Greek yogurt with just a hint of sweetness, layered with fruits and topped with granola, 5 WAYS!! Prep any one of these ideas tonight and grab it on your way out the door tomorrow. Here are 5 Make-Ahead Fruit & Greek Yogurt Parfait Ideas to Try for Breakfast!
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I love fruit. I love yogurt. And I certainly love granola. So I decided to aim for a healthy-ish version of a “fruit and yogurt” parfait to make at home. Plus, I’m positive they are drastically cheaper than picking one up at Starbucks. Seriously.
Here are some tips to make great fruit and yogurt parfaits at home:
- Reduce added sugar and incorporate more protein by using plain Greek yogurt. Add a single teaspoon of pure maple syrup or honey to cover up the tartness of the yogurt and add a tiny hint of sweetness. Yes, this is still adding sugar carbs, but it’s way better than all the processed sugar added to flavored yogurt.
- Save money and reduce waste by purchasing a large container of yogurt and dividing it between your parfaits, instead of individually wrapped portions.
- Top layer = granola! Or add it to the parfait right before eating. Keep the granola away from the fruit during storage for maximum crunch. I’m still on the hunt for a sturdy granola that can last in the jar for more than 2 days.
- Completely customizable to fit your needs – pick your favorite granola, fruits, and nut combos to fit your tastes and macro needs. Some granolas have added protein, some aim for lower sugar, etc. There are tons of options! Have you seen the granola section lately? Not an easy choice for this one 🙋.
Now let’s get to those ideas…
5 Make-Ahead Fruit & Greek Yogurt Parfait Ideas to Try for Breakfast
Original Mixed Berry – When I think of a Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, I think of Mixed Berry. I’m pretty sure this is the most common combo, but for good reason. Raspberries, blueberries, granola, and lightly sweetened yogurt layered snuggly in a mason jar. Got no time for breakfast in the morning? Here’s your solution.
Blueberry Lemon Bar – A couple squeezes of lemon gives this parfait a burst of flavor, combined with blueberries and slivered almonds (almonds = bar… it’s a little far out I know).
I like this one because it’s a bit different that a parfait you might normally get in a store. The lemon is not at all overpowering and blends right in once mixed with the yogurt and blueberries.
Peanut Butter Banana Crunch – Don’t judge, but PB and banana make up one of my favorite sandwich combos. Try it if you’re ever in need of a new sandwich idea. This is basically that, but a parfait version (these ideas weren’t nearly as weird sounding when I came up with them).
I added a few peanuts to my parfait as well to give it an added crunch. Feel free to use creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Alternatively, you could use almond butter and almonds!
Apples & Cinnamon – Chopped apple and almonds sprinkled with cinnamon. I like to add a squeeze of lemon juice to the second layer of apples – that way it will sort of drip down the jar and keep the apples from getting brown overnight, but won’t make it too lemony. Using a firm apple is best. Almonds or peanuts would work for this parfait.
Peanut Butter & “Jelly” – Perhaps the most interesting parfait combination right here. I used the back of a spoon to squish a bunch of raspberries and make a jam, which was layered with peanut butter and yogurt. PLUS, I also decided to toss in some peanuts to go even deeper into the PB&J theme.
This would be another great place to use almond butter and almonds if peanuts aren’t an option for you.
More make-ahead breakfast recipes from Project Meal Plan:
- Southwest Muffin Tin Hash Brown Egg Cups
- Make-Ahead Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos
- Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Greek yogurt with just a hint of sweetness, layered with fruits and topped with granola, 5 WAYS!! Prep ahead and grab it on your way out the door tomorrow!
Each parfait contains:
- 6 oz. (3/4 cup) 2% plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/3 cup granola
Original Mixed Berry: 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup raspberries
Blueberry Lemon Bar: 1/2 cup blueberries, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
Apple Cinnamon: 1/2 honeycrisp apple, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoon slivered almonds, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
PB Banana Crunch: 1 small banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/4 cup peanuts
Peanut Butter & “Jelly”: 2/3 cup smushed raspberries, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/4 cup peanuts
- In a small bowl, mix Greek yogurt and maple syrup until well mixed. Mix 1 teaspoon of maple syrup per 6 ounce serving of yogurt.
- Layer yogurt and selected parfait add-ins in a small mason jar or sealable container. I like to do two layers each of yogurt and add-ins, as pictured. Top with granola.
- Store in the refrigerator and eat within 1-2 days. You can also wait to add the granola until the night before, or right before eating, for maximum crunch. In that case, the parfait should be consumed within 4 days.
Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal, using Peanut Butter Banana Crunch as an example.
- Serving Size: 1 parfait
- Calories: 438
- Fat: 13g
- Carbohydrates: 61g
- Protein: 25g
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