Don’t you love foods that can double as both a breakfast AND a dessert? I sure do. We don’t do dessert after dinner here every night, but it is nice to end the meal with a touch of sweetness some times. Or, according to 4-year-old K, it’s nice to have dessert every night. While he usually enjoys a bit of applesauce or yogurt to satisfy his dessert-loving tooth, I love surprising everyone with a fun treat. This healthy lemon blackberry yogurt parfait is easy peasy, especially if you make the blackberry jam ahead of time. These took me less than 5 minutes to whip up and they were a bit hit. A huge hit, actually.
The best part? They are so healthy that they work perfectly as an awesome energy-boosting, filling breakfast. We all loved them so much that I made them for breakfast the very next morning. I kid you not.
What do you need? Just a few simple ingredients. I started with a good plain natural yogurt. I used Hewitt’s 2% natural yogurt. We really like Hewitts products and K especially likes their delicious organic goat’s milk. This plain and thick yogourt is made without any additives or preservatives, is full of healthy probiotics, and is perfect for these parfaits. Since it’s 2%, it’s rich and thick enough to make a good parfait, but is lower in fat than other yogourts. Next I gathered a good granola. I normally enjoy making my own, but you can use any kind of granola you want. For this one, I used a coconut pecan granola. Then, the sweet and delicious blackberries. And finally, a lemon. I made the blackberry chia jam the day before and I can’t believe how easy and quick it was. No more store-bought jam for us! To assemble the parfaits, you just layer the ingredients. Super simple. Details are below. AND, once you’re done making and devouring these delicious lemon blackberry parfaits, make sure you check out the contests at the end of this post.
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Healthy Lemon Blackberry Yogurt Parfait
(makes 2 parfaits)
- 1/2 cup Blackberry Chia Jam (see recipe below)
- 1 cup Lemon Yogurt (recipe below)
- 1/2 cup fresh Blackberries
- 1/2 cup Granola of your choice
- 2 cups fresh Blackberries
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Start by adding the blackberries, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and the lemon juice into a small saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and let simmer (uncovered) for 5 minutes.
- After about 5 minutes, mash the blackberries in the pot and add the chia seeds.
- Let simmer (uncovered) for another 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat once the jam thickens.
- Taste. If you’d like it sweeter, add another tablespoon of maple syrup or one tablespoon of non-refined sugar to make sure it doesn’t get too runny.
- You can refrigerate this for 1-2 weeks, but I’m pretty sure you’ll be eating it much sooner than that!
- 1 cup Plain Natural Yogurt
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 heaping teaspoon lemon zest
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Start by adding a layer of yogurt to the bottom of the dish or glass. I love making these in mason jars (250ml size).
- Next, add a layer of granola.
- On top of the granola, add a layer of blackberry jam.
- Continue the layering so you have six layers in total. Top with fresh blackberries and, if you’re feeling fancy, add a bit of lemon zest. Serve and enjoy.
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Laurie P says
My favorite thing to make with yogurt is Tzatziki for souvlaki!
Oh I love tzatiki!
Susan B says
I totally agree. Tzatziki it is!
Natasha Mila says
My favorite thing to make with yogurt is smoothies in the morning! I usually combine fruits, some veggies, yogurt, milk and peanut butter in my regular smoothie! Trying to get more veggies in…
Carole Dube says
My favourite thing to make with yoghurt is smoothies!
That’s one of our faves too:)
Cathy Oppedisano says
My favourite thing to make with yogurt is cake. I like adding it to cake recipes — it makes me feel a little more healthy about eating cake for dessert.
Yogurt in cakes is awesome, thanks for sharing
Erika Letson says
My favourite thing to make with yogurt is blueberry pancakes. So good!
Yum, we are big blueberry pancake fans here!
Amy Heffernan says
Garnet Leib says
Sarah N. says
I don’t consider it a smoothie unless it has copious amounts of yogurt in it.
Kathy Thorn says
My favorite thing to make with yogurt are breakfast muffins.
Mike Gismondi says
Smoothies is my favourite thing to make with yogurt!
Yogurt…just plain yogurt!
Florence Cochrane says
I like to make chicken stripes using plain yogurt.
I love putting apple and yogurt together and topping it with granola.
I like making mustard chicken with plain yoghurt. Entry form name: Marlene v.
LILLIAN BROWN says
My favorite thing to make with yogurt would be Tzatziki
smoothies for sure
Wayne Couzens says
Looks like a recipe I have to try
Silvia D says
my favourite is Raspberry Yogurt Muffins.. or cranberry orange yogurt muffins!
ivy pluchinsky says
I like making smoothies with yogurt, so yummy
Jennifer C. says
Oops. I answered in the space above. I love to bake pumpkin scones! 🙂
Edith Rennes says
I love it in smoothies
Tara Betterley says
I love making smooties with yogurt. I also like just taking plain yogurt (or vanilla) and just added fresh fruit to it.
Sandi Tymchuk says
I enjoy making Greek yogurt with pureed berries and sugar-free flavoured sweeteners (Torani, for eg.).
Wanda Bergman says
I love to serve it with sliced fresh bananas mixed in.
Shelley Nelson says
Your question asked what my favourite thing is to bake (not sure why everyone else is answering favourite thing to make so hopefully I am doing this right). My favourite thing to bake is banana bread. It is my Mom’s recipe and it is so delicious.
