Banana Coconut Parfait ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netBanana Coconut Parfait

I used to dread mornings. Every day began exactly the same way: being jolted awake too soon by the sound of a beeping alarm clock, groggily dragging myself into the shower, getting dolled up and then chugging coffee as if my life depended on it as I maneuvered my way around angry city commuters (side note: why is it that people are always in such a rush to get to work in the morning?)

Mornings are very different these days.


I never thought I would say this but morning has become my favorite time of the day. At some point along the way I went from being a night owl to a semi-early bird. These days I wake up naturally at around 7am, often before my alarm even goes off. The angry beeping clock is gone; when the alarm does wake me up I hear soft music.

I love the quiet haze of morning as the yellow-tinted sunlight creeps through the window.  I love sitting with my cat and catching up on the news with that first perfect cup of coffee.

My breakfasts aren’t usually very exciting. I alternate between smoothies, quinoa porridge or egg, cheddar and Sriracha on an english muffin. When I’m feeling like more of a treat, I love having a parfait.

Banana Coconut Parfait ~ Savory Simple ~

I like to prepare several of these parfaits at once and then eat them for breakfast throughout the week. When it comes time to enjoy them I mix everything together in a bowl. But it looks so pretty in layers, doesn’t it?

This granola recipe is intentionally not very sweet. When paired with ripe bananas… it’s perfect. The fattiness of the coconut cream brings everything together but if you’d like a more traditional parfait, plain yogurt can be substituted in place of coconut milk. Also, the granola might lose some of it’s crunchiness if it’s in the refrigerator for too long. It still has texture so it doesn’t bother me. But one way to avoid this is to place a small parchment round between the granola and coconut cream layer.  Simply remove the parchment before enjoying.


Banana Coconut Parfait
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey or more to taste
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 very ripe bananas, peeled
  1. Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. This will cause the liquid to separate and a solid layer of coconut cream will form on top. Carefully open the can and scoop the solid layer into the bowl of a stand mixer (or a regular bowl if using a hand mixer). Add 1 tablespoon of honey. Using the whisk attachment, whip the coconut cream on high speed until light and fluffy. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  3. In a medium bowl combine oats, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together honey, vanilla and water. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir well to combine. Line granola in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes, until dry and crunchy. Stir the granola every 10-15 minutes to prevent the coconut flakes from burning.
  4. Place the bananas in a bowl and use a potato masher to make a puree. Divide the bananas into 4-6 serving bowls.
  5. Top banana puree with the granola and then finish with the whipped coconut cream. Serve or cover and refrigerate.
For a more simplified recipe you can use plain chilled coconut cream without whipping it. Use light agave nectar instead of honey for a vegan recipe.


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Savory Simple – Clementine Curd Cheesecake Parfaits
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  • Roger Stowell

    That is wonderful. It entails more work than I am willing to put into breakfast, but I can dream. Must make that granola recipe of yours.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m never willing to put much work into breakfast unless it’s something that I can make a lot of in advance like this. Mornings shouldn’t be complicated.

  • Kirsten

    Jen, what a great-looking recipe. I love how you can make up several at a time for eating throughout the week. I saw Alanna do that with smoothies on A Veggie Venture and it triggered an epiphany in me.

  • Kristen

    This is such a gorgeous breakfast parfait, Jennifer! I love mornings too – especially Sunday mornings!

  • Jenny

    Whoa. I’m sure these taste as STELLAR as they look! I’ve evolved into a morning bird myself over the years. There is something magical about that first morning light. XO

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  • Jennifer

    The mornings are my favorite time of the day! I get up around 4am on the weekends, and try to get as much done as I can so I can enjoy the rest of the day.

    Your parfait looks amazing! I love canned coconut, it tastes so good with banana! Nice recipe!

  • Carla

    What’s your secret because I am soooo not a morning person! Although my body does wake up naturally 7-8 am on the weekends (doesnt mean I roll out of bed haha). Im looking for healthier breakfast ideas that I can eat at work. I don’t have any bananas or I’d make this right now (didnt eat breakfast yet). Putting on my shopping list!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    These look sooooo delicious and like such a perfect breakfast!

  • Anna

    Early mornings are very important to me and my Hubby. It’s before the kids get up and the craziness begins :) Love this parfait! Especially the coconut milk in it :)

  • Marie

    YUM! Just so happens I have everything to make these at home – think I will do your idea of whipping up a few for breakfast treats this week!

  • Megan

    I’m an early bird, too. I just recently made banana parfaits with silken tofu, but coconut cream sounds divine. When you make them ahead of time do you have a problem with the granola getting soggy?

    • Jennifer Farley

      Great question. I haven’t found it to be a problem if I put the parfaits immediately in the fridge. It might lose some crunchiness but it will still have texture. If you want to be safe you can put small rounds of parchment between the layers. When you mix everything together you can remove the parchment.

      • Megan

        Thanks for the tip! I will definitely try to make parfaits in advance.

  • Shanna

    I just put two cans of coconut milk in the fridge. The kind I use is organic in a bpa free can and is the ONLY brand I have found that completely solidifies when chilled instead of just the top inch or two – it’s awesome. Natural Value – I buy it by the case off amazon. I will make the granola today and this will be my breakfast the next few days!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I forgot to mention something that I’ll add to the post but I want to make sure you see it. The granola can lose a bit of it’s crunch if it’s in the refrigerator too long. This doesn’t bother me because it still has texture but if you want it just as crunchy you can put a small circle of parchment in between the granola and coconut cream layers. Just remove it before mixing the layers.

