Wednesday, 31 August 2016

berry banana oat breakfast parfait

what do you call a smoothie you slurp up with a spoon? i've seen these all over the internet, referred to as smoothie bowls but i think a breakfast parfait sounds much more tempting. like my polka dot sunshine smoothie, this tall drink of deliciousness was inspired by david frankiel's and luise vindahl's "grab & go blackberry oats" from their delightful book green kitchen smoothies.

it bears absolutely no resemblance to anything even approaching health food and looks as lush and decadent as any dripping-with-chocolate-and-sin treat. if "healthy" hooked up with "delicious", this would be their irresistible love child.

makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings

overnight oats

4 tablespoons rolled oats
1 tablespoon oat bran
2 tablespoons chia seeds
11/2 cups cold brewed green tea (or use water)

berry smoothie

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberry chunks
1 cup low fodmap plant milk (rice, macadamia, sesame or oat milk)
6 drops stevia or 3 teaspoons lucuma powder (both optional)


1 large banana, slice thinly, divided
extra blueberries
extra strawberry chunks
1-2 tablespoons chopped or broken walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts
dash of cinnamon

  • put all overnight oats ingredients into a container and stir well
  • cover container and chill overnight
  • put all berry smoothie ingredients into blender and process until smooth
  • lay most of the banana slices along the inner side of a see through bowl, wide mouthed jar or glass, reserving a few for the topping
  • stir the overnight oats mixture until pourable and pour carefully over the banana slices in bowl or jar
  • top with the berry slush
  • garnish with berries, remaining banana slices, nuts and cinnamon
  • serve immediately
  • lucuma powder is made from powdered dehydrated lucuma fruit which comes from Peru
  • it is a nutrient dense fine yellow powder and adds a subtle sweetness reminiscent of bananas and maple syrup

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