This parfait is one magnificent make-ahead breakfast.

By Shira Bocar
April 01, 2018
smoothie parfait
Credit: Shira Bocar

Love a smoothie bowl? Love breakfast on the go? Make-ahead and full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, and protein, this smoothie parfait will get your day off to a righteous start.

Let's start with the base camp: coconut chia pudding. Not only is it pleasingly silky, but it's also a great way to use up the rest of the bag of chia in the freezer. Hydrated with coconut milk (you could also use a nut milk here) and lightly sweetened with maple syrup and vanilla extract, it's way tastier than any store-bought version. (And it boasts a tiny, pronounceable ingredient list.) Make this at the start of your week for the parfait or just an afternoon snack (it plays well with berries!).

Next layer: chopped fruit. Use what you have on hand or seek out a tropical medley like kiwi, pineapple, mango, and papaya. My family has really been into tiny bananas lately, so they would definitely make an appearance in my smoothie parfait.

Yogurt-it wouldn't be a parfait without it! I recommend a thicker yogurt like Greek-style for better layering. If you want to keep this operation vegan, there are plenty of coconut non-dairy options available-I'm a fan of Anita's.

And for the grand finale, put a green smoothie on it. This recipe combines fresh greens, something sweet, and water. That's it. Use frozen fruit for the best texture.

Layer these components in a small Mason jar (or any repurposed glass jar with a secure lid) the night before, and you can grab it on your way out the door in the morning. (And it's not just for breakfast, it also makes a killer 3 o'clock snack.) Don't forget your spoon because this isn't a straw operation. When you're ready to enjoy, stir all the layers together until it's a lovely pale green. All the components taste great together in one spoonful, so do make sure it's well blended.

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