Breakfast On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Parfaits are easy to put together to enjoy for a meal, snack on the go or after a workout. There is no excuse for missing breakfast with this yogurt parfait recipe in your recipe box!
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Breakfast Parfaits:
On The Go Granola-Yogurt-Fruit Breakfast Parfaits
- ½ cup Granola (regular or gluten-free) , divided
- 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)
- Add ¼ cup of granola to the bottom of a 1 pint jar.
- Layer ½ cup yogurt, remaining ¼ cup granola, remaining ½ cup yogurt and the fruit.
- Seal and store in the refrigerator until taking it on the go! Recommend eating it the same day.
Shannon Gurnee says
I love yogurt with granola and that looks absolutely yummy! I would love trying this sometime! Thanks for sharing.
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.
Toni Dash 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!
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
These Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits look delish and I love that you put them in mason jars too!
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.
Toni Dash says
That’s how I feel about it too Tracey! It’s nice to have something similar but in a different form to swap out with smoothies for me.
Anne Krajcovic says
Just love reading your posts! Oh, not to mention the yummy recipes?
Toni Dash says
Thank you so much Anne!
I’m such a huge fan of breakfast on the go. Just because we’re in a hurry doesn’t mean we can’t have something delicious
Amanda O. says
That looks like something I could take to work with me in the mornings. I love quick and easy breakfasts!
Nicole Escat says
Yogurt taste really. I’m sure kids would love this. Anyway beautiful shot for the pictures.
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.
Toni Dash 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!