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Greek Yogurt Parfait Base Recipe

Add this protein-packed and flavorful Greek yogurt parfait to your recipe rotation for a quick, satisfying, and delicious breakfast!
greek yogurt parfait base recipe with nut butter and berries in a clear glass bowl

This is one of the base recipes featured in Part 2 of our Whole Life Meal Plan. Stop buying store bought parfaits that are often loaded with sugar and less-than-delicious toppings and start making your own at home! Yogurt parfaits take less than 5 minutes to prepare and are so easy to make to YOUR taste. Add this Greek yogurt parfait to your recipe rotation for a quick, satisfying, and delicious breakfast!

Learn How to Make the Base Recipe

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Culinary Tips for the Best Yogurt Parfait Recipe

If making the granola ahead of time, refer to our homemade granola base recipe or stovetop granola base recipe.

You can either pile everything in a bowl, or split the ingredients in halves or thirds and build the parfait in layers.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Greek Yogurt: substitute regular plain yogurt or a dairy-free variety. Choose any fat content that works within your overall diet.
  • Fruit: use any fresh or frozen fruit of your choosing. Slice or dice into bite-sized pieces as needed. If using frozen fruit, choose options without added sugars.
  • Granola: use our homemade granola base recipe or stovetop granola to make your own, or use a store bought variety with low added sugar.
  • Toppings or Mix-ins to YOUR Taste
    • Toasted Coconut: use unsweetened coconut flakes, shreds, or smiles.
    • Dried Fruit: use any dried fruit of your choosing – raisins, cranberries, apricots, mango, pineapple, prunes, dates, figs, etc. Dice larger fruits into bite-size pieces for easier eating.
    • Toasted Nuts or Seeds: use toasted almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, or whatever else sounds good to you.
    • Chocolate Chips: use mini, regular, or chocolate chunks. We recommend dark chocolate chips for best nutrition.
    • Nut Butter: use any nut or seed butter – almond, cashew, sunflower, etc.
    • Flavor Extract: use vanilla, almond, coconut, orange, or any other natural extract.
    • Spice: use cinnamon, pumpkin spice, apple pie spice, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, or allspice. For stronger spices, use less.
    • Liquid Sweetener: use honey, agave, or maple syrup.

Recipe Variations

Remember that this is a base recipe, so the goal is for you to customize it to your taste. Add toppings and flavorings to make a parfait that sounds delicious and satisfying to you!

If you do not want to make this yogurt parfait recipe with granola, feel free to substitute a combination of toasted nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and/or coconut for an equally satisfying crunch and quality nutrition.

Want some yogurt parfait recipe inspiration?

Use these recipe variations for inspiration, then have fun exploring other flavors, ingredients, and textures!

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Is this yogurt parfait recipe healthy?

Definitely! Made with balanced ratios of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, this healthy yogurt parfait recipe will keep you satisfied and nourished for hours. The featured ingredients in this recipe are Greek yogurt, fruit, and granola.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a great source of B vitamins, calcium, and probiotics. It is also higher in protein than regular yogurt, making this parfait filling and satisfying.

We recommend buying plain varieties in order to avoid added sugars and organic, if you can afford it. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat, a low-fat or fat-free variety is your best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your diet, full-fat varieties are okay.

Fruit

Fruit contains fiber, water, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, which help your body fight, prevent, and manage diseases. Both fresh and frozen fruit are healthy. Aim to include a variety of colors throughout the week.

Granola

Granola is primarily made of oats, nuts/seeds, and dried fruit. Oats are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Carbohydrates are important for energy and focus. 

Nuts and seeds are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fat. Almonds and pecans are high in monounsaturated fats which are good for heart health. Walnuts contain healthy omega-3 fats.

We recommend making your own granola because it’s super easy and you can adjust the flavors and sugar to your taste. If that’s not in the cards for this week’s schedule, purchase varieties with low sugar and ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce.

For more information about which ingredients are best, check out our ingredient guide.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait Serving Suggestions

This Greek yogurt parfait is a great breakfast on its own! You can also reduce the ingredient quantities and enjoy this fruit and yogurt parfait recipe as a quick and satisfying snack.

Greek Yogurt Parfait Recipe Storage Tips

If prepping a parfait the night before serving, wait to add the granola until the morning. If you let the granola sit overnight, it will become soggy. Toasted nuts and coconut also lose their crunch as they sit overnight, so add in the morning if using.

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greek yogurt parfait base recipe with nut butter and berries in a clear glass bowl

Greek Yogurt Parfait Base Recipe

This is one of the base recipes featured in Part 2 of our Whole Life Meal Plan. Yogurt parfaits take less than 5 minutes to prepare and are so easy to make to YOUR taste. Add this Greek yogurt parfait to your recipe rotation for a quick, satisfying, and delicious breakfast!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 parfait

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup diced fresh or partially thawed frozen fruit
  • ¼ cup granola

Toppings or mix-ins to YOUR taste

  • 1-2 Tablespoons toasted coconut
  • 1-2 Tablespoons dried fruit
  • 1-2 Tablespoons toasted nuts or seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon nut butter
  • ½ teaspoon flavor extract
  • Dash spice
  • Liquid sweetener to taste

Instructions
 

  • Layer the yogurt, fruit, granola, and optional toppings in a bowl or cup. Nut butter, spices, and/or flavor extract can also be mixed into the yogurt.
  • If the yogurt is too tangy, add liquid sweetener to taste. Enjoy!

Notes

If making your own granola, refer to our homemade granola base recipe or stovetop granola base recipe.
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Keyword Greek Yogurt Parfait

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