How to make yogurt parfait

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How to make yogurt parfait

Yogurt Parfait is an incredibly EASY healthy breakfast made from layers of sweet vanilla yogurt, berries, granola and honey, ready in only a few minutes!

Breakfast is one of our favorite times of the day, and this week we’re prepping to serve up French Toast Muffins, Breakfast Casserole, and Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake!

How to make yogurt parfait

Yogurt Parfait is an insanely easy breakfast made by layering yogurt with fresh raspberries and strawberries, then topping with granola and a drizzle of sweet honey. It’s fast, healthy, and easy which makes it the PERFECT breakfast to make on-the-go on busy weekdays.

You can use regular yogurt or greek yogurt depending on your preference. I’ve also made dessert parfaits layering the berries with frozen yogurt and a drizzle of honey on the top.

One of my favorite things about a parfait is that is has a lot of really colorful layers, so I recommend serving this in a see through glass for presentation. If I’m serving this to guests, I’ve also garnished parfaits with mint leaves and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

WHAT KIND OF GRANOLA IS IN A PARFAIT?

Typically I like to use granola made from oats and nuts, and you can find a lot of different flavors like vanilla or honey and cinnamon. Any sweet granola will work for this parfait recipe. If you don’t have granola, you can also used crushed cereal or cookies on top for texture (but slightly less healthy).

CAN YOU MAKE A PARFAIT AHEAD?

Yogurt parfaits are the perfect recipe to make the day before so you can grab one as you’re walking out the door in the morning.

When I prep this, I layer the yogurt and fruit in a to-go container and seal it tightly in the refrigerator. Then when I’m ready to eat, I add the topping at the last second.

If you add the topping too early, it will end up a little bit soggy and you won’t get that nice crunchy texture we’re looking for.

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WHAT KIND OF YOGURT SHOULD YOU USE FOR A PARFAIT?

I like to use regular vanilla yogurt because it’s sweet and creamy, but you can use vanilla greek yogurt if you want more protein and a thicker parfait.

If you want to cut down on the sugar, use a plan greek yogurt with artificial sweetener and berries, and a small amount of honey drizzled on top. You can use any flavor or style yogurt that you prefer, as long as it goes with the toppings you choose.

WHAT YOU CAN ADD TO A PARFAIT

  • Berries
  • Banana
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew melon

TIPS FOR MAKING YOGURT PARFAITS

  • Top your parfait with some mini chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream for a sweeter version.
  • Stir your yogurt with some powdered peanut butter, then layer with bananas and honey for a peanut butter banana parfait!
  • Add some chopped pecans, walnuts, or peanuts to give your parfait some extra crunchy texture.
  • Use a mason jar as a grab-and-go container that’s both easy to pack and will let you see the layers through the glass!

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Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients

  • ▢ 4 cups vanilla yogurt
  • ▢ 1 cup good quality granola
  • ▢ 1 cup fresh strawberries , sliced
  • ▢ 1 pint fresh raspberries or blueberries
  • ▢ 4 tablespoons honey

Instructions

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How to make yogurt parfait

I’m a big fan of cooking with kids. I self-taught myself to cook in my teenage years, and it has brought me such joy over the years that I wanted my children to learn the life skill at an early age. With that said, I’d love to help you cook with your kids by providing tips and recipes to make it achievable. This post is the first of an ongoing series for inspiration and ideas: Easy recipes for kids: yogurt parfait.

How to make yogurt parfait

My experience in cooking with kids:

Before we get to the yogurt berry parfait, let me tell you about my experience in cooking with my kids. Since my definition of “healthy foods” changed about 7 years ago, my personal experience with cooking with my kids also differed. My older two often helped bake boxed cakes (albeit with the use of applesauce in lieu of oil, or with low fat milk instead of what I’d now prefer, either whole or dairy-free milk). My younger two had the opportunity to start cutting fruits and veggies with that butter knife, to assist in measuring with cups and spoons – and they loved it. Though their experiences were different, I saw that sparkle in all of my kids’ eyes as they dumped, mixed and then watched their makings rise in the oven, or as they shook that homemade dressing in a jar to watch the oil and vinegar initially mix and then separate.

What we sometimes forget is that kids are so curious. They want to experience, this helps them learn. And by getting them involved in the kitchen, we only fuel this fruitful fire.

