In the summer there’s nothing like a cool sweet treat at the end of the day. One dessert that can totally hit the spot is a yummy berry yogurt parfait. They’re so cool and refreshing, and the honey I add to mine give them just the right amount of sweetness.
Patriotic Berry Yogurt Parfait with Honey
I really can’t take much credit for this recipe because it’s actually only a slight modification of the parfaits we made at my old job. I used to help run a snack stand at a golf course and one of the things we’d make to serve every day was a blueberry yogurt parfait. They were always a big hit with our golfers.
With the 4th of July just around the corner I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit though and give these parfaits a patriotic look by using strawberries as well to give the yogurt parfait a red, white and blue look. I must say that I’m really happy with how they turned out, and they taste as good, or even better, than they look!
What really makes these parfaits so great though is the added honey. It actually serves two different purposes. First it gives an extra sweetness to the parfait which is really yummy. The second purpose though is that it creates a moisture barrier between the yogurt and the berries. This helps the parfait have a longer shelf life which means that if you are serving them for a party you could make them the day before and they would still be good on the next day for the party. This also allows you to make a few at a time and keep them ready to eat for a few days.
Here’s What is Needed to Make a Berry Yogurt Parfait with Honey
How to Make a Berry Yogurt Parfait with Honey
These parfaits are really easy to make. I like to make several at a time. I do the same step for each parfait cup before moving on to the next step. Although that might come from years of making them in bulk.
I recommend using an ice cream scoop (one that has a push handle) to scoop and add the yogurt to the glasses. It makes it easy and less messy. Just one of those tricks we figured out while making them over and over at the snack stand.
The first thing you’ll need to do is cut a strawberry up into bite size pieces. You’ll then place these in the bottom of the glass to start the parfait. I found that one-third to one-half of a large strawberry was enough, but it really depends on the size of the strawberry.
Next add a scoop of yogurt on top of the strawberries. One scoop should be enough, but the amount really depends on the size of parfait glasses that you’ve chosen to use.
After that it’s time to add the honey. For this I just fill up a spoon with the honey and slowly move my hand around while it slides off of the spoon onto the yogurt. Keep moving it around (and adding more if you need to) until you have all areas of the yogurt covered. It doesn’t need to be a thick layer, just enough to fully cover the yogurt.
Once you’re done with the honey it’s time to add the blueberries. I added about half a fist full (although I have tiny fists). You want a good layer of them, but you need to make sure you have enough space for the remaining layers.
When you feel you have the right amount of blueberries it’s time to add one more layer of yogurt. You’ll want to add enough that you’re close to the top of the glass, but it’s good have it just below the top to keep it from overflowing.
Finally you’ll finish up the berry yogurt parfait by sprinkling granola all over the top and then garnishing it with more berries. I alternated between using strawberries and blueberries on top. For the strawberries I cut the top off of a medium sized strawberry and then cut it in half. For the blueberries I just placed three of them together.
That’s all there is to it! I created these berry yogurt parfaits with the idea of serving them for dessert at a 4th of July party, but they’d be great for breakfast or a snack as well. Whatever meal you eat them for they’ll be yummy!
- Plain Yogurt or Plain Greek Yogurt
- Cut a large strawberry into pieces and place about half of it into the bottom of the glass.
- Place a scoop of yogurt on top of the strawberries.
- Add a spoonful of honey on top of the yogurt making sure to have it cover the entire area.
- Next add a small layer of blueberries on top of the honey.
- Add another layer of yogurt. Should be enough to almost reach the top of the glass.
- Top the parfait with granola and garnish it with half a strawberry or a small cluster of blueberries.