Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

One of my favorite evening snacks is a yogurt parfait. It’s light and simple while still sweet and delicious. They also make a great breakfast, especially when you don’t have a lot of time in the morning.

The best part of making yogurt parfaits is the ability to customize them to exactly what you want. Or make a parfait for each person in the house that matches their individual tastes. 


For example, I like chia seeds in my yogurt, but Justin doesn’t like the texture they add. Because of this, I will make some with chia seeds for myself and the boys, and a few without for Justin to eat. 

Yogurt parfaits are flexible since you can use either fresh or frozen fruit, meaning you don’t have to eat what’s in season at the time to get the best prices. We usually save our fresh fruit for eating as-is and use the frozen fruit for the parfaits.

As long as you aren’t wanting to eat your parfait as soon as you finish making it, then the frozen fruit has time to thaw in the refrigerator and is ready within a few hours. 

We save all of our glass jars from pasta sauce, jelly, salsa, or anything else we buy in glass, so that’s what I use to make my parfaits. If you don’t have a collection of glass jars, you can either start saving now (they have so many uses) or buy a set of mason jars. 

I haven’t ventured into making my own homemade yogurt (yet) so I buy the large container from the grocery store. By the way, those large plastic tubs are great to clean out and reuse to store toys or craft things, too. 

The rest is usually all ingredients that we have around the kitchen. I buy very few things with the idea of making parfaits in mind. 


Start by getting out as many jars as you want to make parfaits for, and separate the yogurt among the jars. I find that a 32oz container of yogurt makes about 4-6 parfaits, depending on the size of the jars and how full I want them. I make smaller ones for the boys, so when I do that I can get a few more out of one container.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

If you plan to use granola for your parfaits, I suggest saving room at the top for it and adding it on right before you eat. If you let it sit in the yogurt it often gets soggy and usually that doesn’t taste as good as when it’s fresh.


Tropical Parfait

Most tropical fruit combinations include mango, but we don’t usually eat much mango here. The tropical fruit we do all love: pineapple! And of course, you can’t have something tropical without coconut.

  • 6-8 oz plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp pineapple simple syrup (optional) 
  • 4 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, chunked
  1. Fill the jar with the yogurt
  2. Add the simple syrup, shredded coconut, and pineapple
  3. Seal and refrigerate up to 5 days

You don’t have to include the simple syrup, but I still have some leftover from making Professor Slughorn’s Crystallized Pineapple from my Harry Potter month, so I went ahead and used it in a few of these recipes. 

Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

Mixed Berry Parfait

As the title suggests, there are a few types of berries that go into this fruit and yogurt parfait. This is usually the flavor that the boys go for the most. We use whatever berries we have on hand, which is usually strawberries and blueberries. When we get fresh blackberries from the garden, we add those in, too. 

  • 6-8 oz plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup berries
  1. Fill the jar with the yogurt
  2. Add the berries 
  3. Seal and refrigerate up to 5 days
Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

Simple Strawberry Parfait

One of our favorite fruits in our family is strawberries. So, many times, it is the pinnacle of fruit dishes for us. Because of that, I like to make a simple strawberry parfait sometimes for something quick and easy. 

If you are using plain yogurt, then you’ll want to add a sweetener such as simple syrup (which is what I did here). If you have vanilla yogurt, then it usually doesn’t need the extra sweet flavor. 

  • 6-8 oz plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup (optional)
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
  1. Fill the jar with the yogurt
  2. Add the simple syrup and strawberries
  3. Seal and refrigerate up to 5 days
Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

Everything Parfait

The everything parfait is my personal favorite. It’s literally everything we have in the kitchen that would go well in a fruit parfait, whether that’s simple syrups, berries, coconut, seeds, granola, jelly, etc. 

  • 6-8 oz plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • 2 tbsp coconut, shredded
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  1. Fill the jar with the yogurt
  2. Add in the simple syrup, berries, coconut, flax seed, and chia seed
  3. Seal and refrigerate up to 5 days
Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways
Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

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14 thoughts on “Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

  1. I like that you used those glass jars. I need to save some from now on. The fruit and yogurt parfait looks like a really good breakfast treat!

  2. I actually recently tried my hand making a yogurt parfait because they are so popular in Japan. I am particularly interested in trying out the tropical parfait you mentioned next time!

  3. I love strawberries too, so the strawberry parfait sound perfect to me! Good idea to save jars instead of buying them.

  4. Your tropical parfait looks delicious! I just made a batch of cold-start Instant Pot yogurt yesterday, so your parfait would be perfect to use some of that up!

  5. I always buy yogurt parfait at my local grocery store. I never thought about making my own. Thanks for showing me how to make it, Stephanie.

  6. I don’t eat much dairy products, but yoghurt is something I enjoy every once in a while, I will definitely try one of these variations of parfait!

  7. These parfaits look like they are so good. I typically go for some of these in the morning because I am not a heavy breakfast eater.

  8. I love to reuse jars/containers for different things, too! I have a collection of glass jars and those containers that once stored baby puffs. Before I moved into my current house, I had a big collection but had to get rid of them. I am in the mood for the tropical parfait right now! Yum! Going to pin this so I can try the parfaits out.

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