Build one for breakfast. Assemble one for an afternoon snack. Dessert? Yes! Design and dig in! The parfait works any time of day. It is literally perfect. (No, really. The word parfait is French for "perfect.")
The parfait originated in France in the 1890s and refers to a simple frozen dessert made of sugar, syrup, egg, and cream. The parfait is now enjoyed around the world in many different ways. The British version, for example, involves pate. But the basic theme of a smooth base layered with other ingredients remains the same.
In the Untied States, a parfait usually consists of a creamy base of yogurt, cottage cheese, or ice cream. Granola, fresh fruit, and nuts are popular add-ins. It is typically served in a tall, narrow glass to show off the layered ingredients (so pretty!), but, honestly, any old container will do.
Substitute the blueberries and strawberries in this recipe for any fresh fruit of your choosing. Trade pecans for macadamia nuts, if you prefer. We used Saw Palmetto Honey, but any Savannah Bee Company honey will do.
4 cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup granola
1/2 cup dried apricots
4 tbsp Saw Palmetto Honey
4 tbsp pecans, whole or chopped
Layer all ingredients, starting with the yogurt, into 4 tall glasses and top with fresh mint. That's it! Serve parfaits immediately to keep granola crunchy.