A delicious make ahead, vegetarian, healthy breakfast yogurt parfait recipe that you can easily make in 15 minutes or less. It’s protein packed, and it will make your future breakfasts effortless!
Parfait is originally a French frozen dessert, but we are turning it into beautiful breakfast with berries, yogurt, honey and oats!! And it turns out that parfait makes for one of the best breakfast meal prep dishes ever!
Breakfast recipes that you can make in advance are extremely helpful and can save a tone of time since you don’t have to think about making anything whilst still tired in the morning. Honestly, I could eat this parfait every day!
And during pregnancy, eating more dairy products, extra protein and extra calcium can be beneficial. So a recipe like this can be fantastic for pregnant women too. More information about this on this healthline article.
And on this article by Womans Healthcare, about what to eat and what to avoid during pregnancy: What foods to eat and avoid during pregnancy
How is Parfait made and served?
Most of the time, parfait is served in really nice looking glasses, like this dessert glass I used for example.
However, you can serve your parfait in any glass or cup you like, depending on whether you want to make it presentable or not. And at the end of the day, the true value of this recipe is the convenience of it, more so than the presentation.
Now, parfait, whether it’s a French dessert or in this case, is a breakfast. It’s all about the layers. I like to think of them as mini trifles, and the way I layered mine, was by adding the berries first, then a thin layer of oats, then a large layer of yogurt, another thin layer of oats, and another layer of berries and so on.
So I added a thin layer of oats in between every layer of berries and yogurt to have a good balance between the wet and dry textures.
Excuse me! I’m Vegan!
If you’re vegan, you can use coconut yogurt to replace the Greek yogurt. And you can use maple syrup or golden syrup as an alternative to honey.
Can I freeze this Parfait?
You sure can! However, it will be rock solid once frozen, so if you’re planning on having one of your yogurt parfaits the next morning, make sure you transfer it to the fridge to defrost overnight.
Can I use flavoured yogurt?
Absolutely, although I wouldn’t add any honey like I have in this recipe with the Greek yogurt, because flavoured yogurts are already sweet enough. Experimenting with different flavours of yogurt, however, is definitely encouraged if that is what you want to do.
A couple of other yogurt alternatives
- Ricotta – Now, ricotta cheese by itself, yawn! However, if you add some honey to the mix, all of a sudden it’s the most amazing tasting combination! Especially when served in a breakfast dish like this. Ricotta is also a great source of protein.
- Mascarpone – Mascarpone can also taste wonderful in this breakfast. Although, it’s much richer, and it doesn’t have a high amount of protein like ricotta and Greek yogurt does. So it depends on what you’re looking for, and if you do use mascarpone as an alternative, you could dial down on the amount you use and add extra berries and oats, but it’s totally up to you.
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Berry, Toasted Oat and Honey Yogurt Parfait Recipe
Honey flavoured yogurt, stewed berries and toasted oats stacked upon one another to make a quick and super tasty breakfast parfait.
- 2½ cups of Greek yogurt (natural and un-sweetened)
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1½ cups of rolled oats
- 2½ cups of mixed frozen berries
- 1/2 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of water
Put the yogurt and the honey in a bowl, and slowly stir together until half mixed. You want little pockets of honey rippled through the yogurt.
Preheat a pan over medium heat, then add your rolled oats. Stir the oats in the pan every 30 seconds for about 5-6 minutes until the oats have gone slightly darker in colour and are nicely toasted.
Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Put your frozen berries, water and honey in the pan, then bring to a boil over high heat.
Once the berry mixture is boiling, turn the heat down and simmer the berries for a further 4-5 minutes.
Once the berries have defrosted, slightly mash them down with a fork, then continue simmering for another 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally.
Get the glass that you want to serve the parfait in, then start the layering process by adding some of your stewed berries. Then add a thin layer of oats, then a layer of yogurt, another thin layer of oats, another layer of berries, a thin layer of your oats, one more layer of yogurt and finely, sprinkle some oats on top and garnish with any herb you have available.
Do this with the rest of the parfaits, then store in the fridge or freezer for a later day.
- This breakfast parfait can be great for pregnant women.
- Add a thin layer of oats between each layer of yogurt and berries.
- Serve in whatever glass or cup you like.
- If you're vegan, use coconut yogurt instead of Greek yogurt and use maple or golden syrup instead of honey.
- You can freeze this yougurt parfait, just don't forget to defrost them in the fridge overnight if you plan on having one the next morning.
- You can use flavoured yogurt, just don't add the honey because flavoured yogurts already have enough sweetness.
- A couple of great alternatives to yogurt are ricotta and mascarpone.
- Be careful not to burn the oats while toasting them.