Everyday Overnight Oat Berry Parfait

July 8th, 2013 · Lisa · raw, Recipes, sugar-free, Sweet · Comments

I realized this morning that being an adult kind of sucks.

I will not deny there are a lot of great things about being a grown-up (picking your bedtime, turning your music up as loud as you like, deciding on the dessert for after breakfast)…but this weekend I was reminded of what it was like to be a kid. And I liked it.

I was out of town visiting my family and spent Saturday at a party (playing and putting on a dance routine with my 3 year old nephew – that he choreographed), then jumped in a pool, was served pancakes for dinner and headed off to the drive-in to eat popcorn while lying in the backseat of a van staring up at the screen. It was summer. Exactly the feeling I associate with July.

But today…my alarm went off at 5:45am. I was going to the gym, then off to another 9-10 hr work day and a crazy commute in the storm of the century. So, how do you manage that kind of transition?

Well, I plan ahead. I know what I need, so instead of suffering through with a stiff upper lip – I like to cater to my craving for some comfort.

Before bed, I made some simple overnight oats, portioned out some berries and checked to make sure I had a banana in the freezer. This morning, I went to the gym (after a bit of convincing myself the effort would feel worth it by 7am), had a shower, and made a much appreciated cup of coffee. I spent a few minutes (probably 5) blending that frozen banana into a cream and layering up a parfait. That’s it.

DSC_0369 (1)Before 7am, I was sitting on a stool, looking out at the city skyline and enjoying spoonfuls of an absolutely incredible berry parfait (made just the way I like it).

As an adult, I realize there are few things in this world I can control. But constructing those simple moments of calm before I head-out into the chaos seems to provide just enough balance for me.

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Overnight Oat Berry Parfait


  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries (e.g. blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)


  1. In a small jar or airtight container combine the almond milk, rolled oats and chia seeds. Seal the lid and shake well. Let sit in the fridge for 1-8 hours (I like to make this mixture right before bed).
  2. In a food processor blend the frozen banana until it become a creamy, ice-cream-like consistency.
  3. Rinse berries and set aside.
  4. In a small jar or glass layer the oat mixture, then the banana cream, then berries and repeat to fill the glass.
  5. Enjoy. 🙂


  1. Danielle
    Posted July 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Agreed! It’s fun to think about like as a kid again… especially in the summer. That’s why I’m trying to have as much ‘play’ as I can this summer! Riding a bike is my new favourite thing.

    PS. Looks delicious!

    • Danielle
      Posted July 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Oops! By ‘like’ I meant life! as a kid

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      bike rides!!! yes!! I love that you’re committed to playing more this summer. It sounds like an excellent goal to me.

  2. Posted July 9, 2013 at 4:11 am

    I feel pretty darn lucky that I’m free this summer to do whatever I like as I’ve just finished my undergrad degree and have a few months before starting my Masters program 🙂 I’m spending lots of time doing all the things I love- being outside in the garden, travelling, visiting friends, playing in the kitchen!
    You’re completely right about snatching those moments of calm when you can though- it’s so important for our wellbeing when life is hectic.
    I love these kinds of simple, soothing breakfasts.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 6:58 am

      What a wonderful idea to spend this summer of change doing things you love! 🙂

  3. Posted July 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    So simple and pretty; I bet it tastes good too!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 10, 2013 at 7:07 am


  4. Posted July 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I needed to read this today. xoxoxo

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 10, 2013 at 7:07 am


  5. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    What a beautiful post. You are so right. There are very few things in our control, but we can control our outlook and precious moments like a healthy, delicious breakfast. Thanks for such an inspiring post and a delicious recipe!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Thank you Heather. I hope you have a wonderful start to your day. 🙂

  6. Kimmy
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Mmmm this sounds so good! I recently came across an overnight buckwheat parfait that I love, but the “cream” part is made of cashews and I should probably lay off the fat a bit ;p I love the creativity in using a banana!

  7. Ginger Blair
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    This looks like a splendid breakfast! I love the fact its just waiting for you to rise and shine!

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