Banana & Date Caramel Breakfast Parfait

April 30, 2014

Due to the chaos that is packing / unpacking / moving houses, I've been eating nothing but Vegemite for breakfast for the last month. Vegemite on multigrain toast, on wholemeal toast, on turkish toast (my favourite, with a little bit of butter), on toasted muffins, on crackers, on eggs, on cheese... I'll stop now - some of the combinations just got way too ridiculous! So this week I thought I'd spruce up breakfast a little now that life has somewhat slowed down a bit. 

Meet my special little friends - banana & date caramel parfaits

Have you ever wished that eating dessert for breakfast isn't frowned upon? Or is that just me? Have you also wished that desserts didn't contain as much sugar as it does? If your answers are yes & yes, please do me a favour and give this baby a go. It's such a treat!

Ingredients //

Recipe adapted from Top With Cinnamon 
(Makes 3 big mason jars or 4 small glasses)

2 large ripe bananas
2 cups of low fat vanilla OR greek yoghurt
1/3 cup of pitted chopped dates
1/3 cup of milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp chopped almonds
3 tbsp of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 tbsp of honey
1 tsp of unsalted butter

Method //

Slice the bananas into thick coins. If you are serving the parfaits a bit later, give it a squeeze of lemon juice so they won't discolour.

For the date caramel - put the dates, milk and vanilla extract into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and heat whilst stirring over low heat for about 5-10 minutes until it is thickened. Set aside and let it cool down.

For the granola mix - put the chopped almonds and walnuts with rolled oat in a small pan and toast over medium heat. Melt the butter in a microwave and pour it over the granola mixture, followed by the honey. Mix together until it is evenly coated. Remove and set it aside.

Start putting parfait together by layering the ingredients in this order: granola, banana coins, date caramel, yoghurt. Repeat once more and then top with any leftover granola or banana and... TA-DA!

Note: you can refrigerate up to 12 hours without it going too soggy.

If you're not a fan of bananas, try layering poached pears or apples in there!


  1. I'll let you in on a little secret...I eat dessert for breakfast all.the.time ;)
    Am loving the sound of he date caramel and already thinking of the different flavours I could add to this.

    1. Hahaha, I'm guilty of scoffing a few brownies or slices for breakfast... no secret right? ;)

      Let me know how you go if you try it with different flavours! I think that's the beauty of this recipe - you can't go wrong with different flavour combinations!

  2. Holy smokes this looks good!

    1. So good Dee. Great breakfast to prepare in advance & take on the go :)

  3. Love this hon, can't wait to give this one a go, it sounds so delicious already!