When it comes to breakfast, options are endless. High fat, high fiber, low sugar... there's no lack of inspiration, especially when it comes to dietary preferences. But sometimes we just want something that puts a smile on our face—and something that looks as good as it tastes (if not better). Cue parfaits, some of the most eye-catching breakfasts out there. These nine breakfast parfait recipes will not only help you get out of bed but will also help you power through the day.
For days when you're craving pie for breakfast but don't actually want to start your day a la mode, turn to this healthy apple pie parfait. Made with apples sautéed in coconut oil, cinnamon, and maple syrup, this recipe captures the best of fall without overdoing it on sugar.
Once the apples are cooked, the rest is easy: Mix oats with chia seeds and almond milk, let sit for 10 minutes, then layer the chia-oats pudding and apples. Psst... the recipe is extra delicious when the apples are still warm.
Crunchy, decadent, filling... yup, this parfait checks all of our breakfast boxes. (Oh, and it only takes five minutes to make.) Start by spooning Greek yogurt into small glasses or jars, top with banana slices and a spoonful of almond butter, dust cacao nibs and cocoa powder on the top, and then add the second layer.
Easy as can be, and you get two portions out of it. Heck, you could even prep a week's worth of breakfast in less than 15 minutes!
Who said Honey Nut Cheerios are just for kids? This fun yet healthy breakfast parfait provides the nutrition we seek as adults—well, most of the time—and the nostalgic honey crunch that reminds us of being a kid.
Feel free to use any honey-flavored cereal you have on hand—bonus points for whole-wheat varieties—and change up the fruit based on what's seasonal. These last two to three days in the fridge, but the cereal will get soggy after that.
First came milkshake-flavored protein shakes. Next came nice cream. Made by blending frozen banana slices, this vegan—and super healthy—"nice" cream is a great way to enjoy the comfort of ice cream without getting a sugar spike first thing in the morning.
Peanut butter, protein powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract are added to make the cream base extra rich, and berries, more banana slices, and oats are layered throughout for added texture (and nutrition). Feel free to sub whatever nut butter you have on hand and add other mix-ins like nuts, cacao nibs, or a drizzle of honey.
A great way to get extra fruit flavor in your breakfast parfaits is to mix and match flavored yogurts. This recipe uses strawberry- and banana-flavored yogurts for a delicious and unexpected flavor twist and keeps the rest simple with chia seeds, store-bought granola, and strawberry slices.
Pro tip: Look for yogurts that use real fruit to add flavor and that don't use added sugar. (Or stick to plain varieties and bulk up the parfait with extra fruit.)
This recipe not only incorporates cookie dough into breakfast, but it also packs the parfait into a wine glass—making breakfast feel like a true treat. The cookie dough is made healthy with mashed banana, oats, peanut butter, and a splash of milk, and made easy by requiring a simple stir (no baking—woohoo). The rest includes yogurt and banana slices, but feel free to go wild and add whatever mix-ins you have on hand.
Were you overzealous when it came to making (or buying) cranberry sauce? (We get it. It's hard to not get overexcited about fall flavors.) If you, like us, are sick of Thanksgiving-inspired sandwiches, try these cranberry breakfast parfaits.
Cranberry sauce is loaded into the bottom of single-serve glass containers, Greek yogurt is piled on top, and homemade cinnamon granola is packed onto to the brim, providing just the right amount of spice and crunch. Take that, Thanksgiving leftovers.
This recipe is great for brunches when you're looking to impress with your homemade prowess. Made using homemade yogurt and granola, this breakfast parfait isn't best for busy mornings, but the result (read: taste) is worth it if you have time to spare.
Not so much? Opt for one homemade option and one store-bought. Since the pineapple yogurt is the star of the show, we say make a batch on Sunday and enjoy with some store-bought coconut granola during the week. (If mango isn't in season, feel free to use frozen. Just thaw and layer!)
While many breakfast parfait recipes bulk up the yogurt with chia seeds, this recipe takes it a step further. Quinoa serves as a protein-packed, fiber-full substitute, meaning this parfait will keep you satisfied for that much longer.
We also love that this recipe opts for a homemade cherry sauce (as opposed to jam, a.k.a. sugar bomb) using frozen cherries, maple syrup, and a splash of water—easy peasy. Feel free to use raspberries or blackberries in place of the cherries and whatever nut butter you like best (cashew tastes particularly good.)