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Matcha Chia Seed Pudding & Apricot Smoothie Parfaits

This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

Superfood alert!

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding and Apricot Smoothie Parfaits with @bobsredmill Gluten-Free Muesli | #breakfast #glutenfree #healthy #dessert #greentea

How do you like your parfaits? Fruit and yogurt-filled? Chock full of decadent pudding and whipped cream? Crumbled cookies or shortbread – yay or nay? With raw, stewed, or roasted fruit? Including a sprinkle of granola or nuts? Layered and fancy? A drizzle of honey for good measure?

Me? I like to parfait with any or all of the above in basically any combination. So long as there’s some form of granola, muesli, and/or roasted nuts for some crunch and textural appeal, there aren’t many fruity concoctions I wouldn’t put into a glass and eat for breakfast or dessert.

Speaking of muesli…

have you tried it?

It’s basically un-baked deconstructed granola with oats, nuts, dried fruit, and coconut. You can eat it like cereal with your milk of choice, or sprinkle it atop yogurt, ice cream, or pudding. You can even use it like you would regular oats in an overnight oatmeal recipe, or make a baked oatmeal extravaganza, like this Apple Cinnamon Muesli Bake I showed you a few years back.

Let’s take a walk down summer cravings lane…

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding and Apricot Smoothie Parfaits with @bobsredmill Gluten-Free Muesli | #breakfast #glutenfree #healthy #dessert #greentea

…because I basically put everything I’ve been craving lately in a glass and called it a parfait.

For whatever reason, I tend to crave matcha (or green tea in general) during the summer. Perhaps to offset and detox the summery sweet treats, or perhaps because of its refreshing taste. Taking my matcha craving a step further, I made chia seed pudding for an antioxidant-packed sweet treat. I’ve found green tea goes super well with apricots, peaches, plums, mangoes, and vanilla ice cream or yogurt, and this summer, I’ve been more into apricots than ever before. The cute, juicy little stone fruit have such a unique flavor, and as it turns out, they’re marvelous in smoothies. Combining matcha and apricot forces, I decided this parfait just needed to happen.

The layers…they’re the best.

Let’s peel back the layers on this parfait so we can see what we’re getting into here:

  • Antioxidants from the matcha and chia seeds
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids from the chia seeds
  • Fiber and protein from the muesli and chia seeds
  • Healthy, slow burning carbohydrates from the muesli and apricot smoothie
  • Vitamins and minerals from the matcha and the apricots

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding and Apricot Smoothie Parfaits with @bobsredmill Gluten-Free Muesli | #breakfast #glutenfree #healthy #dessert #greentea

I topped these parfaits with Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten-Free Muesli. Adding the mixture of oats, nuts, and dried fruit lent to the nutrient profile of the snack and was also texturally pleasing! I mixed some of the muesli into the leftover matcha chia seed pudding after I took photographs of the recipe and loved the way it turned out after softening up in the refrigerator. It turns into a kind of chia/overnight oatmeal extravaganza.

If you’re in a hurry, you can also skip the smoothie portion of this shindig and simply go all-out matcha chia seed pudding with blueberries and a spritz of gluten-free muesli on top, like so:

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits with @bobsredmill Gluten-Free Muesli | #breakfast #glutenfree #healthy #dessert #greentea

The best part?: The matcha chia seed pudding simply needs to be mixed up then stuck in the refrigerator overnight. It keeps for a long time in a sealed container, so it’s a great healthy dessert to have on hand during the week, or a great make-ahead recipe for guests. Plus, as we all know, smoothies take but a split second to blitz in the blender, so these parfaits require very little time or effort to make.

All in all, these parfaits are perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert. Plus, you can get creative with your flavor profiles. A mango smoothie would go excellently with the matcha chia seed pudding, or just straight-up vanilla yogurt. If you’re looking for a chunkier texture, you can replace the smoothie layer with roasted fruit. Roasted plums with your match parfait anyone? Sounds parfait to me!

Have a parfait weekend!

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding and Apricot Smoothie Parfaits with @bobsredmill Gluten-Free Muesli | #breakfast #glutenfree #healthy #dessert #greentea

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding & Apricot Smoothie Parfaits

Prep Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Author: Julia


Matcha Chia Seed Pudding:

  • 1-¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • ¼ cup chia seeds

For the Apricot Smoothie

  • 3 small ripe apricots pitted and halved
  • 1 large ripe banana peeled and frozen
  • ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey*
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For Serving:


Make the Matcha Chia Seed Pudding:

  1. Add the almond milk, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and matcha powder to a small blender. Blend until well-combined (Note: You can adjust amounts of match powder and maple syrup to taste). Pour this mixture into a sealable glass jar along with the chia seeds. Seal the jar, shake until well-combined, and place in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 4 hours).

Make the Apricot Smoothie:

  1. Add all of the ingredients for the apricot smoothie to a small blender and blend until completely smooth.

Make the Parfaits:

  1. Divide the matcha chia seed pudding, apricot smoothie, and muesli between 2 to 4 glasses, making layers with the ingredients. Serve with fresh fruit and/or a drizzle of pure maple syrup or honey.

More Matcha Recipes:

Green Tea Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream - dairy-free and naturally sweetened |

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Matcha Green Tea Latte | dairy-free and naturally sweetened #vegan

Mango Matcha Smoothie

Mango Matcha Smoothie - full of antioxidants!


Leftover Grilled Vegetable Omelette with pesto and Feta - a healthy vegetarian breakfast!
Leftover Grilled Vegetable Omelette with Pesto Sauce and Feta Cheese
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Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Saturday 8th of August 2015

I didn't know about the glory of muesli until I lived in China 5 years ago, when I was craving cereal. That was the closest I got.

My parfaits are always fruit filled with a spot of yogurt and a TON of granola. I've never thought of adding cookies in there though. Now you've got me scheming ideas. Love all the layers of color you got here!!


Saturday 8th of August 2015

Matcha always makes my heart skip a beat. I think it's all that GREEN! Plus I have to say, the color/flavor contrast with the apricot is just to die for. GENIUS.

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

Friday 7th of August 2015

There's so much beautiful GREEN in this post! I love it. :)

One thing I regret from my visit to Switzerland was not trying any muesli. I don't know why, it's the same with cold overnight oats; I'm just not drawn to it.

But I can get down with trying it in a parfait! I love the creative mixture of texture and flavors in these. Put it in my mouf!! ;)


Friday 7th of August 2015

I love this posting! This is the prettiest and most unique recipe. I can't wait to try it.

Medha @ Whisk & Shout

Friday 7th of August 2015

I love matcha, but for some reason, I've never had it in my kitchen! Where do you get yours? This looks amazing, of course, loving the muesli!


Friday 7th of August 2015

I buy it online off amazon (this is the one I use most often), but you can also get it at natural food stores. Generally, I find it's cheapest to buy it online :) Let me know if you try it!

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