at a time and mix it all together.  I kept adding more until I could really smell the aroma of the coconut and pretend I was on a tropical island, hula skirt, dance, and all.  Cook for another final minute, and let cool for a few minutes.  Remove the chia pudding from the fridge and in an adorably cute container, meticulously layer the pudding, oatmeal, yogurt, banana slices, and blueberries - the adorably cute container is not necessary...heck, if you don't have time, just mash it all together in a bowl - it probably will taste the same and take less than half the time to arrange (it really is time consuming to layer in an attractive, non-messy way...I'm not sure if people would try it if it looked like mush though!).  

If you want a more "tropical" feeling coconut oat parfait, add in some mango or pineapple!

Serve and dance the hula, just don't spill on yourself!

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