Yogurt Parfaits – a la Nate

The great thing about yogurt parfaits is you can make a week’s worth ahead of time and just grab them on your way out the door.  So no busy bee has an excuse not to eat breakfast any longer!  You can also get creative with the types of toppings and layers you add, and with the presentation.  Nate simply put ours in clear solo cups, classy I know.  But even the solo cups look dressed up and scrumptious, don’t they?

And you might be asking yourself, orange liquor, for breakfast?  Nothing wakes you up like a nice kick in the face 🙂  Just kidding, it is barely enough to give the lightest-weight a buzz.  For this recipe, the liquor serves a purpose!  Read the recipe to find out.

Thank you chef!
Yogurt Parfaits - a la Nate

Yogurt Parfaits - a la Nate
Ingredients
½ lb of frozen mixed berries
4 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons of orange liquor
1 32 oz vanilla yogurt (we used low-fat!)
1 banana, sliced
1-2 cups of your favorite granola cereal
(feel free to add any kind of fruit and as many layers as you like!)
Directions
-Add the frozen berries to a medium–sized bowl
-Sprinkle the sugar over top the berries and toss the berries around to coat
-Add the orange liquor and toss again to coat the berries
-Leave the bowl out on the counter to soak and thaw.  This macerates the berries as it thaws.
Woah! New cooking term.  What does macerate mean?  To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
-Once the fruit is finished macerating and thawing, you will layer your parfait cups.  
-Add a couple spoonfuls of berries to each cup, then a couple spoonfuls of yogurt, then bananas, then more yogurt, then finish with the granola.
-If making a batch for later, cover each cup with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.


**An alternative to using orange liquor would be… to use orange juice instead.  Also, adding a few fresh, ripped mint leaves would add a nice flavor.

More pictures for your reference:
Yogurt Parfaits - a la Nate

Yogurt Parfaits - a la Nate
macerated berries

Yogurt Parfaits - a la Nate

Yogurt Parfaits - a la Nate

10 thoughts on “Yogurt Parfaits – a la Nate

  1. These are a great solution for you (and me!). An adjustment I would make is, if you are making a batch for the whole week, I would wait to add the granola until right before you eat them. Mine today was fine, but I'm just imagining them 4 days from now! Just an FYI 🙂

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  2. These look amazing! So much better than my morning bowl of cereal 🙂 I love that you can just leave them in the frig and grab them quick in the morning, great idea!

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  3. You know what I just realized? Because these were in solo cups, they were really easy for me to bring with me in the car. They fit nicely in my cup holder, so I didn't have to worry about spilling them!

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