Need a quick grab and go breakfast that will satiate you straight through lunch? Try this Sweet Potato and Coconut Chia Pudding Parfait.
If you’d rather spend your precious minutes before work meditating, reading, journaling, working out, or hey, just sleeping, consider making this parfait the night before, so you can just grab it on the way out the door, and eat it once you get seated at your desk.
This is a great recipe to batch cook on a Sunday, and make a few to use throughout the week. They should last up to 4 days (the sweet potato pudding lasts 5 days, but the coconut chia pudding only lasts about 4.)
Sweet Potato Benefits
Sweet potatoes offer a number of health-boosting benefits, including:
- Promotes Clear Skin: Sweet potatoes can help keep acne at bay, thanks to their super high Vitamin A content. You get nearly 400% of the recommended daily value (DV) per cup. This parfait includes healthy fats, thanks to coconut milk and coconut oil, which help you absorb the most Vitamin A.
- Anti-inflammatory benefits: Sweet potatoes provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Purple sweet potatoes in particular, are an even better source, and contain a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins, which are being studied for their potential cancer protective benefits.
- Supports Healthy Digestion: Sweet potatoes provide about 7 grams, or 26% DV, of fiber. This will not only help satiate you, but also supports healthy digestion and elimination.
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Sweet Potato & Coconut Chia Pudding Parfait
Sweet Potato Pudding
First, make the Sweet Potato Pudding
- Steam the sweet potato: Fill a steamer pot with about an inch of water and bring to a boil over high heat on the stovetop. Meanwhile, cut the sweet potato into 1/2-inch thick rounds, then in quarters (or eighths if it's a very wide potato), add to steamer basket, cover, and steam for about 8 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.
- Make the liquid base: While that steams, add water, almond butter, date, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt to a bullet blender. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- When the sweet potato is steamed, add that to the blender, along with the liquified coconut oil,** and blend until smooth, another 30-60 seconds.
- Spoon sweet potato pudding into a glass container. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or overnight.
Next, make the Coconut Chia Pudding
- Combine the coconut milk and chia seeds in a glass container, and stir well until fully combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight.
To make the Parfait
- Into a small glass jar, spoon in a layer of the sweet potato pudding, then the coconut chia pudding, then another layer of the sweet potato pudding, and any toppings you desire. Should make 3 servings.
**To liquify coconut oil, place the glass jar in a warm water bath, or simply scoop out the amount of oil you need, and warm that in an appropriate container in the microwave or stovetop.
***When covered and refrigerated, this should last for up to 3-4 days.
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