Make Ahead Breakfast Parfaits

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Make Ahead Breakfast Parfaits are a quick, healthy breakfast for busy mornings. Yogurt, granola, and fruit will start your day off right. Just grab and go!

Make Ahead Breakfast Parfaits topped with strawberries in a clear plastic cup

Make Ahead Breakfast Parfaits

This Make Ahead Breakfast Parfait recipe is my answer to the craziness of back to school. Mornings starting sooner means breakfasts are often rushed or skipped. That’s where these breakfast parfaits come in. They’re easy to throw together so you can make several ahead of time, then grab and go on your way out the door! Kids and adults alike love these nutritious, flavorful parfaits. With these parfaits in the fridge, I find myself skipping breakfast MUCH less. They are super convenient and time-saving to take in the car (think sitting in the drive-up window at the bank or waiting for carpool kids). I have also sent my husband to work with these several times as he gets up early and will often skip breakfast as well. Basically this recipe has been a game changer for our family. They’re light, convenient, and oh so yummy!

What is a Breakfast Parfait?

These delicious parfaits are like a luscious dessert packed with all kinds of good for you ingredients that will start your day off on the right foot. Most breakfast parfaits are filled with yogurt (any kind will work) layered with fruit and granola. Parfaits are pretty, healthy and fun to eat! The great thing about a breakfast parfait is you can mix and match ingredients to make the perfect combination for you and your family.

Tips for Making Perfect Breakfast Parfaits

  • Any kind of granola will work for this recipe. I like our vanilla granola the best but the boxed cereal granola works too.
  • Fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries are perfect for a breakfast parfait. But you could add bananas, sliced grapes, pineapple, peaches, just about anything you like!
  • My family loves thick Greek vanilla yogurt but you can use any type or flavor of yogurt you like!
  • Kids love to help assemble these breakfast parfaits. I line up yogurt, fruit and granola on the counter and do an assembly line. The kids love to add their own ingredients to their parfaits, which makes them more apt to eating them!
  • You can buy cups with lids for these parfaits for a great price on Amazon*. The cups found here are actually better because they have a nice little dome lid so you can add the granola right into the cup before you go! The 8 oz. size seems to be plenty big for these parfaits.
  • Or just use plastic cups and plastic wrap. I like to cover the plastic wrap tightly with a rubber band, and then put a Ziploc baggie of granola on top. That way you can add the granola at the last minute so it doesn’t get soggy.
  • If you want to go all out and send them to school with the kiddos, just use a Tupperware up with a good strong lid that screws on so you don’t have any backpack fiascos.
  • Store these breakfast parfaits in the fridge for up to five days.

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How to Make Breakfast Parfaits

Make Ahead Breakfast Parfaits topped with strawberries in a clear plastic cup

Make Ahead Breakfast Parfaits

5 from 5 votes
Make Ahead Breakfast Parfaits are a quick, healthy breakfast for busy mornings. Yogurt, granola, and fruit will start your day off right. Just grab and go!

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 6



  • Layer ¼ – ⅓ c. of mixed berries in the bottom of each cup. 
  • Next spoon about ¼ – ⅓ c. of yogurt on top of the berries.  
  • Continue layering until the cup is as full as you would like (with yogurt being the top layer).
  • Fill a snack-sized ziploc bag with granola and seal (one for each cup). 
  • Cover each cup tightly with plastic wrap and seal with rubber band. 
  • Place (or tie on) a granola bag on each cup along with a plastic spoon (see picture above). 
  • Place in refrigerator for up to 5 days. 


Nutrition Information

Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 9gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 102mgPotassium: 556mgFiber: 6gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 116IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 286mgIron: 1mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    This has become my favorite breakfast make-ahead recipe! Thanks for sharing another awesome recipe with us.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m not a huge fan of yogurt by itself, but add some granola and berries and I’m all in! I also love that I can make this in disposable cups so it can be eaten on the run and I don’t have to worry about any dishes not coming home. πŸ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    This is my favorite breakfast! Love the idea of making them ahead – that will save me a lot of time in the morning.

  4. You could make these in mason jars or reuseable plastic containers instead of using disposable plastics. It still gives you the convenience of make-ahead, but with less trash.

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    1. Drain the yogurt overnight.. How? Sounds like a good idea – I am afraid of the fruit getting mushy, YUCK! But I need this make-ahead breakfast for the work week in my life.

    2. This is not eco friendly at all, cut out the single use plastics! It’s not just garbage it’s a complete waste