Crunchy and creamy, sweet and tart, fruity and chocolatey – a perfect mix of textures and flavours creating a refreshing summer breakfast or snack.
Parfait says it already: it’s perfect. In this breakfast it’s the combination of complementing flavours [refreshing fruit, tangy yogurt, deep dark cocoa] and textures [crunchy amaranth – creamy oatmeal] that makes it an all-around taste experience.
Let me start out by stating this: you don’t want to be my roommate. No, not because I left all my dirty dishes in the sink out of pure laziness of transferring them to the dishwasher [why??]. Or because I was that person who decides to re-schedule their household tasks from today to whenever [which means I’ll end up doing them]. And no, stealing some granola doesn’t count as one of my vices.
What I’m actually getting at: if you’d lived with me [at least after I started blogging and started taking dozens of pictures of food] you’d have experienced me blurring the lines between mine and yours. Rummaging through the cupboards – filled mostly with my dishes – yet occasionally deciding yours were better for my pictures. Case in point again here: why in the world don’t I own a parfait-perfect glass? Answer: Simply because I’d never intended to have a parfait before.
Now that I know how easy they are [plus fancy to look at and we’re eating with our eyes, too, after all] I’ll have to look into getting some of my own. Yes, you could always just mix everything in a bowl but let’s face it: arranging the ingredients beautifully is one of the best parts of the parfait experience. Actually, the best part is eating it.
Proof that I can’t even stick with my own recipe ideas is the donut peach in this one though it’s nowhere to be found in classic Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches. They’re one of my favourite summer fruit – all kinds of berries aside – and with a case of perfectly ripe ones sitting on my counter I simply had to add some. If you can get your hands on them I higly recommend you include it here because its juicy fresh taste brought yet another texture and flavour to the whole dish.
And to share another secret about the behind the scenes of these pictures: I ‘borrowed’ some of my roommates strawberries for the pictures. At least I didn’t eat them. Now who wants to move in with me??? I might even share some of the fruit of my kitchen experimentation…
Neapolitan Oatmeal Parfait [vegan and gluten-free*]
- 1/3 cup of quick oats*
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 cup of water, non-dairy milk [I used soy] or a mix
- sweetener to taste [I used about four to five drops of vanilla stevia]
- 1/2 tsp vanilla [if not using vanilla stevia]
- 1/3 cup of strawberries
- 1 tsp of dark cocoa
- 1/4 cup of soy yogurt
- 1/4 cup of puffed/ crispy amaranth
- fresh donut peach, chopped
- Start by preparing your oatmeal by cooking it in milk or water with a pinch of salt. Stir in stevia or sweetener of choice as well as some of the amaranth and set aside to let cool slightly.
- Pour the yogurt into a tall jar.
- Mash half of the strawberries and stir into half of the oatmeal portion. Fold in the remaining chopped strawberries.
- Mix cocoa into the remaining oatmeal.
- Start assembly by pouring the yogurt into your jar. Add the strawberry oatmeal.
- Sprinkle some amaranth on top before adding the cocoa oatmeal.
- Top with chunks of peach. Sprinkle the remaining amaranth on top and serve!
*use certified gluten-free oats if needed.
Happiness inducing today: Picking up a good new book from the library.
Stay in touch!
Any roommate applications ;)?
Are/ were you a good roommate?
If you’ve had breakfast parfaits before: what did you add?
What are some of your favourite non-berry summer fruits? I didn’t discover donut peaches until about two years ago and now don’t want to miss out on them anymore.