Layers of vanilla overnight oats, healthy strawberry-banana ice cream and tons of strawberries.
It’s finally happened. After avoiding it for the last six or seven or however many years, I finally joined Twitter. Meaning I’m now liking things on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, commenting on Instagram, pinning on Pinterest, and following on Bloglovin. Yeesh.
The day I do something on Google+ will be the day this all goes too far. Due to having fifty million Gmail accounts, I’ll admit to having a Google+ page. But I avoid it at all costs.
On the off-chance that you’d like to read my random tweets, you can find me @pancake_land.
Anyway, enough about all this social media. Today’s recipe is about strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries.
This breakfast parfait is made from layers of vanilla overnight oats, chopped strawberries and strawberry-banana ice cream, all topped with more strawberries. The strawberry-banana ice cream is literally just frozen bananas and strawberries processed in either a Yonanas machine or food processor.
In other words, this is a recipe for fruit fanatics (such as yours truly).
If strawberries aren’t your thing, then you could probably replace them with another berry. I’m also thinking of making a mango version as soon as I get my hands on that wonderful fruit.
By the way, today is the day of the British election. If you forgot to vote, then it’s possible that you may get another opportunity pretty soon.
Hung parliaments, people winning without majorities, candidates eating haggis, David Cameron going tieless… apparently anything’s feasible in this election. One candidate even threatened to shoot his opponent.
If neither party can win (or form) a majority, I see only one solution – the Great British Bake Off: Election Edition.
Battle of the strawberry shortcakes, anyone?
- For the overnight oats
- ⅓ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup Greek-style yogurt
- ⅓ cup milk of choice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- ½ - 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- A few scoops of Strawberry Banana Ice Cream (see notes)
- Chopped strawberries
- Shredded coconut, sliced almonds, or other crunchy toppings (optional)
- In a bowl or container, mix together the rolled oats, yogurt, milk, vanilla bean paste and maple syrup. The amount of maple syrup needed will depend on the sweetness (or sourness) of the yogurt.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or put the lid on the container) and leave in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, stir the oats well. Taste for sweetness, and stir in some maple syrup if necessary. If the oats are too thick, mix in some yogurt or milk.
- In a tall glass, layer the oats, Strawberry Banana Ice Cream and chopped strawberries. If desired, top the parfait with some shredded coconut, almonds or other crunchy topping. Enjoy!
Chop 2 large frozen bananas into chunks. Allow the banana chunks and 1 cup of frozen strawberries to thaw for 10 - 15 minutes.
For a Yonanas machine: Alternate the banana chunks and strawberries through the Yonanas machine, making sure you start and end with banana chunks.
For a food processor: Process the banana chunks and strawberries until they start to clump together. Scrape down the sides of the processor if necessary. Continue to process until the mixture forms a soft-serve ice cream consistency.
Ideally, re-freeze the ice cream for 10 - 15 minutes. Leftovers can be transferred to an airtight container and placed in the freezer (allow to thaw for around 5 - 10 minutes before serving). Enjoy!