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If you like something sweet after your meal, or for a light breakfast, a fruit salad parfait fits the bill. Cool and refreshing, you’ll get a serving of fruit that will satisfy any sweet tooth without the added calories.
And of course, any combination of fruits that are in season can be used. We love the combination found in our summer fruit salad recipe.
Preparing these ingredients in advance as part of your meal prep so you can just add them to a cup in a minute or two is also a great idea for a speedy breakfast, before you dash off to work or send your kids out the door to school.
Serving it in a natural, edible bowl also makes a nice presentation.Print
If you dig cool, creamy treats with a crunch, you’ll fall hard for this fruit parfait layered with yogurt, toasted coconut, and granola.
- 1/4 cup toasted unsweetened coconut chips (or shredded coconut)
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
- 1 medium Navel or blood orange, peeled and segmented (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 medium ripe banana, peeled and sliced
- 8 large strawberries, stemmed and sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 medium ripe mango, peeled and cubed (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves, divided
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint, divided
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 4 tablespoons dark chocolate shavings (or chips), at least 70% cacao
- 1 cup granola
- In a small, dry skillet over low heat, add the coconut flakes and toast, shaking often to promote even browning until golden, about 3-5 minutes. Immediately remove the coconut from the pan and set aside.
- Add the walnuts and pistachios to the pan and toast, tossing occasionally, until fragrant and golden-brown, about 5 minutes. Immediately remove the nuts from the pan and set them aside.
- Place the oranges in a medium mixing bowl and press them gently with a spatula or wooden spoon to release some of their juice. Gently fold in the bananas, strawberries, mango, blueberries, vanilla, and half of the basil and mint.
- In clear parfait glasses, alternate layers of the fruit salad with the Greek yogurt and granola so you have at least 2 layers of yogurt, and top with toasted nuts, chocolate shavings, and coconut chips.
- Top with the remaining basil and mint as a garnish, and serve immediately.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Parfait
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Breakfast
Keywords: parfait, yogurt, fruit, chocolate, fruit salad
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Toast the Coconut and Nuts
Instead of toasting unsweetened shredded coconut, you can use Dang Coconut Chips (which you can grab on Amazon). They have tons of flavor and a big crunch.
Place a small, dry skillet over low heat to toast the coconut, followed by the nuts. There’s no need to add any additional fat to the pan since both ingredients already contain plenty of of natural oils.
Add the coconut flakes and toast, shaking often to promote even browning, until they are golden. This will take about 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately remove the coconut from the pan and set it aside on a plate so it doesn’t continue to cook.
Chop the walnuts and pistachios and then add them to the pan. Toast, tossing occasionally, until they are fragrant and golden-brown, for about 5 minutes. Immediately remove the nuts from the pan once they’re toasted, and set them aside on a plate to stop the cooking process.
Step 2 – Prep the Fruit Salad Ingredients
Wash all of the fruit well.
Slice the banana, remove the stems and slice the strawberries, and peel and cube the mango. Chop the basil and mint. Leave a few sprigs aside for garnish if you like, or a sprinkling of chopped herbs can be added on top just before serving.
Step 3 – Make the Fruit Salad
Place the oranges in a medium mixing bowl and then gently press on them with a wooden spoon or spatula. Releasing some of their juice into the bowl will help to add flavor and create more of a “dressing” for the fruit salad.
Gently fold the bananas, strawberries, mango, blueberries, vanilla, and about half of the basil and mint with the oranges so everything is combined and lightly coated with the juice.
Step 4 – Layer the Parfait and Serve
Make the chocolate shavings (unless you’re using chocolate chips, which you can also make from scratch).
Hold the chocolate bar with one hand and use a knife or vegetable peeler to create delicate shavings. It helps to gently warm the chocolate and/or your vegetable peeler first to create sturdy curls or shavings that hold their shape.
Store-bought granola is fine for this recipe, but homemade will totally take it up a notch.
Alternate the fruit salad with the Greek yogurt and granola, so you have at least 2 layers of yogurt. Top with toasted nuts, chocolate shavings, and coconut chips. I like to use clear jars or parfait glasses for serving, so you can see the layers.
You could also layer all of the ingredients if you prefer, ending with a smooth layer of yogurt on top for a clean presentation.
Garnish with the remaining basil and mint, and serve immediately.
It’s the contrasting layers of flavor and texture that take this parfait to the next level, but this recipe is just meant to get you started. The wheels in my brain are spinning with sweet ideas to spruce things up even more.
I like to infuse warming spices like cinnamon or nutmeg into the yogurt and occasionally even whisk in the zest from the orange to perk up the overall citrus notes.
Maple syrup, honey, strawberry syrup, or a pinch of sugar added to the fruit salad can help to enhance the fruit’s natural sweetness. If sweet and juicy berries are more your style, you’ll love our entire collection of homemade berry syrups!
For a nice and cold frozen treat in the summer, replace the yogurt with ice cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt.
Homemade jam, like this lovely peach one or our strawberry basil recipe, are other delicious options to build bold, fruity flavor. You can also use our red berry pudding with tapioca for a thicker fruit layer.
How will you personalize your parfait? Share your favorite layering techniques in the comments below! And don’t forget to give this recipe a five-star rating if you loved it.
If you can’t get enough sweet layered treats, give these parfait recipes a try next:
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About Lorna Kring
Recently retired as a costume specialist in the TV and film industry, Lorna now enjoys blogging on contemporary lifestyle themes. A bit daft about the garden, she’s particularly obsessed with organic tomatoes and herbs, and delights in breaking bread with family and friends.