It’s a well-known fact that my children are picky eaters. After taking a bite of an apple, my youngest daughter was once famously quoted saying, “There is too much apple in this apple.” (Then she spit it out, if you must know.) Of course as they get older, their palates expand and they are less afraid of trying things, but I’m always on the lookout for fun recipes that star fruits or vegetables. Enter: these cute bite-sized frozen parfaits. You assemble everything in a mini muffin pan, starting with your favorite crunchy granola, adding creamy Greek yogurt and topping it all off with sweet pieces of fruit. Once frozen, they are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or any-time-of-day treat.
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 35 minutes
½ cup finely diced fresh strawberries
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
½ cup finely diced fresh peaches
¾ cup granola (without dried fruit)
2 cups vanilla whole-milk Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh blueberries
12 fresh raspberries
1. Place mini paper baking liners in each of the 24 cups in the miniature muffin pans. Toss together the diced strawberries and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a small bowl. Toss together the diced peaches with the remaining 1 teaspoon sugar in a separate small bowl. Let the fruit stand in bowls until slightly juicy, about 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, lightly chop or crush any large pieces of granola; sprinkle about 1 teaspoon granola on the bottom of each baking liner. Set aside the remaining granola.
3. Spoon the yogurt into a ziplock plastic bag. Seal the bag, and snip 1 bottom corner to make a hole. Pipe a layer of yogurt on top of the granola in each muffin cup. Layer half of the muffin cups with diced strawberries, another layer of yogurt, and a few blueberries. Top the remaining muffin cups with diced peaches, another layer of yogurt, and 1 raspberry. Top all the muffin cups with ½ teaspoon each of the remaining granola. Cover the muffin pans with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer until frozen, about 2 hours. Store the parfaits in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Get your kids involved in making these little breakfast treats. Let them choose the combinations of fruits and yogurt flavors to make it more interesting for them. They might make a mess, but that’s part of the fun! (I swear.)