Tropical Yogurt Overnight Oat Parfaits

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by Beth - Budget Bytes
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If you’re not on the “overnight oats” train, it might be time to hop on. Overnight oats are an amazing way to eat oats cold, which is perfect for the summer. And the tropical flavors these Tropical Yogurt Overnight Oat Parfaits are great any time of year.

Side view of mason jars filled with Tropical Yogurt Overnight Oat Parfaits

How Do You Make Overnight Oats?

Making overnight oats is simple. Instead of boiling oats in water, you let them soak overnight in the fridge, which gives them a fabulously soft and chewy texture. But letting them soak in water would be just plain boring, and that’s not how we do things around here. Instead I like to kill two birds with one stone and soak my oats in yogurt.

As the oats absorb moisture from the yogurt, it magically transforms it into thick Greek style yogurt. Add a few fun extras like fruit or nuts and you have a well rounded breakfast with next to no work. Seriously, just throw everything into a jar (or other container) and come back the next day. That’s it.

What Makes Them “Tropical”?

For this tropical version of overnight oats I’ve combined bananas, pineapple, mango, and shredded coconut. I like to use plain yogurt because that’s my jam, but you could use vanilla if you prefer things a bit sweeter. I found that between the banana and mango I had all the sweetness that I needed. The same goes for coconut. I paid a little extra to get unsweetened coconut shreds, but if all you have is the regular sweetened coconut that is used for baking, go ahead and toss it in. Your parfait will just be a bit more sweet.

How Long Do They Stay Good?

You can keep these Tropical Yogurt Overnight Oat Parfaits in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days.

Tips for Dicing Mangoes

If you need help learning how to cut a mango, check out this tutorial from thekitchn.com. You may also be able to find diced mango in the freezer section. You can just pop the frozen cubes into the jar and they’ll thaw as the oats soak overnight. ALSO, I saw this amazing trick for peeling mangos with a cup the other day and it kind of blew my mind. I’ve done it a couple times now and it works great, although it works best with super ripe mangoes.

 

Close up of a spoonful of the stirred tropical yogurt overnight oat parfait

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Tropical Yogurt Parfaits

4.75 from 4 votes
Tropical Yogurt Parfaits are the perfect healthy summer breakfast when you're short on time. Prepare them on the weekend and eat good all week. 
Servings 4
Prep 15 mins
Total 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats ($0.17)
  • 1 1/3 cup yogurt* ($0.66)
  • 2 bananas ($0.43)
  • 1 20oz. can pineapple chunks in juice ($1.37)
  • 1 mango ($1.00)
  • 4 Tbsp shredded coconut ($0.33)

Instructions 

  • Add 1/4 cup rolled oats to the bottom of four 12oz. mason jars, or another container of comparable size. Add 1/3 cup of yogurt on top of the oats in each jar.
  • Slice the bananas, drain the pineapple (the juice can be saved for smoothies), and dice the mango. Divide the sliced bananas, pineapple chunks, and mango between the four jars. Layering the bananas between the yogurt and pineapple will help prevent the banana from browning. Top each jar off with a tablespoon of shredded coconut.
  • Refrigerate the jars overnight to allow the oats time to soak and soften. Use a spoon to stir the ingredients in the jar just before eating. Refrigerate the parfaits for up to five days.

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Notes

*Use plain or vanilla flavored yogurt, but avoid Greek style yogurt as there may not be enough moisture to help the oats soften.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 316.93kcalCarbohydrates: 62.45gProtein: 7.68gFat: 6.75gSodium: 80.38mgFiber: 5.75g
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I don’t have any step by step photos for these Tropical Yogurt Parfaits because there’s only one step–put the ingredients in the jar…

Tropical Yogurt Parfaits in jars, lined up side by side

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    1. You can just add it to the jars while still frozen. They will thaw in the fridge overnight. :)

  1. I love this recipe! I make these with Greek yogurt and just pour some of the pineapple juice in for more moisture I also added a little chia seed in with the oatmeal. So yummy! 

  2. I’m not a huge fan of yogurt but I love these! I do shift work so I get home pretty late and I have one of these yogurt parfaits for dinner instead of a heavy meal. They’re so good! Thanks for the super recipe!

    1. I don’t think that this would work with steel cut, although I haven’t tried it. They don’t absorb moisture nearly as easily as rolled oats.

      1. I HAVE tried it with steel cut, and while they get softER, they end up pretty chewy. It’s not inedible however.

  3. Hi Beth,
    Went against your instructions about Greek yogurt because that was all I had at the time and thought what the heck. I just stirred the oats in with the yogurt the night before. It turned out okay but was really thick. Maybe next time, I’ll add a little milk?

  4. These are awesome. I’ve loathed mango my whole life and reluctantly tried it again for this recipe. I found out I no longer hate mango! My husband loves these too. My kids? Not so much. Too much plain oatmeal at the bottom. They’re too little to mix it or scoop all the way to the bottom before the good stuff is gone. I think for them, I’d do better layering the oats between the other layers.