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Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits

Posted by tspbasil
January 15, 2016
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For a sweet start to your day, Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits are an excellent choice when breakfast meets dessert.

For a sweet start to your day, Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits are an excellent choice when breakfast meets dessert.

by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD

Today I’m blurring the lines between breakfast and dessert.

Probably because I love eating typical breakfast foods for dinner. Evening pancakes is a common practice around here. 

On the other hand, dinner foods rock for breakfast, too. Reheated veggie pizza is a perfectly good breakfast in my book. #justsayin

And like so many recipes I’ve made before, these parfaits came out of a mash up of two ideas:

  1. Fourth of July Parfait - Last summer, my 8 year old’s ChopChop magazine featured a patriotic parfait made with oatmeal. We immediately made it. 
  2. Oatmeal Topping Bar – Last winter, my mom stayed with us for a few days when her house lost power while my dad was out of town. The usual oatmeal breakfast routine got a little more special when I put out some topping options (berries, cashews, chocolate chips, bananas, cinnamon and almonds) in little bowls. This simple trick got my daughter trying – and liking - some new toppings on her oatmeal by copying her Nonna.


For a sweet start to your day, Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits are an excellent choice when breakfast meets dessert.

Not only are these parfaits healthy enough for breakfast but also they are sweet enough for a dessert AND can be adapted to whatever fruit is in season. Since it’s winter, I used frozen berries and actually thawing/warming them up on the stove created a nice syrupy, naturally sweet, Sundae-like feel to the parfait.


For a sweet start to your day, Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits are an excellent choice when breakfast meets dessert.

And here are some additional fruit + oatmeal parfait combos I want to try next:

  • Peanut butter & banana (with the chocolate oatmeal of course!)
  • Roasted peaches & fresh basil (with vanilla extract flavored oatmeal)
  • Pineapple & mango (with unsweetened coconut flakes in oatmeal)

And wouldn’t you know it, January is National Oatmeal Month so you have a few more weeks to celebrate by making these parfaits for breakfast….or dessert.  


For a sweet start to your day, Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits are an excellent choice when breakfast meets dessert.

For a sweet start to your day, Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits are an excellent choice when breakfast meets dessert.

Breakfast or dessert, you decide. Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits via @healthyaperture @tspbasil
For a sweet start to your day, Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits are an excellent choice when breakfast meets dessert.

Berry Chocolate Oatmeal Parfaits

Yield

Makes 2 breakfast servings or 3 dessert servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries)
  • Fresh mint, optional

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, add oats, milk and water. Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa and brown sugar.
  2. While oatmeal is cooking, place berries in a small pot and put over medium heat. Heat until completely thawed and warmed. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer in parfait glasses, alternating a few large spoonfuls of chocolate oatmeal with spoonfuls of warmed fruit. (Note: If eating for breakfast, divide evenly between two parfait glasses. If serving for dessert, divide among three.)

 * Nutrition facts based on 3 servings.

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Calories 244
Carbohydrates 46.0g
Fiber 7.3g
Sugar 21.3g
Fat 4.7g
Protein 8.0g
Sodium 41.7mg
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Deanna Segrave-Daly is the author of the SWEET SPLURGES Feature on HealthyAperture -- a monthly column designed for the reader who wants to eat healthfully most of the time but who also enjoys indulging now and then, too. Deanna is a food-loving dietitian who writes, develops recipes and dabbles in food iPhoneography for her blog Teaspoon of Spice. Along with being the {Sweet Splurges} Features Editor at Healthy Aperture, she is also the co-founder of The Recipe ReDux and Blog Brûlée. Her 8-year old daughter and picky eater husband keep her inspired to create appealing, good-for-you family cuisine.
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