Berry Breakfast Parfaits


“Ugh, I want to do healthy breakfasts but it’s hard. Everyone is in a hurry, my kids hate eggs and oatmeal and so it’s usually cereal.” I hear some form of this comment quite often from parents. I get it. Somedays fast wins out over healthy because the alternative is no breakfast at all.

No matter how much I prepare or how painfully early my alarm rings in my ear…weekday mornings are a furious blur that usually involves the word “hurry” a few hundred times.

Yogurt parfaits are one of my favorite suggestions for a healthy, fast breakfast that kids will love to make and eat. Sometimes I simply give each of my girls a bowl of yogurt and spread out the table with toppings like berries, nuts (or seeds), granola, honey or syrup. Then let them get creative. The only rule being you need to eat (most) of what you take. If I’m really feeling adventurous I give them half a banana with a kid-friendly knife and let them add slices to their yogurt.

This recipe is a prefect way to start making breakfast parfaits. Plus kids love to help make this recipe, we have made it in my cooking classes quite a few times and it’s always a hit. Loaded with healthy fats, protein and vitamins this recipe will start anyone’s day out right.

Berry Breakfast Parfaits


1 cup plain Greek Yogurt

1 cup Ricotta Cheese

1-2 tbsp Honey or pure Maple Syrup

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 cup sliced Strawberries (raspberries and blueberries work great too!)

1 ripe Banana, sliced

1/2 cup Favorite Granola (I love THIS RECIPE and THIS RECIPE)

In a medium bowl whisk together yogurt, ricotta, honey or syrup and spices. Layer the yogurt mixture, fruit and granola in a clear cup or dish. Serve immediately. Makes about 2 medium parfaits. Warning: this recipe has been known to cause yogurt mustaches and happy kids!

a*Be sure to check out our round up of places to go Berry Picking in the Madison area!


Tara is mom to two energetic daughters Bianca and Iyla. Passionate about inspiring others to cook healthy, delicious and allergy-friendly food, she owns Yummy Sprout, which provides healthy culinary adventures through classes and more. Check out Tara has been featured in the Wisconsin State Journal and on Channel 3 WISC-TV on topics including “making your own baby food”, “cooking with kids” and “packing healthy school lunches”. She adores living in Madison and all it has to offer family life. Her favorite ways to spend time include messing up her kitchen while recipe testing, running, yoga, writing, painting, traveling and reading books with her girls.


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