We’ve been in our new house for three months now, and we’re getting ready to welcome our first guests next week. We’re so excited to have visitors, and to see some friendly faces from Texas!
It’s important to me to try and be a good hostess when we have company. We do our best to get the house clean, and to make sure that we have fun ideas for all the kids, but there is one thing that gets me almost every time: breakfast! I want to be that hostess who is awake before everyone else. I want to be the hostess who’s making pancakes and bacon and fresh squeezed orange juice … I’m just not that person! More often than not I ended up staying up way too late visiting with our guests, and by the time early morning comes I’m too tired to get out of bed! I’m not sure which is more rude: going to bed before our guests, or showing them where they can find the cereal!
About a year ago we were visiting with good friends for the weekend, and when we got up in the morning, the hostess had laid out a granola bar to make parfaits for breakfast. It was the perfect solution for so many little mouths to feed. There were a huge variety of toppings and yogurts, so everyone was happy. In fact, when I was making the parfaits for this post, my seven year old talked about how much fun we had at our friend’s house when they made the parfaits!
I thought it would be perfect to adapt the parfait recipe using the new Nature Valley Toasted Oats Muesli. There are lots of ways to prepare muesli. You can serve it cooked warm with milk (like oatmeal), or cold (like cereal). It can also be used in baking (you can switch it out for oatmeal in cookies and bars).
We decided to kick the flavors up a notch by toasting the Nature Valley Toasted Oats Muesli-Blueberry. Toasting heightens the flavors and adds a little more crispness. Plus, the warm muesli mixed with the cold yogurt are amazing together! The toaster oven is perfect for this job, but you can also put the muesli on a cookie sheet in a 350º oven for about 7 minutes.
I put these in pretty dessert cups, but for a seriously no stress breakfast, these could just as easily go into plastic cups, and then there wouldn’t even be any dishes! The only fruit we chopped was the strawberry. You can seriously have this on the table in under ten minutes. As a bonus, it’s healthier than granola! Another bonus, it’s perfect for picky kids: they get to have some control over what they’re eating, and you know all the ingredients that are involved! We’ll definitely be doing this again for our visitors next week (ironically, it’s the same people who introduced me to the whole idea in the first place)!
Setting up a Muesli Parfait Bar:
What you need:
- Nature Valley Muesli, we used Blueberry and Original. (You can download a coupon here). Toasting the muesli makes an unbelievable difference. If you haven’t tried it toasted, try it with this recipe!
- 2 or 3 varieties of yogurt
- fruit (we used cherries, strawberries and chocolate covered raisins, but pineapples, bananas, peaches and figs would also be amazing)
Optional Add Ins:
- Brown Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Set everything out on a table in separate bowls.
- Allow your guests to layer the Nature Valley Toasted Oats Muesli with the yogurt and whatever other toppings they like.
- Enjoy! (I wasn’t kidding when I said that this would be easy!)
Thanks to Nature Maid for sponsoring this post. Don’t forget to download the $1 off coupon!