Strawberry Thyme Granola Parfaits

Are you sometimes stuck looking for a breakfast that can impress, yet one that is still nourishing and easy to put together? These Strawberry Thyme Granola Parfaits are just the thing when you're in need of a healthy, light, beautiful breakfast. Make them next time you host guests, or just as a special treat for yourself!


There's really not much better than a breakfast parfait. They're fun and so pleasing to look at! But they're also loaded with nutrients and won't weigh you down. Parfaits are easy to put together, infinitely customizable, and can make use of any fruit that's in season. I absolutely love the combination of creamy yogurt, juicy berries, and crunchy granola.

Adding in some fresh herbs takes these over the top! This will take your parfait from ho-hum to totally unique and memorable. I like thyme because it's subtle and goes beautifully with berries, but mint or basil would also be lovely. The fresh herbs wake up all the other flavors and make this unlike any parfait you've had.


I'm very happy to be bringing you this recipe in collaboration with True North Granola. This is actually our second recipe together, so if you haven't yet seen these Granola Almond Butter Adventure Cookies, take a look! True North's products are so wonderful, and are without a doubt my go-to granola (which is really saying something, because I live for granola).

I used their Granola Blues in this parfait- it's perfect with the berry theme! But any one of their granolas would be lovely in this recipe. You could even change up the type of yogurt and fruit to match.


A parfait like this is tremendously versatile. If you have all the ingredients on-hand, it's a very fast, nutritious breakfast for everyday. You can easily tweak the ingredients and ratios to fit your dietary needs. You could even layer it into a mason jar and take it on the go!

However, I'd argue that this parfait particularly excels when entertaining. Parfaits would be such an easy, nutritious, flexible meal for guests, and they're so beautiful! You could even set up a make-your-own parfait table at a brunch party, or pre-assemble mini parfaits in shot glasses. The sky is really the limit with these.


Given the flexibility of this dish, I didn't provide specific ingredient amounts, since how much of each ingredient you use will depend on whether this parfait is the central meal or a component of a meal, and what glass you'll be serving it in. But for a full breakfast, I'd suggest about half a dozen strawberries, half a cup of yogurt, and a quarter cup of granola. Scale up or down as necessary, or adjust the ratios to fit how you like to eat.


Don't these parfaits feel so summery and light? Having one of these, layered beautifully in a tall glass, maybe with some homegrown berries and herbs, while sitting outside on the deck... wow, that sounds like summer morning perfection!


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by True North Granola. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.

Looking for another breakfast that's nourishing, yet special enough to entertain with? This Blueberry Lemon Tahini Oat Flour Bundt Cake is one of my favorites and is perfect alongside a steaming mug of coffee.

Thoughts About Ingredients
(These are all just suggestions, since rogue is more fun than recipe)
  • Strawberries. This would also work great with any other berries, so use what's in season or mix a few types together.
  • Dash of maple syrup
  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme. Mint or basil would also be great!
  • Few grinds of sea salt
  • Unsweetened yogurt of choice. Either dairy or non-dairy is fine.
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Granola. True North's Granola Blues, of course! Or, if you're vegan and/or gluten-free, their First Date Granola is a wonderful option.
Thoughts About Method
(These are all just suggestions, be creative and make it yours)
  1. Cut your strawberries into bite-sized cubes. Toss them with a dash of maple syrup, the leaves of a few sprigs of thyme, and a grind or two of sea salt. Let it sit for a couple minutes to marinate the strawberries.
  2. To your yogurt of choice, add a tiny dash of vanilla extract and an optional dash of maple syrup. Mix it, give it a taste, and adjust as you see fit. Remember that the strawberries and granola both have some sweetness, so the yogurt won't need much.
  3. When you're ready to assemble, layer your parfait ingredients into a serving glass. As shown here, I did yogurt on the bottom, then strawberries, then granola, more yogurt, and strawberries on top. But it will really depend on the size and shape of your glass, as well as how much of each ingredient you want.
  4. Serve immediately! If you want to garnish it, some fresh thyme sprigs or edible flowers give it a summery feel and a lovely smell.

Comments

  1. I always buy True North products at the Coop. This is a great way to dress up dessert!

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    1. The Rogue Brussel SproutJuly 1, 2020 at 1:32 PM

      Absolutely!! A little bag of True North Granola from the Co-Op bulk bin is one of life's greatest pleasures. Alongside a coffee, of course. My absolutely favorite lunch!

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