Healthy Yogurt Parfait Party Snacks

~ From kids’ parties and playgroups to office brunch meetings and bridal showers … this is the fun, delicious, HEALTHY snack everyone will love! Your breakfast yogurt parfaits are getting a little crazy today … and heading out to parrrr-tay! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Vegetarian  

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Today, we’re getting all dressed up and going to a party! Yay!

Well … ok, honestly … it’s the middle of summer here in Ohio, so we’re actually both gonna be pulling on shorts and flip-flops (our warm-weather, minivan-chauffeur outfits).

But, let’s just pretend for a moment. Go with us on this, ok?

We’re taking our beloved fruit and granola yogurt parfaits and kickin’ them into full party mode!

Don’t get me wrong. Gretchen and I both loooove yogurt parfaits for breakfast. Kinda near and dear to our hearts, actually.

Healthy Yogurt Parfait Party Snacks Recipe {TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

You might remember that Disney is Gretchen’s favorite place on Earth (ever). The resort where she and her family stay has a Disney-style (as in, over-the-top awesome in every way) yogurt parfait bar at breakfast each morning. That’s how they fuel up for their full-on-attack of Mickey in all his splendor … loads of fiber, protein and antioxidants to keep them powered up through the Teacups to Space Mountain! So yogurt parfaits are sort of intrinsically linked to all things wonderful (and Mickey-fied), at least as far as Gretchen’s concerned!

And me? Well, when my twins were little, I used to set up their tiny, brightly-colored kids’ table out on our shady wrap-around front porch. In the mornings, we’d call that “Mommy’s Cafe,” and I’d do my best diner-waitress act while they giggled and ordered up loads of fresh summer fruit, “cheesy egg omelets” or (you guessed it!) design-your-own yogurt parfaits! *Sigh* I loved those mornings! (And the kids loved the parfaits, let me tell ya!)

Healthy Yogurt Parfait Party Snacks Recipe {TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

So yes … by all means … fruit and yogurt parfaits are still awesome for breakfast! You’re with us on that, right?

And after-school snacks? They’re da bomb!

But today we’re taking them one step further. These beauties are ready to parrrr-tay!

A few months ago, one of our dear friends, Kristen, mentioned that she’d recently had a make-your-own yogurt parfait bar at her daughter’s party … and the kids went crazy for it! And all the moms were like “Whoa! … Brilliant!”

Gretchen had this idea as a fun THK activity to photograph for summer (we love to incorporate our kiddos whenever we can!), and once we heard how popular it was at our friend’s party … it went on the editorial calendar. In pen!

We knew this was an idea we just had to share!

Healthy Yogurt Parfait Party Snacks Recipe {TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

It’s incredibly simple, yet looks so enticingly fun (and tastes fantastic!).

Just supply lots of yogurt (our favorite is protein-rich vanilla Greek yogurt, but you could offer a variety of flavors). Then, lay out pretty bowls with an alluring variety of fresh (or dried) fruits, granola (we love our super-easy Healthy Applesauce Granola), nuts, coconut … whatever you happen to have on hand.

It’s the traditional ice cream sundae bar … on a delicious health kick!

Kids love the control and creativity of building their yummy masterpieces … it’s a super-fun party activity and a snack all in one!

The possibilities are endless!

Healthy Yogurt Parfait Party Snacks Recipe {TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

You could set this out for a birthday party snack. (And hint, hint … if you’re hosting a slumber party, this beats the heck out of chocolate-laden, sugar-filled ice cream bars when it comes to the odds that the kiddos may actually fall asleep later! Never mind that there’s no full-fat ice cream, no chocolate syrup, no nonpareil jimmy sprinkles … the kids won’t care a bit … and you just might get some sleep! )

It’s also a great playgroup snack (the moms will be sooooo thrilled to dig in, too!), and a fun, interactive, keep-em-busy-a-little-longer school party treat!

Oh … and are you in that mid-summer “Mom, I’m bored” place? Psssst … here’s a project and a snack all in one! Should give you at least a few minutes before you hear “Mooooooommmmmmm! I’m boooooooorrrrred!” again!

Don’t have kids? This is still for you!

Picture yourself being the office hero du jour when you bring the fixin’s for yogurt parfaits to your next early-morning business meeting. Imagine the productivity and joy when your entire company avoids the mid-morning doughnuts-and-bagels slump!

Healthy Yogurt Parfait Party Snacks Recipe {TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Our kids couldn’t wait to dig in! Especially Gretchen’s little one … she asked repeatedly when she could have a parfait! And when it was finally time to eat (after all the photos were taken, of course!) … she was the first through the line! The kids had a fantastic snack … and then had lots of energy to play the rest of the afternoon!

And how about a lovely ladies’ luncheon, a quaint baby shower, or even a PTO treat for the teaching staff? Trust us … make-your-own yogurt parfaits are perfect! (They dress up so nicely!) It’s an interactive, social event just making them!

So yes … keep right on having yogurt parfaits for breakfast! We sure will!

But don’t forget that they love to wear party clothes, too!

Next time you’re pulling on a little black dress (or … ummmmm … maybe a Cinderella ball gown as you head to the first-grade Halloween party), don’t forget to bring these along, too!

They’ll be the life of the party, no doubt!

