Yogurt parfaits with your own homemade granola and fresh fruit should be, if anything, healthful. Right? No need to add heavy creams or more fat to a dish that takes away fresh, good ingredient goodness. This is what I’m make at home with these healthy: homemade granola with honeyed-yogurt berry parfaits featuring kiwi berries!
I‘s mid-March, a week away from a season change on the calendar and still technically winter. The craziness is that the weather this weekend has reached high 80’s to low 90’s. Scary Santa Ana winds and wearing shorts with short sleeves makes it feel like Southern California has fast-forwarded to late August and September months. What happened to beautiful Spring?
Let’s talk parfaits…
Yogurt parfaits can be so versatile with the ingredients used. From the granola to the fruit or other types of complimentary ingredients like fruits, jams, marmalades, ready-to-eat cereals, chocolate or other candy chips, it’s a treat fit for anytime of the day. Keeping it on the lighter side with healthful ingredients takes the guilt out of enjoying such a tasty and fulfilling dish.
I like to have a good and healthy balance or ratio of the yogurt with the other ingredients. All to often I come across yogurt parfaits that just don’t have enough yogurt – it’s all “layered ingredients” and hardly any yogurt! Also, I’ve learned that making this elegant breakfast-type dish in too small a dish causes more work to eat it than the pure enjoyment of it. Serve it in a dish that’s easy to maneuver around and scoop up the tasty layered ingredients with the spoon. Otherwise, most of the filling will spill out of the dish when you’re trying to scoop out a bite!
Parfaits can be served casually rustic for everyday enjoyment or lean towards a little more elegance when entertaining. When presenting to guests for dessert or brunch/breakfast, select not only complimentary flavor ingredients but also for visual appeal in colors and textures.
Besides the aforementioned greatness and versatility of yogurt parfaits, they can be made ahead and enjoyed as if you just put them together IF, and only IF, it’s layered in a way to keep any textured/crunchy ingredients from becoming soggy.
For this homemade granola, honeyed-yogurt berry parfaits with kiwi berries I’ve swirled in about a tablespoon of honey per 8 ounces (1 cup) of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt. Stir in the honey to completely blend or swirl it in for more a more subtle pronounced taste of the honey. I’m using strawberries and blackberries, topped with kiwi berries.
The amount of granola, berries and yogurt needed for your parfaits will depend on the size dishes and how many servings you are preparing. The parfait glasses ( ←affiliate link) used in the images hold 10 ounces. For each parfait, I used roughly: 1½-2 medium sized strawberries, 6-8 blackberries, 2 kiwi berries, 2/3 cup of granola and 1 cup – 2/3 cup of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt.
Mix it up and use your favorite fruits or jams, etc. Other flavors of yogurt would work well too.
I’ve baked up a modified version of a granola recipe previously shared on TC using golden raisins with pecans. Wanting the focus to be on the brightly colored berries and for the eye not to stop at bits of dark raisins, the golden raisins are a subtle visual presence but still a healthful presence with the rest of the ingredients for this tasty dish.
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Note: This is an inspiration of the ratio of ingredients for the pictured parfaits. Your yield and portions will vary.
- 1 recipe for this granola, substitute golden raisins for the dried cranberries
- Assorted fresh berries or fruit, cut up in uniform size for easy spooning
- Nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey per 8 ounces (1 cup) of yogurt
- Combine granola ingredients and bake according to directions. Allow fresh baked granola to completely cool before layering in parfaits.
- Mix or swirl in honey with yogurt. Either completely combine or leave swirls of honey.
- Layer parfait ingredients starting with granola on the bottom, followed by layers of fruit, yogurt, fruit, granola and topped with bits of fresh fruit.
- Serve when assembled or refrigerate until ready to serve (preferably served that day). © Images & content: Cristina A-Moore for TeenieCakes.com.
- Cut larger berries or fruit, like strawberries, so that they are easy to scoop up when eating.
- Make ahead and layer parfait ingredients so that the textured elements are not in contact with ingredients that will make them quickly soften.
- Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint leaves.
- When in season, use stone fruits in place or with berries
- Substitute honey with agave.