Yogurt parfaits are simply the best. Easy to make with endless combinations, the base ingredients of grains, yogurt and fruit provide all the goodness a body needs for a healthy breakfast or energy-giving snack. By layering the ingredients in a glass dessert dish, a yogurt parfait becomes a gourmet delight to a heavier meal. Try one of the recipes today – and don’t be afraid to mix and match fruits, yogurt flavors, and granola or muesli recipes.
Make Ahead Yogurt Parfait With Nuts
Use any fruit that you enjoy and that you have on hand. Apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, raspberries and blueberries all work well in this yummy parfait recipe that can be served for dessert, a snack, or even for breakfast.
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 tbsp each sliced hazelnuts and almonds
1/2 cup 1% milk
1 1/4 cups Greek Yogurt
3 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp liquid organic honey
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp organic vanilla
2 cups washed and sliced strawberries
2 cups cubed peeled cantaloupe
fresh mint leaves
Use a large bowl to combine oats, raisins, hazelnuts, almonds and milk. Place in fridge for one hour. Remove and mix in yogurt, sugar, honey, lemon juice and vanilla. Keep about 1/2 cup each of the strawberries and cantaloupe, and mix the rest gently into the yogurt mixture. Refrigerate overnight. To serve, place in individual bowls or dessert cups topped with remaining fruit and fresh mint leaves.
All-in-One Breakfast Yogurt Parfait
This recipe also tastes best if made the night before. For a truly outstanding taste, use homemade granola.
1 cup large flake oats, OR 3 minute oats OR homemade granola
1 cup homemade organic yogurt OR creamy Greek yogurt OR your favorite organic brand of yogurt
1/2 cup 2% milk
2 tbsp organic liquid honey or maple syrup
1 cup assorted mixed berries (these can be fresh or frozen)
1 large banana, sliced.
Using two resealable plastic containers, combine all ingredients except the banana. Refrigerate overnight, then add the banana slices and take it with you to school or work.
Peach Blueberry Yogurt Parfait
This recipe calls for homemade muesli which is super easy and quick to make.
4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds or flax seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup wheat bran
1 cup dried cranberries
fresh peach slices
Use a large airtight container and mix the first six ingredients. To serve as individual parfaits, layer 1/2 to 3/4 cups of muesli mixture with yogurt and fruit. If you are taking it to work or school, keep ingredients separate and combine just before eating. Yummy!