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Chia Parfait & Apple Crunch

After both kids are put to bed, Luise and I have this evening habit of pouring ourselves a glass of yogurt or chia pudding (or both) and then diving deep into our pantry drawers for whatever nuts, seeds, nut butters, oats, honey, fruit and berries that we can find to cover the yogurt with. Some nights we even treasure a piece of dark chocolate that we chop finely and dust over. It’s a fresh and quick weeknight snack/dessert that never looks the same and quite honestly is one of the best things we know.

During the summer months, we add heaps of fresh berries but lately we have been all about apples. Usually we just add them cold, but a while back we instead tried to heat up apples, seeds and nuts in a frying pan with butter, honey, ginger and cinnamon. The soft and warm apples + crunch mixed with fresh apple pieces, cold yogurt and a drizzle of hazelnut butter in between was absolutely terrific.

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We often make a double batch of chia pudding and store in the fridge as it always come handy when the kids need a quick snack. You could prepare a quinoa or oat bircher and use as base in this recipe if you can’t find chia seeds.

Even though this is a weeknight dessert in our house, it would also work really well as a lighter dessert for fancier occasions. When layered in high glasses with a drizzle of maple or honey on top it sure looks impressive enough. Not to mention, the leftovers make a pretty bad-ass breakfast!

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Chia Parfait & Autumn Apple Crunch

As always, adapt this recipe with seasonal ingredients of your choice; plums, peaches, pineapple, berries or pears could be great instead of apples. It’s easily made vegan by leaving out the yogurt or using coconut yogurt.

Quick Chia Pudding
1 cup milk of choice (we usually use oat milk, almond milk or coconut milk)

4 tbsp chia seeds
zest from ½ lemon

Warm Apple Crunch
1-2 tbsp butter, ghee or coconut oil
1-2 tbsp honey, maple syrup or brown rice syrup
1 large apple
¼ cup / 60 ml sunflower seeds
¼ cup / 60 ml pumpkin seeds
¼ cup / 60 ml hazelnuts
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground ginger
1 pinch sea salt

Elements for layering
6 small glasses

full-fat plain yogurt or coconut yogurt
nut butter
chopped fresh apples
bee pollen, optional

Preparing the chia pudding: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, set aside for 15-30 minutes and stir every now and then. You can add a few teaspoons honey or maple syrup if you prefer it a little sweet.

Preparing the warm apple crunch: Chop the apples into small dices. Heat butter and honey in a skillet. Add apples, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and hazelnut and spices and cook for about 7-8 minutes, stirring every now and then until the apples are golden and soft and the seeds and nuts are crispy.

Layering: Place a few spoonfuls of chia pudding in the bottom of 6 small glasses. Then add a dollop of nut butter, followed by a few spoonfuls of yogurt. Finally top with the warm apple crunch mixed with a few fresh apple slices and a sprinkle of bee pollen. Drizzle over some extra honey or maple syrup if preferred. Enjoy!

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64 Comments

  1. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 17:57 | #

    This sounds like a wonderful evening snack! I usually think of chia parfaits for the morning but you’ve convinced me that this could be an all day affair. Yum!

  2. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 18:00 | #

    I’d totally make this for a fancy dinner party just to have the leftovers for breakfast the next day ;-) being currently on an amaranth-everything-trip I think I’ll make a nice bircher out of that and my neighbors apples just scream to be used in a really good showstopper dessert like that :-). Have a great weekend!

  3. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 18:32 | #

    This looks so, so pretty!

  4. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 19:26 | #

    I love this! So seasonal, easy and unpretentious. I also really like that ingredient shot. So gorgeous.
    I love the backdrop too (so much gushing today. Apologies). May I ask what the backdrop actually is?

  5. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 19:38 | #

    Dear David & Louise,

    This is just stunning. I love the idea of a late night treat that is both beautiful, satisfying, healthy and tasty.

    May I ask you what material the stunning surface you shoot on is? I love the blue hue, it makes all the colours of the food truly pop! x

  6. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 20:00 | #

    This looks like a perfect late night snack- sweet and tasty and crunchy and full of protein. I’m still a newcomer to chia pudding, but this looks so good I may have to give it a try.

