Black Forest & Chia Seed Parfait (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Liana Werner-Gray

by | Updated: January 8th, 2019 | Read time: 1 minute

Enjoy the classic combination of chocolate and cherries in a beautifully layered parfait. Made with nutrient-rich chia seeds, these drinkable meals are nourishing enough for breakfast, but sweet enough to enjoy as a dessert. This recipe makes two servings, so enjoy it with someone or keep the second parfait fresh in your fridge for up to two days. If you’re looking for even more chia seed recipes, check out our blog post here and learn 10 more tasty ways to utilize these tiny treasures.

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10 organic fresh cherries, pitted
4 squares of HU Chocolate Bar, grated

Chia seed layer
3 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup Milkadamia Macadamia Milk (or water)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Whipped coconut cream layer
1 can coconut cream, left in fridge overnight (or 2 frozen bananas)

Chocolate avocado mousse layer
1 large ripe avocado
2 Tbsp. pHresh Products Cacao Powder
2 Tbsp. Milkadamia Milk
2 Tbsp. Vitacost Certified Organic Maple Syrup
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of Redmond Real Salt


  1. In two jars, divide ingredients for chia seed layer; let soak.
  2. Without shaking, open coconut cream. Scoop out top layer, leaving behind any residual liquid. In large bowl, use electric mixer to mix coconut cream until smooth and frothy. (Note: if using frozen banana, beat until smooth like gelato). Spoon cream over chia seed layer in each jar.
  3. Chop 6 cherries and place on top of the coconut cream layer.
  4. In blender, process ingredients for mousse layer until completely smooth and creamy. Pour on top of cherries. Garnish with remaining cherries and grated chocolate.