An appropriate recipe for cooking with preschoolers

This is an easy recipe for kids of all ages to make by themselves, with guidance. Here are tips on age-appropriate tasks for preschoolers to do in making this recipe:

  • Have kids cut bananas with a butter knife
  • Preschoolers can wash berries and also cut these with a dull knife
  • Little hands can spoon the yogurt into bowls and jars
  • If you are using jars, have them secure the lid following preparation
  • Kids of all ages will enjoy selecting the perfect inclusions for their yogurt parfait

How to make yogurt parfait

Foods and items to include in making yogurt parfaits

  • Fresh fruit, including ripe berries, bananas and mango
  • Granola, either store bought or homemade
  • We like to add gluten free oats in addition to the granola; it makes a stabilizer so that the fruit doesn’t sink
  • Unsweetened, dried coconut or coconut chips
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs for an added treat
  • Yogurt, either the whole milk version or dairy-free , to prepare parfaits to have a healthy breakfast on hand

Questions about yogurt parfaits:

Are yogurt parfaits gluten free? Yes, if you use gluten free granola and mix-ins.

Can yogurt parfaits be made dairy free? If you use dairy free yogurt, yes. Some of my favorite dairy free yogurts are Love Lavva and So Delicious.

What about making yogurt parfaits the night before? You can; just know that your oats and granola may not be as crispy. You can add them to the side (maybe in a baggy) and bring them along if you’d prefer that they be “fresh”.

Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits are a quick and healthy breakfast idea! Assemble on the weekend then grab and go all week long.

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After a month-long string of cereal + sliced banana + almond milk in the morning, I figured it was time to put a little more effort into the most important meal of the day. When I’m craving something fresh and filling — yet FAST — for the morning, Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits are where it’s at!

How to make yogurt parfait

Protein packed Greek yogurt is mixed with heart healthy old fashioned oats, chia seeds, and a splash of milk, then layered with frozen fruit and berries in a jar for a make-ahead, grab-and-go breakfast. Make one, two, or 10 at a time – they keep for several days in the refrigerator!

Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits are basically layered overnight oats, which I used to make allll the time several years ago. The combination of yogurt and oats mixed together then left to sit overnight in the refrigerator is so dreamy. The oats become nice and chewy, then the frozen berries melt to create a sweet berry sauce that permeates every bite.

Layer up a bunch of parfaits on Sunday night then sleep well knowing you’ll have breakfast taken care of during the week. It’ll save you at least, what, 10 minutes every morning which you can use to sleep in a bit, hunt for your bless-ed missing shoe, or, gasp, get to work early! 😉

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How to Make Breakfast Parfaits

Start each parfait with 6oz Greek yogurt. You can purchase the big tubs of yogurt to make several breakfast parfaits at once, which is usually more economical.

Spoon the yogurt into a bowl then add 1/3 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats. Heart-healthy and full of fiber, old fashioned oats provide a nice, chewy texture to these breakfast parfaits.

Next add 1 teaspoon chia seeds and 2 Tablespoons milk then stir everything until well combined.

Spoon half the yogurt mixture into the bottom of a wide-mouth mason jar or tall container.

Next add 1/2 cup frozen fruit + berries. Frozen fruit works great in these parfaits because they melt in the fridge and create a yummy berry sauce that gets mixed in throughout the entire parfait. Super good and luxurious feeling with zero effort required!

I use a few Tablespoons each frozen pineapple and frozen blueberries.

Plus frozen raspberries. This combo is absolutely delicious, but again, use what you like.

Top with the remaining yogurt mixture and another 1/2 cup berries then stick in the fridge. These parfaits stay good for up to 3 days post-assembly, so grab and go throughout the week for a convenient, healthy, and filling breakfast. Enjoy!

Looking for more breakfast recipes? Treat yourself to a wonderful morning with this zesty Cheesecake Oatmeal, or my fluffy, golden Brioche French Toast. For something savory, this Sausage Breakfast Casserole is a protein-packed way to start the day!

How to make yogurt parfait

Healthy Yogurt Parfaits Recipe

Yogurt Parfaits prove how easy it is to enjoy a healthy and tasty breakfast. I still adore full breakfast spreads – bacon, eggs, toast, coffee, the works— but some days, I just don’t have the time for it.

With my super easy recipe, you’ll never have to miss breakfast again. I love how the tangy, creamy yogurt balances out the sweet fruits. The granola adds more fiber and crunch, with coconut flakes for additional texture.

