Perfect Parfaits: 17 Recipes from Breakfast to Dessert

yogurt parfait with granola raspberries and candied ginger

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Creamy parfaits are perfect for any time of the day. Try one with fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast or with decadent chocolate and whipped cream for dessert!Looking for more fruit recipes? Check out these quick and easy fruit desserts or these sweet and savory fruit recipes.

yogurt parfait with granola raspberries and candied ginger

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Yogurt Parfait with Granola, Raspberries, and Candied Ginger

Not only is this picture-perfect parfait delicious, it’s also a refreshingly light way to start the morning.

Recipe: Yogurt Parfait with Granola, Raspberries, and Candied Ginger

banana pudding parfaits

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Banana Pudding Parfaits

A homemade sweetened whipped cream is the perfect topping for these addictive banana parfaits.

Recipe: Banana Pudding Parfaits

cappuccino parfaits

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Cappuccino Parfaits

These sweet, coffee-flavored treats are easy to make, thanks in part to the addition of fresh, creamy ricotta cheese.

Recipe: Cappuccino Parfaits

cottage cheese parfait

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Cottage Cheese Parfait

Enjoy this quick orange-berry parfait for a light, no-cook dinner, breakfast, or snack.

Recipe: Cottage Cheese Parfait

chocolate bread parfaits

Antonis Achilleos
Chocolate-Bread Parfaits

Turn leftover loaves into creamy, nutty parfaits by soaking bread crumbs with whisked sugar and rum. Serve over melted chocolate and top with light, fluffy whipped cream.

Recipe: Chocolate-Bread Parfaits

citrus granita and orange mousse parfaits

John Kernick
Citrus-Granita and Orange-Mousse Parfaits

“I love a hot fudge sundae, but this is more refreshing,” says Jimmy Bradley about this light, citrusy mousse layered with orange granita and chopped almonds.

Recipe: Citrus-Granita and Orange-Mousse Parfaits

caramel-tangerine parfaits

Quentin Bacon
Caramel-Tangerine Parfaits

These killer parfaits are the perfect contrast of cold, crunchy, and creamy. They’re fabulous for entertaining, because you can make the caramel cream, granita, and caramel ahead of time and assemble them just before serving. The crunch can also be served over vanilla ice cream.

Recipe: Caramel-Tangerine Parfaits

lemon and blueberry cheesecake parfait

Con Poulos
Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Maggie Leung’s reimagined cheesecake has three components: a creamy, tangy cheesecake custard, crunchy cornmeal shortbread, and fresh blueberry compote.

Recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits

blueberry-lime parfaits

Ditte Isager
Blueberry-Lime Parfaits

Tart, sour, and just a bit sweet, these creamy parfaits make a refreshing summer dessert.

Recipe: Blueberry-Lime Parfaits

pumpkin mousse parfaits

Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits

This recipe is Ina Garten’s delicious, inventive take on the flavors of a traditional pumpkin pie.

Recipe: Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits

fresh raspberry-gelatin parfaits

Antonis Achilleos
Fresh Raspberry-Gelatin Parfaits

This refreshing parfait is a great afternoon treat, ready in 25 minutes.

Recipe: Fresh Raspberry-Gelatin Parfaits

Pumpkin pudding parfaits for holiday dessert

Johnny Valiant
Pumpkin Pudding Parfaits

Once you try homemade pudding, you will never buy pre-packaged from the store again. This pumpkin flavored pudding is sweet way to end a holiday meal.

Recipe: Pumpkin Pudding Parfaits

Blood Orange Sorbet Parfaits

Kate Sears
Blood Orange Sorbet Parfaits

This flavorful citrus fruit adds a dramatic ruby red color to recipes both sweet and savory.

Recipe: Blood Orange Sorbet Parfaits

flax seed granola parfait

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Flax Seed Granola Parfait

This flax seed granola parfait calls for healthful, homemade flax seed granola, but in a pinch store-bought granola will do.

Recipe: Flax Seed Granola Parfait

mango and raspberry parfait

Louise Lister
Mango and Raspberry Parfait

This easy treat is a light and colorful way to end a meal. Kids will like learning how to build the different fruit-filled layers.

Recipe: Mango and Raspberry Parfait

lemon-cherry yogurt parfait

Stephanie Foley
Lemon-Cherry Yogurt Parfait

Thick and creamy Greek-style yogurt is a fast and healthy base for tangy parfaits. Here, Food & Wine‘s Grace Parisi folds some of the yogurt with lemon juice and zest, mixes the rest with chunky cherry preserves, then spoons the yogurt into glasses in alternate layers.

Recipe: Lemon-Cherry Yogurt Parfait

mixed summer berry and yogurt parfaits with toasted coconut

Coral von Zumwalt
Mixed Summer Berry and Yogurt Parfaits with Toasted Coconut

Skip the ice cream. Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and coconut make this yogurt parfait the perfect (and healthy!) summer treat.

Recipe: Mixed Summer Berry and Yogurt Parfaits with Toasted Coconut