I love when things are simple, especially packing my lunch for the week. Which is why I love making this greek yogurt berry power parfait. It has all my favorite things, and it keeps me full for the rest of the work day! This baby is packed with berries, greek yogurt, peanut butter, oatmeal, and chia seeds. AKA- it is full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and feel good vibes. (Okay, that last one might not be scientifically proven.) Also, it is easy to adapt to whatever you have on hand. I used strawberries and some mixed berries from my freezer, but it would be equally delicious with bananas, peaches, kiwis, etc. Trust me, you’ve gotta give this power parfait a try!
The best part? There isn’t even a technical “recipe” for this one. I mean, honestly, just grab a spoon and scoop however much of everything you want into a bowl and off you go! (Don’t worry, I will try to get a little more technical in the directions below.) I loovvee recipes that don’t have to be exact though, because, let’s face it … I have a hard time sticking right to a recipe! I like to divert. A lot. It drives my poor hubby crazy. Sorry, Matt!!
So, why am I calling this a greek yogurt berry “POWER” parfait? Because this is a powerhouse of healthy ingredients. Greek yogurt is loaded with protein and probiotics. Oats are loaded with fiber. Peanut butter has fiber and protein (and vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium). Strawberries (or insert other berry here) are high in fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, and more. And, of course, chia seeds are our little nutritional star with fiber, protein, antioxidants, omega-3 fats, and more! I mean, you can’t go wrong here my friends. All of this fiber and protein is what makes it such a filling breakfast or lunch!
Now, I like to get vanilla greek yogurt for this (which, I know, for greek yogurt purists is a no-no). But, I just prefer the taste of vanilla over the plain and so does Matt, so we go for it. Sorry, not sorry. Also, remember to choose an all natural peanut butter that isn’t loaded with extra ingredients. Just check the label on the back. All you need is literally just peanuts. Or, be super awesome, and make your own peanut butter!! It is so easy, and I show you how right here. Like I said before, you can opt for ANY type of fruit here. I went with strawberries this time and a bottom layer of mixed frozen berries. I believe it is raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The last of my freezer supply … womp womp. I LOVE to add bananas in with the strawberries and I had every intention to do so, but the grocery store had all lime green bananas only. There was not a ripe banana to be found. Which, was super depressing, but the show must go on lol.
- ½ cup greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- ½ cup berries (or other fruit)
- ⅛ to ¼ cup old fashioned oats
- 2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
- ½-1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Layer the ingredients for a pretty display or mix it all together in a bowl and enjoy!
- If you are packing this, keep the oats and chia seeds separate until you are ready to eat it. They get soggy if mixed in with the rest of the ingredients.