Fresh Berry Yogurt Parfait
Fresh berries, creamy vanilla greek yogurt, and a touch of chocolate…perhaps too healthy to call dessert, but sweet-tooth satisfying none the less.
I have a confession to make. I have an obsession with fruit. Like I could eat fruit all day everyday kind of thing. We currently house 7 different types of fresh fruit, SEVEN. Apples, bananas, musk melon, cherries, strawberries, pineapple and peaches. I think we have a problem!
Most nights after dinner the Hubs and I crave something a little sweet to round out our day. Now that it’s berry season, we’ve been making our fair share of fresh berry yogurt parfaits. Almost nightly in fact. With a touch of chocolate, some protein from the greek yogurt ,and naturally sweet berries we find these parfaits to be just the right balance of sweet and nutritious.
First, you must prepare your greek yogurt.
I prefer to to mix my own vanilla yogurt. I don’t go as far as making the yogurt from scratch, but I do prefer to buy plain greek yogurt so I can sweeten and flavor it myself. Why would I bother with such a thing? Well, have you ever read the ingredients on a flavored yogurt container? Scary! A lot of them have corn syrup, thickening agents, and who knows what else. I know what else, a lot of excess sugar! Dairy contains naturally occurring sugar, a decent amount really, but then they go and double the amount of sugar and pass it off as healthy because it’s “yogurt”. I’m so calling your bluff you hidden sugar adding people! end rant.
I buy plain Fage 0% yogurt, add some liquid stevia (2 syringes to a small container like this), and some pure vanilla extract (1 cap full) and mix it all in. There ya have it, vanilla yogurt without the crazy ingredients.
The berry parfaits can really be assembled any way that works for you, yogurt + berries + mini chocolate chips and you have yourself a sweet and satisfying treat. Added bonus, these parfaits are festive if you use blueberries and either strawberries or raspberries. How fun would it be to have a yogurt parfait bar at a little 4th of July party! Your health-nut friends will appreciate you and your non health-nut friends will see the mini chocolate chips and be tricked into the deliciousness.
- Fresh berries of choice, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries
- Vanilla yogurt
- Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Diced pecans (optional)
- Assemble in any order, layered, or not doesn't matter. We usually eat ours with berries on bottom, yogurt next and chocolate on top. LOTS of chocolate!
- Can also top with diced pecans for added crunch
Do you have a nightly sweet tooth? What’s your favorite non-dessert “dessert”?