On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Breakfast Parfaits

This post is sponsored as part of Boulder Locavore’s ongoing partnership with Udi’s Gluten-Free, exploring gluten-free recipes, health and wellness. 

On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Breakfast Parfaits. A recipe perfect for life on the go, easy snacking and healthy breakfast options! - BoulderLocavore.com

I loved yogurt as a kid.  There was always something so mysterious about opening the lid to the individual container, seeing the creamy white yogurt peering up like a blank canvas with no clue as to the fruit layer buried below. It was a bit like digging for buried treasure for me to plunge the spoon to the bottom, stirring up the sweetness below.

When I went to college I grew to appreciate yogurt in a whole new way.  I went to the University of California at Santa Cruz.  It was an eclectic university offering pass or no record with a narrative evaluation at the time, and no grades.  Coupled with the wooded, hilly terrain and isolated small college groupings by discipline, the university attracted a variety of students and a bit of a hippie vibe.  The mascot is the banana slug; see what I mean?  It wasn’t until John Travolta wore a UCSC banana slug t-shirt in the movie Pulp Fiction that it seemed cool.

On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Breakfast Parfaits. A recipe perfect for life on the go, easy snacking and healthy breakfast options! - BoulderLocavore.com

It was here that I developed the more sophisticated familiarity with plain yogurt served on granola.  The granola was of course homemade, in chunky, nutty clumps and always served over yogurt.  It was like no one had ever heard of or wanted to hear of granola with milk as I’d always had it.  I jumped on board along, starting to wear wrap around skirts, little make-up and appreciated communing with nature as I’d haul what seemed like miles between my classes on tree shrouded pathways.  On a few occasions I even spotted a 7-inch banana slug making its barely discernable way across a moist trail in full blown lemon yellow glory.

Today I rarely wear wrap around skirts, love make-up and haven’t seen a banana slug since those collegiate years.  However, I do still love granola and yogurt, and feel that same hippie-chic in eating it.  My dilemma with breakfast is that I’m often on the go.  Driving kids to school.  Having early morning meetings.  Going to the gym (ok, ok, it’s been a few months but I will start again soon).  I love having something to eat on the go.

On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Breakfast Parfaits. A recipe perfect for life on the go, easy snacking and healthy breakfast options! - BoulderLocavore.com

Recently I’ve renewed my love of mixing together yogurt, granola and fruit and packing them in Mason jars to take with us.  They aren’t just for breakfast either.  Great as a post work out snack, after school treat or a snack anytime really.  For this recipe I used pint size Mason jars but you can always half-size to 8-ounce jars and one layer of each yogurt and granola instead of two if desired.

On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Breakfast Parfaits. A recipe perfect for life on the go, easy snacking and healthy breakfast options! - BoulderLocavore.com

On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Breakfast Parfaits

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 Breakfast Parfait (ingredients can be multiplied for additional parfaits)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Granola, divided (I used Udi’s Gluten-Free Active Omega-3 Cherry Walnut and Antioxidant Blueberry-Cashew granolas)
  • 1 cup Vanilla-flavored yogurt, divided; your choice of fat content, type (Greek, etc) or plant-based
  • ½ cup Assorted sliced Fresh Fruit (I used banana, kiwi, blueberries and clementine segments)

Instructions

  1. Add ¼ cup of granola to the bottom of a 1 pint jar.
  2. Layer ½ cup yogurt, remaining ¼ cup granola, remaining ½ cup yogurt and the fruit.
  3. Seal and store in the refrigerator until taking it on the go! Recommend eating it the same day.
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On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Breakfast Parfaits. A recipe perfect for life on the go, easy snacking and healthy breakfast options! - BoulderLocavore.com

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Comments

  1. Catherine S says

    This looks so yummy. It would make a great breakfast or snack to grab when I am running out the door.

  2. Kristi says

    Love these. I was going to ask if you could make them in advance and then saw your comment about eating same day. I wondered about making some for a day or two away, like when we stay at hotels for sporting events, I suppose the granola gets soft or the fruit mushy?

    • says

      Hi Kristi. It probably depends on the granola and fruit you will use. I think what I might do is put the yogurt in the jar, bag the granola separately and pick more robust fruits that don’t oxidize (citrus, blueberries, etc). Keep the jar refrigerated and then add the granola on top and the fruit when you need it. Separating the ingredients would give a better end result I think. It the granola is really dry it might be ok for 2 days with the yogurt but I think it would soften quite a bit.

  3. says

    Yogurt with different mix ins are one of my favorite snacks, especially in the evening to curb my sweet tooth. I will be on the lookout for this gluten free granola!

  4. Tara L says

    I was just telling my husband if I made these would you eat this in the morning. LOL Where do you get the glass jars from? I always have a hard time finding them. Thanks

    • says

      I feel like I see them everywhere Tara. The grocery store (generally there is a canning section), Target, Walmart, hardware stores. There is also a link to them on Amazon in the post. They are pint size Mason jars and you can use the lids that come with them or buy the white lids used after the jar has been opened (for canning). They come in a box with a handful of resealable lids for a few dollars.

  5. says

    I’ve lost count in recent years how many times I’ve neglected to make breakfast for myself in the morning, typically because I’m working to get both kids out the door in time for school. But this is both a tasty and nutritious option that would ALSO keep me full! Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Me too! I’ll find myself driving them to school with a stomach ache and trying to figure out why! These are so easy to make and leave us no excuses for not eating ourselves!

  6. Jeanine says

    This looks so delicious. I want to try this with my kiddos and see if they’d like to start eating more of this type of thing. So good.

    • says

      My kids were pretty nuts about them. I think because the yogurt is vanilla flavored too it blends really well and everything is sweet, in a good way!

  7. Tracey says

    I always take breakfast on the go and usually opt for a smoothie. This is a great new recipe and alternative to my smoothie that I’ll have to try this week.

  8. Melissa S says

    These look delicious. I have been struggling to get my 11 year old to eat breakfast. I think he would love these parfaits though and being able to put them together is a huge plus since his bus is here by 6:45 am. Thank you for the recipe, I have been stuck in a rut and offering the same things over and over again.

    • says

      I completely understand Melissa. I don’t what it is about breakfast in particular but it seems I default to about 5 choices and spin through them too. My kids LOVE these. You of course can change up all the components (different flavor yogurt, fruit, granola type). They are fast to put together and you could layer the granola and yogurt the night before if you don’t mind the granola being soft, throw the fruit on in the a.m. and you are done! I think just having something new and different gets kids interested too!

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