If you’re like me and appreciate a really tasty dessert without a lot of calories and prep time, this ones for you!
This Chai Tea Chia Mousse Parfait with Granola and Diced Apple Pear recipe gets it’s subtle, exotic flavor from powdered chai tea and coconut milk mixed with the healthy chia seed. A fantastic textural, flavored dessert layered with whipped cream and crunchy granola.
Every once in a while the cookie, or the standard around this house dessert of fresh fruit, yogurt and granola needs a switch up. Don’t get me wrong, I love Strawberry Lemon Bars, Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies and Almond Roca Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, but I know to keep things in moderation, right?
This parfait is subtly sweet and nuanced with the irresistibly exotic flavor of Oregon Chai tea. In powder form it comes in handy for the individual hot tea or sprinkled on this or that for an unexpected flavor weapon. Here I incorporate it into the coconut milk when soaking the chia seed. I thought about what delicate flavoured fruit would enhance and not take away from the chai flavor and these apple pears do just that. They are bright, crisp and delicate with a hint the apple texture and pear flavor. I picked these up at Costco recently and keep them chilled in the refrigerator. Diced small for texture and layered over the chai tea chia mousse, granola and whipped cream that I incorporated with lemon zest.
I like to use Thai Kitchen’s canned coconut milk. It’s is super rich and thick due to being made from the pressing of fresh, ripe coconut meat. Unfortunately the can is 13 ounces and for this recipe we need two cups (16 ounces) of liquid, so I add a little milk to thin it just a little. I’ve experimented and used different coconut milks such as Silk, but found them to not have the same fat content and are thinner. I like a thick mousse like texture for this, not a loose pudding or flan-like texture.
For any of you who have never seen an apple pear, it’s a little larger than your average apple and the flesh is crisp and juicy. The smell is pure pear and the flavor is perfect for this light dessert parfait.
Layered in the mix is one of my all-time favorites – granola. It adds that crunchy texture that was perfect foil to the rich and creamy chai tea chia mousse. Now I love to make my own granola, like my Basic Vanilla Granola, Tropical Granola or my Chocolate Pecan version, but sometimes you’re in a crunch for time so to speak. Buying store brands are fine and one I love is Ancient Grains. Check it out at Costco.
So whisk together the coconut milk, chai tea powder and chia seeds in a large bowl. Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 5 hours.
Chill a bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to whip the cream in. Add the whipping cream, lemon extract and zest with a Stevia packet. Beat on high, mixing until peaks form.
Peel and cut the apple pear into small dice.
Layer a scoop of granola, then the chia mousse, diced apple pear, then whipped cream into each glass dish, repeat. Do this for each, stacking the ingredients. Serve immediately, chilled.
- 13 oz can Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk
- ¼ cup milk
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- 3 tbsp chai tea powder
- 1 apple pear, diced
- 1 cup vanilla granola
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 Stevia packet
- Measure out coconut milk and add enough milk to make 2 cups (a few tablespoons). Whisk together the coconut milk, milk, chai tea powder and chia seeds in a large bowl. Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 5 hours.
- Chill a bowl to whip the cream in the freezer for 10 minutes. Add the whipping cream, lemon extract, zest and stevia packet. Beat on high, mixing until peaks form.
- Peel and cut the apple pear into small dice.
- Layer a scoop of granola, then the chia mousse, diced apple pear then whipped cream into each glass dish, repeat. Do this for each, stacking the ingredients. Serve immediately, chilled.