Almost like dessert for breakfast. These fun Greek yogurt parfaits with granola are healthy and easy to make ahead for a grab-n-go breakfast. Colorful from the fresh berries, crunchy from the granola, and high-protein from the Greek yogurt, in delicious layers for pretty parfaits.
Use fresh berries; other fresh fruit works too. Use your favorites for this fruit parfait and add Greek yogurt parfaits to your healthy breakfast options list. Make them a night ahead in lidded jars for busy mornings.
Why You'll Like This Recipe
- It's a high protein way to start the day.
- Great flavors and crunch.
- No cooking, just assembly.
- Can double or triple the recipe easily.
- Use colorful healthy fruit, fresh or frozen.
For another Greek yogurt breakfast idea, try these breakfast bowls with pomegranates and chia seeds.
How to make a parfait? It's fun and easy! Only a handful of ingredients and no cooking, just assembly.
- Yogurt: What type of yogurt? Creamy Greek yogurt provides almost twice the protein of regular yogurt, plus it's a thicker consistency. If you can find it, here is my favorite dairy brand. Buy your favorite yogurt; whole milk, low fat, or non-fat Greek yogurt. If you're making 4 parfaits, get a tub of yogurt instead of the individual cup yogurt.
- Fresh fruit: Choose a combination of what looks best; fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, blueberries or blackberries. Bits of melon, pineapple, and kiwi are good too. Use your favorite fruit with the season. Adding stone fruit in summer is nice.
- Granola: Make crunchy homemade granola, or buy your favorite healthy brand. If you haven't made my recipe yet, try it! Also, buy plain granola, without dried fruit.
- Sweetening: If desired, use honey, maple syrup, or try this keto maple syrup made with monk fruit (it's terrific and what I use).
For measurements please see the recipe card.
Chef's Tip: If you love vanilla Greek yogurt, buy the plain, add your own vanilla, and sweeten it yourself. The flavored kinds are very high in sugar. Use vanilla extract, vanilla paste, or ground vanilla beans.
Substitutions and Variations
- Use regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt.
- To add more protein, add a tablespoon of white chia seeds.
- No fresh berries? Thaw and drain frozen berries.
- Add cacao nibs for more crunch and a little bitter chocolate flavor.
- For vegan or dairy-free, use a dairy-free yogurt (coconut would be good)
- Add a sprinkle of chocolate chips like these.
- If you're granola doesn't contain nuts, add chopped nuts such as chopped walnuts, pecans, or slivered almonds. My homemade granola recipe has nuts.
Creating a beautiful Greek yogurt parfait is simple. Layer Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and maple roasted granola in tall glasses or mason jars (good for make-ahead breakfast). A homemade parfait beats anything from take out. For reference, the glasses in the photos are 12 ounces.
Step 1: Set up. Wash berries then drain and dry on paper towels. Separate them in bowls or on a tray along with your yogurt parfait containers. Measure out granola in a bowl and grab the tub of Greek yogurt.
Tool Tip: Using a tablespoon makes assembly easy and helps control portions for the granola. To scoop and portion the yogurt, I use a disher or cookie scoop, #20 or #30 for Greek yogurt parfaits. Get them in sets or individually.
Step 2: Start with granola in the bottom of the glass, then add a layer of Greek yogurt, then berries. Next, layer more granola, Greek yogurt, and berries. Keep going until the glasses are full: granola, yogurt, berries. The finished yogurt parfaits are ready to enjoy or refrigerate.
Chef's tip: If the fresh berries are huge (usually strawberries and blackberries), try chopping the strawberries and halving the blackberries crosswise.
Package them in jars with lids and take them with you for a grab-and-go breakfast. Greek yogurt parfaits are a meal unto themselves.
When making them the night ahead, cover each yogurt parfait with plastic wrap to protect them. If you make them 2-3 days ahead of time, realize you might have soggy granola versus crunchy texture and it won't be a creamy, but they still taste good.
Use parfaits for a holiday or family gathering as part of a buffet, adding scrambled eggs, freshly made strawberry muffins, and crisp bacon.
Greek yogurt has almost twice the protein of regular yogurt and lower natural sugar because of a straining. Both are fermented with live and active cultures (probiotics) and great for gut health. Unfortunately some yogurt brands heat treat their yogurt, which kills the beneficial cultures. Read labels and buy brands without additives, like modified corn starch, pectin, carrageenan, or tricalcium phosphate, and without added sugar for the healthiest choice. The best yogurt is just milk and live cultures.
A parfait is a dish with layered ingredients, often created in glass jars or cups so you can see all of the beautiful layers. Parfaits are often desserts but can be made for other meals such as breakfast or snacks.
Yogurt parfait is usually made with layers of yogurt, granola, and fruit, either fresh or frozen. The yogurt can be sweetened or not, the granola provides a nice crunch, and the fruit, sweetness, flavors and color. Yogurt parfaits are delicious!
More Breakfast Recipe Ideas
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Greek Yogurt Parfaits with Granola
- 4 12-16 ounce jars or glasses
- 24 ounces plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 6 ounces fresh raspberries 1 container
- 6 ounces fresh blackberries 1 container
- 6 ounces fresh strawberries ½ a container
- 6 ounces fresh blueberries 1 container
- 6 ½ ounces plain granola, no dried fruit added 1 ½ cups
- 2-3 tablespoons raw honey, maple syrup or keto maple optional
- 4 tablespoons cocoa nibs optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste or more to taste
- Right before using, wash your berries, drain and dry on paper towels. For strawberries, cut off the tops and quarter them or chop them depending on the size. If the blackberries are huge, cut them crosswise.
- Using 4- 12-16 ounce jars or glasses, layer granola, yogurt, then berries and like in the photo. Repeat for the layers. If you are transporting them, use lids to secure the parfaits. If not transporting, cover with plastic and refrigerate. Parfaits can be made a day ahead or the night ahead.