October 2, 2012

Crock-Pot Oatmeal Banana Maple Parfaits


Breakfast has always been my biggest food struggle. I am great about eating balanced lunch and dinners, but breakfast is another story. If you have read my blog for a while you know that I have made a number of food changes in the last 6 months. One of the major changes I have made has been to eat a healthy breakfast each and every morning. Some mornings it can be a major struggle, but I still make the effort. One way that I have found to save a lot of time at breakfast is to prep the ingredients or whole meal the night before. As you all know I love my crockpot and it can be a great breakfast tool. Most people think of their slow-cooker as a dinner helper, but it is also perfect for breakfast. Last week I tried a new recipe for Oatmeal Banana Maple Parfaits from the September issue of Family Circle, which looked like a perfect healthy breakfast option.

This recipe has 7 ingredients. It takes a total of 8 hours of cook time and 15 minutes of prep and makes 6 servings. All the ingredients were easy to find at my local grocery store and I made no ingredient modifications. Make sure to use pure maple syrup, the imitation syrup pales in comparison. I actually only used the pumpkin pie spice as a topping on my serving. My two boys tried the oatmeal with the pumpkin pie spice and did not like it at all, so I took it off their servings. I chose to serve the parfaits in milkshake glasses. I thought it made for a great presentation and worked well to eat. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

I really liked these parfaits. It took my two kids longer to warm up to them. When I first made them with the pumpkin pie spice, they weren't fans, but when I served them the leftovers and left off the spice they loved them. I like that they use the crockpot, it saves a lot of time and the results were delicious. I would definitely make this recipe again.

For the recipe go to Oatmeal Banana Maple Parfaits.

14 comments:

  1. Do you get taste of home light cooking? They had a great apple walnut slow cooked oatmeal I've been dying to try. Let me know and I'll send it to you!

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    1. I think that is one of the magazines that I get, I'll have to look for that recipe. It sounds yummy :)

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  2. I am not good about health breakfasts either...usually it is cold cereal or instant oatmeal...this sounds like a great idea! I have never made oatmeal in a crockpot! thanks..

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    1. Some days I am better than others, I'm still working on it :)

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  3. That looks and sounds so tasty! I would love to try this because my toddler now loves oatmeal and eats oatmeal with warm bananas at least 3 times a week. It would be awesome to make this ahead via the Crockpot and just heat and serve.

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    1. My youngest loves oatmeal and bananas also. I love my crockpot, it saves so much time!

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  4. That looks delicious!! Thanks for following me. I have follow you back!!

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  5. Mmmm - this sounds delicious! For a fast healthy breakfast on the go I have been taking a cup of Chobani yogurt and cup of grapefruit sections (easy to grab cups from Costco) to work lately. But I know I'll have to change it up, so thanks for a great idea that doesn't involve morning prep. Visiting from MBC and now following by email.

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    1. I love Chobani and I eat it all the time :) I haven't tried it with grapefruit though, thanks for the great idea :)

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  6. oh this sounds perfect for this morning. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Sorry It's taken me a while to get here and say thank you xo

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    1. It really is a great way to start the day! Thanks for hosting :)

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  7. Going thru ur link to the recipe I saw a recipe for apple-cinnamon wheat berries I will have to try. I bought some wheat berries on sale and have been looking for recipes to use them. And I completely agree with u that crock pots are absolutely wonderful!

    Shanan

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    1. I love wheat berries, but they are impossible to find here :( My crockpot is one of my favorite kitchen tools, it's the best!

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