  7. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 20:19 | #

    I don’t know if these photos are better than those layered chia pudding glasses or vice versa. You rock.

  8. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 20:31 | #

    That looks amazing…definitely must try this recipe!

  9. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 21:14 | #

    Wow, they look absolutely incredible!

  10. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 21:25 | #

    Looks absolutely divine. Love the layers of flavors and textures.

  11. Jules
    Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 22:08 | #

    These look so good and as luck would have it, I had all the ingredients. They took no time to whip up and are now waiting patiently in my fridge till breakfast time. Whether I can wait too is another matter….
    Amazing photos and such lovely autumnal colours. Thank you both for another fabulous recipe xxx

  12. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 22:23 | #

    Yummy! This looks amazing! We’re actually having friends coming over for brunch tomorrow and we have all the ingredients… Chia parfait coming up :-)

  13. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 23:44 | #

    The colors in these photos are outrageous. I am not a big chia pudding fan but you have enrolled me into making these ASAP. I love your evening ritual. I cherish those times in my life.

  14. Posted 23 Oct ’15 at 23:58 | #

    I am guilty of having chia pudding dinners night after night when my husband is out of town for work. They are so easy to make and delicious. I might have to up my game now with this recipe!

  15. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 08:25 | #

    Looks really simple and delicious! I’ll take the one on the right that has more topping than yogurt (’cause it’s all about the toppings, right?).

  16. lucile
    Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 08:26 | #

    This is just, as allways, spot on! Was just checking your blog for some breakfast today and here it is: the perfect answer!
    Thank you guys, cooking has become much more inventive and flavoursome since I discovered your existence. Following you keenly for nearly a year now and have made many of your recipe (sometimes adapted to what’s in my pantry or not) allways a joy. And not just that: I have myself a wonderful little girl and I find your lovely family very inspiring so thanks for sharing that too.

  17. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 09:57 | #

    Amazing and a great recipi :-)
    Must try it.
    Have a lovely weekend :-)

  18. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 10:52 | #

    Done! Making these for a friend and I who is visiting this weekend. Looks so lovely and I have a ton of apples! x

  19. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 11:53 | #

    ¡Fantástica receta! Fácil de elaborar, con buenas fotografías y un resultado final delicioso. Muchas gracias por compartirlos con todos/as.
    / http://www.mascasaonline.com

  20. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 12:07 | #

    Oh my goodness. That just sounds so wonderful. During autumn you crave warm breakfasts but want something different to constant oats. I love this. With all the apples in the garden and windfall everywhere I think I may well be trying this out. Like tomorrow morning! :-)

  21. Andrea
    Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 13:41 | #

    I made the apple crunch for breakfast this morning and put it on my oat and quinoa porridge… really easy and tasty. Thank you!

  22. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 17:07 | #

    These look devine – I’m going to have to give these a try!

    Everybody check out my homemade halloween gingerbread!
    http://travellingthroughmytwenties.blogspot.co.uk

  23. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 19:57 | #

    This looks very, very delicious!

  24. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 21:01 | #

    So beautiful!

  25. Denise Watson
    Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 21:17 | #

    That looks amazing and I can’t wait to make it!!!!! ?

  26. Posted 24 Oct ’15 at 21:24 | #

    oh my god!!!

  27. Posted 25 Oct ’15 at 03:11 | #

    Absolutely gorgeous! Yogurt and granola are are favourite bedtime snack in our house too, but these ones look amazing.

  28. Posted 25 Oct ’15 at 04:35 | #

    This is so so lovely! I had been missing my summer berries too and have found too that apples are just as wonderful with yogurt. I can’t wait to try this warm version packed with so many crunchy and buttery nuts!

  29. Posted 25 Oct ’15 at 05:18 | #

    Such beautiful little parfaits! Sometimes the best meals are the ones thrown together at the last moment with odds and ends in the pantry. Eating a parfait with each other at night when the kids are in bed sounds like such a peaceful moment! :)

  30. Posted 25 Oct ’15 at 10:12 | #

    This sounds and looks delicious. It’s amazing how effectively enticing it is with a few simple ingredients. I’ll certainly be giving it a go.
    Angela x

  31. Posted 25 Oct ’15 at 18:54 | #

    This looks so crunchy and delicious! I am absolutely in love!!!

