You know how when you go to a grocery store, they usually have those coolers of prepared treats you can buy and enjoy on your way out? One of my favorites has always been a good parfait. Now, we’re not talking about the traditional French parfait, which is more like a custard. We’re talking about the modern American parfait, which is mostly just layers of fruit, yogurt, and in my case, granola.
There are a ton of different ways to make this treat. Mine is always a simple go-to layering of fruit, yogurt, and granola, but a lot of other recipes use things like fruit liqueurs, whipped cream, and other nonsense. I say, make what makes you happy.
For the base, I use yogurt rather than any sort of parfait cream or whipped cream. It has more substance, and can be flavored itself. I usually go with vanilla, but a plain Greek yogurt works too, and sometimes I’ll use strawberry. I’ve also taken to using almond yogurt because of my potassium concerns with regular dairy.
For the fruit, both fresh and frozen work great. With frozen, you want to leave your parfait to thaw and let the juices mix a bit for an hour or so before digging in. You can even make them the night before! Fresh fruit is delicious as well, of course, it’s just not always in season.
For granola, I usually pick a granola-like cereal; in this case, a Honey Bunches of Oats granola. Chocolate granolas also work great. Again; pick what you like!
Assembly is also an art unto itself. I prefer to layer fruit, yogurt, fruit, yogurt, and granola on top, since I like the crunch of the dry granola. If you want it to soften up, put a layer of granola on the bottom or in the middle, or both.
Simple Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits
- Cup or Mug
- 1 Cup Frozen Berries Any fruit will work, fresh or frozen.
- 2 Cups Yogurt Any flavor you like.
- ½ Cup Granola
- Just layer your ingredients!
- I start with a layer of fruit. You can put granola on the bottom if you want liquid to soften it.
- If you're using frozen fruit, assemble while frozen and let it thaw in the fridge for a few hours before serving.