Greek yogurt and granola come together to make a quick and delicious breakfast, lunch, or snack for kids. No wonder why Starbucks' yogurt parfaits are so popular!
I still cannot get over how many options you will find in the yogurt aisle of a grocery store! I mean, no wonder why parents are confused what to feed their kids.
With all of the options out there, at least you know that by buying Greek yogurt, you are getting more protein per serving.
Greek yogurt with granola and fruit (optional) - it's as easy as that! In fact, if you have left over fresh fruit salad, use it to make this parfait!
Make it fun for your kids by setting out various toppings and letting them create their own parfait. My youngest enjoyed doing that just this morning!
If they want to add fruit, great! If not, that's okay, too. If nothing else, you are increasing their exposure to a variety of foods.
Oh, and 'Aesthetic' food or 'Instagram worthy' food is a hit with tweens and teens right now. This recipe would be an easy one to do a 'competition' with.
Let your kids assemble their own parfait and you assemble your own and see who's is more visually appealing... then, eat up!
Why This Recipe is so Great
- Easy to make It's so easy that kids can assemble yogurt parfaits themselves.
- Well balanced Fruit and yogurt parfaits contain carbohydrate, protein, fat, and many other nutrients that are not listed on a nutrition facts label (like phytonutrients).
- Great for meal prepping Parfaits can be made the night before and stored in the refrigerator for an easy breakfast on the go.
- Contains protein and fiber, so kids feel full longer
- Greek yogurt Good source of protein and calcium. Chobani makes a Madagascar Vanilla and Cinnamon flavored less sugar Greek yogurt that have a nice flavor.
- Fruit Berries are the most common fruit to use in parfaits. Not only are full of nutrients, but they are pretty and easy to serve. My kids have made these with all different variations of fruit, including peaches and nectarines.
- Granola Adds a wonderful texture to yogurt parfaits. I like to make my own granola, but store-bought granola will work just as well. Granola is made with rolled oats. Oats are a whole grain and are an excellent source of soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, and zinc.
Greek yogurt is great because it's higher in protein than traditional yogurt, which means it will keep kids feeling full longer. It is thicker, though, which takes some getting used to.
If your kids are used to sweetened traditional yogurt, they will likely not be thrilled if you all of a sudden serve them plain Greek yogurt. For this reason, I suggest mixing plain Greek yogurt in with a sweetened yogurt to increase their acceptance of it.
This way, they will still get the flavor they love but with less sugar and more protein. Try it and let me know what you think!
How to Make a Greek Yogurt and Granola Parfait
It's hard to call this a recipe because it's so easy! Please keep in mind that there is really no 'wrong' way to assemble yogurt parfaits. Let your kids get creative! And, for specific instructions, scroll down for the recipe.
Option 1 For same day eating, I layer the ingredients in the following order: Greek yogurt, granola, fruit (optional).
Option 2 If you are making these ahead of time, try layering them the same as a Starbucks yogurt parfait: fruit first (optional), then yogurt, and then top with granola. Store refrigerated in a sealed air-tight container for up to three days (up to one day if using pineapple or banana).
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- If assembling this ahead of time, the granola will soften. So, if your kids like granola to be crunchy, have them add the granola just before they eat it.
- Use fruit that you know your kids will like when making yogurt parfaits.
- If there is a fruit that you aren't sure your kids will like, you can mix it in with a fruit that you know they like. This will help improve their acceptance.
- If using pineapple or banana as an ingredient, assembled parfaits should be eaten within twenty-four hours for optimal flavor.
- The only fruits that I really try to avoid are melons, but it's only because of their water content. If your kids insist on topping their parfaits with melon, I'd say give it a try!
- If using frozen fruit, let it defrost before adding it to the parfait.
- Slice or dice fruit into smaller pieces for this recipe. Kitchen scissors work well for small fruits like berries.
Here is the ingredient list that can be found on their website: Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt [Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Nonfat Milk, Agave Syrup, Vanilla Extract, Carob Bean Gum, Vanilla Beans, Pectin, Water], Mixed Berry Compote [Mixed Berries (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries), Evaporated Cane Sugar, Water, Plum Puree, Cornstarch, Ground Coriander, Citric Acid], Granola [Whole Rolled Oats, Milled Cane Sugar, Rice Flour, Oat Flour, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Molasses, Honey, Natural Flavor, Salt, Barley Malt Syrup]
As you can see, Starbucks uses a nonfat vanilla yogurt that is sweetened with agave. An easy substitute for this would be to mix a small amount of agave or honey in with plain yogurt.
Include at least one fruit that you know your kids like when making these. My kids love ripe raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, grapes, pineapple, banana, and nectarines. Any combination of these will work well, as would many other fruits (like mango!).
They definitely can be! As with most other foods, it really depends on the ingredients used. Choose a yogurt and granola with minimal amount of added sugar and fresh fruit, and you've got an excellent snack for kids that provides protein and fiber that will help them feel full longer.
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Easy Greek Yogurt and Granola Parfait
- 5 oz Greek yogurt Plain or vanilla. Your child's favorite yogurt is a good starting place, preferably with a low amount of added sugar. See notes section.
- 2 tablespoon granola
- ¼ cup fresh fruit Optional but highly recommended. Fruit should be cut up or sliced.
- Spoon yogurt into the bottom of a small bowl or mug.
- Top yogurt with granola.
- Top granola with fruit (optional).
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