  32. Hanneke
    Posted 25 Oct ’15 at 21:49 | #

    Eating a parfait at night when the kids are in bed sounds very peaceful. But eating this tomorrow morning with the kids sounds like big fun and happy eyes. So….I’ll choose for the tomorrow morning-version ;-). A nice beginning of the week after a week of holiday.

  33. Laura
    Posted 26 Oct ’15 at 08:07 | #

    I had this for breakfast this morning and it’s delicious!

  34. Posted 26 Oct ’15 at 10:30 | #

    These are perfect! I love the fact thet they are light, not overly sweet, but still feel like a dessert. This would make a perfect breakfast as well.

  35. Posted 27 Oct ’15 at 03:20 | #

    These look so delicious! I’m definitely going to try making something like this for breakfast.
    http://www.chatterboxnewyork.com/

  36. Posted 27 Oct ’15 at 18:33 | #

    ¡Fantástica receta! Fácil de elaborar, con buenas fotografías y un resultado final delicioso. Gracias por compartirla con todos/as.
    / http://www.mascasaonline.com

  37. Posted 27 Oct ’15 at 22:45 | #

    What a great idea for an easy and healthy snack. I’m going to soak some chia seeds when I get home tonight!

  38. Posted 28 Oct ’15 at 15:32 | #

    Fabulous! I will definitely be giving these a try :)
    -sara

    http://almostpaleokitchen.blogspot.com/

  39. Posted 29 Oct ’15 at 02:05 | #

    What a lovely recipe. I have yet to use chai seeds and this is my inspiration thank you – sold!

  40. Posted 29 Oct ’15 at 23:10 | #

    They look incredibly tasty – so happy that healthy food is developing in so many different an amazing ways. This food looks nothing but boring!!!

    LOVE KATIE

    https://whatskatieupto.wordpress.com

  41. Posted 29 Oct ’15 at 23:32 | #

    These might be the most beautiful parfaits I’ve ever seen!! Gorgeous, gorgeous work, as always! <3

  42. Stef
    Posted 30 Oct ’15 at 21:11 | #

    Gorgeous treat, we enjoyed a lot the other night. Thank you for sharing!! Wonder how you make your nut butter though since it looks very yummy and a lot different from the ones I am able to make. Yours seems much more runny and crunchy at the same time. Maybe you let us know how to …? :-)

  43. Nickie Gorsky
    Posted 30 Oct ’15 at 23:31 | #

    Dear Ones. I read over this recipe a few times wondering if it sounded like something I would actually make. I was not sure about the apple/nut thing on the chia pudding. But I have faith in GKS and went with it. It is fabulous. I love it when a recipe opens my mind to new possibilities and this one tops my list! I have also tried it with pears…yummy!

  44. Sophie
    Posted 31 Oct ’15 at 13:59 | #

    Looks Great!! Can i prepare the apple crunch the night before ?

  45. verena
    Posted 1 Nov ’15 at 17:46 | #

    AWESOME – Thanks for that recipe – I made it for my girls-brunch and ALL of them where in HEAVEN afterwards :D

  46. Posted 6 Nov ’15 at 11:55 | #

    Hi David,
    I saw the photo of your son savour his chocolate smoothie on Instagram.
    I think with that sweet picture it is proven he became a little connoisseur by now.
    So, don’t think it is high time to rename your blog and welcome him officially into the ‘Frenkiel-Gourmet-Familiy’?
    Greeting from rainy Hamburg,
    Gudrun

  47. Posted 7 Nov ’15 at 13:48 | #

    This looks incredible! Such a perfect fall brunch idea! xo

  48. Melinda
    Posted 9 Nov ’15 at 10:06 | #

    This was so delicious! I have already made it twice and devoured it although the second time I swapped the apples for peaches. Thankyou again for another delicious recipe

