Breakfast

Remember the Banana Almond Teff Porridge I posted a few days ago? I turned the leftover porridge into something amazing…

Banana Nut Teff Parfait

a Banana Nut Teff Parfait!

Banana Nut Teff Parfait

After having teff porridge for breakfast two mornings in a row, I decided it would be fun to switch things up. My brain started cranking while staring into the fridge and then it hit me… why not make a parfait?

Banana Nut Teff Parfait

This shouldn’t be too surprising because I’ve been a parfait fan for years — I’ve even turned overnight oat and cooked quinoa into a parfait before. Yes, a parfait with quinoa! It’s not as crazy as it sounds, promise.

Here’s my quinoa parfait recipe, but you should also check on this Roasted Blueberry Coconut Quinoa Parfait from How Sweet Eats because it’s legit. And a tad more visually appealing than mine. Just a tad. ;)

Banana Nut Teff Parfait

Just like quinoa and overnight oats, chilled teff porridge makes an excellent parfait. I really like the texture combo and the nutty flavor. It’s packed with lots of goodness (tons of protein!) and perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Plus, it’s in a jar and we all LOVE things that can be eaten from a jar. Examples: salad in a jaroats in a jar, maple oat n’ apple dessert jars or you know, spoonfuls of nut butter straight from the jar. Speaking of —  you should totally add a blob of nut butter to this parfait. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t.

Banana Nut Teff Parfait

Banana Nut Teff Parfait
 
Feel free to used sweetened yogurt. Vanilla or maple flavor would work great. I stuck with plain greek yogurt and sweetened it with a little stevia.
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ batch of leftover Banana Almond Teff Porridge (recipe in a previous blog post)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt)
  • 2 Tablespoons crushed or sliced almonds
  • stevia to sweeten yogurt if necessary
Instructions
  1. Stir cooked and cooled teff porridge until a bit more uniform in texture — it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  2. Sweeten your plain yogurt with stevia or other sweetener, if desired. I used 5-6 drops of liquid vanilla stevia.
  3. Create two parfaits by layering the teff porridge and yogurt: Spoon a ¼ cup of yogurt into a half pint mason jar or bowl, then add a quarter of the teff porridge and top with a few banana slices and ½ Tablespoon almonds. Add another ¼ cup of yogurt and then another layer of teff. Top with almonds and banana slices. Repeat the same process to make one additional parfait.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 parfait Calories: 443 Fat: 12 Sugar: 15 Fiber: 8 Protein: 22

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This Post Brought To You By UNCLE BEN’S®.

My mom used to joke and say that I was always ready to eat breakfast as soon as my feet hit the ground in the morning. I guess I can’t really deny it — I’m definitely not one of those people who can skip breakfast. <– Which is one reason I’m not a huge fan of brunch, but that’s a story for a different day.  Typically I wake up and immediately start thinking about what I’m going to eat. It probably has something to do with the fact that I love breakfast foods but I also know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

There are a ton of benefits to fueling your body in the morning including increased focus and an overall happier mood. One good tip to remember about eating breakfast is that you should do so within an hour after waking up — it’s essential for boosting your metabolism.

I have a few breakfast staples — protein pancakes, egg white scrambles, oatmeal (cooked or overnight oats), chia seed pudding, smoothies, etc. but sometimes I get in a rut and it’s helpful to switch things up with something different.

This week I experimented with UNCLE BEN’S® whole grain brown rice to make a tasty breakfast. Most people tend to use brown rice in savory dishes for lunch and dinners but it actually makes a nice, warm breakfast option.

Breakfast Rice Cereal with Pistachios and Cranberries

The cereal took only a few minutes to toss together and cook, which is essential for weekday breakfasts in my book. And it’s packed with whole grains, a good amount of protein (the brown rice has 5 grams on it’s own), healthy fat from the pistachios and a bit of sweetness from the cranberries and stevia. I also liked the texture of the brown rice. It’s a nice change from regular oats.

Breakfast Rice Cereal with Pistachios and Cranberries

I’m glad I added some colorful toppings because brown rice isn’t the most photogenic dish on its own. ;)

Breakfast Rice Cereal with Pistachios and Cranberries

Breakfast Rice Cereal with Pistachios and Cranberries
 
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I used this Breakfast Rice Cereal recipe from the Uncle Ben’s website as a guide but made a few changes. Here’s my version:
Author:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 package UNCLE BEN'S® READY RICE® Whole Grain Brown (about 2 cups of rice)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash ground nutmeg
  • a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia (to taste)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • 2-3 Tablespoons dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Place rice, almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia in a medium-sized sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat to low and simmer for 7-8 minutes. The rice will absorb the almond milk and the mixture will become creamy.
  3. Portion the rice into two bowl and top with pistachios and cranberries. Portion the rice into two bowl and enjoy.

Breakfast Rice Cereal with Pistachios and Cranberries

Do you eat breakfast every day? What’s your favorite breakfast option at the moment?


 This post is sponsored by UNCLE BEN’S®, but per the usual all opinions are my own.  

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