Cranberry Pistachio Yogurt Parfaits make a great make ahead breakfast for weekday mornings or a little something different for the weekend. Ready to enjoy that first meal of the day?
Cranberry Pistachio Yogurt Parfaits
Cranberry Pistachio Yogurt Parfaits (or any breakfast parfait, really) is such a simple concept, but one that is often overlooked. At least by me it is.
My first job in the retail side of the coffee industry was over 13 years ago. We mostly served raspberry donut twists, lemon bars and muffins with the occasional sandwich but there were not very many options that would be considered a healthier alternative to pastries.
Much to our dismay we started serving yogurt and granola parfaits. They were a pain in the neck to prepare because we had to be extremely neat and tidy about it so that the layers of yogurts made a striking impression on the consumer. Darn see-through plastic cups! Definitely an inconvenience when we don’t have much time to prepare them but making them look appealing was totally understandable.
Looking at the parfaits, I really did underestimate them in the beginning. White and pink layers of yogurt alternated with golden brown oats and nuts to make a very tempting breakfast.
The rest is history. The store did make some money from staff members (like myself) buying one almost every morning. Thank goodness for the employee discount! I was one of their best customers.
I’ve grown to love Greek yogurt. Yogurt has always been a more floppy consistency similar to a pudding, but with less ability to hold shape in a spoon depending on the brand. Over time I learned to love the smooth, more solid version of yogurt. Even the plain Greek yogurt was pleasant and could be quite addicting when drizzled with
chocolate sauce honey.
I love to bake with it, cook with it and eat it in place of ice cream when I am feeling overcome with willpower for better eating choices. Plain is not my favorite flavor but it is the one that we use most here at our house. I cannot resist the honey flavor and even though I could very well mix it in myself, it tastes better when the yogurt makers do it.
What is your favorite flavor of Greek yogurt?
I’d love to hear how you make yogurt and granola parfaits! Do you use plain or flavored yogurt?
- plain Greek yogurt, or your favorite flavored Greek yogurt
- homemade granola
- dried cranberries
- Using clear glasses for a striking presentation, layer Greek yogurt with granola.
- Sprinkle pistachios and dried cranberries before adding another layer of yogurt and granola.
- Repeat until glass is full.
- Dollop with Greek yo and dried cranberries for a garnish.