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Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits are a perfect snack when you want something light and sweet or make a great breakfast for busy mornings.

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. We make multiple versions of the parfaits, and they are all a bit different but equally delicious.

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. 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. 

Step by Step

Start by getting out as many jars as you want to make parfaits. 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 you save room at the top. Refrigerate the parfaits and add the granola on right before you eat. If you let the granola sit in the yogurt it often gets soggy.


Tropical Parfait

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

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Tropical yogurt parfait in a mason jar on a white background surrounded by coconut flakes next to a spoon

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. 

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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. I’ve used simple syrup, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. If you have vanilla yogurt, then it usually doesn’t need the extra sweet flavor. 

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Two small bowls with yogurt and strawberries with granola on a wooden background next to a spoon

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. 

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Yogurt parfait in a mason jar on a white background with extra ingredients around it (vertical)

Recipe

Yogurt parfait in a mason jar on a white background with extra ingredients around it

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits are a perfect snack when you want something light and sweet or make a great breakfast for busy mornings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit, yogurt
Servings: 4
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 32 oz yogurt
  • 1 cup fruit
  • 4 glass jars

Instructions

  • Separate the yogurt into 4 separate glass jars
  • Divide the fruit into fourths and place it in the jars on top of the yogurt
  • Seal the jars and place them into the refrigerator and eat within a few days
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Nutrition Facts
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 107mg4%
Potassium 404mg12%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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44 thoughts on “Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits 4 Ways”

  1. Eileen Mendoza Loya

    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!

    1. I save all of my glass jars. We use them for so many things around the kitchen from making things like this parfait to leftovers to freezing chicken breast in individual portions. They are so versatile!

  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!

    1. I think I’ve purchased one set of wide-mouth mason jars, mostly because I needed wide-mouthed jars. Other than that, everything I have is leftover from buying sauces and other things that come in glass jars.

  3. 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!

    1. I tried making yogurt in the slow cooker once and it was a complete fail. An Instant Pot is on my list of things to get next for the kitchen, so I’ll have to give it a go in there when I get one.

  4. 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.

    1. I save all my glass jars. At one point my husband suggested going through them all but I wouldn’t let him! They are so versatile and much better than storing food in plastic containers.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. I have so many glass jars. My husband wanted me to cull through them recently but I wouldn’t. They can be used for so many things. I know the baby puff containers you’re talking about, I reused those a lot when my boys were younger and devouring those things!

  8. Your recipes always look delicious but this one really appeals to me. It looks so fresh and appetizing. I usually use berries in my yoghurt recipes but I’m going to try the tropical fruit as it just looks so nice.

  9. The parfaits are so good. I think these are perfect for back to school snacks. The kids are always so hungry when they get home.

    1. Yes, my boys just started back today and I’m already preparing for the crazy amounts of food they will consume this week. It seems like the first week is always the worst with their hunger, too.

  10. This is my kind of breakfast every day before going to work. I love how easy they are to make and I love how healthy they are!

  11. I didn’t think about all of the different versions. Usually, I get the simple berry parfait if I ever get it. But I think I would love to try the tropical one out. Sounds delicious.

    1. There are so many ways you could make a yogurt parfait. These are just our 4 favorites, but it gives enough variety that it doesn’t feel like we are eating the same thing over and over.

  12. I love collecting interesting shaped glass jars and Mason jars for all sorts of things. I had to throw a ton out when I moved. That said, I love yoghurt in every combination. E

  13. I love the flexibility of yogurt and fruit. I know I’m always getting healthy and it’s quick and simple to make. The way my lifestyle is set up, this works. As always, yours look absolutely delicious.

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