Forget about grudgingly munching on tasteless celery because you want to lose weight. Seriously now, who really likes celery by itself? If you do, I’m currently slow-clapping for you.
If you don’t, I have a great alternative for you. Now you can eat a delicious savory carrot and celery cake to enjoy the previously almost-tasteless-low-calorie-celery, but pair it with sweet and crunchy carrots and onions to bake a CAKE. Yes, you can finally have your cake and eat it too.
Carrots have beta-carotene that your body converts into vitamin A for healthy skin, vision and boosts your immune system! Celery is basically 99% water so it detoxifies your digestive system. Onions have biotin that helps make our hair luscious and our nails strong.
Doesn’t this sound like the BEST. CAKE. EVER?!
½ cup low-fat milk
1 cup of shredded raw carrot
1 cup of chopped celery
Half cup of chopped white onion
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or ¼ cup parmesan cheese) (set some of this aside to sprinkle some over the top)
8 slices of 100% whole wheat bread, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
Now let’s make it
Mix the bread and milk in a bowl to form a dough-like consistency.
Mix in mozzarella or parmesan cheese (if using parmesan, be careful with adding too much salt afterwards because parmesan is salty!)
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix in the eggs, shredded carrot, celery and onion.
Mix thoroughly until it is all blended evenly.
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Pour mixture into greased baking dish and bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.
This is not your regular chia seed parfait. In fact, it is a chia parfait so full of spice and flavor, you will be sad when you finish devouring it. Or you can just make it again – YAY!
Chia seeds are a super food that has omega-3 fats and fiber. Just one serving of this chia pudding has 11 grams of fiber that is necessary for proper digestion. Its omega-3 fats help us to lower our bad cholesterol and can protect our hearts!
Why is this chia seed parfait so special besides it’s incredible nutrients? It’s the cinnamon, vanilla extract, honey and almond milk that give it a sweet and nutty flavor. Adding light sweet whipped cream or vanilla flavored yogurt gives it a more creamy texture. I sprinkled my homemade granola on top and this adds the final punch of crunch!
Enjoy this chia parfait as breakfast for a great start to your morning, afternoon snack or dessert! Or why not all three?!
Ingredients: (yields 2 servings)
¼ cup chia seeds
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (or sweetened)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon honey
2 drops vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt or light whipped cream (whichever you prefer!)
raw almond slices
crushed granola – any kind you like!
Now lets make it!
In a bowl, mix the chia seeds and cinnamon together.
Pour in almond milk and whisk with a fork to make sure everything gets mixed evenly together (no clumps of chia, please!)
Add in honey and vanilla extract and mix until it’s all one happy family.
Pour chia mixture into two small cups (or glasses if you want to be fancy) and let them chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so they become that gelatin consistency we all know and love.
Once done chilling, place a tablespoon of vanilla yogurt or light whipped cream on top of each chia parfait and sprinkle in almond slices and your crushed granola!