The week before last I got home to find yet another wonderful Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program package with some goodies from the fine folks at Special K. I’ve always been a huge fan of Special K Cereal, especially when they introduced the Special K with Berries (heaven in a bowl of milk!), and I’ve been eager to try some of the new stuff they’ve come out with, like their protein shakes & granola. Though I didn’t get a protein shake in my care package, I did get a nice box of their new Touch of Honey Granola and a box of their 100 calorie fruit crisps, which I have to admit I inhaled in short order (they’re a wonderful between-meal or post-workout snacks). Not wanting to subject my granola to a perpetual sentence of being submerged in milk, I started throwing it on top of some fruit or in some yogurt. Then it occurred to me that I could throw the fruit and yogurt on top of IT instead, and got to work.
Now, let me warn you: though Special K is supposed to be about good things like health and weight loss, this is one recipe that will not fall into that category; nor would it fall under Kimberly’s Non Diet label. It’s simply far too rich, even if I did make some modifications to the Bananas Foster that would make this a bit less evil. Traditional Bananas Foster is filled with pounds of melted butter, tons of brown sugar, and gallons of rum (okay, maybe not that much, but I like to round up), and I’ve done my best to get rid of at least half of this evil while retaining the integrity of this incredibly rich, delicious dessert so that it could become breakfast fare. This is one of those breakfast or brunch recipes that should only be enjoyed after a festive weekend or when you have some fantastic company over (or in my case, when you just want to indulge in something completely sweet & sinful). But what it does do is help you make something completely fabulous for breakfast that costs well under $1.50/serving, something you could NEVER get at a hotel or restaurant during their Sunday brunches (a box of Special K Granola will cost about an average of $3/box). And it takes practically zero time to prepare. Gotta love that!
Bananas Foster Breakfast Parfait with Special K Granola (makes 2-3 servings; total cost per serving: $1.30)
2 T butter
3 T brown sugar (eek!)
1 t ground cinnamon
1/3 c apple juice
1 c plain nonfat yogurt
1 c Special K Touch of Honey Granola
Peel the bananas and cut them into 1/2″ pieces. Over medium low heat, melt the butter and brown sugar in a small skillet. Add the apple juice and cinnamon and allow to the sauce to cook for about 2 minutes on its own. Next add the chopped bananas. Cook for about 3-4 minutes (depending on ripeness of the bananas) or until the bananas start to turn slightly soft & tender. Remove from heat.
Assemble your parfaits by adding a layer of granola followed by a bit of the bananas in their syrup, followed by a couple tablespoons of yogurt into 4-6 oz. glasses (remember, this is rich!). Repeat until you reach the top of the glass, top with a bit more of the Special K granola, and indulge! Er, ENJOY!