Mango Breakfast Parfait with Cherry-Banana Soft Serve

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 31, 2011


June must be just around the corner because the rain is finally subsiding to make room for the glorious sun! It’s going to be a scorcher today- about 31C with humidex of about 43C. I say, bring it on. :) It’s been a long time comin’.

Anticipating the heat & humidity, I headed out for a 3 mile run around 6:30am. I’ve been keeping my running mileage low (about 10-12 miles a week) since healing from my sciatic injury. Slow and steady wins the race! I also think yoga is helping a lot. :)

When I got back I gave the veggies a good dose of water before the heat set in. I also moved my herbs into larger pots. Hopefully they will be able to spread their roots a bit more in the bigger pots. Did I mention my dill is already dying? I have no idea what I did wrong! The other herbs are growing very well, but not the dill. Is it a fussy herb or is it just my black thumb?


It was just glistening out there this morning. Birds were chirping. New grass was sprouting. Dandelions were growing at the speed of light.


When I came inside, I was in the mood for a cool and creamy Vegan overnight oat parfait, one of my favourite hot weather breakfasts next to the Green Monster. I haven’t had many parfaits in 2011 because the weather has been so cool and wet, but today was certainly a great morning for one!


Before bed last night, I made a double batch of vegan overnight oats and my personal chef fridge did all the work for me while I slept. I made a double batch as requested by Eric.

Basic Vegan Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 servings


  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 heaping tbsp chia seeds (necessary ingredient- soaks up the milk and makes it doughy)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (optional)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Chopped banana (I don’t add this if I’m making a banana soft serve parfait)


Directions: Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and place in fridge overnight, or for 2-3 hours. Stir well before eating.


[This is an old picture above- I added some carob powder and banana in this photo, which is my favourite combo when I am just eating VOO plain. For step-by-step photos, see this post.]



Mango Breakfast Parfait with Cherry-Banana Soft Serve and Homemade Granola

Yield: 2 servings or 3 wine glasses

Adapted from VOO Parfait recipes.


  • Double batch of vegan overnight oats (above)
  • Mango chunks (I used frozen and thawed overnight)
  • Pitted cherries (I used frozen and thawed overnight)
  • Homemade Granola
  • Cherry Banana soft serve (Process a handful of cherries with 2 frozen bananas)



1. ‘Soft serve’: In a food processor, process the frozen bananas with cherries until smooth like soft serve. You can add a splash of milk to help it along.

2. In two glasses, layer the ingredients. I did a layer of VOO, mango or cherries, granola, soft serve, repeat. Makes enough for 3 small wine glasses/2 servings.


We had to fight over the third parfait! Eric loves these when I make them with homemade granola. Nice and crunchy.


A scrumptious breakfast that tastes like dessert…yes please!


I’ll see you tomorrow with a refreshing recipe and a re-cap of my Back on Track month! Boy did May fly by. I’m already thinking about goals for June…

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

I wish I had that mango parfait for breakfast this morning, it looks amazing! SO perfect for this hot weather!


Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) May 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

Those parfaits look to.die.for!

I like the idea of setting goals for each month… I’ll be joining you on that idea :)


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 31, 2011 at 10:12 am

Looks divine! I can tell summer is arriving because all I want are green monsters now ;) Our garden is a puzzlement as well. Despite the heat, our kale is thriving, while other plants are just barely poking their heads through the dirt!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Our kale is doing good too, but I must say the spinach is outgrowing everything!


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 31, 2011 at 10:19 am

Beautiful shots of the grass! Love the bokeh :)

And nothing could be better than a parfait in this crazy hot weather.


Amber K May 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

This reminds me of a recipe I saw yesterday. It called for five stuffed peppers and then said it served six. Huh? How is it two servings if there are three glasses? Is there some sort of recipe conspiracy going around to confuse me? ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I doubled the batch of vegan overnight oats….so technically I made two servings. It was in 3wine glasses because they were small and it wouldn’t fit.


Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons May 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

Totally my favorite way to eat banana soft serve! I haven’t had fruit in mine yet (and totally will be after this post! yum!) but cannot imagine fruity soft serve without the fab crunch of granola! =) Gorgeous! <3


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 31, 2011 at 10:26 am

I love mango. In any form. Smoothies, drinks, oats, desserts, parfaits, plain…YUM. You succeeded in making me need to walk across the street and pick up a fresh mango when I finish this comment!

I love the placemat/striped table runner you used in these pics. So pretty and makes everything else just POP!

