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Have you ever seen such a gorgeous, hearty-looking parfait?

I would absolutely LOVE to wake up to this. It packs in a ton of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to get your morning off to a fabulous start. Plus, it's got that sweetness we all love, without leading to a crash later in the day – chia seeds, it turns out, help balance your blood sugar. They're also just generally super amazing for you, but that's another card.
Ashley Melillo of Blissful Basil is the genius behind this super-delicious, all natural recipe (which is both gluten free AND vegan, btw). Check out her blog for more plant-based yumminess! All photos are hers as well – aren't they gorgeous?
Because this is totally a make-ahead-able recipe, I'm going to try preparing it on Sunday night, portioning it out into little jars, and enjoying throughout the week as a grab-and-go breakfast. I suggest you do the same :)

Cherry Chia Jam Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 10 minutes. Chill Time: Overnight. Difficulty: Easy
Recipe adapted from Blissful Basil
Makes 4 servings.

What You'll Need

For the overnight oats:
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1½ cups unsweetened almond milk (or nut milk of your choice)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs (optional)
chopped cherries & chopped almonds (for garnish)
For the cherry chia jam:
2 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted and de-stemmed
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or more, to taste
3 tablespoons chia seeds

To Make Cherry Chia Jam:

1. In a high-powered blender, combine the pitted, de-stemmed cherries and maple syrup. Blend for a minute or two, until the mixture is smooth.
2. Transfer to an airtight container; stir in chia seeds. Cover, and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
So now you've got your fruity, all-natural chia jam. On to the oats...

To Make Overnight Oats:

1. Combine rolled oats, almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and cocoa nibs in an airtight container. Gently whisk ingredients together.
2. Refrigerate mixture for at least 8 hours – preferably overnight.
You're all set! Now, once everything has had time to chill overnight...

Assemble Your Masterpiece!

Layer oats and jam in small serving jars. Garnish with chopped cherries and almonds. Enjoy!
See how simple it is to make a delicious, nutritious (and did I mention GORGEOUS) breakfast? No excuses for not eating a healthy, wholesome breakfast this week! ^.^
Enjoy, everybody! And for more delicious healthy breakfasts, check out these awesome cards by some pretty cool Vinglers:
Hahahaha thank you @marshalledgar :D I'm good, I've been traveling a little - at my friend's wedding in Cleveland!! You'd absolutely DIE, it's so gorgeous. A beautiful Victorian mansion, mismatched furniture, open bar ;D in Cleveland, near the lake. Absolutely amazing.
Where you been @allischaaff? haven't seen you in a bit. hope you're doing great
Hearts! Hearts! Thanks for mentioning my Perfect French Toast breakfast idea @Allischaaff! This card is beautifully shot. Chia seeds and me sort of have this understanding, however. We leave each other alone. LOLOL
take pics and write a card on it! so far, only 3 more weddings for me this year. have a blast and don't be shy--dance the night away