Have It Your Way Parfait

Have It Your Way Parfait Recipe

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Author:  Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, UNL Extension in Lancaster County

You're tired, there's no one else to fix dinner for tonight and all you feel like doing is pouring a bowl of cereal. But, wait! Take an extra 5 minutes and prepare this luscious parfait, full of foods from 3 of the 5 food groups.

No need to get out your recipe book. Forget about the measuring cups and spoons. Just layer yogurt, low-fat granola and fresh, frozen or canned fruit in whatever proportions you'd like. Add some nuts and you've included a 4th food group. A sprig of mint is optional!

And there's no sink full of dishes!

Here are some possible yogurt and fruit combinations to layer with granola:

  • Blueberry Lemon Parfait: Lemon yogurt and blueberries
  • Red, White and Blue Parfait: Strawberries or raspberries, blueberries, bananas and vanilla yogurt
  • Tropical Parfait: Kiwi, mango, pineapple and coconut or vanilla yogurt
  • Berry Good Parfait: Any combination of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries, etc. served with vanilla or a berry-flavored yogurt.
  • Peachy Parfait: Sliced peaches and vanilla or peach yogurt. If desired, top with raspberry jam or raspberry syrup.

As an added touch, rather than serving your parfait in a regular glass, try one of these:

  • Martini glass
  • Wine glass
  • 1/2 pint canning jar
  • Glass beer stein