You know what I love? Rediscovering a snack I haven’t eaten in a while. It’s reminiscent of finding a crumpled $5 bill in the bottom on my purse- such a pleasant surprise! I had this experience with the always-delicious yogurt parfait yesterday.
I get it. No one needs a recipe for a parfait, as they are pretty simple- yogurt, fruit, something crunchy. Really, just like vegetable soup or an omelet, you can pretty much add whatever you want and it will be delicious.
Still, I’ve eaten my fair share of these over the years and figured it would be fun to share my favorite ingredients. Let’s start with the main event, the yogurt.
Current Favorite Regular Yogurt: Stonyfield. I love their pouches too and if you ever want a yogurt that is basically dessert, try their banilla flavor and prepare for your eyes to pop out of your head.
Favorite Fruits: Berries, for sure, but the humble banana also shines in parfaits to me. In the summer it is fun to switch it up with more tropical options like pineapple or kiwi too. Do you think watermelon would work? Is that just crazy talk?
Favorite Crunchies: Granola (I know, I’m such an innovator). My current favorite granola is Love Grown‘s Raisin Almond Crunch. I also love to add crushed nuts, like walnuts, pecans and most often almonds (like honey roasted or Blue Diamond’s Toasted Coconut). I’ve also used crumbled graham crackers, cereal and in full disclosure, crumbled cookies too.
Warning: the toppings are delicious and may tempt little hands to climb chairs when your back is turned.
Favorite Sweet Stuff: I usually opt for plain Greek yogurt. Not always, but usually. To sweeten it, because I’m not as hardcore as you may be, I use honey most often, but a spoonful of jam, maple syrup or fresh fruit puree (especially for the baby!) will do the trick wonderfully as well.
Favorite Toppings: Chia seed “sprinkles” always. Cacao nibs for a chocolaty treat. Shaved coconut. Or if you’re really wanting to kick it up a notch- melted peanut butter!
A couple other delicious parfaits I’m loving is this one that blends in cream cheese and lemon zest, this kid-friendly version and this no-bake apple pie extravaganza.
Whichever combo you choose, expect to experience the squenchy-face-of-joy.
What are your current parfait favorites?
Favorite yogurt? Toppings?
I’m always looking for new ideas!