This strawberry parfait is perfect for breakfast, snack or even a quick lunch.
A nice nutty or seedy granola and a gloriously thick yogurt like Icelandic yogurt or Greek yogurt are a perfect complement for delicious strawberries. Whole grains, protein and fruit – everything you could want in a meal for home or the office.
I love it best with fresh, local strawberries when they’re available. Of course you can use frozen strawberries, but I’m telling you, it tastes even better with fully sun-ripened strawberries you picked yourself at a local U-Pick. Just look at these beauties with their deep red color throughout the entire strawberry – no white caps on these! That’s what ripe strawberries are suppose to look like. And the darker the red the sweeter and more intense the strawberry flavor. So GOOD!
Strawberry Parfait Recipe
If you’re someone who likes to “wing it”, please ignore this recipe and do what you do best – mix together your favorite concoction and enjoy!
If you’re someone who’s more organized and likes to follow a plan, here’s a recipe for you.
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 2 tsp honey or sugar
- 2/3 cup
- 1 cup yogurt I used plain Icelandic yogurt
- Place sliced strawberries in bowl and mix with honey or sugar to draw out juice. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add 1/4 cup strawberries to bottom of each jar or serving dish, layer with 1 Tbsp granola and 1/4 cup yogurt. Repeat layers.
- Finish with a layer of granola and top with a fresh berry.
- If you're taking this to go and want to keep your granola crunchy, consider packing the granola in a separate container as it will soften somewhat over a couple of hours.
A few additional thoughts:
- Use whatever yogurt flavor you enjoy best. I like plain Icelandic yogurt, it’s thick, creamy, not too tart, high in protein and low in fat. I find it less tart than regular plain yogurt or Greek yogurt.
- Make a couple of jars ahead of time, they’ll last a couple of days. You’ll be happy to have them in the fridge! If you’re worried about the granola going soft, leave it out until your ready to eat.
- Try freezing your parfait. It’ll be a cool, refreshing treat. Thaw for about 30 minutes just until soft enough to dig in.
- Make mini versions (single layer of fruit, yogurt and granola) in 1/2 cup jars for a party or potluck.
- Change up the fruit and use whatever is in season. From January to March, my go to fruit for parfaits is grapefruit. Here’s what grapefruit parfait looks like:
Looks a lot like this strawberry parfait, doesn’t it? Lol! I’m telling you, I love this stuff. Of course, most day, I just mix it all up in a bowl and don’t worry so much about making it look pretty.
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