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Top Rated Parfait Recipes

Here's a whimsical weekend project for dessert lovers. It doesn't require much in the way of special equipment — just an electric mixer and a candy thermometer. If you have a Silpat, that's helpful, too, but not absolutely necessary.

The s’more is a well loved dessert traditionally made up of three simple ingredients — graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, and melted chocolate bars. This version of the ooey gooey campfire delight is courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs.

Turn California avocados into a masterpiece with this recipe for berry frozen yogurt and avocado lime parfait, served with homemade fudge sauce.Recipe and recipe photo provided by the California Avocado Commission

If you love peanut butter and banana, this recipe is for you. The key to the consistency is chia seeds. They thicken into a pudding that's to die for.This recipe was contributed by Just.

This dessert is perfect if you're low on time but still want something delicious. These cherry cheesecake parfaits can be made in just 20 minutes and have the perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors. Recipe courtesy of Jeanine Donofrio, LoveandLemons.com, provided by Choose Cherries

Parfaits work well as a breakfast, snack, or dessert and the sky is your limit when it comes to choosing ingredients to layer. If you're looking for the taste of apple pie without the calories, then this applesauce parfait recipe is for you!

A mixture of oats, nuts, wheat germ, coconut, and warm spices are layered in between creamy Greek yogurt and fruit.Click here to see 11 New Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

Yogurt parfait's are simple and delicious - it is the perfect simple dish to have for breakfast. Whip one up that is inspired by the McDonald's.

Can't decide between salmon or tuna tartare? Parfait them.Want more from David Burke? Check out his weekly column for The Daily Meal.

A beautiful pink mousse enrobes layers of cocoa pistachio biscuit in this dessert from Ryan Tateishi, pastry chef at Café Juanita in Kirkland, Wash. Served with a pistachio gelato and sweet poached cherries, it is a fitting end to a romantic Valentine’s Day meal.Invert sugar is commonly used in making pastries and confections. It helps keep products more moist and tender, and extends their shelf life, in addition to resulting in a smoother mouthfeel, as compared to pastries made with ordinary sugar. If you can’t find or don’t want to buy invert sugar, you can substitute in honey, or try making your own at home.

Chef R.J. Cooper at Rogue 24 makes a rich and aromatic bourbon-brown butter pound cake to serve with his chicken liver parfait.


17 Healthy Parfait Recipes You Need to Make (Dairy-Free)

And in English, parfait translates to a delicious, universally loved dessert with layers of scrumptious ingredients.

Believe it or not, this is one dessert that can actually be made healthy. By cutting out the dairy and refined sugar, plus adding plenty of nutritious ingredients, enjoying the occasional parfait can easily fit into a healthy diet.

I’ve gathered a list of 17 recipes so that you can enjoy this delicious treat without the guilt. Check it out below and give one of them a try next time you find yourself craving something sweet!


Make Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits (Video)

Yeah, I know I didn’t make the concept up, but if you think about it, serving your kids yogurt parfaits for breakfast, well.. that’s the kind of things that moms who rise early, meditate, run 12 miles, blend smoothies and maybe do a little yoga ALL before depositing their perfectly groomed children at school while wearing full make-up and a smile do.

I want to be a mom like that.

That said, I’m 8 years into this whole motherhood thing, and I gave up hope on leisure filled mornings where I serve a hot breakfast around the family breakfast table about that many years ago. Mornings are rushed, energy-depleting and sitting down for breakfast, well.. never going to happen.

This recipe (and all the other recipes on Simply Sissom for that matter) are for those of us who care deeply about our children, REALLY want to provide healthy breakfast options, buuuut sometimes fall a little short in the time and perfection department.

Don’t worry ladies.. I’ve got ya.

What are yogurt parfaits?

It sounds fancy, but in reality it’s just layers of yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit that has been topped with a scoop of granola.

How do you make yogurt parfaits?

First: Add a scoop of yogurt.

Next: Toss some fresh or frozen fruit of your choice on top of the yogurt. I like to use an assortment of berries.

Then: Repeat

Finally: Top it all with a some crunchy granola.

Make Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Parfait VIDEO:

FAQ’s About Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits:

Are yogurt parfaits healthy?

The fast answer… it depends. They can contain a lot of sugar, unnecessary additives and sugars. I recommend making your own yogurt parfaits at home so that you can control the quality of the yogurt and granola.

What type of yogurt is best for making yogurt parfaits?

