Nothing says good morning like cooked oats, not to mention that they’re highly nutritious and easy to make. For the longest time, they have been my go-to healthy breakfast.
Oats contain antioxidants, help reduce blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels and promote weight loss as they are very filling.
Over time, I’ve realised I enjoy this simple breakfast even better when it’s layered in a colourful parfait using fresh fruits like strawberries and blueberries. Bursting with flavours, these breakfast parfaits bring added health benefits such as vitamins, depending on my choice of fruit.
This cooked oats parfait is also the perfect opportunity to add nuts like walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds to my diet. Despite being high in fat and calories, these nuts are incredibly healthy. They help reduce the risks of getting heart disease and diabetes, and they are highly nutritious as they contain protein, fibre and essential fats. Having nuts in the oatmeal parfait also adds some nice crunchy texture to your breakfast.
Here’s how you put the parfait together.
Walnut, roughly chopped
Add 1 part oats and 2 parts milk in a small saucepan. Simmer uncovered over low heat for 15 minutes or until oats are of desired texture, stirring occasionally. Add some water if it gets too thick.
Layer the parfait with the cooked oats at the bottom, then some strawberry slices, walnuts and honey. Add another layer of oats and then top the parfait with more strawberry slices, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
Drizzle over more honey and enjoy!