If you feel like having a dessert for breakfast, but at the same time you want to keep it healthy – this chia-banana-chocolate pudding with vanilla yogurt and red currant mousse is for you. It tastes fresh and has a pleasant texture. It is rich in protein, it fills you with vitamins and minerals and it keeps you energized until the lunch break.
There are two types of people in this world: those who have to be tricked into eating breakfast, and those who can’t wait for the morning to come to celebrate the favorite meal of the day. I certainly belong to the second group. Therefore, I never forget to shop for the stuff for breakfast and I truly enjoy preparing overnight oats before going to sleep. There are, however, people who are not that “rise and shine” and who are shockingly not into the morning treats. One of these people happened to be my husband. Therefore, I always search for the ways to trick him into having breakfast (because breakfast is so important and sooooooo good).
So this is how this breakfast idea was born. I was meant to make a banana-chia-berry-yogurt smoothie but decided to experiment with the presentation of it. And I think it turned out very pretty because layers always look great! Think of a cake, of a sandwich or of a lasagna… don’t think of an onion! 😉
For the bottom layer, I used almond milk, chia seeds, ripe banana and several squares of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, which in case you are confused is very healthy, gave a dessert kind of touch. The middle layer was filled by an all-time favorite Greek yogurt infused with vanilla extract. For the beautiful topping, I used a red currant mousse. I prepared it a day before since I was trying to recycle and to preserve a huge basket of red currants, that I could not resist buying at the market.
If you are not so eager to prepare red currant mousse, because, for instance, you are not the biggest fan of red currants, – you can use any other berries you like. Just blend in the food processor or smoothie-maker the berries with a splash of maple syrup. But if you do like red currants – I would totally recommend going for a red currant mousse. It is so fresh, with such a pleasant bit of sourness. You literally feel like you are getting a shot of pure vitamin C while eating it. Oh, and apart from that, red currants are a great source of fiber. This is also the reason why I don’t remove seeds when preparing this mousse.
So try making this dessert-like looking cup for breakfast. You’ll never what to skip the most important meal of the day again 😉
- 1 small ripe banana
- 4 squares of dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- splash of almond milk
- 100 ml of thick Greek yogurt (I use 10%)
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of red currants
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- For a banana chia pudding: place in a blender chia seeds and dark chocolate squares (no need to melt the chocolate) and pulse until finely ground. Add a splash of almond milk and a banana and blend until smooth. Place in a fridge for 10 minutes.
- For a vanilla Greek yogurt: mix yogurt with vanilla extract.
- For a red currant mousse: add red currants and maple syrup to a blender and blend until smooth. I don’t remove seeds since I appreciate having them as a great source of fiber.
- Fill a jar or a pretty glass with layers of the banana pudding, yogurt, and red currant mousse.