  • Kelly

    Jen, I love the simplicity and beauty of your recipes and photography. This parfait looks delightful and I love a woman who uses full fat coconut milk without making apologies!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Kelly!

  • Averie

    So pretty and great idea. Having something like this ready can take a blah morning into a way better one :)

  • Kiran

    I use coconut cream from TJ’s. It’s super thick and creamy. Just make sure you don’t shake it too much ;)

    Love breakfast parfait. And your photography :)

  • Kate

    This recipes sounds like such a great way to start any day! Bright, tropical… it could make any day feel like a vacation day I bet. Bookmarked and pinned! :)

  • Laura Dembowski

    That parfait is beautiful! Who wouldn’t want to wake up to that? I used to hate mornings beyond words when I had to go to school but they have become my favorite part of the day too.

  • Summer

    Sometimes the simplest of things are the most amazing- this being one of them!

  • Dorothy

    This sounds like the perfect breakfast!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love mornings too. This parfait would make a perfect breakfast with my coffee… I’m a little obsessed with granola!

  • Debra

    Delicious! I could eat this every day!

  • Chung-Ah

    Having this ready for breakfast would definitely make me a morning person!

  • Sylvie

    Ah unfortunately I’m one of those groggy morning people but I keep hoping one day that will change!

  • Fred

    That looks really good, love to serve desserts in a glass.

  • Heather

    I’m such a morning person. I’m probably annoying. Granola & yogurt is one of my favorite breakfasts of all time so I’m sure I’d like this. Is the consistency of the coconut cream similar to yogurt? Or more like whipped cream? Either way I’m in.

    • Jennifer Farley

      If you eat it immediately after preparing the parfaits it’s closer to whipped cream. If you chill the parfaits the coconut cream will become more dense like yogurt.

  • Nicole (MyLoveForCooking)

    This looks perfect…especially for the lovies! Thanks! :)

  • Jennifer

    Now that my kids are back to sleeping through the night I love mornings too. My hubby is trying to get me to go to bed early and wake up early (like 4am) with him. So far, I prefer sleeping in, or I’m being too lazy and not wanting to wake up. :) These parfaits are lovely. I love the combination of banana with the coconut.

  • sally

    What a gorgeous looking parfait! I love the mornings – I am a bonafide morning person indeed. But sometimes I just mes myself up entirely and stay awake til midnight and then still wake up at 5am. I know, it’s crazy. Regardless, I wish I had this parfait for breakfast instead of my boring cereal!

  • Christina

    I love seeing recipes pop up with coconut cream! YUM!

  • kristy

    This looks so good, Jen. What a delicious way to start your day! Or end it :)

  • Honey What’s Cooking

    you’ve got such a gorgeous website here. really nice job. this banana coconut parfait looks delicious. i posted something with banana and coconut today too. :-)

  • Erin

    This parfait would brighten any day Jen!

  • carol

    I am totally with you, I love mornings! I get twice as much done before 10:00 a.m., than I do the remainder of the day! I love that now I have something new to try in my morning routine…this parfait looks divine, Jen!

  • Monet

    Like you, I’ve come to love the mornings. And I know I would feel even more affection if I had one of these beautiful parfaits. Thank you for sharing the recipe and your lovely photographs/words. I hope you are having a good Monday!

  • Crista

    ooh, that looks amazing. i think i’d make my granola the night before.

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    This is so beautiful! Exactly the type of food to brighten up any morning :)

  • Valerie

    Getting up before everyone else feels liberating – it’s like getting a jump-start on the world. I’m sure this parfait would only elevate that sensation. :)

  • Jennie

    This looks like breakfast perfection. I wish my mornings were more like yours. They sound peaceful.

  • Marta

    Mornings are my favorite. I thought that there’s an apple on a bottom and must say that it was a nice surprise to read that t’s a banana.

  • amy

    I’m a morning person, too, especially on the weekends when my husband/dog sleep in for an extra few hours + have the quiet house to myself. =) This would be a perfect breakfast for those leisurely, relaxing mornings!

  • Lollie8888

    Dont your banana’s turn black after a few days?

    • Jennifer Farley

      Between the two of us they don’t usually last in the fridge longer than 48 hours. I have not seen a problem in that time! Maybe because air can’t get to the bananas from the bottom layer? I think that’s what causes them to oxidize.

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Aaaaaand if you find me on your doorstep one day, don’t be surprised.


  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    This looks incredible. Mornings must be so much more pleasant with these parfaits in your life. And preparing them ahead of time for the week is a great idea! I think I need to try a strawberry version. :)

  • Shannon @ Pretty Plain Janes

    Yum yum yum!! Im always looking for creative new breakfast idea- I love this! :)

  • kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    These look amazing! I’m always looking for new breakfast ideas and these are perfect for summer!

  • jeevon kay

    I am so going to try this. it looks so healthy and yummy!

  • April Crisafulli

    This looks delicious and healthy too!

  • Kathleen Clegg

    Oh wow! That sounds really great. A great way to start the day or a mid-afternoon snack. Yum!! I have to try this.