And of course, cherry banana softserve. Dried or fresh cherries or frozen…like mango…love cherries in any form.

Glad you’re taking it EASY with the running and so happy your injury has healed!!!! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Thanks Averie!


Amy May 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

My darling Canadian counterpart: Where did you find your frozen cherries?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Heh, whole foods….BUT here is the kicker….they only sell sour cherries! Def not as sweet as reg ones….they are ok in soft serve though!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

I would kill to have breakfast at your house – it always looks so decadent! I’m loving mangos right now. The other day I did an avocado-mango smoothie that was incredible – thank you for introducing me to the idea of avocados in smoothies! :)


jenna May 31, 2011 at 10:36 am

what a perfect summer breakfast! :) i love these parfaits so much!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 31, 2011 at 10:42 am

Beautiful grass shots!!! And– I’ve been trying to think of something special that I can make for my husband for a “breakfast in bed” birthday breakfast– I think I might have to make one of these partfaits!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Thanks :)


faith @ lovelyascharged May 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

Those are just gorgeous! I’m so excited that its getting to that time of year for cool, refreshing breakfasts!


Holly May 31, 2011 at 10:44 am

I’ve always had the best luck with dill starting it from seed – it’s not too late either!


Holly @ The Runny Egg May 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

I’m glad you are getting back into running slowly — it is nice that you are taking care of yourself!

I so wish I had had a parfait for breakfast — these look so refreshing!


Krystina (Organically Me) May 31, 2011 at 10:46 am



Julie @ Shining From Within May 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

those look great! I love morning runs.. they’re so peaceful and I love seeing the world just waking up


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

YUM! this looks so good – and I’m with you …. no-bake options have been on my mind with all this heat the Northeast has been getting!


Kelly @foodiefresh May 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

I’m helping my husband come back to running from an injurty and we are taking it slow too. Your breakfasts always look so pretty! They make me want to bust out of my ol’ smoothie routine.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 31, 2011 at 10:51 am

You’ve got me salivating!! Thank goodness for warm weather – and thank goodness for overnight oats on hot days! I had my first overnight oats this year as my breakfast today and it was delicious (annnnd I used the maple butter!!) Yours look delicious!


LizAshlee May 31, 2011 at 10:51 am

Oh My Gosh that parfait looks AMAZING! I just had a raspberry carob version this morning, w/o the soft serve…I think the soft serve would have made it even tastier! I LOVE breakfast!!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 31, 2011 at 11:00 am

Your parfaits always look so delicious.
I’ve never had trouble with dill, but this is the 2nd year my cilantro is dying on me. Not sure why either!


SAM May 31, 2011 at 11:10 am

My cilantro and basil always die:(


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 31, 2011 at 11:00 am

I can’t for the life of me keep dill alive. I grew it last year and after that gave up hopes of growing it again. It seemed no matter what I did, it died. So it’s not just you! I hear dill is a particularly fickle plant.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm

That is good to know….poor dill, I love it so much!


Eat Hike Sleep Repeat May 31, 2011 at 11:04 am

Made overnight oats last night, and was so nice just grabbing breakfast out of the fridge this morning. I need to step it up now and try the parfaits since they are just so pretty! Heading to your end of the country next week so I’m looking forward to the warmth :) The overnight oats will be perfect for the little hotel room fridge.


Meredith May 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I ate VOO for so long without making them into parfaits, and the parfaits really heighten the whole experience!


Ashley May 31, 2011 at 11:08 am

I have some fresh cherries that I bought over the weekend, so I’m going to definitely make one of these– I might just blend them fresh! Delicious– but our weather has been so cool, I’m shivering in the house right now! I wonder if we’ll ever get some warm weather and sunshine!


Emily May 31, 2011 at 11:10 am

Those are so beautiful! And I’m sure they taste as good as they look, if not better! :)


Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat May 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

That parfait looks delicious! I just started reading my healthy living blogs again, and I had forgotten how amazing (and delicious!) your food pictures look :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Aww thank you!


Amanda Jewell @ Science&Bananas May 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

Parfait-licious! I woke up craving granola & ice cold (almond) milk! After seeing these pictures, I think I’ll have to head to the store & pick up some ingredients asap! I can’t believe it’s June 1 tomorrow too! Tempus Fugit!


Sarah @ May 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

I’ve got to make some VOO, parfait-style! They look scrumptious. I’m not a big breakfast person (only smoothies for some reason) so I’m thinking it would make a tasty mid-afternoon snack!


