Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Greek Yogurt Parfait

When a recipe so perfectly parallels a season it produces an enjoyment that is beyond something simply tasting good. Take this healthy breakfast recipe for Greek Yogurt Parfaits and the summer season for example. The berries, besides being seasonal in the summer months, are bright and flavorful with a refreshing pop of juice in each bite that remedies the sweltering heat. The cool Greek yogurt is thick and creamy without being dense. The grains are toothsome and nutty and remind you with comfort of the cooler months to come. One bite and you know its summer (even if its the last month).

Recipe Rundown
Taste: This parfait is what a perfectly bright and blithe summer day would taste like. It is vibrant, fresh, nutty, and subtlety sweet.
Texture: A complimentary trinity of textures; the satisfactory chewy bite of the grain, the luscious thickness of the Greek yogurt, and the juicy goodness of the berries.

Ease: This recipe is mostly about assembly, especially if you have already cooked the grain you decide to use.
Appearance: This is my favorite part of this recipe. The contrasting colors and layers inside a pretty glass jar make this parfait look sophisticated yet slightly rustic.
Pros: This dish is healthy, easy to make, and tastes as good as it looks. Plus, you can use any nutritious grains you happen to have. I used pearled barley because I had it in my pantry. It has a fantastically firm texture but is not the healthiest choice since it is slightly processed.
Cons: None really.
Would I make this again? Very likely.

Greek Yogurt Parfaits
Yield: 8 servings
Inspired by Cooking Light July 2010

  • 3-4  cups cooked grains (grano, barley, wheat berries, brown rice), from about 1 cup of uncooked grains
  • 1/2  cup orange blossom honey, more or less depending on your preference, divided
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 4  cups plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2  cups fresh berries (such as blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and sliced strawberries)

1. Stir in half the honey and salt with the cooked grains. Stir in the other half with the yogurt.

2. Layer equal spoonfuls of yogurt, grains, berries into 8 parfait or glass containers. Enjoy!

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9 Responses to “Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Greek Yogurt Parfait”

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    Maria — August 22, 2010 at 12:53 am

    One of my favorite treats! We make our own yogurt to save money and it is fantastic:)q

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    Cristina — August 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Like the use of creamy Greek yogurt with the grains for texture. These are bright and healthy beautiful treats!

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    Mlle Fraise — August 31, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Oh my yum. I think I just died and went to yogurt heaven. That looks scrumptious! I'll definitely have to give this a try. Those berries are winking at me. Beautiful picture, Tessa!

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    Sophia — September 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I just realized that it really isn't that difficult to make a parfait. I tried my first one a couple of months ago using this easy Yogurt Parfait recipe. Now I want to try yours too! :)

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    Melanie — September 15, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I love Greek yogurt. And what a deliciously beautiful parfait. Your photos are amazingly lovely!

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    Cucee Sprouts — October 8, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Try it with Kefir. You can actually make your own. Here is a recipe for you http://cuceesprouts.com/2010/10/fermenting-experimenting/

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    Jeff..An Eater! — November 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Sounds like it would be good. To save time on cooking the oats, use your favorite cereal instead! It is great with Fiber One.

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