By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Make this breakfast parfait recipe, and you'll get a delicious protein-rich coconut parfait. The orange parfait takes just minutes to make!
Want a fueling, nutritious breakfast that’s ready in a flash? I can’t wait to hear what you think of this cottage cheese parfait recipe, with a base of whole grains, cottage cheese, and clementines.
The parfait is topped with delicious toasted coconut flakes and will make your morning all that much better!
Have an Orange Parfait for Breakfast
I don’t know about you, but my weekdays are crazy busy! Ever since I started my business several years ago, life has been a whirlwind.
I do my best to squeeze in everything that’s important: workouts, eating well, doctor’s appointments, meetings with colleagues, virtual networking events, dinner with my husband—and, of course, work!
Accomplishing all of this means that many days, I’m running out the door in the morning. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I would never sacrifice a nutritious breakfast to power up my morning–so I’ve figured out some shortcuts.
I'm a big fan of parfaits because they make eating breakfast fun, and all the layers help to incorporate all those important things into breakfast–including protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
How to Make a Nutritious Breakfast
There are many, many ways to make a balanced breakfast parfait. For this recipe, I used belVita Cranberry Orange Breakfast Biscuits as the base. If you're gluten free, you could use a gluten-free bar such as Pamela's Whenever Bars. Or you could crumble up a fruit-and-nut bar such as a KIND bar instead. Basically, you have lots of options!
I like to add a protein-rich dairy, such as cottage cheese, to my parfait, as well as fruit. The fruit provides filling fiber for a very low amount of calories.
So when I have a few extra minutes in the morning—I’m so not game for time-consuming breakfasts on busy work days—I make a parfait with these three components.
In this breakfast parfait recipe, I chose to pair the breakfast biscuits with a few clementines, bursting with immunity-helping vitamin C, as well as high-protein cottage cheese. As a pescatarian, I’m always looking for high protein sources to add to my day. Try cottage cheese for dinner, too.
I used stemless wine glasses to layer this parfait. You could, of course, also use parfait glasses or mason jars! The breakfast parfait tastes delicious paired with a glass of orange juice or a coconut milk cappuccino.
Ready to Make This Coconut Parfait?
This parfait is so easy to make and takes five minutes of your morning, tops! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
By the way, this recipe makes two servings, so you can surprise your significant other or roommate with breakfast. Or simply cut the ingredients list in half if you’re eating for one.
If you want to get creative with the cottage cheese, here are other ingredients that would taste delicious as parfait toppings:
- orange peel
- peanut butter
- chia seeds
- graham cracker crumbles
- additional fresh fruit, such as banana or orange slices
- vanilla yogurt
- whipped cream, coconut whipped cream, or coconut cream
This blog post was updated in November 2020. This content was originally part of a partnership with belVita.
I'd love to hear from you! Let me know if you make this healthy breakfast parfait recipe. What are your favorite ways to energize your morning?
What ideas do you have for pairing belVita with fruit and dairy? What other belVita recipes do you love?
Orange Coconut Parfait
- 1 cup 2 percent fat small-curd cottage cheese
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
- 3 clementines, zested and peeled
- 2 packs breakfast biscuits, such as belVita
- In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese with vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon coconut.
- Place belVita biscuits in a zip-top plastic bag, and crush with a heavy object such as a can or glass jar.
- In a glass, layer cottage cheese mixture with clementine wedges and belVita pieces.
- Top each parfait with 1 teaspoon each coconut and clementine zest.
- Freeze remaining orange zest in a zip-top freezer bag for a future use.
Sat. Fat (grams)4
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