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Joey´s Quick Healthy Breakfast Parfait Recipe

Updated on January 23, 2015
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Breakfast parfaits make a healthy, quick breakfast.
Breakfast parfaits make a healthy, quick breakfast. | Source

Quick Breakfast, Gluten-free

Are you looking for a quick and easy breakfast that´s both good for your health and gluten free? If so, why not try a breakfast parfait? Brown Cow makes a delicious full-fat or low-fat yogurt. If you avoid lactose, you could substitute soy yogurt or another lactose-free yogurt on the market. Or you could try your hand at making yogurt at home.

You can choose a gluten-free granola such as the one pictured, which is sold at Trader Joe´s. Granola is also easy to make at home. Please find a recipe for homemade granola at the end of this page. Add fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and you´ll have a breakfast that will nourish your body and keep you going all morning.

I prefer blueberries, raspberries and blackberries for my breakfast parfait, but you could also try chopped apples, banana, pineapple, orange sections, kiwi, mango, or anything that strikes your fancy. Finish with a sprinkling of chia or flax seeds for extra nutrition.

Choose a pretty dish to elevate the breakfast parfait experience.
Choose a pretty dish to elevate the breakfast parfait experience. | Source
3.7 stars from 3 ratings of Easy Breakfast Parfait

Quick & Easy Breakfast Parfait

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup granola, gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon chia or flax seeds, optional

Instructions

  1. Spoon yogurt into the bottom of a pretty dish.
  2. Top with berries or chopped fruit and granola.
  3. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with seeds.
  4. Enjoy with a mug of hot coffee.
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Easy Homemade Granola

This delicious granola recipe comes courtesy of Emeril Lagasse.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free if desired
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruit, such as craisins

Instructions:

  1. Combine butter and honey in a Pyrex measuring cup and melt in the microwave. Stir.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine oats, almonds, pecans, seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Pour butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Pour onto a large baking sheet and spread in a thin layer. Bake, stirring two or three times, until golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes. Do not over bake.
  5. Cool the granola and store in an airtight container.

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Learn to Make Homemade Yogurt

Yogurt is actually very easy to make at home and contains more active bacteria than commercial varieties. You´ll need to buy a yogurt culture, which can be found online at Amazon or culturesforhealth.com, which is where I buy my cultures.

Just stir the powdered culture into 2 liters of milk, pour into yogurt jars and set the timer of your yogurt maker. It´s that easy! Seven to ten hours later (depending if you use whole or skim milk), you can refrigerate the yogurt and enjoy it chilled.

Keep one of the seven jars of yogurt to re-inoculate your next batch of yogurt. Just stir the already prepared yogurt into the new milk and repeat the process. Yogurt should be prepared weekly to keep the culture strong.


Health Benefits of Berries

Scientists have found that berries have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruit. Especially blueberries are rich in anthocyanins which, according to a 2009 study, "may possess analgesic properties in addition to neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory activities."

So what does that mean for you? Antioxidants possibly prevent a number of diseases, ranging from cancer to Alzheimer´s. Antixodiants may also be effective in preventing a number of age-related diseases and may slow the aging process.

As the body ages, tissues suffer oxidative stress. Free radicals circulate in the body and may cause cellular damage to DNA. Over time, this damage is irreversible and can lead to disease. Antioxidants clear free radicals from the bloodstream. This reduces signs of aging by minimizing wrinkles and preserving skin texture. Antioxidants can even protect your skin from sun damage.

So don´t forget to load up on berries of all kinds, whether fresh summertime berries of frozen berries sold in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Not only are berries good for you and your family, but they´re also delicious. It´s hard to beat the nutritional value of berries served with homemade yogurt and granola. Why not whip up a breakfast parfait today?!



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    vespawoolf 21 months ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for taking the time to comment seigfried23!

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    seigfried23 21 months ago

    A yogurt parfait for breakfast, eh? I could definitely get down with that!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks peachpurple!

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    I love yr parfait breakfast, easy to prepare and youpresented like my cookbook

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    pstraubie48, this parfait also makes a delicious afternoon snack!

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    Yum, it is dinner time but I am ready for breakfast. This sounds like a great any time dish.

    Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    You're welcome rebeccamealey!

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    Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Your breakfast parfait is the perfect healthy breakfast. Thanks a a delicious and healthy idea!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks Glimmer!

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

    Yum, I love breakfast foods like this, unfortunately, yogurt does not always agree with me., but it is so healthy. Your granola looks delicious!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your comment Susan Recipes!

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    Susan 2 years ago from India

    Wow.. Great idea. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Au fait, thanks for your enthusiastic comment!

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    C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

    This article is just packed with lots of good information! How to make one's own granola and how to make one's own yogurt in addition to that delicious looking parfait! This is a great article!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Suzanne Day, the natural yogurt available at the Turkish supermarket must be delicious!

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    Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    I haven't heard of a breakfast parfait, but I imagine it would taste delicious! Thank you for a useful hub and I'll make use of the natural yoghurt available at my local Turkish supermarket to have a go at this. Voted awesome ;)

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Anglnwu, I'm glad you're going to make homemade granola!

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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    Yum. I'm glad you included the granola recipe. I've wondered about that and now, I can make my own. Great hub.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    lindacee, I´m glad you´re going to try your own Brown Cow yogurt parfait! How interesting that your Finnish grandmother made homemade yogurt. It´s definitely more common in many parts of Europe. Thanks for your comment.

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    lindacee 2 years ago from Arizona

    What a yummy, healthy idea! I was just at Sprouts and saw some Brown Cow yogurt products. I've never tried them, but now I will--along with granola and berries to make a breakfast parfait. My Finnish grandmother used to make something akin to homemade yogurt. When she would travel to Minnesota to visit family, she'd bring back a bit of the starter.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    ChitrangadaSharan, I´m glad to hear you make your own yogurt and are going to try this soon. Thanks for the comment, vote and pin!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    I hope you can make a breakfast parfait soon, DDE!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    This sounds delicious, wholesome and healthy. I always make my own yogurt.

    Thanks for sharing the details of your version and I am going to try it this way. Voted up and pinned!

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    A healthy breakfast. I like the combinations and often have these choices.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    AliciaC, thanks for your meaningful comment!

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    Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This sounds like a delicious parfait. I've never made my own yogurt, but I'd love to try. Thanks for sharing all the recipes and instructions. This is a useful hub!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Great Ericdierker!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    FlourishAnyway, I also prefer homemade! It's both healthy and delicious.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Btrbell, thanks for your enthusiastic comment.

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    Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    These look just great I think I will try them out. Thank you.

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    This reminds me of the granola my dad used to make all the time. Homemade is always better than purchased; you know just what's in there and can control ingredients. I like that you included homemade yogurt, too.

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    Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Awesome hub! I love yogurt parfaits. They even make a great afternoon "pick me up" great information on making our own yoghurt! Thank you! Up, awesome, interesting and useful!

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