While leading a retreat at the W Hotel in the Maldives, the chef prepared a delicious and nourishing recipe inspired by my book Make Your Own Rules Diet. The chef added quite a few local, island-themed touches that gave me some new tricks to take home, try out and share. This breakfast (and almost dessert) is such a delicious treat to start the day with. It doesn’t take long to prepare, but you have to start on this recipe the night before for the parfait to set properly. Don’t worry; it only takes a few minutes and you’ll have a fresh breakfast waiting for you in the morning. I enjoyed this after many sunrise yoga sessions, and it kept me going strong until refuelling after a swim in the ocean or dip in the pool. It works to refresh and start the day when i’m back to city life, as well.

Serves 2

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons granola
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries & blueberries


Combine the coconut milk, chia seeds, and vanilla.

Stir and cover. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Remove the mixture in the morning and combine with the granola and fresh berries.


Recipe extracted from Make Your Own Rules Cookbook by Tara Stiles (Hay House UK, £18.99). Get yours on Amazon here.

MORE: Tara Stiles’ Guide To Making Your Own Rules