Chloe (Skinny on South Beach) May 31, 2011 at 11:26 am

I can’t wait for summer to hit us here too! It’s been a long winter and I’m definitely ready for some sunshine :)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 31, 2011 at 11:26 am

This looks like the perfect breakfast for today! I can’t believe how hot it is out there!


Ruth May 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

This looks amazing. Perfect for a hot day. I have to make this soon! I’ll have to clear some space in the fridge first though….


Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl May 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

Perfect recipe timing! Last night I cut up my first ever fresh mango (I know…) and had no idea what to do with it! I was going to toss them in with some pineapple for a tropical green monster, but this looks delish!


Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey May 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

I have yet to try a VOO + soft-serve parfait. They look soo good though… I think I need to get on it!


being domUnique May 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

i NEED to get my hands on some Chia Seeds so I can make VOO! They look sooo tasty with the soft serve.


Elle May 31, 2011 at 11:58 am

Instead of rolled oats can I use Muesli?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Not sure…I can’t see why not?


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I really need to get my hands on some cherries – I love the idea of a parfait instead of choosing a smoothie or oats – this is the best of both worlds!


Heather (heathers dish) May 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I agree, it’s been too cold lately to really do the parfait thing but this week that’s changing!


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn May 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Time for me to start using my overnight cookie dough for parfaits!!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm

It’s a little too cold for parfait breakfasts over here, but they’re definitely still fantastic for post-workouts in the afternoons! This one looks fabulous :)


[email protected] May 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

that looks so wonderful and perfect for summer!


Abby May 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Mangoes and cherries–yes please! Sounds awesome! :)


Katherine May 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

What do chai seeds event taste like?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm

No taste!


kaila @ healthy helper! May 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Mango, cherries, bananas…OH MY! Perfect summer fruit combo!!!


Heidi @ Food Doodles May 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Those look great. Especially with the homemade granola. Love that crunch :D


Sara (The Veggie-Eco Life) May 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Mmm, that looks so good!
Beautiful pictures of the grass btw :)


Beth May 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I love following your garden! All my herbs are growing well except the basil, which is a total bummer, since I had dreams of pesto all summer. I hope your dill rebounds!


Beth May 31, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Last night I made banana soft serve for the second time. I used it for the chocolate-chip cookie dough “blizzard.” It was my reward for completing a biathlon in the outrageous heat and humidity!
You’re smart to take your running comeback slowly. Too much pounding too soon won’t do you any good!


Amanda May 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I have issues growing dill as well. I’m trying some from seed this year, so we’ll see what happens…


Cara Craves... May 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm

The mango makes it look so summery, I love it.
I need to spice up my overnight oats, mine this morning
were sorta bleh!


kris (everyday oats) May 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm

It doesn’t get much more summery than mangos and cherries! They also happen to be two fruits I absolutely adore :)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes May 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

This looks stunning!


Natalie May 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Mm this looks so tasty & refreshing, would love to try it


Marina May 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Looks awesome, really a perfect breakfast for a warm summer morning. Your breakfast parfaits always inspire me for breakfasts :)


Tyler May 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm

These look AMAZING! Your blog is always the first thing I check in the morning! Cant wait to try out this recipe !


Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm



Moni'sMeals May 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm

this post just brought so much light to my day! I love the pics (the grass shots=great!) and the idea of the mango and cherry. oh and homemade granola! So fresh and happy! :)


Tara @ ThriftyCanadianShopper May 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm

yumm that looks delicious and so refreshing for the summer! I love all the bright colors in your pictures. Summer is HERE :)


The Teenage Taste May 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Parfaits are definitely one of my favorite breakfasts. They allow me to have a bunch of different flavors and textures at once. Plus they are so pretty! I love how you added banana soft serve – I need to try that! :-D


Meg May 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I love these ideas and can’t wait to try them on hot summer days for breakfast or dessert!



Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} May 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm

What a beautiful and tasty breakfast!!


Corinne May 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm

WOW! Those look incredible…the mango in my fridge is begging to be made into a breakfast parfait!!
Thanks Angela.


Vanessa @ Loving the Sweet LIfe May 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Those parfaits looks heavenly! And so refreshing on a day like today.
I think my dill is dying too, all of a sudden it’s wilty, no idea why… don’t give up on it though, it may come back :)


Molly @ RDexposed May 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm

After a week in California, I have a new love for how green Illinois is!


