Healthy Banoffee Parfaits (with date caramel & stove-top granola) (WF)

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As evident from my instagram, I am majorly into breakfast foods. Give me a piece of sunflower seed toast, a selection of nut butters and some maple syrup, and I can whip up a multi-layered toast snack that will kill any craving, for real.

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As I’m usually trying to cram food into my face as fast as possible in the mornings (firstly, I am hungrayyy, secondly I’ve only got about 10 minutes to make and eat my breakfast and coffee during the week), I go for yogurt and muesli (an addiction I’ve stuck to for pretty much 75% of my mornings for a year, so far). I make and eat my toast creations when I get home, as I have more time for ‘creativity’ a.k.a lets see how many layers we can get onto this piece of toast, and call it a meal.

So naturally, I’ve come to realise, I. LOVE. LAYERING. FOOD.

Granola + Banana

Date Caramel + Yogurt

(Heck yes I painted my nails for that .gif – look how un-chipped they are compared to how they usually are! Yes it was mango scented nail varnish, and cost £1 more than the regular stuff. Also, yep, I did manage to knock the bottle over, getting nail varnish ALL OVER MY HANDS. Do you realise how impossible it is to get it off of your skin without nail varnish remover? No no, water doesn’t. work. and you just end up spreading it onto more of your hand if you try and wash it off. Oh man, that was a stressful 10 minutes of my life there).

It’s so much fun, there are so many combinations and variations; with just one swap of an ingredient, you have a whole new thing! aaand that usually leads to a mega-inspiration-thought-train of new flavour combos and ingredients to layer.

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I also realised that I’m not one for sticking to meal criteria because I will eat breakfast at pretty much any time of day (and I usually enjoy eating it when it’s not morning…pancakes for dessert = correct life choices)

So with all the breakfast/dessert/layering/yogurt/museli thinking going on, it’s no wonder breakfast parfaits popped up. I think I’d heard of them before, and there’s something slightly parfait-like about those granola-yogurt-fruit compote cups they sell in M & S (although those really aren’t good). But where to begin with the flavours?

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Well since a) it’s not really prime time for fruits at the mo, b) I’m British, and c) I still had my mind on breakfast/dessert type situations, I thought breakfast-ising (new word, yes?) banoffee pie would be an excellent place to start, cos it’s already a parfait wannabe. (just in case: Banoffee pie is a no-bake pie consisting of a crushed digestive biscuit and butter base, dulce de leche filling, sliced bananas and whipped cream top)

I didn’t think layering dulce de leche into this breakfast-dessert would be right, so I went with a quick, utterly addictive date caramel.

You will literally want to just sit around and eat it with a spoon. From the pan. Ending up burning your mouth, and then eating more because now you’ve burned your mouth, it doesn’t matter any more and you have no reason to not eat more hot caramel (I can neither confirm, nor deny, that this didn’t happen…)

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The whipped cream layer was easy enough to sub for a more breakfasty counterpart; changing it for yogurt and stirring in half a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste, for flavour and those gorgeous speckles (a.k.a nature’s sprinkles).

The buttery biscuit base was also an easy swap (hah, I had to throw that link in there. Ahhh classic Masterchef): I just made a mega easy, stove top granola sweetened with honey, and I threw in chopped almonds too, for extra crunch!

I layered it all up in some jars, put the lid on and shoved them into the fridge. I ate the left over components for my dessert.

This, my fine, freckled friendlings (okay, you’re probably not freckled, but it sounds better; Let’s just accept the alliteration and move on), was ah hundrahd pah-sahnt (if you didn’t catch that, that’s how I like to say 100%) ridiculously delicious.

Off the charts, for something so simple. Decadent breakfast or lighter dessert? You decide!