If you’re going to have a really busy week, you can add this recipe to your breakfast meal prep rotation. Just grab and go before you walk out the door! Excellent for breakfast, and equally delicious for a snack or dessert!

What are parfaits?

The parfait we know today originated as a frozen dessert from France. The French created it by making a custard-like puree out of egg, cream, syrup, and sugar, then freezing the concoction.

The American version refers to layers of cream, fruit, cake, and other ingredients served in a tall, clear glass. The dessert is usually topped with whipped cream. For my recipe, I kept those gorgeous, colorful layers but made a healthier version.

What is the difference between parfait and yogurt?

A parfait is a term for the dish with layers of ingredients. Yogurt is one possible ingredient for a parfait.

Are yogurt parfaits healthy?

This recipe is much healthier than its cream-based counterparts. The best thing about this homemade recipe is that you control every ingredient. Adjust the type and quantity of ingredients if you’re watching your calories.

For instance, use low-fat plain, and avoid the flavored versions because they generally have more sugar. You may also use fresh fruits instead of canned since the latter tend to have more sugar as well. For the granola, check the ingredient list and select one with less fat and sugar.

How to make homemade yogurt parfaits

  • Prepare. Measure out and slice the ingredients.
  • Make yogurt mixture. Stir the honey and vanilla into the yogurt.
  • Layer. Get a clear mason jar, and create alternating layers of yogurt and fruit.
  • Serve. Top with granola, coconut flakes, and serve.

What type of yogurt is best:

I prefer the whole milk, organic plain version because of the light yet creamy texture. However, feel free to use your favorite kind for this recipe. Go with dairy free, low-fat, flavored, or even Greek for a thicker consistency and more protein. Sub with frozen if you’re serving the parfait for dessert!

What is the best granola to use:

I recommend using the classic granola mix the first time you make this recipe, so you can get familiar with the base flavors. From there, you can start getting creative with the mix-ins.

Best fruits to use:

I like using fresh as much as possible, especially when I’m serving these to guests. Firm fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries work really well to keep those layers together, and they also have bold, beautiful colors.

Frozen fruits tend to thaw and create a syrup that can stain the layers. If you’re not particular about aesthetics, frozen is perfectly and a great way to add sweetness.

How long does it last?

They generally last in the fridge for about three days, so plan accordingly if using for breakfast meal prep.

Can you make them ahead of time?

Absolutely! Layer the yogurt and fruits, but only add the granola right before serving so it doesn’t get soggy.

Start your day the right way with these healthy fruit and yogurt parfaits: perfect as a grab-n-go breakfast! A yogurt parfait comes together in just a few minutes, it’s creamy, refreshing, and so easy to make. Plus, you can make it your own, and fill each jar with your favorite fruit and toppings! So yummy!

crunchy granola and coconut flakes: delicious!

They are perfect for breakfast, as they take no time to make.

But they are so delicious that you can double up and have them as a snack or evening dessert. And without feeling guilty!

But before we dive into the (incredibly easy) steps to make this indulgent breakfast, you might be wondering…

What is a yogurt parfait?

A yogurt parfait is a make-ahead breakfast usually served in glasses, made with yogurt layered with fresh fruit, topped with granola, and a drizzle of sweet maple syrup or honey.

It’s healthy, quick to make, and it takes no time to prepare, making it the perfect easy breakfast recipe for busy mornings.

Yes! It’s that simple.

Fage is my favorite). Each portion has 9% protein, making yogurt parfaits the perfect high-protein breakfast if you have a sweet tooth.

Plain yogurt: This is a good alternative if you prefer its texture.

Whatever yogurt you pick, read the label! Make sure it doesn’t contain processed ingredients and doesn’t have too much sugar in it.

Yes, even plain ones. Look for yogurt with no added sugar. Otherwise, your healthy breakfast will quickly turn into a sugar feast.

MEAL PREP TIP: You might wonder if your granola will get soggy if you add it while meal prepping your yogurt parfaits.

The answer is yes, especially if you add it 2-3 days before eating them. You are much better off adding the granola the night before or in the morning for the perfect crunch.

Can I use other types of fruit or nuts?

Of course, you can!

I love yogurt parfaits because they are incredibly versatile (a bit like overnight oats).

You can pretty much use any fruit and nuts you like, as long as it keeps well in the fridge and doesn’t go brown too quickly (or your parfaits won’t look very inviting). You can also add a sprinkle of chia seeds or flax seeds for a boost in omega-3 and protein.

almond butter, some chopped almonds, and cocoa nibs or chocolate chips for extra crunch.