  49. Brigitte
    Posted 9 Nov ’15 at 12:21 | #

    Hi there!
    the chia seeds parfait didnt work for me- I used milled one is it maybe why?( Im still a shy user of chia seeds in cooking:)
    and I follow the steps, too liquid so mixing with the rest I used for the layers.
    Such a pity I loved the idea, I’ll try it again,
    Many thanks for your beautiful webside.
    Brigitte

    • Posted 10 Nov ’15 at 14:10 | #

      Hi Brigitte, Yes, millet is very different to chia seeds as they don’t soak up the liquid so I wouldn’t recommend that. Sorry! Try it again with chia seeds and I am sure that you will be more successful!
      /David

  50. Posted 11 Nov ’15 at 16:22 | #

    This looks beautiful! I have to try this!

  51. Yvonne
    Posted 11 Nov ’15 at 21:39 | #

    A truly scrummy dessert which I now have using a variety of ingredients most evenings. Thanks so much for the inspiring recipes x

  52. Posted 14 Nov ’15 at 12:17 | #

    Hello!
    I read the post about the patties. I wanted to comment below that post, but I couldn’t find the way, so here I am.
    I just wanted to say I understand you. It happened to me so many times to make something delicious and being unable to reproduce it the next time :)
    I know the problem is that you share recipes lots of people will try immediately because they all look delicious, but I hope the readers who tried your patties were not too disappointed.
    I’m sure you guys will come up with the best patties recipe ever soon!
    Lots of love.
    Emanuela

  53. Posted 18 Nov ’15 at 18:04 | #

    All I get from my husband after I put my daughter to bed is a cup of tea… ;-) Now I’m craving this warm, crunchy apple parfait!

  54. Posted 19 Nov ’15 at 09:47 | #

    How do you make the nut butter that you used?. This looks so good I can’t wait to make it. Do,you always use nut milks or cocoanut milk to make the chia pudding and if so how long do they last in the frig if you make them ahead of time. Just the pudding that is. Great job on the picture also. It makes you want to reach right in and eat it. Lol

    Thank you

    • Stef
      Posted 19 Nov ’15 at 18:25 | #

      Yes pleeeeaaase! I still didn’t manage to make a nut butter that looks similar to yours in these pictures, even though I found your posting about nut butters in general: http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/homemade-nut-seed-butter/
      But I can confirm that the nut butter gets noticeably thicker as soon as the spices come in. :-/
      Please let us in on your secret! :-)

  55. Posted 20 Nov ’15 at 18:32 | #

    Been looking for something like this looks decadent and fancy but appears relatively easy. This will be a great addition to my Thanksgiving brunch! I think it will help convert some of my not so health conscious family that chia pudding is awesome :)
    Thanks!
    Sara http://www.wholistickitchen.com

  56. Julia
    Posted 30 Nov ’15 at 12:31 | #

    I just made this for breakfast. Lovely, not too sweet, and VERY filling.

  57. Kristina
    Posted 2 Dec ’15 at 17:20 | #

    Oh goodness, I just had this as a snack with my afternoon tea and it was so delicious! And I even had to make it without all the seeds because I didn’t have them on hand. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful recipes…I think I learned how to cook through you ;-)

  58. Posted 5 Dec ’15 at 18:27 | #

    Hey , this looks sooo good.
    What skillet are you using Ive been looking for one like that
    website for skillet/pan?
    Namaste,
    Andrea

  59. John
    Posted 15 Dec ’15 at 01:07 | #

    You are simply an inspiration, I always admired chefs and wanted to be a chef for the passion of it, I also love natural foods, however I see that I do not know how to do it & most of what I know is boring to eat, yet I love it and now it is not boring anymore but full of life like u 2 chefs, you are teaching me very simple yet beautiful inspiring recipies, thank you very much :) love you

  60. Posted 13 Sep ’16 at 18:01 | #

    Thanks for sharing this – this looks delicious!

  61. Posted 27 Oct ’16 at 22:45 | #

    chia ritual every night – now there’s a practice I can stick to. Hot yoga was too hot, but chia time is cool down time with tintilations on palette. Wow, thanks so much for sharing, and how you got these pictures I’ll never know, but one things for sure, I can never look at chia the same – thank you

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