This recipe is my version of Robyn Youkilis's Power Parfait.
Jessica said the recipe for this breakfast had 'changed her life' and in my usual cynical way I scoffed!
But as Jessica and Robyn talked more about the recipe, the simple concept behind it and the fact that Jessica actually suggested she swapped most if not all the ingredients (!) suddenly I got it.
This recipe is a blue-print to a recipe that you can put together with whatever you have. It sits so well with my ethos here on the Flourishing Pantry that you don't need fancy ingredients to eat healthily.
I love the idea of a basic recipe that you can mix and match from depending on what you have, it's something I've done before with my recipe for Mix & Match noodles and a recipe style I want to go for more to encourage you to use what you've got and create amazing meals.
I was so inspired by the interview and with the idea of the Power Parfait that I walked straight into the house after listening on my way home from the gym, opened the cupboards and immediately prepared two parfaits with ingredients I already had. It was delicious, filling and I had one ready for breakfast the next day. The entrepreneur's dream when things are busy.
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SERVES: This is the portions for 1, but multiply up and make in batches for healthy breakfasts all week
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 0 minutes but leave to soak overnight ideally
- 100ml milk
- 1 tbsp yoghurt
- 40g (¼ cup) plain oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
Base optional extras:
- 1 teaspoon of flaxseeds (I am currently using Linwoods Milled Flaxseed and Co-Enzyme blend because it's got lots of lovely nuts in there too)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 grated apple
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp caco powder
- Fresh berries or other chopped fruit
- Granola (I have my own recipe which is flexible here)
- Nuts and seeds mix (I love Wyldsson for a ready-mixed option)
- Coconut - desiccated or flakes
- Cacao nibs (you can get them from Buy Whole Foods Online here*)
- Drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you want extra sweetness
- If you're making a batch of 2-5 portions then prepare everything in a bowl and portion up when you're done. Otherwise make a single portion in a Tupperware so it's ready to pick up and go when you need it.
- Combine all the base ingredients and stir through before adding your optional extras. For these pictures I made all three portions with maca, protein powder and flaxseeds and added cacao to one for a chocolatey version. Use whatever you have and adjust to suit your own taste!
Stir to combine everything thoroughly - the oats and chia seeds need to be completely covered with the milk and yoghurt so they soak it all in.
- If you're eating straight away add your toppings and tuck in! It will benefit from being left for a few minutes to soak in the liquid.
If you're storing for later, put lids on the Tupperware and stack in the fridge. When you're ready to eat or about to leave the house throw on your toppings.
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