You can use regular yogurt, Greek yogurt, dairy-free yogurt, whatever you like will work fine. I personally like to use regular because I like the texture, but if you want to up your protein or like a thicker consistency, Greek yogurt may be a better option for you.

I purchase my yogurt plain. This allows me to control the amount, type and quality of sweetner. I use (1) 32 oz. container of whole milk plain yogurt and then stir in about 3 Tbs. of honey to add some sweetness. You could also add a little vanilla-extract to up the flavor profile.

If you want to serve your yogurt parfait as dessert, you can use frozen yogurt. It’s delicoius!

What is the best granola to use for yogurt parfaits?

The “best” option is almost always homemade. This Crunchy Chunky Granola is my go-to recipe for topping yogurt parfaits. It throws together in about 10 minutes and then makes your house smell delicious while it bakes.

Understandably, homemade is not always feasible. There are some really good store-bought granola options on the market. They are made with quality ingredients and sweetened with unrefined sugar. You will just need to check the labels. Purely Elizabeth and Naked are two of my favorite brands. Quality granola is expensive, for this reason, I usually make my own.

Will the granola in yogurt parfaits get soggy?

Yes. If the granola is placed onto the parfait any time other than right before you are about to eat, it will get soggy. My boys actually prefer it this way. If you want to avoid soggy granola, place a small piece of plastic wrap on top of the assembled parfait and then add the granola. When you are ready to eat, just remove the plastic and mix in the granola. Alternatively, you could just wait to add the granola until you are ready to eat.

Should I use fresh or frozen berries for yogurt parfaits?

Fresh berries, make pretty parfaits while frozen berries create a syrup as they thaw that doesn’t make the layers look their best. However, they syrup adds a natural sweetness and turns the plain yogurt into flavored yogurt.

If you are serving the parfaits to company and pretty is important, go fresh. For taste, I recommend frozen.

Can yogurt parfaits be made ahead?

Yes. I almost always use yogurt parfaits as an easy breakfast option. I make a batch on Sunday afternoon and serve them over the next couple of days. They keep well when refrigerated for 2-3 days.


Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

It may be low-calorie, but this sandwich will fill you up. We recommend using leftover grilled meats that are already in your fridge or grabbing them from a deli. The pre-packaged deli cuts can be used in a pinch, but they're just not as healthy.


Ultimate Club Sandwich

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

It doesn't get much heartier than a club sandwich. Our version tastes just as good as anything you've ordered from room service, minus the hefty price tag and high-calorie count.

Get our recipe for Ultimate Club Sandwich.


Healthy and Sweet Breakfast Ideas

Layers of cantaloupe, mango, lime juice, and nutmeg are sandwiched between smooth yogurt. Sprinkle some crushed pecans on top, and the combination of sweet, crunchy, and creamy will satisfy a powerful trio of cravings.

Brimming with good-for-you antioxidants, this breakfast beverage also travels well. Pour your smoothie in a thermos and take it with you for a midmorning or afternoon snack. Shake well to recombine before drinking.

It's always better to buy plain, protein-rich Greek yogurt and add the real fruit yourself. We do just that here, layering it for visual appeal and tossing in granola for some crunch. Decadent enough to be a dessert but with exactly what you need to start your day: protein and fiber.

If you're not able to eat a full breakfast before your morning workout, this smoothie is the perfect option. This 169-calorie breakfast will lightly sit in your stomach as you sweat it out at the gym.

This extra-thick smoothie includes greek yogurt, peaches, some spices, and. surprise: sparkling water, which gives this breakfast recipe a bubbly twist!


Instead of the classic Nilla wafers, I use crumbled shortbread cookies because they have a rich, buttery flavor and stay crunchy even when completely covered with pudding. The crunch of the cookies against the creamy smoothness of the bananas and pudding is what makes these parfaits so good. However, if you want to stick with tradition and use Nilla Wafers, that’s okay — just keep in mind that they will soften and take on a cake-like texture unless you assemble the parfaits at the last minute.

As for the pudding, homemade is the way to go. It’s easy to make and, of course, so much better than the instant variety. I make mine with a splash of dark rum, which accents the flavor of the bananas, and then lighten it with sweetened whipped cream.

Begin by separating the eggs for the pudding. You won’t use the whites, so save them for an egg white omelet, Forgotten Kisses, or Fudgy Double Chocolate Meringues. Then combine the yolks, sugar, corn starch and salt in a saucepan.

Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Once the mixture bubbles, turn the heat down and whisk constantly until the pudding thickens.

Off the heat, whisk in the butter, vanilla and rum.

Transfer the pudding to a bowl.

Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for a few hours until cold. (Placing the saran wrap directly over top keeps the pudding from forming a film.)

Or, if you’re in a hurry, you can place the pudding in an ice bath and whisk occasionally until cold.

Once the pudding is cold, whip the heavy cream.

Gently fold it into the pudding and refrigerate until ready to assemble the parfaits.

To begin, spoon a large dollop of pudding into the bottom of each glass. Cover with a layer of crumbled cookies and bananas and repeat, finishing with a layer of pudding.

Crush some of the cookies into crumbs and sprinkle over top of each parfait. Refrigerate for a few hours, or until ready to serve.

These parfaits are the perfect dessert for a summer barbecue because they are completely make-ahead — all you have to do when your guests arrive is pull them out of the fridge. Enjoy!

*These parfaits are best when made 3-4 hours ahead of time.


12. Chocolate Brownie and Peanut Butter Parfait

This Chocolate Brownie and Peanut Butter Parfait by Pauline Hanuise is a rich, creamy treat. It’s composed of a simple raw vegan peanut butter chocolate mousse, totally creamy, a raw and vegan brownie and it’s topped up with some coconut whipped cream.


My 5 Favorite Easy and Healthy Yogurt Parfait Recipes

1. Havana Oh Na Na

Mango, pineapple, mint and shredded coconut.

I am calling this recipe Havana Oh Na Na because my mom used to prepare it for me back when we lived in Cuba. This is my all-time favorite yogurt parfait recipe! It’s great to eat for breakfast or as a snack in the spring or summer ! The smell of fresh, mango, pineapple, mint and coconut reminds me of the summer days of Cuba. For this recipe my mom would make her own homemade yogurt, and I would add mango, pineapple and sometimes even guava and a teaspoon of honey. In the morning, we’d top it with even more fresh fruit, mint and shredded coconut. To make this recipe fully vegan, switch the honey for agave and the homemade yogurt for coconut yogurt!

2. Strawberry Love

If you love sweet flavors and want to have dessert for breakfast while still having a healthy meal, this is the perfect yogurt parfait recipe for you !

This yogurt parfait is made with strawberry yogurt mixed with chia seeds and layered with strawberries and granola. As toppings, I’ll use strawberries, granola, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, or cocoa nibs.

Alternatively, you can blend the strawberries with some lemon, cinnamon, and chia seeds until you have a purée. Layer that with the yogurt and top it with fresh strawberries, pumpkin seeds, granola and chocolate.

3. Cinnamon Fest

This is my go-to yogurt parfait recipe in the fall and winter. All you’ll need is yogurt, apples, bananas, honey, and some cinnamon. You can use banana yogurt instead of plain for extra flavor, and you could also heat up the apples you’ll use as toppings. And, if you’re like me and think the more toppings the better, add some crunchy nuts on top as well!

4. Almond Butter Cups

I actually created this recipe based on my Almond Butter Cups Overnight Oats Recipe (you can find that one here!) because it tastes amazing and is a great snack pre and post workout. Simply take the yogurt and layer it with almond butter instead of fruits, and top it with some crunchy almonds at the end (or almond butter cups if you’ll like a sweeter taste!)

It’s just a great combination of nutritious, healthy and delicious!

5. Berries Delight

If you like creamy textures and need some extra protein, this is the ideal morning recipe for you!

Take some vanilla yogurt (or plain yogurt) and add ¾ tsp of vanilla extract, layer with blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and in the morning add granola, toasted nuts, and honey on top for some extra flavor and crunch!

For my vegan friends, simply use coconut yogurt and switch the honey for agave. Add some pea protein powder to the yogurt to get that extra protein!


Recipe: For Easter brunch, make easy parfaits in glasses or jars with yogurt, fresh strawberries, and granola

Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits. Sally Pasley Vargas

Parfaits are layered desserts but they can also be healthy breakfast cups, served in juice glasses, jars, wine glasses, or any stemmed glasses. These parfaits for Easter brunch are layered with yogurt and crushed strawberries flavored with orange and a little jam for sweetness, then topped with your own homemade granola. Plain Greek yogurt is the best foil for the sweetened berries, so aside from the jam, you don't need any extra sugar. Layer the fruit and yogurt a few hours ahead, if you like, and keep the parfaits in the fridge until serving time. To keep them crunchy, top with the granola just before serving. The little glasses look pretty and impressive, but they're easy to whip together. Simple enough, in fact, that you may want to make them on an ordinary weekend.

cups old-fashioned rolled oats
½cup sliced almonds
½cup pumpkin seeds
¼cup sunflower seeds
¼cup honey
2tablespoons olive oil
2teaspoons vanilla extract
¼teaspoon salt
½cup golden raisins

1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper that comes about 1 inch above the top rim of the pan all around.

