My kids can finish off a box of cereal in one sitting. There are four of them, and they each usually want two bowls apiece, and by the time we’re done with all that and a wee bit for me the entire box is gone. Add in a preteen boy who’s beginning to ask for about six square meals a day, and it all adds up to a monstrously high grocery bill. So I’m always looking for breakfast foods that will fill the kids up, have some protein, taste good, and not be too hard or expensive to make.
Enter the yogurt parfait. We make ours with Greek yogurt for that extra protein, and whatever fruit is in season. You can make them as you go, or make them up the night before. Pull them out in the morning, add a handful of granola and you’ve got a fun, special-looking breakfast treat.
This is a fun one to make if you’ve got family in town for the Fourth of July holiday…or just to kick off a day of celebrating with your kids. It’s red, white, and blue (of course) and made with fruit that’s currently in-season. If you can’t get the fresh fruit, you can substitute frozen — I just take it out the night before, make up the parfaits, and let the fruit defrost overnight in the fridge, where it helps the yogurt stay cold at the same time. Don’t add the granola until just before eating, to keep it from getting soggy.
This is also a great recipe to get the kids helping. Let them experiment with making their own patterns while layering the ingredients in their cups.
- 20 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2 pints fresh or frozen raspberries, rinsed and drained
- 2 pints fresh or frozen blueberries, rinsed and drained
- 1 c granola
- Add raspberries to a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp sugar and mash slightly with a potato masher or muddler, until about half the raspberries make a sauce and half are still intact. Set aside.
- Add one spoonful of yogurt to the bottom of an 8-oz glass.
- Add one spoonful of raspberry sauce.
- Follow with another spoonful of Greek yogurt.
- Add one handful of blueberries.
- Add another spoonful of Greek yogurt.
- Top with a handful of granola and serve.
If you like this breakfast recipe, these ones are great to try, too!
– Chocolate Cherry Smoothies (you can’t go wrong with chocolate for breakfast)
– Baked Oatmeal (another favorite when we have overnight visitors)
–Eggy in the Middle (fun at home or on camping trips)
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