my favorite snacks : packable fruit and yogurt parfait

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 in Food

Parfait literally means perfect in French. And I think it is a wholly appropriate name for this recipe. There is something so simple and yet so satisfying about fruit and layers of creamy yogurt topped with crunchy granola. And, dare I say, it is the perfect snack.

Especially when you pack it up in a Mason jar for easy transport. Just put the granola in a separate container and sprinkle on just before devouring.

I struggle to call this one a “recipe” because really, it is just assembly. I’m not going to give you measurements, because to make a perfect parfait (redundant!), it should be entirely personal.

My version has bananas, oranges, and blueberries with honey yogurt and granola. Yum-o!

I love parfaits for a snack because they include such a great diversity of food groups and fill that ever-present afternoon sweet tooth attack. Pack one of these suckers and it’ll never even occur to you to hit the vending machine.

What would be in your perfect parfait?



  1. Mmmmm! I have been eating lots of these lately! Your pictures are so purdy! :-)

  2. Your pictures are GORGEOUS!!!!

    My Perfect Parfiet would be with Strawberries and Bananas! :)

  3. When I worked at a coffee shop we would serve these with a frozen mix of blueberries and raspberries. We put the granola in and it got soft, but I liked it that way.
    Love the idea of carrying it in a mason jar! you are so clever and creative! I bet it leaks less than it would in a plastic container.

  4. I made a little parfait in a jar just the other day, and I used frozen fruit (cherries and blueberries), and stuck it in the fridge at work and when the fruit thawed, it froze the yogurt, so by the time I ate it, I had frozen yogurt + fruit, it was amazing!! It was a happy accident! I love using glass jars instead of tupperware!

  5. Beautiful photos! Looks delicious!

  6. Great idea! This looks so beautiful! My perfect parfait would have Greek yogurt, honey, raspberries and granola. I’m craving one now :P

    • Oooooh, raspberries are so, so, so yummy! But they are hard to grow here and are therefore pretty much always out of season. Such a nice treat!

  7. soooo gorgeous! This would be great to take to work… and save me money from buying it from my favourite coffee shop!

    • Yeah, it is perfect for taking to work! That’s what I do. :)

  8. I am with you, I never want to hit up the vending machine. Love fruity yogurt parfaits!

  9. I love this! Where did you find that adorable orange spoon?

    • It’s from Crate and Barrel. They are called “condiment spoons”. :)

  10. Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post tomorrow.

  11. Do you prep these for the week? Then just add granola on each one before you eat them?

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  13. I was just curious, what kind of yogurt do you use?

    • I’m a big fan of Fage 2%, but I also make my own yogurt a lot, too!

  14. How big are your jars for the parfaits? Also how big are your jars for the overnight oats and salads in a jar?

    • I use half-pints or pints for parfaits. And then pints for overnight oats and side salads. Quarts for dinner-sized salads.

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