This healthy and delicious make-ahead berry yogurt parfait is the perfect way to start the day. It’s packed with the goodness of yogurt, fresh berries, crunchy granola, and a touch of honey.
When it comes to road trips, having a delicious and nutritious healthy breakfast or healthy snack on hand is essential. A berry parfait is a perfect choice for a portable and satisfying start to the day. This recipe is easy to prepare and customizable to suit your taste preferences.
Berry Yogurt Parfait
- Mason jar or any portable airtight container
- ½ cup Low-Fat Greek Yogurt (or vanilla yogurt)
- ½ cup Granola (substitute with cereal if needed)
- 1 cup Mixed Berries (e.g., strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
- Honey (to taste, optional)
- In a mason jar or airtight container, start with a layer of Greek yogurt. Over the Greek yogurt, add a layer of granola and a drizzle of honey (optional)
- Continue to repeat the yogurt, granola, berry, and optional honey layers until you fill up the jar.
- Refrigerate for up to 2 days. If you don't want soggy granola, wait until you're ready to eat the parfait to add it.
- Experiment with different fruit, yogurt, nuts, and toppings to create your signature yogurt parfait.
- When it comes to parfaits, feel free to experiment! You can use any type of fruit you prefer – fresh or dried. Mango, peaches, or cherries are all wonderful options, and you can even add in a spoonful of jam or preserves for added flavor.
- For a healthier option, choose plain Greek yogurt and add in a natural sweetener like honey or agave nectar. You can also use a dairy-free yogurt made from almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk if you're vegan or lactose intolerant.
- If you prefer a crunch in your parfait, add seeds or nuts like sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, almonds, or walnuts.
- Don't limit yourself to granola – feel free to substitute it with muesli or even your favorite cereal for a unique twist.
- These parfaits can be prepared the night before your road trip, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully.
It is essential to ensure your yogurt parfait during your road trip. Seal the jar tightly or cover your portable container with a lid. Refrigerate for two days, but if you prefer your granola to stay crunchy, add it just before you eat.
The beauty of a yogurt parfait lies in its versatility. You can customize it according to your preferences and dietary needs. Here are a few variations you can try:
- Nutty Delight: Add a handful of chopped nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, between the layers of yogurt and granola. This will provide extra protein and a delightful crunch to your parfait.
- Tropical Paradise: Substitute the mixed berries with tropical fruits like mangoes, pineapples, and kiwis for a refreshing and exotic twist.
- Chocolate Indulgence: Sprinkle dark chocolate shavings or cocoa nibs on your parfait for decadence.
Experiment with different fruit, yogurt, nuts, and toppings to create your signature yogurt parfait.
- Parfait glasses look good but are not practical for a road trip. Use airtight and leak-proof containers to store your parfait and prevent spills or messes during your road trip. Half-pint mason jars are best!
- If you’re traveling in hot weather, consider packing your parfait in a cooler bag or with ice packs to keep it chilled.
- If you’re short on time, you can pre-cut the fruits and prepare the yogurt and granola layers in separate containers. Assemble the parfait when you’re ready to eat.
- If you want something packed with a little more protein, this Greek yogurt bowl recipe uses plant-based protein power to help you hit your macros.
Can I use frozen berries instead of fresh ones?
Absolutely! Frozen berries work just as well in a parfait. Simply thaw them before using them, and they will add a delightful burst of flavor.
Can I substitute the yogurt with a non-dairy alternative?
Of course! If you prefer a non-dairy option, you can use almond milk yogurt, coconut milk yogurt, or any other plant-based yogurt that suits your dietary needs.