Shelley Nelson says
found the question re yogourt -my favourite thing to make with yogourt is definitely dips for veggies.
Holly MacRitchie says
I make a delicious cheesecake with yogurt!
scott macmillan says
I have a smoothie with yogurt every morning.Trying to keep the probiotic’s at an optimum level.
melissa fowers says
I LOVE to make monkey bread
Stephanie LaPlante says
My favorite thing to make with yogurt is tzatziki sauce. Plain yogurt of coarse.
I like yoghurt just by itself but I have used it in baking things like cake and muffins and like it that way.
This looks so delicious!
That looks so delicious!
Christine Holliday says
i LIKE TO JUST LEAVE IT ALONE BUT I PUT ON A LOT OF THINGS. LIKE SALADS, IN DRESSINGS.
Good Golly Miss Molly , OMG, my fave:yogurt with milk & honey for cereal. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂
Daniela Plume says
I love smoothies!!!
Lauryn R says
I love making parfait with yogurt! I have never made them with blackberries and lemon though, this sounds incredible! 🙂
Bailey Dexter says
I love baking with yogurt, perfect for a moist cake!
jenny stratton says
I love baking cheesecake and cookies.
Pam H. says
My favorite thing to bake is cookies.
My favorite thing to bake is pumpkin bread
BobbiJo Pentney says
I love strawberry banana smoothies
Kim M says
I am forever making banana blueberry muffins.
My favourite is the new trend of high fat indulgent yogurt, add some fruit or nuts and it’s perfect,
I use yogurt to make pumpkin loaf, zucchini bread and carrot cake
Fresh berries and yogurt are my favorite dessert
wen budro says
My favorite thing to bake is a yogurt lemon pound cake.
kevin linkie says
I love making yogurt parfaits with granola and strawberries, delicious and healthier snack.
We love making smoothies and parfaits and sauces!
We love to make banana bread with yogurt – so good!
Fruit and yoghurt together!
Julie bolduc says
I love making smoothies
Andrea Amy says
My favourite thing to make with yogurt are smoothies. I’ve never cooked or baked with yogurt before, I normally just eat it with granola 🙂
Lauren Becker says
I love to make cupcakes. 🙂 They are just perfect!
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Glenda Wong says
I love to make smoothies with yogurt- strawberry and peach are my favoutites!
This looks like you could make it with Skye too. Love Gay Lea products
Smoothies. And dips. We also use Plain greek yoghurt in place of sour cream.
I really like to make chocolate cake.
My favorite thing to bake is scones. They’re so easy to whip together and always, always delicious!
My favorite thing to make with yogurt is smoothies.
Looks soooo good!!!
Jessica C says
I love to put yogurt in my smoothies
I love baking cookies with the kids…we love finding new recipes to try!
I love making smoothies with yogurt! I even use it sometimes in sauces to help thicken it up instead of sour cream!
I love my morning smoothie….greek yogurt, milk, apple banana, almonds and cinnamon!
Brenna H. says
My favorite thing to make with yogurt is fruit and veggie smoothies!
Sandy Couzens says
We make our own yogurt 🙂 We use it in so many things. I really had to think of what my favorite is but I’m sure it’s Tandoori Salmon. We mix a generous amount of Tandoori seasoning with yogurt, pour it in a bag with a beautiful piece of salmon and marinate it overnight. This is amazing grilled…Thank you for this great giveaway 🙂
l p says
we have it in savoury and sweet dips. thanks
I love making Indian style cucumber raita with yogurt. It is so refreshing!
I like to make a berry parfait with yogurt-so delicious!
Nadeem Hajee says
My favorite thing to make with yogurt is smoothies
I love making smoothies with yogurt.
Pgh Igloo says
I love making raita with yogurt, too!
Margaret H says
I love yogurt with fresh fruit
surinder gurm says
vickie allbright says
i love making fruit parfaits with yogurt
Judy Thuy Duong says
My favorite thing to make with yogurt is banana bread.
Angela Mitchell says
I love to make something similar to a parfait but make it in a bowl and I add milk to it has the consistency of cereal.
I use yogurt to make Tzatziki.
Angela Kinder says
I love to bake brownies! I have so many different brownie recipes I could open up my own brownie shop!
Darren Scrubb says
I like a veggie smoothie with yogurt
Meghan B says
I love to make fruit smoothies!
i use the plain as sour crema
Jana M. Liu says
I love making garlic yogurt chicken
I love to bake cookies with my daughter!
Breanna Danielle Pollard says
I love fruit and yogurt together.
Ellen Casper says
I love potaoe salad with yogurt and sour cream for the sauce,
dawn walsh says
my favorite thing to make with yogurt is cereal and yogurt
Amber G. says
I love yogourt on its own and I also like to add it to smoothies.
I make smoothies
Dave S says
My favourite thing to make with yogurt is smoothies
I love to make curries and tandoori chicken with yogurt!
Rachel C says
I like to freeze yogurt in litle dots on a cookie sheet. The kids love it!
Laurie W. says
I make smoothies with yogourt. So delicious!!
Sherry K says
I love yogurt mixed with oatmeal, chia, milk and blueberries -overnight in the fridge and delicious for breakfast.
linda w. says
I love to put Greek yogurt in my smoothies.
Lemon blueberry bundt cake.