When you have snow, in April (April 2nd not 1st so this isn’t an April Fools joke), and it’s Monday it calls for coffee and seems like a dirty joke so Dirty Chai Chia Breakfast Bowls are where it’s at.
Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. We woke up to snow on Friday and it snowed all day, and then woke up to another 8″ of snow Saturday. Today is actually National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, one of our favorites that should be celebrated any day but since but I’m like the weather and not with the program right now so I’m sharing a cozy comfort food alternative to oats that I’ve been craving lately, Dirty Chai Chia Breakfast Bowls! Monday and this lovely spring snow we’re getting it’s a perfect time to share this recipe I’ve been holding on to. It’s no surprise I love coffee and I like chai tea, and dirty chai lattes are the best of both. Chai is such a comforting spice, hot or cold. Yes cold too which took me a long time to appreciate as way back it use to only be a winter tea for me, back when I drank more tea than coffee (still drinking coffee daily).
If you’re looking for PB&J inspiration or want to know how I would or might be celebrating it would be:
Breakfast: PB&J Overnight Oats
Lunch: Grilled Peanut Butter Jam Nana Sandwich
Snack: Peanut Butter Don’t Be Jelly Smoothie Bowl
Kid favorite: Peanut Butter and Jelly on a Stick
Dessert: PB&J Strawberry Peanut Butter Mousse Pie
Dirty Chai Chia Breakfast Bowls came to be one day when I wanted chia pudding but also a Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl. The result is a chai chia bowl topped with muesli, all the toppings, and espresso (what makes it dirty)! I even when with raw bananas, which if you read regularly aren’t my thing as I rarely eat bananas unless they’re caramelized. If it’s cold where you are and you love caramelized bananas like me then this Chai Chia Nana Oatmeal recipe is for you!
This is a simple and easy to make recipe that you prep the night before and only takes minutes to stir together the chia, chai, and non dairy milk unless you’re using a chai beverage (I love Bhakti Toasted Coconut Chai drink) then it’s only 2 ingredients (plus optional sweetener to taste if needed depending on chai and milk you’re using). In the morning you throw on your favorite toppings and make an extra shot of espresso while you’re making your coffee and pour it over top. If you happen to not be a coffee person or aren’t in a dirty mood you can omit the coffee. My favorite toppings are muesli (I have a couple local favorites and used a new Almond Mocha from Bliss Gourmet here) most of which already have coconut and chocolate but depending on the mood and how much I add I sometimes I add cacao nibs and or chia seeds for texture or toasted coconut for more flavor, and a spoonful of homemade coconut butter for extra creaminess! When I’m out of coconut butter I may add coconut cream, cashew butter, or just go with the other toppings. I also added bananas one morning when making Dirty Chai Chia Breakfast Bowls when my husband was working from home for both of us and he has at least a banana a day. It was the first time in a long time I had a raw banana and it was good so I added it again when I went to photograph them. There is no right or wrong way to top this bowl, do what works for you! As is this recipe is plant-based, vegan, gluten free, and can be paleo leaving off the muesli and going with the other toppings or toppings of your own.
This is a really filling breakfast bowl. It also makes a great snack, I just do half the amount of Chai Chia Pudding and reduce the toppings a little. If you haven’t had chia pudding for breakfast or added chia seeds to your overnight oats give it a try, you might be surprised at how filling they really are. Chia seeds are a great source of healthy essential fatty acids, containing more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! They also contain protein and fiber, being one of the easiest digestible plant proteins. The little seeds are also packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. When people talk to me about superfoods and want to add them this is one of the first ones I recommend!
If you’re here for Meatless Monday, I look forward to seeing what’s happening in your kitchen and hope you link up with me and my co-host Deborah. I also hope you check out and are inspired by the recipes linked up below.
Have a great week!