Hosting breakfast or brunch? Then you need to try a Yogurt Parfait and Granola Bar! It’s a simple, unique, and beautiful way to serve a tasty and completely customizable breakfast. Your guests are going to love it!
This post is sponsored by the makers of Ball® home canning products.*
Remember last summer when I shared my go-to breakfast recipe? Well, I took the idea to the next level and designed it for a crowd with this Yogurt Parfait and Granola Bar.
Why a Yogurt Parfait and Granola Bar?
I’m always looking for creative and special ways to host guests. This idea might be my new favorite when it comes to serving breakfast to a large group of people. Why?
- It is so easy to set up.
- By using storage jars, you can quickly set it up multiple days in a row.
- This bar is completely customizable by using toppings to suit your occasion.
- The look is absolutely adorable.
- With a variety of topping options, it satisfies many different taste preferences.
- It’s filling and delicious.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
I also need to give a shout-out to Ball® home canning products and their new Stack & Store Jars as they are partially responsible for inspiring this clever breakfast hack. Because these jars are airtight and stackable (love that!), they have become a staple for my dry pantry storage and I couldn’t wait to use them in an unexpected yet (if I do say so myself) brilliant way!
As you can see, Ball® home canning products were essential to my Yogurt Parfait and Granola Bar spread. I recommend using resealable containers like these, especially if you are hosting breakfast for multiple days. Instead of filling (and then cleaning) a bunch of bowls and containers, dry items can be stored in the pantry and cold items can be stored in the refrigerator.
The Stack and Store jars are perfect for your dry goodies while the traditional mason jars are perfect for things like honey, yogurt, etc. You could even store your extra fruit, berries, etc. in the jars.
I also loved using the Ball® 8 oz jars for serving the parfaits. They are a perfect size and you can even use the lids to reseal them if needed.
Now that you’re all stocked up on storage and serving devices, let’s talk about some of the ingredients you’ll want to use to bring this Yogurt Parfait and Granola Bar to life!
What Type of Yogurt is Best:
I suggest using whatever yogurt you enjoy best, whether that’s traditional, greek, skyr, dairy-free, etc. My only recommendation here is that you use unflavored or vanilla. Since you’re providing a plethora of topping options, you want your yogurt flavor to be on the neutral side so that its flavor won’t compete with the toppings.
What are Good Toppings for Yogurt:
Get as creative as you like with your toppings. You can use what you love. If you’re hosting a celebration, you can pick items that match your theme or decor. For example, if you’re hosting a tropical event, use tropical fruits, coconut, macadamia nuts, etc.
To help get you started, here is a list of things I recommend (some of which I used on my Yogurt Parfait and Granola Bar):
- berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries)
- fresh fruit (pineapple, mandarin oranges, kiwi, apples, pears, banana, etc.)
- dried fruit (raisins, cherries, figs, cranberries, etc.)
- nuts (sliced almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
- shredded coconut
- chocolate chips (dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate)
- crushed cookies (Oreos, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, etc.)
- maple syrup
- nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)
- mint leaves (to garnish)
As you can see, it is possible to go all out with this idea or keep it quite limited, and it will still be just as wonderful. That’s what I love about this. You can really make it your own or customize it to suit your celebration or event.
With all of that in place, you just need some napkins and wooden spoons for serving. And while completely optional, a vase of seasonal blooms finishes off this decadent display beautifully. I used a mix of store-bought flowers and some from my yard. It is peony season, after all, so including a few of them was a must.
I’m not sure a recipe is required for this Yogurt Parfait and Granola Bar. However, I’m going to provide one for you anyway. I thought it might be handy to have something you can print out and view as you’re gathering supplies and ingredients. I hope it’s helpful. You can find the printable recipe card below.
As always, I hope you enjoyed this idea and that it provides a little inspiration for your next breakfast or brunch gathering. Enjoy and happy entertaining!
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Yogurt Parfait and Granola Bar
- 3 cups yogurt
- 3 cups fruit or berries
- 2 cups granola
- 1 cup nuts
- 1 cup honey - maple syrup, and/or nut butter
- additional toppings
- fresh mint to garnish
- Begin by filing a Ball® 8 oz jar with yogurt.
- Add fresh fruit or berries. Top with granola, nuts, and/or additional toppings.
- Drizzle with honey, maple syrup, and/or a scoop of nut butter.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries)
fresh fruit (pineapple, mandarin oranges, kiwi, apples, pears, banana, etc.)
dried fruit (raisins, cherries, figs, cranberries, etc.)
nuts (sliced almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
chocolate chips (dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate)
crushed cookies (Oreos, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, etc.)
nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)
mint leaves (to garnish)