One of the greatest things about a parfait is it can be as simple or as complex as you want. You can use homemade or store bough granola with a wide array of ingredients. You can even use cereal, although I would suggest a heartier one like Kashi, that can hold up to the yogurt. Speaking of yogurt, you can go regular or Greek. Flavored or plain. Full fat or fat free. Fresh fruit is optional, as is your fruit selection.
A few years ago, I needed something quick to take for breakfast that I was going to eat at work. We didn't have any milk, so I substituted some yogurt and put it in a small plastic container. I dumped some Kashi cereal on top and a handful of fresh strawberries and ran out the door. I didn't even think that I was eating parfait, albeit a poorly prepared one that was not visually interesting in the least.
A few weeks ago, when trying to figure out what to have for breakfast, I scribbled down yogurt and granola and then it dawned on me that I was eating a parfait. I really don't know what caused that realization, but it was pretty and something I could blog. Win!
Strawberry Yogurt Parfait
Source: A Cookaholic Wife Creation
- ½ cup strawberry yogurt (I use Dannon Light & Fit)
- ½ cup granola
- ¼ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- mint leaf, for garnish
1. Spoon half of the yogurt into a glass. Top with the granola and then the remaining yogurt (or make layers). Add the fresh strawberries and mint on top.
The directions for this are kind of lame. I mean, you just layer stuff. I think you can figure that out on your own, but it doesn't seem right to make a recipe that doesn't involve some sort of directions.
Fun Fact: I totally intended to make this with vanilla yogurt, however it was right next to the strawberry yogurt and I picked up the wrong one.
Yum! What a great breakfast or snack!