Ginger Plum Breakfast Parfait
My stomach needs time to “wake up” in the morning before I eat, so for me I need an easy option to bring with me to work that I can eat while I’m working. I get bored with the same old same old breakfast routine so I need to switch it up a bit every once in a while.
Ever since I got The Greek Yogurt Diet book (where several of my recipes are published), I have been trying to incorporate more Greek yogurt into my life. I was going to have a cup of Greek yogurt for breakfast every day, but after a while, I got bored with that and found myself looking for anything but the nice little container of my favorite flavor of Greek yogurt I brought for breakfast, and most of the options I found at work were not all that healthy. Also, I found the Greek yogurt, while high in protein, didn’t really give me the energy to get through the morning. I was needing a “second breakfast” to get me through till lunchtime. Not all bad if I had some healthy options to snack on mid-morning, but not so desirable on a busy day with lots of meetings or on a day when I hadn’t brought anything healthy to snack on.
This is when Overnight Oatmeal comes in really handy. It’s got Greek yogurt, so yes, you get your protein and calcium, but it also has oatmeal which is high in fiber and the good kind of carbs that give you a steady level of energy (and also help cleanse your body). You can make endless flavor variations. I got me some vanilla Greek yogurt and multiplied the basic part of this recipe by 6 (so 2 cups of Greek yogurt, 2 cups milk, 2 cups oats, etc.). Then I made different flavors by scooping about 2/3 cup of the oat mixture into a smaller bowl and adding different flavors and mixing up the fruit (or other fixins) for each cup. I ended up with 7 little breakfast parfaits. I’m not going to blog about all of them just yet, till I’ve had a chance to perfect the flavors, but this one was a definite keeper. I loved the maple ginger taste with the plums. Some fruits work better than others in overnight oatmeal breakfast parfaits and plums are a definite winner.
- 1 medium plum, peeled (if desired), pitted and chopped
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup (1 3/4 ounces) vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup (1 3/4 ounces) low fat or nonfat milk
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
- 1 - 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 pinch salt
- If you want to peel the plum, give it a short bath in boiling water, remove with tongs and set aside to cool. The peel should pull off easily. Cut the plum in half, remove the pit and chop it into small pieces.
- In a small bowl, stir together the rest of the ingredients.
- In a jelly-size jar, put about 1/3 of the plum in the bottom, top with about half the oatmeal mixture, add 1/3 more plums, then the rest of the oat mixture, then the rest of the plums.
- Cover the jar and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy in the morning cold or warm it up if you prefer. Top with some toasted pecans or sugar and spice almond slices if desired.
It's easy to make this recipe gluten free ... just use gluten free oats!
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Here’s a shot of all seven of my jars … aren’t they pretty? I am looking FORWARD to breakfast every morning now, can’t wait to try the next flavor!