Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Double Blueberry Breakfast Parfait

This is a breakfast parfait I made for myself the other day. Although these types of parfaits are popular as breakfasts and snacks, I don't tend to make them very often. They can be quite nutritious when made with wholesome ingredients, and are a good way to layer all four food groups into one convenient cup for something quick or something to eat on the go. They are also incredibly versatile and can be tailored to any tastes. The main components are: a grain (cereal, granola, flaxseed), fresh fruit, yogurt, and sometimes nuts or seeds for some crunch. All of this is layered in a dish as desired, and it is ready to eat!
I call this version a double blueberry parfait. It used oatmeal as the base instead of granola, so I cooked some up for a smoother parfait with less crunch. It also makes the parfait a little warm, and a delicious pairing with cool and creamy yogurt, but a cold cereal may be substituted to avoid clashing with temperatures. I also chose to cook the blueberries with my oatmeal since they were frozen, but you can layer in fresh fruit if you prefer. 

In a microwaveable bowl, mix together: 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 2/3 cup water. Cook on medium (50%) power for 4 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let stand for one minute.

In a tall glass or parfait dish layer as follows:
one spoonful blueberry yogurt
1/3 of the oatmeal
1 teaspoon almond butter
and repeat layers twice more


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