Tres Leches Baked Oatmeal Parfait (with Cashew-Yogurt Cream)

Consider this more an homage to the real deal. Actual tres leches cake involves a ton of dairy ingredients that is elusive to us humble vegans. I know there are recipes for vegan sweetened condensed milk out there, but my motto is always simplicity. Considering I already had to soak cashews for this recipe, I’m not about to make a sweetened condensed plant-based milk as well. I HAVE MY LIMITS. 🙂

Tres Leches Baked Oatmeal Parfait

I considered making this just a regular baked oatmeal with the cashew-yogurt cream on top, but I decided it would be more fun to make it as a parfait. That’s an excuse for more cream and stuff. 😉

Tres Leches Baked Oatmeal Parfait with Cashew-Yogurt Cream

The recipe for the actual baked oatmeal is based off my Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal. In fact, it’s more or less the same, except a smaller portion. If you want a larger portion (3 layers instead of 2), follow the measurements for the Strawberry Shortcake version instead.
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Tres Leches Baked Oatmeal Parfait (with Cashew-Yogurt Cream)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

    For baked oatmeal:
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/4 cup's worth of chopped, peeled zucchini
  • 1/3 cup quick or rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • pinch of salt
  • For serving:
  • 1/3 cup Cashew-Yogurt Cream
  • milk of choice
  • marachino cherry or fresh strawberry (optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Prepare cashew-yogurt cream in advance.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray two or three slots on a muffin pan. Alternatively, you could just use a single-serving ramekin or make them on a baking sheet like drop biscuits.
  3. Add all ingredients for the baked oatmeal to a food processor and pulse until it forms a thick batter.
  4. Transfer to the muffin pans (or ramekin) and bake for about 20 minutes, OR drop spoonfuls on your baking sheet to form "drop biscuits" and bake for about 15 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool before removing from ramekin/muffin tin.
  6. In a glass or parfait dish, place one layer of baked oatmeal. Drizzle your milk of choice over the top, just enough to wet the oatmeal (don't drown it).
  7. Add a big spoonful of the cashew-yogurt cream and spread it out.
  8. Add another layer of oatmeal, drizzle milk over it, and add another layer of cashew-yogurt cream. If you have a third layer, repeat.
  9. After the top layer, leave as is OR add a cherry and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon. ENJOY!

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About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

2 Responses to Tres Leches Baked Oatmeal Parfait (with Cashew-Yogurt Cream)

  1. Lyndsey B says:

    Parfaits are so much fun! I love layering my oatmeal with granola, fruit, and Greek yogurt, and fruit for a fun twist on traditional oatmeal. Plus, there are so many different combinations and flavors to try-thanks for giving me another idea!

  2. Cassie says:

    The gifs are incredible! As for the vegan reference, there are actually lots of places with vegan desserts, dinners, froyo and breakfasts! It’s all about finding them. But there’s nothing wrong with making your own like you did here–it probably looks and tastes even better!

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