Don't you love when breakfast makes you feel awesome? This quick and easy yogurt parfait with fresh fruit just happens to be one of those breakfasts. 😉
It's hard to count all the reasons that make this parfait recipe so perfect. It has plenty of protein from the Greek yogurt, and fiber and phytonutrients from the fresh berries. And best of all, it's delicious! It's so good, in fact, that it doubles as an amazing and super healthy dessert treat too. (Bonus points if you use your own homemade yogurt.)
Can't get enough fresh berries in your life? Me either. 😉 When I find myself with extras on hand, I also love making this fresh berry salad or these mini almond flour crepes with strawberries.
The only ingredients you'll need for this easy breakfast parfait are yogurt and fruit! I personally love using Greek vanilla yogurt and berries, but the recipe is flexible if you want to use other favorites. If you'd like, you can also add in some store bought or homemade granola.
See recipe card below for exact quantities.
Ready to learn how to make parfait? Read on... it's super simple. 🙂
For prep, simply wash and dry all of your berries or other fruit, and mint leaves for garnish if desired. Then, remove the stems from the strawberries and halve or quarter larger berries.
Assemble your yogurt parfaits with one layer fruit, one layer yogurt, and then another layer of each to top it off. You can add a thin layer of granola after each yogurt layer if you'd like, and top each parfait with a few fresh mint leaves for some pretty garnish.
If you'd like a little extra sweetness, you can add a little honey to the yogurt or drizzle it on top.
This parfait recipe is gluten free as written. Feel free to use any of the following food substitutions to customize to your dietary preferences.
- Greek yogurt - feel free to substitute whole milk yogurt or skyr (an Icelandic yogurt) instead; I particularly love vanilla skyr as a replacement because it's nice and thick like Greek yogurt, with a lovely delicate flavor
- Berries - substitute your favorite fresh fruit instead! I love fresh peaches, mango, pineapple and kiwi; sometimes I'll add one of these alongside strawberries or raspberries
- Vegan/dairy free - substitute a plant based vanilla yogurt like coconut yogurt; some are thicker than others, so experiment to find one that's not too watery
- No added sugar - since most store bought vanilla yogurt has some added sugar, feel free to use plain yogurt or Greek yogurt and sweeten it with a little honey, agave syrup or nothing at all
Here are a few variations you can try to mix things up.
- Ice cream parfait - for a real summer afternoon treat, use vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, and consume immediately 🙂
- Crunchy - for some added crunch, layer in some granola or chia seeds
- Kid friendly - leave out the mint if necessary, and add a little honey on top for some extra sweetness; you may also prefer to mash the berries or fruit up a little before adding to the parfait
I used the following equipment for this recipe:
- small colander
- paring knife
- glass working jars
Yogurt parfaits will stay fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge in airtight or lidded containers; great for meal prep or instant breakfast! They don't stand up well to freezing.
🎉 Top tip
Buy the ripest, juiciest in-season berries fruit you can find for a truly delicious and naturally sweetened parfait. If you need a little extra sweetness, feel free to add a little honey on top. 😉
Yogurt parfaits typically contain Greek or regular yogurt, fresh fruit such as mixed berries, and granola, honey or other toppings.
Homemade yogurt parfaits can be very healthy if using seasonal fresh fruit and sweetening only with honey.
Yes; yogurt parfaits can be made ahead up to four days in advance if stored in airtight containers in the fridge.
Typically, vanilla or plain Greek yogurt is used for yogurt parfaits since it's thicker and creamier, but any kind of yogurt will work.
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt or plant-based yogurt for vegan/dairy-free (or make homemade yogurt)
- ½ cup strawberries
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- 2 sprigs fresh mint optional
- ½ cup granola optional
- 1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup for vegan; optional, for extra sweetness
- Prep: Wash and dry the berries and mint, if using. Remove the stems from the strawberries and halve or quarter larger berries.
- Assemble: Divide half of the berries among two glass jars or bowls, top the first layer with yogurt and granola (if using), and then repeat with a second layer of berries followed by yogurt and granola. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and a little honey, if desired.
- Enjoy: Serve immediately or store in covered jars for up to 4 days in the fridge.
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