Tropical Fruit: A refreshing parfait, perfect for summer! Just chop some mango and pineapple and use granola and coconut flakes as toppings.

Can I meal prep yogurt parfaits?

Yes! That’s what I love about these pretty parfaits. They are so easy to make ahead, and they last a good 3-4 days in the fridge. Remember to add the granola only on the top layer. This will prevent it from getting too soggy.

You can store them in Weck jars (the ones in the pictures), in pretty ball jars, an airtight container, or any other 8 oz jar.

Other delicious breakfast recipes:

If you try this fruit and yogurt parfait recipe, let me know in the comments!

Simply mix granola into yogurt, add some berries of your choice, and honey to top it all off. It’s a protein packed breakfast that tastes like dessert.

Is granola in yogurt healthy?

Think of granola as a topping for other healthy foods. For a granola parfait, put Greek yogurt (0% fat) in a bowl, which is naturally high in protein, calcium and vitamin D and add fresh antioxidant rich berries.

What is a parfait made of?

In France, where the dish originated, parfait is made by boiling cream, egg, sugar and syrup to create a custard-like puree. The American version consists of layers differentiated by the inclusion of such ingredients as granola, nuts, yogurt and liqueurs, topped off with fruits or whipped cream.

What kind of granola does McDonald’s use in their parfaits?

For the granola, just look for one that contains mostly oats. It should be crunchy and sweet, and can also include puffed rice bits. You can make these McDonald’s yogurt parfaits a day or two ahead of time.

Why is granola so bad for you?

Granola may prompt weight gain if eaten in excess, as it can be high in calories from added fats and sugars. What’s more, sugar is linked to chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Is yogurt and granola good before bed?

Dairy products such as Greek Yogurt contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which may help you to feel drowsier before heading to bed. After you eat foods rich in tryptophan, your body converts it into two hormones, serotonin and melatonin, which may promote a restful night’s sleep.

Is Greek yogurt and granola good?

Granola can form part of a varied and balanced diet, but it’s best to keep to the recommended portion size as granola is often high in sugar. Adding milk or natural yogurt and fresh fruit will help to create a more balanced breakfast, and will add calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Is it OK to eat yogurt everyday?

Yogurt is rich in nutrients and may boost your health when consumed regularly. It may help reduce the risk of some diseases, while also benefiting digestive health and weight control. However, make sure to choose your yogurt wisely.

Is granola healthier than oats?

Both oatmeal and granola make for a healthy, nutritious breakfast, but the winner for us is granola—the added nuts, seeds, and dried fruits give you a source of fiber and healthy fats that oatmeal can’t quite compete with.

What is the difference between parfait and yogurt?

is that parfait is a french parfait (parfait glacé), an iced dessert made with egg yolks, sugar, cream, and flavouring (usually fruit), sometimes with the addition of a liqueur while yogurt is a milk-based product thickened by a bacterium-aided curdling process, and sometimes mixed with fruit or other flavoring.

Is a parfait healthy?

Most yogurt parfaits are filled with some kind of yogurt, layered with fruit and granola, and packed with protein and other nutrients. Unlike protein bars, yogurt parfaits are a healthy breakfast or snack to eat when on-the-go.

Why is it called a parfait?

The word “parfait” actually means “perfect” in French. The origin of parfait can be traced back to references of a dessert in French cuisine in 1894. They’re most often prepared in tall glasses known as parfait glasses and are typically made with layers of ingredients.

Is Mcdonalds bringing back fruit and yogurt parfait?

McDonald’s plans to bring back seven menu items cut during the pandemic in July. Company executives told franchisees that dozens of other menu items, like salads and yogurt parfaits, will stay off the menu for the foreseeable future, according to the newspaper.

What fast food has parfaits?

But many chains have had luck in the yogurt parfait department. Fruit, yogurt, and granola are a simple, winning combination—when done right, of course. So whose parfaits come out on top? We tried: Starbucks, Cosi, Au Bon Pain, Le Pain Quotidien, McDonald’s, and Pret a Manger.

What’s in Mcdonalds fruit and yogurt parfait?

McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait Ingredients Ingredients: Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Reduced Fat Milk, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Fructose, Whey Protein Concentrate, Gelatin, Corn Starch, Natural Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative).

