fruit and yogurt breakfast parfaits in mason jars

After a month-long string of cereal + sliced banana + almond milk in the morning, I figured it was time to put a little more effort into the most important meal of the day. When I’m craving something fresh and filling — yet FAST — for the morning,  Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits are where it’s at!

frozen berries on the top of a fruit and yogurt breakfast parfait

Protein packed Greek yogurt is mixed with heart healthy old fashioned oats, chia seeds, and a splash of milk, then layered with frozen fruit and berries in a jar for a make-ahead, grab-and-go breakfast. Make one, two, or 10 at a time – they keep for several days in the refrigerator!

Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits are basically layered overnight oats, which I used to make allll the time several years ago.  The combination of yogurt and oats mixed together then left to sit overnight in the refrigerator is so dreamy. The oats become nice and chewy, then the frozen berries melt to create a sweet berry sauce that permeates every bite.

Layer up a bunch of parfaits on Sunday night then sleep well knowing you’ll have breakfast taken care of during the week. It’ll save you at least, what, 10 minutes every morning which you can use to sleep in a bit, hunt for your bless-ed missing shoe, or, gasp, get to work early! ;)

spoonful of a fruit and yogurt breakfast parfait

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How to Make Breakfast Parfaits

Start each parfait with 6oz Greek yogurt. You can purchase the big tubs of yogurt to make several breakfast parfaits at once, which is usually more economical.

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Spoon the yogurt into a bowl then add 1/3 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats. Heart-healthy and full of fiber, old fashioned oats provide a nice, chewy texture to these breakfast parfaits.

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Next add 1 teaspoon chia seeds and 2 Tablespoons milk then stir everything until well combined.

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Spoon half the yogurt mixture into the bottom of a wide-mouth mason jar or tall container.

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Next add 1/2 cup frozen fruit + berries. Frozen fruit works great in these parfaits because they melt in the fridge and create a yummy berry sauce that gets mixed in throughout the entire parfait. Super good and luxurious feeling with zero effort required!

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I use a few Tablespoons each frozen pineapple and frozen blueberries.

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Plus frozen raspberries. This combo is absolutely delicious, but again, use what you like.

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Top with the remaining yogurt mixture and another 1/2 cup berries then stick in the fridge. These parfaits stay good for up to 3 days post-assembly, so grab and go throughout the week for a convenient, healthy, and filling breakfast. Enjoy!

fruit and yogurt breakfast parfaits in mason jars

Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits

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Description

Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits are a quick and healthy breakfast idea! Assemble on the weekend then grab and go all week long.

Ingredients

Makes 1

  • 6oz Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup certified gluten free old fashioned oats (raw)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons milk, any kind
  • 1 cup frozen mixed fruit and berries

Directions

  1. Stir together yogurt, oats, chia seeds, and milk in a bowl. Layer half inside a wide mouth mason jar or tall container then add half the frozen fruit and berries. Layer in remaining yogurt and berries then refrigerate at least overnight and up to 3 days.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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