The word “parfait” comes from the French for “perfect”—and it’s easy to see why. Layered desserts like our banana-chocolate chia pudding cups are as fun to eat as they are stunning to look at. If you’re a fan of banana cream pie and rich dark chocolate, you’ll want to serve these over and over.
Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
For the chocolate chia mousse
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice (coconut, almond, hemp)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
2 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder
4 Medjool dates, pitted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Small pinch sea salt
Make the vanilla chia pudding
In a small bowl, stir together all vanilla chia pudding ingredients. Once honey feels fully incorporated, let sit 5 to 10 minutes.
Make the chocolate chia mousse
Place all chocolate chia mousse ingredients in a blender and blend on high until the mixture is thick and creamy.
Prepare the bananas
Mash bananas in a small bowl with a fork.
Assemble the parfaits
Layer chocolate mousse, mashed bananas, and vanilla chia pudding, dividing the mixtures between 2 to 4 tall glasses. Top each parfait with cacao nibs and coconut flakes. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Photo credit: Paul Delmont
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