If seeing the word parfait made you think this recipe is unhealthy, think again. Let’s walk through this together. We’ve got ricotta cheese and plain yogurt, both low in fat and high in protein. We’ve got fresh mint and blackberries – no problem there – and we’ve got steel-cut oats, for whole-grains and fiber. All that naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Whoo! This parfait is a serious boost of energy.
2 pints of fresh blackberries
3-4 sprigs of fresh mint, leaves removed and finely minced, plus a few extra leaves as a garnish
1.5 cups of low-fat ricotta cheese
Half a cup of plain yogurt
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Half a cup of steel-cut oats
- 3/4 cup of water
- Pinch of salt
For the oats: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat until warm. Add the oats, and toast, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes until they are aromatic and a bit darker in colour.
For the ricotta mixture: In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta, yogurt, maple syrup and mint together.