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.
1. Healthy apple pie breakfast parfaits
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 and await deliciousness.
(Psst… the recipe is extra delicious when the apples are still warm.)
2. Gluten-free chocolate almond butter breakfast parfaits
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.
Spoon the 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 2 portions out of it. Heck, you could even prep a week’s worth of breakfast in less than 15 minutes!
3. Make-ahead blueberry banana breakfast parfaits
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.
4. Chocolate nice cream breakfast parfait
First came milkshake-flavored protein shakes. Next came nice cream.
Made by blending frozen banana slices, this vegan, 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.
Add peanut butter, protein powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract to make the cream base extra rich. Berries, more banana slices, and oats add texture and nutrition throughout the layers.
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.
5. Strawberry banana chia seed breakfast parfait
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 don’t use added sugar. (Alternatively, stick to plain varieties and bulk up the parfait with extra fruit.)
6. Cookie dough banana pudding breakfast parfaits
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 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.
7. Cranberry breakfast parfaits
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!
8. Brownie batter parfaits
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?
With layers of brownie batter between *whisper it* layers of brownie batter whipped cream, this really is a celebration breakfast of the highest order.
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.
9. Cherry bakewell quinoa breakfast parfaits
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.