Yogurt Parfait!

Yogurt parfait – sounds fancy! But in fact it is super simple to put together ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was thinking of something super easy and simple to put together for summer afternoon snacks – this was the first thing that came to me. Yogurt parfait is a kind of ย frozen dessert with layers of yogurt, fruit and nuts/granola. What is there to not like about this? ย ๐Ÿ™‚
The creamy yogurt, the juicy fresh fruit topped with some crunchy nuts/oats/granola.
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I can think of lots of super awesome reasons why you should try this – it practically takes 5-10 min work, no-fuss recipe, uses whatever you have on-hand, great way to get the kids to have some fresh fruit, entirely customizable ingredient list ๐Ÿ™‚ And like I always insist on this blog – this is healthy too. The protein from the yogurt, a good dosage of fruit and some lovely nuts. Only thing is that for this to be truly healthy, go a little easy on the toppings – stuff like nuts are good when had in moderation. And while I love some dried raisins in my topping, again any dried fruit has more sugar than fresh fruit. Lot of people use vanilla yogurt in parfaits – but I stick to plain one. Some of these flavored yogurts have a lot of sugar/artificial sweeteners. So watch out! I used honey to sweeten my parfait up – this works great because you can add as little or more as you prefer.
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Yogurt Parfait!

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients
For the granola topping (this makes more granola than needed for 2 yogurt parfaits – you can customize this)
  1. 1/3 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 tbsp chopped almonds
  3. 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
  4. 2 tsp honey
  5. 1 tsp oil
  6. 1/2 tbsp raisins
  7. Some dry shredded coconut
    (Other add ins can be dried fruit, other nuts, chocolate chips, m&ms ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
Fruit (for 2 servings)
  1. 4 chopped strawberries
  2. 1 small banana chopped

(Can use other seasonal fruits like mangoes, kiwi or even berries like blueberry/blackberry)

Yogurt
  1. 6-8 tbsp (for 2 servings)

Method

  1. To make the granola, heat a small pan. Add 1 tsp oil in it. Add the rolled oats, nuts and honey . Roast on low flame while stirring continuously for 5-6 min. The oats and nuts should get evenly roasted and crisp. (2 tsp honey gives very mild sweetness – adjust as per your taste)
  2. Once roasted, take this mixture out into a bowl. Let it cool down a little. Then add the mix-ins such as raisins and dry shredded coconut. (Add in chocolate chips or chopped dried fruit too if you prefer).
  3. This makes lots more granola than you need for 2 cups – you can store the rest in zip-lock covers or air tight containers. You can add it to your breakfast cereal or even eat as is like a snack.
  4. To assemble the parfaits, take a tall glass. Add 3-4 tbsp yogurt on the bottom. Top with some chopped strawberries and bananas.ย  Top with some granola. If you want a sweeter taste – drizzle some honey on the fruit.

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