Our fresh and easy yogurt parfaits are filled with fresh fruit, honey and a rich, chocolate granola. They make for a healthy breakfast, but are 100% dessert worthy too!
Yogurt parfait sounds super fancy, but it’s really just yogurt layered with fresh fruit and crunchy granola. Translation – They’re a quick and easy way to start your day.
Not only are yogurt and fruit parfaits delicious, they provide things are bodies crave like vitamins, calcium, and protein. They’re especially great for growing kids and make for a balanced and delicious breakfast. No guilt required!
My parfait recipe is made with Greek yogurt, a little drizzle of honey, lots of fresh berries and homemade chocolate granola. You can enjoy my yogurt and granola parfait cups for breakfast, lunch, or for dessert! They also make a wonderful on-the-go snack.
This recipe also makes a beautiful, eye-catching breakfast charcuterie board for parties. Fill the board with yogurt, granola, honey, nuts and fruit, then let your family or guests serve themselves.
Ingredients for Yogurt & Fruit Granola Parfaits
You only need 4 ingredients to make my yogurt parfaits and they’re completely customizable. Feel free to play with the recipe and make it your own. If you do, tell me how it went in the comments below.
I like to keep the ingredients for this recipe on hand so that putting them together takes a matter of moments. I’m terrible at eating breakfast, but I can easily make a yogurt parfait and run out the door with it!
Yogurt: I prefer to use non-fat plain Greek yogurt because it’s thick and creamy and layers well. Plus, it’s delicious tang contrasts nicely with the natural sweetness of the fruits and granola. If you prefer a sweeter taste try Vanilla Greek yogurt. You can use natural or flavored yogurt, but the parfait might not hold it’s shape as nicely.
Honey: This is optional, I love using a drizzle or two for extra sweetness. As an alternative to honey you can try maple syrup, jam or fruit compote.
Fresh fruit: I use a mixture of bananas, grapes, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries, but you can use your favorite fruit! The more colorful the better and remember fresh fruit is best! Wash, dry and cut your fruit if needed for easy eating.
Granola: I prefer to use homemade granola for a delicious and crunchy texture.
What Makes Our Yogurt Parfait Recipe the Best?
There are a lot of yogurt parfait recipes out there and it’s hard to mess up this fresh and easy breakfast. But our recipe has a secret ingredient that makes it stand out from the crowd.
Hint… it deliciously crunchy and involves chocolate.
The secret ingredient is our homemade chocolate granola! Our rich, chocolate chip granola recipe is as easy to make as it is to eat. This recipe takes chocolate and infuses it into a yummy pantry staple. It’s made from oats, nuts, coconut, cocoa powder, maple syrup and sea salt.
I make this homemade granola ahead of time, then store it on the counter in an airtight container for easy access. I prefer homemade granola for yogurt parfaits because you know exactly what is in them and can eliminate any unnecessary sugars. Homemade granola doesn’t get better than this one!
Yogurt Parfait Variations
A beautiful thing about yogurt parfaits is they’re very flexible. I like to make my granola from scratch, but you can use all store-bought ingredients too. I recommend this store-bought Chocolate Granola.
You can easily adapt this recipe by adding or replacing ingredients. The sky’s the limit here. Here a few ideas:
- Add a layer of lemon curd or strawberry jam.
- Use one type of fresh berry, like all strawberries, all blueberries or all blackberries.
- Go tropical with a banana, mango, kiwi or pineapple combination.
- Top with coconut flakes, whip cream or mini chocolate chips.
- Use apples dusted with cinnamon instead of berries.
Storing Your Yogurt Parfait
Yogurt parfaits are easy to make on a busy day, or even a day or two before. You can store them in the refrigerator in glass jars with lids for up 3 days.
Can I make my yogurt parfait ahead of time?
Yogurt parfaits can be made ahead and will keep well in the refrigerator. But after about 24 hours the granola will start to get a little soggy. If you make these more than one day ahead, leave out the granola. Then add it on the day you eat it.
We love using grapes in a fresh parfaits. However, we’ve found that when they’re added to make-ahead parfaits, the grape juices run considerably more. You may want to skip grapes if you’re making them ahead of time.
Can you freeze yogurt parfaits?
No, it’s best not to freeze this recipe. Plus it’s not necessary. Parfaits are already simple to make and can be made in less than 5 minutes.
How to Make a Yogurt Parfait with Fruit & Chocolate Granola
Whether you’re whipping one together or preparing them ahead of time, yogurt parfaits are incredibly simple and easy to make.
To assemble. take a small glass jar and add a thin layer of creamy yogurt to it. Then drizzle over some honey. Next add some chopped fruit as the second layer followed by a couple of spoonfuls of chocolate granola.
Repeat the layers until the glass jar is full.
That’s it! Then all that is left to do is to enjoy!
Fruit, Granola & Yogurt Parfait FAQs
Are yogurt parfaits healthy?
My recipe is low in calories and pretty healthy, though it does include chocolate chips in the granola.
Whether your yogurt parfait is healthy or not really depends on the ingredients used. Yogurt parfaits are usually an excellent source of fiber and protein. They’re also a good source of calcium, and provide good bacteria to boost your immune system.
But some yogurt parfaits have a high amount of fats and sugar. To guarantee a healthy parfait, it’s best to make your own so you know exactly what ingredients were used.
Can I substitute frozen berries for fresh fruit?
You can use frozen berries in the parfaits. However, as the berries thaw the juices will seep into the yogurt. The cups will contain more fruit juices. I suggest sticking with fresh fruit for this reason.
Can I make this into a granola and yogurt bowl?
I don’t see why not! There is no need to layer yogurt with fruit and granola. Place yogurt in a bowl than top with fruit, granola and a drizzle of honey.
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Yogurt Parfait with Fruit and Chocolate Granola
- 1 cup Chocolate granola Try our Chocolate Granola Recipe
- 2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp Honey or maple syrup
- Bananas chopped
- Strawberries chopped
- To assemble the yogurt parfait take a small glass jar add a thin layer of yogurt to it and drizzle over some honey.
- Next add some chopped fruit as the second layer followed by a couple of spoonfuls of chocolate granola.
- Repeat the layers until the glass jar is full.
- Serve and enjoy.
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