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Fruit and yogurt parfait is such a delicious and refreshing treat, yet it is so easy to assemble. It’s almost impossible to mess it up, even if you know nothing about cooking.
What is a Parfait?
A parfait is typically a dessert or snack food that involves layering something creamy with fresh fruit. When served in a clear serving glass or bowl, the colors make it appealing.
Fruit for the Parfait
I have always enjoyed fresh fruit—particularly when it’s in season. Now it seems as though everything is always in season, since so much of it gets shipped here from other parts of the world. I’m not complaining. You can also use canned fruit if you don’t have fresh.
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait for Breakfast
If you or someone in your family has a difficult time eating breakfast, consider serving a parfait. The appealing colors and freshness of it gives it a dessert-like appearance. Therefore, it might be more enticing than a bowl of cereal. You can enjoy it alongside another breakfast favorite, an egg muffin cup or frittata. It’s also good with a banana nut muffin.
Many people enjoy having dessert after every single meal, but too much sugar can be unhealthy. Before you give up this after dinner treat, consider serving a parfait so that no one feels deprived. If you really want to impress a dinner guest, serve this parfait with a homemade peanut butter cookie.
Is Fruit and Yogurt Parfait Healthy?
Fruit is very nutritious, unless you add a lot of sugar. If you make the parfait yourself, you can control what goes into it. However, the ones that are ready-made might have a lot of unhealthy ingredients, so it’s best to make it from scratch.
Yogurt is also very good for you, unless you have a sensitivity or intolerance to dairy. I like to use vanilla yogurt that does have some sugar. However, you can purchase the plain yogurt and add whatever sweetener (or none).
Can You Make a Parfait Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can make it up to a day or two ahead of the time you plan to eat it. However, if you add granola that far in advance, it might get soggy. For that reason, you’ll want to leave out the granola and add it right before you serve it.
What is the Best Fruit for a Parfait?
I like to use whatever I have on hand, but it’s always nice to have a variety of color in the dish. After all, since it’s served in a clear bowl, you want the colors to pop.
Benefits of Fruit
Eating fruit everyday is beneficial to your health. In addition to being an excellent source of minerals and vitamins, it is loaded with fiber and water. People who eat a diet that includes fruit have a much lower risk of many diseases.
Benefits of Yogurt
Yogurt is loaded with essential nutrients, including calcium and protein that are necessary for good health. If it has active cultures and probiotics, it is also good for your digestion and immune system. Other benefits may include heart health and weight management for some people.
Ingredients in a Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
As mentioned above, you can use whatever fruit you have on hand. In the parfaits I made here, Publix happened to have pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries on sale. So that’s what I used.
I also typically keep a tub of vanilla or plain yogurt in the fridge for snacking or making parfaits. You can also use other yogurt flavors if you prefer. This is your parfait, so make it how you want it.
Another thing I like to add is granola for a bit of crunch. You can use whatever kind you like, including homemade. For these parfaits, I used two different kinds—one that my husband has for breakfast and one that is gluten-free.
How to Make a Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
I’m using a variety of bowls so that you can see it doesn’t matter what type of dish you have. In fact, you can even use a small custard cup.
You can put the ingredients into the dishes in the order you want. I like to start with granola.
Next, I add a layer of yogurt for the contrasting texture.
Thirdly, I add some fruit. This time I used sliced strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple cut into bite-size chunks.
If you have a very small bowl, you can stop here. But I like to stack the layers until I get to the tops of these dishes.
Finally, I like to top off my fruit and yogurt parfait with more granola for it’s crunchy goodness.
Fresh and Delicious
As long as there is fresh fruit and plenty of yogurt available I’ll continue enjoying parfaits. They’re one of my favorite things to eat any time of day.
- 1 cup of cut fruit (i.e., pineapples, blueberries, and strawberries)
- 1 cup of yogurt
- 1 cup of granola
- Scoop some of the granola into your parfait dishes, distributing it evenly.
- Add a layer of yogurt.
- Next, add your fruit. You can mix the fruit in each layer or add one type of fruit per layer.
- Repeat all of the layers until you get to the top of the dishes. Sprinkle a little bit of granola on top, and now you have parfaits.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 220 Total Fat 8g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 3mg Sodium 48mg Carbohydrates 29g Fiber 4g Sugar 16g Protein 8g