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 smiles on our faces — and something that looks as good as it tastes (if not better). Cue parfaits, some of the most eye-catching and delicious breakfasts out there.
These nine breakfast parfait recipes will help you get out of bed and power through the day with a smile on your face.
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.
(Psst… the recipe is extra delicious when the apples are still warm.)
Crunchy, decadent, filling… yup, this parfait checks all of our breakfast boxes. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to make. Which is another, most welcome breakfast box to tick.
Easy as can be, and you get 2 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 — from the blueberries and bananas, with the Cheerios bringing that nostalgic honey crunch from childhood.
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 2 to 3 days in the fridge, but the cereal will get soggy after that. We’re sure you don’t need convincing to eat this pronto.
First came milkshake-flavored protein shakes. Next came nice cream.
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.
Pro tip: Look for yogurts that use real fruit to add flavor and don’t use added sugar. (Alternatively, 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 real treat.
The rest includes yogurt and banana slices, but feel free to go wild and add whatever mix-ins you have on hand.
Are you overzealous when it comes to making (or buying) cranberry sauce? (We get it. It’s hard not to get excited about fall flavors.)
If you, like us, are tired of Thanksgiving-inspired sandwiches, try these cranberry breakfast parfaits.
Load cranberry sauce into the bottom of single-serve glass containers. Then, pile Greek yogurt on top and pack homemade cinnamon granola onto the brim, providing just the right amount of spice and crunch.
Take that, Thanksgiving leftovers!
This recipe is a pure indulgence and arguably the least healthy option on here — but who doesn’t deserve a treat from time to time?
The strawberry on top adds a fruity grace note to a genuinely parfait parfait. You can try to use batter from one of these healthy brownie recipes to bring this slightly further out of the realm of indulgence.
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 (instead of jam, which can be 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 is always a win with us).
A hearty, sweet, indulgent breakfast can be the difference between a crappy day at work and an energy-filled rampage through your daily goals.
Allow yourself a little unbridled glee in the morning with one of these perfect parfaits, and maybe make yourself a batch to keep you going for a few days.
And if these don’t quite hit that sweet tooth (seriously?), it might be time to crack out the waffle iron.