Serve this yogurt parfait as an easy breakfast or healthy dessert. This fruit and yogurt parfait is also gluten free and dairy free.
Why this recipe works
I love making these Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Quinoa in the mornings. That’s because a yogurt parfait is an easy way to inspire your family to eat a wholesome breakfast.
What’s so fun about this yogurt parfait recipe is that you can serve them in old fashioned glass sundae dishes.
Serving them in wide mouth canning jars for a brunch or country themed party would be charming, too!
You can also make them ahead of time, making the morning rush a little less hectic.
Making breakfast fruit and yogurt parfait
Besides being nutritious and delicious, this yogurt parfait recipe is a terrific way to use up leftover quinoa from dinner the night before.
Best of all, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Quinoa can be eaten by anyone who is gluten free and dairy free or a low FODMAP diet for IBS.
You can also serve this fun yogurt parfait as an afterschool snack or wholesome dessert.
A fruit and yogurt parfait that’s IBS friendly
For this breakfast parfait, I chose to use not very ripe bananas because I’m on a low FODMAP diet for my IBS.
Another good fruit choice for those on a FODMAP diet are berries like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
If you’re not on a FODMAP diet, you can use apples, very ripe bananas, or cherries in your yogurt parfait.
A yogurt parfait that’s gluten free and sugar free
Adding quinoa: This fruit and yogurt parfait with quinoa is naturally gluten free, since quinoa is a gluten free food. (It’s also a terrific vegetarian source of protein!)
Some people find quinoa kind of bitter. That’s because you have to rinse your quinoa before cooking! You see, rinsing removes quinoa's natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy.
To remove the saponin, place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold water for 2 minutes. Problem solved.
Sweetening: I added a little brown sugar to the quinoa. Real maple syrup would work nicely, too, and is a low FODMAP sweetener.
If you don’t want to add any calories, you can use Swerve Brown Sweetener, which is a terrific, natural no calorie substitute for brown sugar.
A yogurt parfait recipe that’s dairy free
Yes, this yogurt parfait recipe is dairy free. How is that possible?
Well, since I try to keep dairy free on my low FODMAP diet, I used vanilla coconut yogurt in this yogurt parfait recipe.
If you can’t find coconut yogurt, soy yogurt is a good option. You can also use flavored non-dairy yogurts.
However, if you’re not dairy free, Greek yogurt is terrific to use in a breakfast parfait. (It’s also full of protein – a big plus!)
Also, there IS a teeny bit of dairy in I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread that I used in which I cooked the bananas.
I don’t have a problem tolerating that small of an amount, but if you need to completely avoid all forms of dairy, use a vegan spread like Earth Balance.
Or you could cook up the bananas in a little coconut oil.
More gluten free breakfast recipes
If you’re looking for some easy and gluten free breakfast recipes to serve to your family, try these:
A Sweet Potato Pork Hash Recipe is a hardy breakfast skillet dish that also makes a terrific dinner.
One pot cooking like skillets and casseroles makes breakfast super easy!
- 3 tablespoons buttery spread
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 3 large bananas, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cup vanilla coconut yogurt
- Over medium heat, melt the buttery spread in a large nonstick skillet.
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg to pan and combine with the melted spread. Then add banana slices to the pan and stir to cover slices in the melted cinnamon spread.
- Stirring occasionally, cook until banana slices start to soften and get slightly gooey - about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- If you’re using leftover quinoa, reheat the quinoa for 1 minute in the microwave so it’s warm. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar into the cooked quinoa.
- Place 1 tablespoon yogurt in each parfait glass. Then top with 2 tablespoons quinoa. Add a layer of 1/4 cup cooked bananas. Repeat layers until you run out of ingredients. Serve immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 5gSugar: 30gProtein: 5g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.
Originally published on February 22, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.