2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.

3. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir the honey, olive oil, vanilla, and salt until the honey is warm and fluid. Pour the mixture over the oats and stir to coat them all over. Spread on the baking sheet in an even layer.

4. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Grasp the corners of the parchment and pull them toward the center to mound the granola in a pile. Stir with a large spoon and spread it out again in one layer. Bake 2 to 3 minutes more, or until the granola is deep golden brown. (Total baking time is 17 to 18 minutes.)

5. Let granola cool on the baking sheet and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the raisins.

2pints (1 1/2 pounds) fresh strawberries
tablespoons strawberry jam, or more to taste
Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
4cups plain Greek yogurt
Fresh mint leaves (for garnish)

1. Have on hand 6 juice glasses, jars, wine glasses, or other stemmed glasses (8-ounce capacity each).

2. Set aside 6 whole strawberries for garnish. Stem and thinly slice the remaining berries. Place them in a bowl and mash them coarsely with a potato masher. Stir in the jam, and the orange rind and juice.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the yogurt until smooth.

4. In one of the glasses, build a parfait: Spoon about 2 tablespoons of mashed strawberries into the glass. Top with 3 rounded tablespoons of the yogurt. Repeat with berries and yogurt until the yogurt is almost at the top of the glass, leaving room for granola. Top with 1/2 cup granola. Garnish with the reserved strawberries, left whole or halved, and mint leaves. Fill the remaining glasses in the same way.

Parfaits are layered desserts but they can also be healthy breakfast cups, served in juice glasses, jars, wine glasses, or any stemmed glasses. These parfaits for Easter brunch are layered with yogurt and crushed strawberries flavored with orange and a little jam for sweetness, then topped with your own homemade granola. Plain Greek yogurt is the best foil for the sweetened berries, so aside from the jam, you don't need any extra sugar. Layer the fruit and yogurt a few hours ahead, if you like, and keep the parfaits in the fridge until serving time. To keep them crunchy, top with the granola just before serving. The little glasses look pretty and impressive, but they're easy to whip together. Simple enough, in fact, that you may want to make them on an ordinary weekend.

cups old-fashioned rolled oats
½cup sliced almonds
½cup pumpkin seeds
¼cup sunflower seeds
¼cup honey
2tablespoons olive oil
2teaspoons vanilla extract
¼teaspoon salt
½cup golden raisins

1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper that comes about 1 inch above the top rim of the pan all around.

2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.

3. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir the honey, olive oil, vanilla, and salt until the honey is warm and fluid. Pour the mixture over the oats and stir to coat them all over. Spread on the baking sheet in an even layer.

4. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Grasp the corners of the parchment and pull them toward the center to mound the granola in a pile. Stir with a large spoon and spread it out again in one layer. Bake 2 to 3 minutes more, or until the granola is deep golden brown. (Total baking time is 17 to 18 minutes.)

5. Let granola cool on the baking sheet and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the raisins.

2pints (1 1/2 pounds) fresh strawberries
tablespoons strawberry jam, or more to taste
Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
4cups plain Greek yogurt
Fresh mint leaves (for garnish)

1. Have on hand 6 juice glasses, jars, wine glasses, or other stemmed glasses (8-ounce capacity each).

2. Set aside 6 whole strawberries for garnish. Stem and thinly slice the remaining berries. Place them in a bowl and mash them coarsely with a potato masher. Stir in the jam, and the orange rind and juice.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the yogurt until smooth.

4. In one of the glasses, build a parfait: Spoon about 2 tablespoons of mashed strawberries into the glass. Top with 3 rounded tablespoons of the yogurt. Repeat with berries and yogurt until the yogurt is almost at the top of the glass, leaving room for granola. Top with 1/2 cup granola. Garnish with the reserved strawberries, left whole or halved, and mint leaves. Fill the remaining glasses in the same way. Sally Pasley Vargas