Parfaits and powders

It’s shaping up to be another highlights-style blog week around here. Summer classes move at the speed of light — I already have to be working on final papers and projects, ack!

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This week’s featured breakfast started here:

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IMG_1705.JPGI had frozen the rest of last week’s CSA strawberries on Friday, so I pulled those out of the freezer and let them simmer in a covered pan with about 1/2 cup of water. I added 2 tbsp ground flax, boiled a few minutes longer, and then added 1/2 cup BRM Scottish Oatmeal. Before this, I was under the impression that Scottish oatmeal and Irish (steel-cut) oatmeal were the same (and I’m sure my ScotchIrish ancestors are rolling in their graves right now). But, if you look closely, you can see that the Scottish oatmeal is not as uniformly chopped as steel-cut.

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In my opinion, more texture = more fun, so I was thrilled with the textural variety of these! I didn’t really cook the oats — I just mixed them into the hot strawberry-flax mix and added more things like plain yogurt, chia seeds, and goji berries. The resulting pudding the next morning was thick and creamy and chewy, just as I had hoped!

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I layered the strawberry-oat-seed pudding with plain pumpkin for a parfait effect:

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I topped the parfait with a sample packet of Fitnutz Butter, the “regular” variety this time. I still prefer PB2 (well, I really prefer real peanut butter, but we’re talking about powders here!), but the creamy texture of the Fitnutz did lend itself well to the parfait setup.

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(I also tried the Fitnutz Pro with “added essential fatty acids.” The ingredients list (peanut powder, sugar, salt) is the same, but somehow it struck me as having more of a sesame flavor. And I still prefer PB2!) 

I topped the reconstituted peanut butter with unsweetened coconut and a chopped square of Newman’s espresso dark chocolate (sooooooo good!). And if you look closely, you can see my homemade balls in the background!

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I used soymilky Numi emperor’s puerh black tea to go along with the tapioca. I prefer my bubble tea iced, so I brewed a big pot of the tea on Sunday and have just been storing it in the fridge so that it’s ready to go when the balls start calling!

What is your favorite powdered product (food or non-food)?

P.S. Remember my French toast challenge? True to her word, Brandi went ahead and French-toasted her donuts! Go check out the heart-hammering results 😀

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21 thoughts on “Parfaits and powders

  1. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) says:

    OOh, your b’fast concoction (esp. Scottish oats-I did not know the diff either!) looks very exciting! Possibly even more exciting than Dizzy’s, which says a lot since I remember loving my one experience there as well. That bread basket definitely sets things off on the right note. 😉

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  2. insideiamdancing says:

    cooked oats and yogurt is such a great combination- always had wondered about the difference between Scottish and Irish oats (I live in Scotland).

    I am going to be really unadventurous and say cinnamon is my favourite powdered product 😛 and cocoa powder!

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  3. brandi says:

    mmm…that strawberry oat seed pudding looks SO good! I love the color.

    i do like me some pb2 🙂

    thanks for the french fried donuts shoutout! I had fun making those and I would totally send you one if they wouldn’t be nasty by the time they got there!

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  4. homegirlcaneat says:

    HELLS YES for the scottish-irish roots! My ancestors will be proud too! I love how you use all these amazing ingredients in yo oats. Fruity and chocolately and pumpkiny and shiiiiiiiiit, I just love it.

    You my girl!

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  5. gina says:

    Ya know, I don’t use many powdered products. Your creation looks amazing, and reading everyone’s blogs makes me more interested in the power of powders, but I haven’t been completely converted yet! Right now the only powder I use is unsweetened cocoa powder, for ice cream!

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  6. janetha says:

    haha i read this as i was eating greek yogurt+PB2! random. so good, i think PB2 is prob my fave powder. i also use a lot of EAS protein powder and despite what others may say, i really do love the taste of protein powder!

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  7. Sweetie Pie says:

    That looks awesome, and I love that you added chocolate on top. 🙂 That’s always good!!

    I love me some hot Jay Robb and his vanilla whey protein powder. Although, powdered sugar is key when making frosting….

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  8. Goldie says:

    I have to say sugar free jelly. It’s quick and easy – just add water and it’s sweet and low in calorie… what more could a girl want!? (yeh, chocolate – I hear yah!)

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  9. coco says:

    I really like this combo! I’ll try it with steel cuts and frozen strawberries! great
    fav powdered food? soy milk powdered! so convenient!!! 🙂

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  10. Christina says:

    I can’t think of any powdered food I love (PB2 is just okay to me, not peanut buttery enough!) but I’d love it if a marshmallow flavored powder was invented. I never knew there was pineapple powder until your blog so I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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