Blackberry Chia “Jarfait” (Parfait in a Jar)

Blackberry Chia “Jarfait” (Parfait in a Jar)

Jarfait!   Don’t you just love that name?  A great play on words.  It’s not my idea.  I am not sure who invented the word “jarfait” but  parfaits have been around for a coon’s age (I hear that is a long time).  It is basically a dish that is layered with various ingredients, which can be sweet or savory.  And well, being the jar lover that I am, I am thrilled to build a sweet treat such as this.

You are going to love the this jarfait. The cream layer has a luxurious mouth texture that makes my eyes roll back into my head.   This is achieved in two ways.  Soaking the cashews causes them to swell and soften.  This is vital and this step shouldn’t be skipped.  Next, creating the cashew cream a high-powered blender.  A good blender can make all the difference.  I recommend the Vitamix or Blendtec.   Depending on your blender this process can take anywhere from one to five minutes.  If you have a standard blender and it is taking several minutes to process it to a smooth cream, be careful that you don’t overheat the “cream”.  If it starts to get warm, turn the machine off and allow it to cool before proceeding.

The chia seed layer has a texture that  closely resembles tapioca pudding.  If this texture is bothersome to your tongue, you can grind the chia seeds to a powder before adding them to the recipe.   Chia seeds are packed full of amazing nutrients… I love these little buggers.   If you want to learn more about them, please check out my post on Chia Seeds.

You can build a parfait in just about any container, just make sure that it is clear.  Being able to view the layers really adds to the fun of this dish.  I noted below the volume that each component yields rather than telling you how many treats it will make.  That will depend on the dish you use.  Have fun and enjoy!  Oh I almost forgot… see the photo below?  Here is a wonderful way to clean your blender after making the “cream” and make yourself a sweet little treat for all your hard work.  (nobody needs to know how easy this was to make, that is our secret. hehe)  After removing all the “cream” from the blender with a spatula, pour about 4-8 oz of nut milk into the blender and run it for about 30 seconds.  The milk will clean the “cream” off of the walls of the container and get it out from underneath the blades.  The blender is cleaned and you have a refreshing blackberry treat to enjoy!


Pudding: yields 4 cups

Blackberry  ”Cream”: yields 2 1/2 cup

  • 1 cup organic blackberries, juiced
  • 2 cups cashews, soaked for 2+ hours
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia
  • dash sea salt


  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine the following; almond milk, chia seed, stevia, vanilla and blackberries.   I used organic frozen blackberries, thawed and drained.  Save the liquid.  Mix, cover and set side until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. For the “cream” you can use the blackberry liquid from the frozen berries.  If you are using fresh, blend the berries in the blender, pour through a nut milk bag to remove the seeds.  Discard the seeds and use the juice for the “cream” part.
  3. In the blender combine the blackberry juice, cashews (drain and rinse first), vanilla, stevia and salt.  Blend until creamy smooth.  Depending on your blender this process can take 1-5 minutes.  Stop periodically and rub some of the cream between your fingers.  If it gritty continue blending.  Remember, we want a smooth mouth-feel texture.
  4. Assemble the jarfaits.  Alternate layers of the pudding and the cream until you have no more pudding and cream.
  5. Allow to chill in the fridge to firm up or eat right away.   These should last up to 4-5 days in the fridge.