THK By Shelley

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Healthy Yogurt Parfait Party Snacks

Preparation varies 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00

Ingredients

  • Yogurt (we recommend non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, but you can offer a variety of flavors)
  • Fresh fruit such as: bananas, berries, peaches, or nectarines
  • Dried fruit such as: raisins, chopped dates, pineapple, cranberries, and cherries
  • Nuts: sliced or slivered almonds, chopped pecans, or walnuts
  • Coconut
  • Granola (we recommend our Easy, Healthy Applesauce Granola)
  • Chia seeds or ground flaxseed meal
  • Honey or maple syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  1. To set out a yogurt parfait bar: Offer a large dish of yogurt (or several dishes of various flavors), as well as dishes of fruits, dried fruits, nuts, coconut, granola, chia or flax, honey or maple syrup, etc. Set out spoons and small dessert cups, bowls, or parfait glasses.
  2. To build parfaits: Each person can layer yogurt in a bowl or cup, alternating with layers of the other ingredients. Parfaits can be finished with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, if desired.

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  4. I love the idea of a yogurt bar! Such a versatile and fun idea and sooo much healthier than the sugar laden ice cream bars 🙂 Your applesauce granola looks deee-lish!! 🙂

    I am with Gretchen I LOOOOOVE Disney! When I was a little girl my parents used to load the three of us kids in the back of their toyota corolla and we would drive from Toronto all the way to Florida during March Break! The long drive (24 hours) was always worth it when we got a taste of the Florida sun and got to play around Disney for a week! Epcot was always my favourite!!

    • Hoooray for Disney!!! It is my most favorite place in the world – I just love it!! We usually fly, but did drive this March while the kids were on spring break. It was a loooong drive (though not 24 hours!) and we decided we’ll probably just fly the next time! 🙂 Epcot is my fave, too! Well … and Hollywood Studios! And Animal Kingdom! And The Magic Kingdom! Ok fine – I love them all!

      Kids just love when they get to make their own food – regardless of it’s ice cream or a parfait bar! So why not give the healthiest option?? And honestly, when we do make ice cream sundaes, my kids usually can’t even finish – too sweet! But … they will gobble up every last bit of yummy fruit and yogurt and granola! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Haha! Yes, Abbe … there are just some of those great recipes that have to put on the calendar in PEN! And we were so right – they kids gobbled up every last piece of fruit and crumb of granola – not a speck left in sight! We loved that they were so excited about a totally healthy lunch – they were energized and full for an afternoon of fun! 🙂 ~G&S

  5. Kids LOVE making their own anything — so genius! This looks great, too, and we adults can feel better about what they are eating with these wholesome ingredients. Love your addition of seeds – chia and flax, two superfoods! It will give them a nice even energy for their days, too! Thanks so much!

    • Yes, Lori! It’s so empowering to them – they are in total control! And because they were given such healthy choices, we felt great with everything they ate! 🙂 (We also felt great about what we had eaten – everyone loves a yogurt parfait!!) Have a great day!! 😀 ~G&S

    • Awww, thanks, Kristi! You’re right, though … no matter how many times I have yogurt parfaits, it’s always sort of a pleasant surprise whenever I make them … and realize all over again how awesome they are! So many ways to customize them and different flavors to try … it’s no wonder people find this idea of a yogurt parfait “bar” sooooo enticing! Happy weekend, my friend! 😀 ~Shelley

    • You are totally right – adults love these just as much as the kids! Somehow they feel so fun and indulgent, and no matter how many times you eat them, they’re still incredibly delicious! Oooooh … and no bummer sugar-crashes later!! 😀 ~G&S

  6. I think we should start a fanclub for this idea – I don’t think anyone can resist this idea and I’m totally with all those people who can’t! I’m pretty sure I would be firsterderer in line if I was there!!

    (Isn’t it a bit early to be thinking of Halloween actually? 😉 )

    • Ok! You be fan club president and we’ll be the official taste-testers! Sound good?!? Oh – and about that Cinderella ball gown for the first-grade Halloween party? Trust us – things like that require some pre-planning (and the ability to embrace mommyhood with utter abandonment! 😀 ). ~G&S

    • Oh, Cindy … you shoulda heard our kiddos asking again … and again … and yet again … how much longer until they could eat the parfaits! We foolishly didn’t photograph this post first on that day, and you would have thought we were torturing the little dudes making them wait sooooooo long for the parfaits – lol! And then, when they could finally dig in – you seriously would have thought they had never had a yogurt parfait before in their lives! They were in Heaven! Gretchen’s littlest exclaimed, “This is SOOO good! I could eat this every day!” which is hilarious given how many times she’s eaten yogurt parfaits before! It’s just one of those foods that never gets old and always, always tastes fantastic! 😀 ~G&S

  7. Great idea for dessert for the Grandkids—They love it when we have make your own sundae night, I think they will love this healthy version even more!

  8. I sure love this idea! I think I will have to go shopping for some beautiful new parfait glasses or some jelly sized mason jars to show off the layers!

    • Thanks so much, Steph! We’re really glad to have inspired you … especially if it gives you an excuse for a fun little shopping adventure! We often have good luck finding pretty glasses inexpensively at discounters like Tuesday Morning or HomeGoods or even Marc’s (so much better when your shopping finds are budget-friendly, right?!?! 😀 ). ~G&S

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