Stevie-Jean @ May 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Those overnight oats look so delish! Love love them! Sometimes I add a little chocolate Sun Warrior Protein to thicken it up a little as well!!


Jolene ( May 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I love your parfaits, and make them all the time … glad to have another one to try!


Michelle @ From Seed To Tree May 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I’m newer to the vegan world – who would have thought? Vegan soft serve? And so easy. This is food GOLD. The simplest things that taste divine.

Thank you for this breakfast inspiration. I will run with it! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Lol food gold…love that


KT @ VegBergers May 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Hey Angela! I’ve been reading your blog for a while but I’ve never commented…just thought I would let you know that you are the one who taught me about banana softserve (and of course I’m obsessed now). Last night I tried mixing the soft serve with oreo crumbles. COOKIES AND CREAM!! It was MAGICAL. Have you tried it yet?!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Mmmm! I have mixed it with choc chip cookies (and dough balls)….so good!


Jenny May 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Oh my! I made the chocolate chip cookies (from the chocolate chip cookie dough sandwich cookies) and my toughest critic, my 8 year-old son, LOVED them!!! My entire family is raving about them. Thank you once again for a wonderful recipe!!!


Andrea @ Vegvacious May 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I love parfaits with granola too! I’m loving the idea of using cherries as well – I don’t have any on hand, but I think I need to get some fresh and frozen ones asap!


Jen May 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I ALWAYS have frozen bananas in my freezer for smoothies, but I haven’t made soft serve in far too long! It’s the perfect spring or summer treat…I bet it tastes amazing with granola. Yum.


Aja May 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm

All of the pictures in this looked amazing. I had to sum up what I was gonna say somehow. :) Love the grass and the oats look delicious.


[email protected] May 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Mango and Cherry- great idea! I need some banana soft serve asap :-)


Nicole May 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

June is going to be my Back on Track month! I got a head start by making some rhubarb quinoa for breakfast tomorrow. Quinoa is awesome! :)


Elizabeth May 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

the pictures of the grass are stunning.


whitney May 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Cherry + banana = current obsession! How did you know?!?!
Those almost look too pretty to eat. Almost.



char @ char on a mission May 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I was just thinking about my goals for June as well. My husband and I are going over them tomorrow…one of the major one’s is budgeting!!!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Double batch? Lucky! I wish Kevin would ask me to make double batches of overnight oats. I love the combination of cherry + banana. I haven’t had that combo in YEARS.


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty May 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm

That’s funny about the dill! I totally ignore mine and it grows like crazy! (last summer it was about 5 feet tall!) Try neglecting it!! :) hehe


Ashley May 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm

YAY!! The VOO is back! So pretty too and I just love that striped towel. Your grass photos are amazing. :) Glad that you’ve been able to get back into running! 6:30am…yowza!


Kendra June 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

Hi Angela,

Since you ate your breakfast after your run, I am wondering, do you eat anything before your runs or do you just get up and go? Thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

I usually have half a banana before a short run :)


Cait's a Runnerchick June 1, 2011 at 12:35 am

YUM all around! Great way to refuel after your morning run. Best of luck on continued healing, sciatic is not fun…and you’re so smart to ramp it up slowly. You’ll be back out there at full strength soon! :)


Ragnhild June 1, 2011 at 2:16 am

Your VOO always looks so good! Eric is one happy guy to wake up with thes;)


Kristen Waby June 1, 2011 at 5:28 am

This is such a great idea. I think I’ll try this tomorrow for brekkie :)


Liz June 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

hi angela! im 14 and thinking about going vegan, but im not sure how I could incoopriate protien into my diet besides overloading on beans. :P
I need a lot because im an athlete, but could you suggest anything?
Thanks! Btw I tried the Cherry chocolate bomb voo and it’s so good!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

some high protein sources are lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, brown rice, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, vegan protein powders, edamame, etc :) I suggest talking to a dietitian to help you with your needs. Goodluck!


Rene June 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

I finally made this after seeing your recipes for the past few years!!!! This was so delicious and such a nice way to start my morning. Lots of texture and healthy ingredients. On side note, I made two of your recipes in 2 days (light protein power bowl) and I feel amazing. Thanks for being an inspiration Angela.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Glad to hear! :)


Amykinz (foodie4healing) June 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Love the pictures of the dew on the grass! Also, let me know if you have tips for getting rid of the dandelions. Our yard is covered in them this spring! Ugh.


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