These Strawberry Banana Granola Parfaits are a great way to start your morning. They’re packed with fresh fruit, nuts, and natural Greek yogurt.
Not only are these a simple way to prepare breakfast, they’re also a great way to make sure you’re getting your daily servings of fruit, protein and grains.
If you don’t have a granola you like, I always recommend making your own granola at home. There are some healthy store-bought granolas, but the best way to be sure of what’s going into your granola is to make it yourself. Here is our recipe for homemade granola that you can quickly make to add to these parfaits.
Ingredients You’ll Need
The best part about yogurt parfaits is that they can be customised to the way you like them. Add whatever fruit you like, and adjust the ratio of granola to yogurt as you like.
- Plain Greek yogurt – I use Fage 5%. It’s nice and thick and with no added sugars.
- Granola – Make it yourself or buy your favorite brand.
- Fruit – I love to use bananas and strawberries in my parfait. They offer a balance of sweetness, with some crunch from the strawberries and softness from the bananas for texture. Use any fruit you love.
How to Make Granola Parfaits
Start by adding some yogurt to the bottom of the jar. Then add some fruit, then granola, and another layer of yogurt. Two layers is the perfect amount and gives a little bit of each ingredient in every bite.
If you find that two layers is too big, you can make these in smaller jars with just one layer each. I am often only able to eat the first layer and you really don’t want them to go to waste, so build them to suit you.
How to Store Granola Parfaits
The granola will become a bit soggy the longer these sit, but if you layer them well, not all of the granola is touching the yogurt, so it will stay somewhat crisp in the jar for up to 2 days, if necessary.
I like using jars with lids so I can make the parfaits and then put them in the refrigerator for morning. If you’re hosting people at your house, this is a great way to get breakfast done the night before and just pull it out of the fridge like magic the next day.
These parfaits can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, if you want to make them ahead. However, the granola does get soggy after awhile and the bananas begin to brown, so it’s best to make it just before you’re planning to eat it.
Variations & Substitutions
If you’re looking for a slightly different way to serve these parfaits, there are so many different ways to mix and match. Mix up your ingredients to suit your preferences, of try something different so you don’t get bored of the same thing every day.
- Peaches and vanilla yogurt
- Blueberries with strawberry yogurt
- Chocolate yogurt with marshmallows and chocolate nibs
- Blackberries and raspberries
Frequently Asked Questions
Are parfaits healthy?
Not every parfait is healthy for you because it can be packed with extra sugar and calories that you don’t need. However, this strawberry and banana parfait is built to be healthy, as well as a great start to the day. By using natural Greek yogurt without any added sugars and a healthy low-sugar granola, you can significantly cut the calories and sugar.
Can I substitute other fruits for the strawberries and bananas?
Yes, you can use any type of berries or fruit that you like. I actually really like adding sliced peaches to this parfait instead of the berries and bananas. Just be sure to use fresh fruit to avoid added sugars.
Why should I use Greek yogurt?
While regular yogurt tends to have fewer calories and more calcium, Greek yogurt has more protein and less sugar, plus a much thicker consistency, which works really well in this parfait, especially if you’re planning to keep it in the refrigerator for a few days.
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Strawberry Banana Granola Parfaits
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups granola
- 2 large bananas sliced
- 1 cup fresh strawberries sliced
- In a parfait glass or 16 oz mason jar, alternate layers of Greek yogurt, homemade or store-bought granola, sliced bananas, and fresh strawberries.
- Eat immediately, or store in the refrigerator until ready to consume.
- Parfaits can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
- Use store-bought or homemade granola.
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Laura is a home cook, with 25 years experience behind the stove, who spends an extraordinary amount of time in the kitchen cooking. She loves making new recipes and finding wonderful new things to eat, both at home or abroad. She spends a lot of time researching, crafting, and perfecting her recipes and currently has a cookbook in development.