(I hope you realise that this means, come late-spring/summer, you will most likely have to face me throwing more of these at you, but layered with treats such as loganberries, peaches, rhubarb, coconut and pistachios)

 

Notes:

-don’t be intimidated by the fact you need to make caramel or granola for this recipe. It literally takes about 30 minutes from start to finish to make and assemble the entire recipe and, once finished, the parfaits can be refrigerated until you want them.
– this recipe really is decadent enough to be served for dessert too. Trust.
if you’re serving this later, toss the banana coins in some lemon juice so they won’t discolour.
– for a variation, replace the banana coins with ~3/4 cup of homemade or store bought applesauce, mixed with a little cinnamon for caramel apple pie parfaits
– for the granola, you can use 3 tbsp of any kind of nuts you want, or shredded coconut
– for the date caramel, the dates were pitted and chopped, then measured. I used 6 deglet dates (the smaller ones)
– the granola will stay crisp once layered for about 1/2 a day/overnight, but if you want it crunchy, it’s best to layer the parfait and serve it within a few hours.

 

Healthy Banoffee Parfaits (with date caramel and stove-top granola)

Serving Size: 3 jam jars or small glases

1 large, ripe banana
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (I used a mixture of half Greek and half regular yogurt)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla paste, for the speckled effect)
1 recipe of stove-top granola (see recipe below) or 2/3 cup of granola of your choice
1 recipe of cooled date caramel (see recipe below)

Slice the banana into 1/4" thick coins (see notes if serving later). In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt and vanilla extract/paste.

In 3 small, clean glasses or jars, layer the ingredients like this: 2 tsp granola, a few banana coins, 1 tsp date caramel, 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt. Repeat. Do this for all the jars/glasses. To finish, top with any remaining granola, banana and caramel.

http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/03/healthy-banoffee-parfaits-with-date-caramel-and-stove-top-granola.html

For the date caramel:

Put 1/3 cup of pitted, chopped dates (see notes), 1/3 cup of milk, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt into a blender, blend together until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and heat whilst stirring over a low flame for 5-10 minutes, until thickened and reduced down to ~1/3 of a cup in volume. Set aside to cool.

For the stove-top granola:

Chop 3 tbsp of almonds (see notes) into small, rough chunks. Place with 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats into a small frying pan, toast for 5 minutes over a medium heat. Then melt in 1 tsp of salted butter, and stir in 1 heaped tsp of honey just until evenly coated. Remove from the heat and set aside.

 

Comments

  1. says

    I would eat breakfast food for all meals if I could. Most of my weekday breakfasts are yoghurt, granola and sliced banana. I’m mixing it up this week by making healthy egg mcmuffins and freezing them ready to microwave at work. Last time I mad granola I pretty much ate half of it straight out of the oven, not even sorry. Definitely going to give your stove top granola a try.

  2. says

    1. I’m absolutely LOVING this idea and am pinning it now as I’m so making the banana and apple versions of these.
    2. I’ve only recently come across your blog and I love how you put it together (I mean that in a non suck up kinda way – I do really like).
    3. Feeling totally inspired to attempt some gif’s right now too. Never tried making one, but heck, that’s not gunna stop me,

  3. says

    I love anything banoffee! I love layering in jars too so you’ve got a whole lot of awesome going on there. And as much as I would totally be on board with eating dulce de leche for breakfast (I have been known to eat cake for breakfast), that date caramel sounds crazy good.

    • says

      Yes. Yes. Aaaand yes! Haha thanks ( I’ve still got it on two weeks later… Ahh the pleasures of having no nail polish remover)

  4. Jessy says

    Oh god these look amazing! I’m a huge health food junkie and banoffee fan – but those two things normally dont compliment each other hahaa.. I have to try these tomorrow! <3

  5. says

    Love your GIF! I would definitely paint my nails too. 😉

    This recipe sounds amazing – pretty much combines all of my favorite breakfast items… including caramel haha.

  6. says

    Mmmmm dates. I could eat them by themselves for days on end! This sounds like a seriously delicious and yet healthy (I love it when magic like that happens) breakfast.

    And yes! Trying to get nail polish off of skin is a TOTAL nightmare. I’ve ended up using nail polish remover on my hand on several occasions. Doesn’t leave it with the most pleasant of scents, that is for certain. But at least it’s not covered in red polish that makes it look like your hand is bleeding profusely. Life’s ups and downs!

