Vanilla Yogurt and Berry Parfait | Make Ahead Mondays


Yogurt and Berry Parfaits from Foodie with Family

I’m thirty eight years old and I just started to like breakfast. I’m not even kidding.

The truth is, until this point, the only time I wanted to eat anything before noon was when I was pregnant. Mind you, I was pregnant for a grand total of four-point-one-six (repeating fraction) years, but the point remains. It was only then that I actually wanted breakfast. Until…

Well, until I took my fitness regime seriously. Good grief, people… getting older? I don’t mind the wrinkles, in fact, I kind of like them. I think they build character. What I DO mind is being in a body that has decided that my usual twelve-tacos-for-dinner plan is not working any more. Dagnabit.

As long as I’ve been an adult, I have exercised with far more frequency than I did as a teen (even though I was freakishly thin then) and with more intensity. I’ve done Pilates for years, albeit the kind that I do following along with a video in the den while the doors are firmly closed and locked to prevent kids and dogs from interrupting me.

In the last couple of months, though, I found that I was feeling CRANKY-peckish around nine or ten in the morning:  fully two hours before I’ve ever felt like eating before (minus pregnancy) in my life.

Instead of being a doofus and fighting it, though, I’ve yielded in a healthy way. Rather than cramming a fistful of chocolates at my mouth (yes, I’ve done that) at ten-ish, I’ve stocked myself up with something HELPFUL. Every Sunday afternoon, I grab a handful of eight-ounce jelly jars, a container of Greek vanilla yogurt, some frozen berries and go to town… I make myself parfaits. There really isn’t anything more low-maintenance and satisfying than this: vanilla Greek yogurt layered with partially thawed frozen berries and so on until the jar is mostly full. Mostly full because you get the most BANG for your breakfast buck when you leave enough room to top it with a little bit of your favourite yogurt for texture’s sake.

Yogurt Berry Parfaits from Foodie with Family

The sweetness of the yogurt, the tart berries and the crunch of the granola? Shoo… You won’t look back.

The beauty of this -aside from the surpassing taste- is that less than ten minutes one day a week yields breakfasts for the entire week. How much less likely are you to splurge on something twelve-taco-y if you have something this delicious and appealing in the refrigerator? And the parfaits get even better as the week goes on… The berries release their juices and make the most lovely sauce that stirs into the yogurt. Geesh. I’m getting hungry now and I just ate dinner.

You don’t even have to thaw the berries before you make these parfaits. Oh sure, if you’re one of those folks who lives in a region that has fresh berries year round, by all means, make ’em with fresh, but those of us who are still wielding the snow shovel can still experience the joy of a berry parfait with this recipe.

…And one last thing. I love Greek yogurt, my kids? Not so much. They find it too thick. If you’re in the camp of no-Greek-yogurt with my kids, make it with regular vanilla yogurt. Really! Don’t skip it for the sake of strained yogurt. I personally love the Greek stuff because I think it holds up nicely to a week’s worth of refrigeration with melting, juicy berries, by my boys all prefer it with plain old, garden variety, inexpensive vanilla yogurt. There are much bigger hills I’ll choose to die on than Greek yogurt vs. plain yogurt. Choose whatever you prefer!

If you were so inclined, and found yogurt on sale, you could easily make these (leaving room for expansion in the jar) and freeze them with lids on (and sans granola, of course)… I whip them up weekly because I find it easier than thawing, but it’s very, very freezer friendly!

Yogurt Berry Parfaits by Foodie with Family

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Vanilla Yogurt and Berry Parfait | Make Ahead Mondays
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Start your morning right with a Vanilla Yogurt and Berry Parfait. Less than 10 minutes 1 day a week will yield breakfasts for every morning! Creamy, sweet vanilla yogurt is layered with tart frozen mixed berries in jars and refrigerated for whenever the urge strikes. As the week goes on, the berries thaw and release their juice, flavouring the yogurt. Serve with granola or Grape Nuts!
Serves: 6 parfaits
For Six Parfaits:
  • 1 (32 ounce) container Greek or regular Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1½ cups frozen mixed berries, unsweetened
  • 6 (8 ounce) jelly jars with lids or dessert bowls
To Serve:
  • up to ½ cup granola or Grape Nuts for each parfait.
  1. Spoon about ¼ cup into the bottom of each of the 6 jelly jars or dessert bowls. Over each of those, spoon about 2 tablespoons of frozen mixed berries. Press the berries lightly into the yogurt. Top with another ¼ cup of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of berries and then divide the remaining yogurt between the jars over the berries. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to a week.
To Serve:
  1. Remove the lid from the parfait and sprinkle a little granola or some Grape Nuts over the top of the parfait. While eating, sprinkle with granola or Grape Nuts as often as preferred.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 parfait


  1. jana says

    Have you tried this with oatmeal mixed into the yogurt? (with a little milk for the oatmeal to absorb?) That’s good too.

  2. Sue in Fl. says

    I love this idea. I like something easy and quick in the morning. This would do the trick. Another thing I’ve been doing is steel cut oats in a jar. I only started to eat oatmeal in the last fews years (think it was a texture thing) but now I love it. On a Sunday I will make a batch and divide it into 6 or 7 small jars and refrigerate. I just grab a jar in the morning, heat it in the microwave, add some cinnamon, splenda brown sugar, ground flax seed, raspberries and a little milk. It really sticks to the ribs. I put mine in a bowl but if you need to grab it and go – just leave it in the jar. I love using mason jars for all sorts of things. They are great when taking soup or almost any leftover for lunch, safe to reheat in the microwave. I also make a weight watchers pot luck salad and portion it out into mason jars. It’s so easy to grab when you’re packing your lunch. It also helps control portion size.

  3. Sue in Fl. says

    Mason Jar Lids tip
    I bought white plastic scew on lids for my mason jars at Wal-Mart and also ordered some on-line as they didn’t have the lids for the wide mouth jars I like. It really beats fooling with the cap and screw on lids that mason jars come with.


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