Parfait is one of the best and easiest recipes you can make for breakfast. Three things are what makes this dish what it is. Yogurt, berries, and granola are what you will find in most of the parfait cups sold in the market, cafes, and even in online recipes. And so parfait with yogurt, berries, and granola makes for a popular choice in constructing a parfait. However, I would say treat your taste buds and creativity as the main guiding force in making a parfait. For there isn’t one but many ways you can make a parfait. See my Kale and Spinach Smoothie Parfait, for example, it is like a smoothie bowl but in a parfait form.
For a busy mom, a healthy and filling recipe like this comes pretty handily. I love the fact that you can make parfait in just a matter of minutes. My little ones relish this and look forward to me making it for them almost every day. I somehow don’t prefer to meal prep these and make it fresh only. You can use any yogurt, but Greek yogurt is my absolute favorite to use here. Berries taste best with the rich, creamy yogurt. I adore how the distinct sweet and sour taste of berries cuts through the creaminess of yogurt. And granola adds that perfect crunch to balance the overall flavor accurately. I also like combining extras like nuts, seeds, and honey. You can use whatever toppings you have or like, it is not necessarily the same as I mentioned. Go with your instincts.
Most of the time, I like to make a parfait with yogurt, berries, and granola only. Since I always make sure to stock up on these. However, if not in season, I prefer to use a frozen variety of berries. Many would argue eating frozen foods, but in my opinion, it’s better to eat frozen fruits and veggies rather than eating them not at all. That is one topic that would require me to go in-depth. Let’s keep that for another blog post. For now, I would say make parfait if you love yogurt and granola. It takes minimal effort and time. If not for breakfast, one can find me enjoying this as a quick, satisfying dessert.
- 2 cups Greek yogurt (preferably unsweetened and without any flavor)
- 1 cup Fresh raspberries/strawberries
- Fresh blueberries, a handful for each parfait cup
- 5-6 tbsp Granola (readymade or homemade)
- A handful of each almond, walnuts, cashews (choice of assorted nuts)
- Honey or Maple Syrup, as per taste
- Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
- To make a parfait, create three main layers, that is, yogurt, followed by fresh fruits and then granola. You can repeat layers if you want. Also, it's really up to you which layer goes first. I personally prefer to keep granola on top so it's nice and crunchy.
- Once you are done layering all the ingredients, drizzle a little bit of honey or maple or agave syrup. Though it is optional. Some use sweetened yogurt and thus do not require to make it further sweet.
- Garnish with a fresh basil leaf for extra refreshment. You can also use a mint leaf.
- Enjoy it fresh!! If storing in a jar for future use, then use within 4-5 days.
- If you are going to meal prep and store parfait in fridge for later use, then I would recommend adding granola at the time of consumption. Granola tends to become soggy and soaks moisture from fruits and yogurt. However, if you don't mind the soggy texture, then go ahead and store parfait with all three layers.
- Also, it is a good idea to use greek yogurt for making parfait, but if you don't have one then consider using regular yogurt. The idea is to use a yogurt that has less water content and is more towards the creamy side. So if you are going to use regular yogurt then maybe it's a good idea to hang the yogurt for some time and let the moisture drip out.