    • says

      Mmmmm me too, they’re SO GOOD. yay, yeah totally magical :)

      Ugh I know, and then if you don’t wash your hands after using nail polish remover, and then eat food, it’s totally gross and chemically :( haha yes :)

  7. says

    OMG STOP. Photos are unreal. They’re just so crisp and clear. I’m in love. WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE?? I want it. Sorry, have you already answered this somewhere? Anyway. I am also a total breakfast fiend. I could definitely eat breakfast foods a good 80% of the time and be totally happy. Especially if it involves caramel and granola!?!?! (Genius!)

    • says

      Aww thanks!! These a probably my most clear photos ever tbh! I use a canon rebel t2i with the good old 50mm f/1.8 lens

      Breakfast dessert food hybrids > all other food.

  8. says

    I am totes a fan of anytime of day breakfasting. I love the idea of date caramel–I will absolutely be giving that a try. And I bet the granola and date caramel would go deliciously on top of some ice cream for a little dessert change up. These look so so good.

  9. Michelle says

    Actually, I am freckled. Thank you for noticing. :) This looks delicious. I am definitely trying this one.

  10. says

    Steph you are hilarious…I love the way you get side-tracked…reminds me of myself. I’m actually making granola for my upcoming blog post. I’ll be sure to link it to your post so that we can give granola and breakfast parfaits a chance to achieve world wide domination.

  11. says

    Oh yes, definitely on board with the sweet breakfast at the non-breakfast time of day. Once I devour a breakfast with an ungodly amount of salt on it, the sweet cravings really start kicking in! (Also, I was just talking to Johnny about wanting to make breakfast for dinner the other night. But then he started telling about how his mom would make these “special occasion” savory pancakes for dinner with potato flour and cheddar cheese. omg.)

  12. says

    Totally digging the gifs–and digging through them layers, girl! Don’t look now, but I’ve taken your gif-spiration to heart and starting making gifs too…hehe. Off to have breakfast for dinner–I dunno about you, but I will say that one perk about living on your own is that you get breakfast for every meal of the day…

  13. says

    I finally must say that I’m totally in love with all your recipes, photographies and your whole Blog!! <
    Just say that you're a great inspiration for me and that I also love your Blog design (I'd like to change mine but don't even know how to do it!)
    (Hope you take a look on my Blog and told me your opinion!! <3)
    P.S.: Sorry for my "bad" english, but I cannot write better what I mean. The english level in Spain is poor :___D!!

  14. says

    Hi Izy,
    Love love love this post, the pics, the explanation, great stuff. I’m not a muesli fan but after reading your post I think I might just try your recipe out…after all, bananas, caramel, I love, so it’s worth a go yes?!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe and inspiring me :)
    Mary from Lovefoodies

  15. Claire says

    I just tried this last night, and it was quite delicious! Thank you for sharing it with us (and the “healthy-ish” brownie recipe). :-) I look forward to trying this recipe again when I have a little more time on my hands and can make it look good as well as taste good (which it already did).

  16. Tessa says

    Wow..Spring has sprung here in the Rockies (if only for a day or two) and I am loving my thoughts of camping!
    This Banoffee looks perfect for summer in the camp mornings.
    Can’t wait to try it.
    Thanks.

  17. Gabrielle Bradley says

    Falling in love with this “date caramel” Idea! Can tell me if you used full fat, low fat or skim milk?

  18. Anna says

    These looks delicious. Ended up toasting some oats, then adding the date caramel to the oats along with peanut butter and making that the granola. When It was done and it cooled for a little, I added mini choc chips and poured milk over it. Amazing. Great inspiration.

  19. Sumi says

    Just made the caramel and the granola- can’t wait to layer it for my family for dessert tonight :) Great idea Izy!

  20. says

    OMG that looks SO good! I love love love parfaits, there is something about yogurt and granola together that just makes me so..happy (can I say that? haha) I love this idea of introducing the “caramel” I may try it soon! btw gorgeous pictures! I’ve seen that you added a first layer of granola, I usually like starting with yogurt, otherwise I find that the last layer of granola is kind of difficult to pick up..or maybe I’m just a little stupid 😛
    •The Health Blog for the Lazy Girl•

  21. Larissa says

    Hey! I just found your blog because a friend of mine happened to pin this recipe. Just wanted to say I love the way you write, you are hilarious. :) Going grocery shopping for the missing ingredients tonight, and super excited to make this recipe soon!

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