Parfaits can be prepped ahead of time and enjoyed for a week of healthy breakfasts (more on this below) or can be made in 10 minutes or less. (They’re perfect for a busy morning!) Other healthy make-ahead breakfast options: Overnight Oats, Healthy Breakfast Cookies, or Energy Bites.

How to make yogurt parfait

One of our favorite things to do as a family is to take a road trip to St. George (about 5-6 hours….feels like 10 with kiddos, though… hah!) and spend a weekend playing outside and exploring the beautiful parks. There aren’t a whole lot of places to stop on the trip down, but if we’re gassing the car we usually end up near a McDonald’s. The boys are obsessed with McDonald’s Parfait (yogurt, granola, and berries) and I’m glad they’ll pick that over fries for a quick snack!

When we aren’t on the road, I like to make homemade parfaits and the kids love them. Today I’m sharing our favorite healthy yogurt parfait recipe.

First, things first: Let’s cover some Parfait FAQs!

What’s the difference between yogurt and a parfait?

How healthy is a parfait?

Parfaits can range from very healthy to not healthy at all. It all depends on what you add to your parfait. Keep in mind that the granola and yogurt you use can widely vary — some are healthier than others (usually depending on the sugars added). Some offer plenty of nutrition with minimal fat and sugar; others…. well, not so much!

To make a healthy yogurt parfait recipe

Parfaits can be made with fewer calories and/or more nutritionally sound ingredients based on the yogurt and the granola used. Read labels for ingredients and calorie amounts watching especially for added sugars. Here’s a list of the healthiest granolas to choose from at the store. And here’s a guide for picking the healthiest yogurt.

What is a parfait made of?

  • Sliced bananas
  • Fresh melons (honeydew or cantaloupe)
  • Chopped kiwi
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Coconut
  • Chopped nuts such as pistachios, walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.
  • Chiaseeds
  • Mini chocolatechips

Serving

Parfaits are only as good as the glass they’re served in–KIDDING. However, if you’re serving Parfaits, the glass does help in the overall presentation. I like using small, clear (glass or plastic) glasses for serving. Clear so you can visibly see the layers, and small because a little parfait goes a long way. The exact glasses I’m using in these photos are from Anthropologie.

For meal prepping, I recommend using Mason jars. Keep the granola separate to keep it from getting soggy–even McDonald’s does that!

Parfait Variations

  • Dessert parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt, miniature chocolate chips, and one of the following: chopped brownie bites, chopped chocolate chip cookie pieces, crumbled Oreos.
  • Nutty banana: Layer vanilla yogurt with swirls of peanut butter or almond butter and thinly sliced banana.
  • Apple: Layer cinnamon-vanilla yogurt with drizzles of applesauce and finely chopped apples
  • Citrus: Layer vanilla yogurt with lemon curd and crushed graham crackers.
  • Cereal parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt with your favorite cereal and fresh berries.

How to make yogurt parfait

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Yogurt parfaits can be great fuel for your body and brain. Here is a great recipe to prepare with your child when you are craving a naturally sweet treat! Yogurt parfaits can be great fuel for your body and brain. Nutrients such as protein, fiber, natural sugars, and healthy fats help you move throughout the day!

Is yogurt parfait good for weight loss?

Researchers found that obese adults who ate three servings of fat-free yogurt a day as part of a reduced-calorie diet lost 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than those who simply cut calories and didn’t bone up on calcium. Yogurt eaters also lost 81% more fat in the stomach area than non-yogurt eaters.

Is yogurt a carbohydrate?

What happens if you eat yogurt everyday?

Yogurt has been consumed by humans for hundreds of years. It’s very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health. For example, yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management.

Can yogurt help you lose belly fat?

That’s the word from researchers who found that adding yogurt to a low-calorie diet helped people lose belly fat. University of Tennessee scientist Michael Zemel, PhD, put 34 obese people on a low-calorie diet. Sixteen of them got pills with 400 to 500 mg of calcium per day.

Why is granola so bad for you?

Granola may prompt weight gain if eaten in excess, as it can be high in calories from added fats and sugars. What’s more, sugar is linked to chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Can I eat yogurt on a low carb diet?

Yes — as long as you stick to plain, lower-carb varieties and keep an eye on your daily carb count. Yogurt, especially Greek, is considered a healthy and high-protein food that contains a moderate number of carbs, making it something you can add to your keto diet in moderation.

How many carbs should I eat a day?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories. So, if you get 2,000 calories a day, between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates. That translates to between 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates a day.