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Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Parfait

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Parfait ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #overnight #oatmeal #parfait #makeahead #breakfast #inajar

It’s almost time for my second cooking class! I’m doing a class on make-ahead breakfasts this month and one of the things we’ll be making are overnight oatmeal breakfast parfaits. I’ve been making lots of different flavors to see which ones work best before the class, and this one turned out to be a total winner. (Some of them looked good, but didn’t taste so great …)

You may have to do a little experimenting to see what flavor combinations work best for you … personally, I really don’t like to use strawberries or frozen berries. They get too mushy for me. Kiwis are a no-no too, in my opinion. But fresh blueberries and bananas are delicious together. (If you’ve ever had blueberry banana bread, you’ll know what I mean!) I was surprised that bananas hold up well in overnight oats, but they really do. I also found I don’t like using the “100-calorie” yogurts — I prefer to either use plain unflavored Greek yogurt and sweeten it to my liking or regular vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt (and don’t worry that it’s a few over 100 calories).

For this one I used Vanilla Greek yogurt and a bit of real maple syrup along with fresh blueberries and sliced bananas and it was marvelous. I skipped the chia seeds this time because of budgetary reasons (chia seeds don’t fit within my allowance for cooking classes), and I think I really prefer the softer creamier texture without the chia seeds. Chia seeds soak up moisture, so they make the texture a little drier. Don’t get me wrong–chia seeds are really good for you and if you like them (and can afford them), go for it. But I don’t think you’ll be missing anything, taste or texture-wise, if you leave them out.

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Parfait

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup lowfat or nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons maple syrup
  • About 1/2 of a small banana, sliced
  • About 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • For the top: Cinnamon Roasted Almond Slices (recipe here) or toasted chopped nuts of your choice

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients except the fruit. Taste and adjust the sweetener to your liking.
  2. Put several blueberries and some banana slices in the bottom of a small 8-oz. jelly jar. Top with half the oatmeal mixture. Add more banana slices and blueberries, then the rest of the oatmeal mixture. Top with a few more banana slices and fresh blueberries. Put the lid on the jar and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. At serving time, top with a few cinnamon roasted almond slices, or nuts of your choice if you like.

Notes

Total time does not include time for the oats to "cook" in the fridge.

RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Parfait ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #overnight #oatmeal #parfait #makeahead #breakfast #inajar

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7 Responses

  1. Ann

    Your version of one of my favorite breakfasts looks delicious, Ann!!

    September 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Ann! I’ve been coming up with lots of flavor ideas that I shared with my cooking class at work today. I let them mix up their own flavor combinations too so I can’t wait to hear how they turned out! (I gave them a homework assignment to report back to me what they put in their parfait and how they liked it.)

      September 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

  2. I would love to invite you to join us this weekend on #PureBlogLove Link party for DIY Crafters and Recipe bloggers. Runs Thursday Nights 8pm EST-Sundays at midnight every week. I hope to see you there.
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    Heidy McCallum

    September 25, 2014 at 8:17 pm

  3. This looks really yummy! Thanks for sharing.
    I think my favorite overnight yogurt and oats is mixing in applesauce and cinnamon and honey. I will have to try blueberry banana though and see how it compares.

    September 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  4. yummmmmmm Thank you for sharing and for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. xo

    September 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  5. Delicious yumm parafait, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop pinning.

    September 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

  6. Thank you for joining us last Thursday night for #PureBlogLove Link Party on http://www.themccallumsshamrockpatch.com , we hope you will join us tonight or this weekend for week 4 (Thursdays @8pm- Sundays at midnight) Loved your blog post and look forward to seeing you again this weeeknd!
    Heidy

    October 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm