Cherry yogurt parfaits are a healthy and simple breakfast solution! Two ingredient fresh cherry compote is layered with creamy yogurt and crunchy granola.
Summer is here, and so are CHERRIES! Have you noticed them appearing at your local market? Those edible heart-shaped fruit jewels caught my eye on my last visit. I gave in and purchased a few pounds of bing cherries. Besides grabbing a huge handful and devouring them all in a matter of minutes, I’m going to share with you the easiest way to make them even more irresistible.
If you are a cherry fanatic and need an excuse to eat them first thing in the morning, you’re going to love this healthy cherry yogurt parfait recipe! I created a simple two-ingredient compote to add between each creamy yogurt layer.
Aren’t these fresh bing cherries gorgeous? What is your favorite variety of cherries? If you’re going to take the time to remove the pits from cherries, why not spend a few more minutes to make a luscious cherry compote! All you have to do is simmer the cherries with a squeeze of fresh orange juice, and it’s done in under 10 minutes.
The cherries become tender, and the juices concentrate to a gorgeous light sauce. No refined sugar or thickening ingredients. All natural yumminess! You’re going to be mad at me for sharing this recipe with you. Why? It tastes like cherry pie! (Inner kid squealing and doing the happy dance)
Customization is the name of the game! I started with a thick vanilla bean Greek-style yogurt, added the fresh cherry compote (it was still warm!), some homemade granola, plus sliced almonds and pumpkin seeds. Creamy, fruity, crunchy and healthy!
If you are in a rush in the morning, you can meal prep these parfaits the night before. Just add them to a small resealable jar or container and just grab and go! Keep the granola on top separate and add it later if you like it nice and crispy.
Oh and don’t forget about that cherry compote! You can add it to just about anything, and you’re going to want to! Waffles, pancakes, smoothies, ice cream, poultry, with crackers, you name it, it’s so good. How will you build your perfect parfait?
What is Compote?
Compotes are a cooked fruit sauce that contains whole or cut pieces of fruit, so it’s beautiful and chunky. You can use dried or fresh fruit. The sauce is typically cooked in sweetened syrup and spices if desired. You want tender pieces of fruit that maintain most of its shape after cooking. I used fresh cherries which have a little amount of natural pectin. I was going for a thinner concentrated sauce (not a thick set jelly), all I needed was some sweetness and acidity from the orange juice and heat to help lightly thicken the juices to coat the cooked cherries nicely. Since there is no refined sugar to lower the water activity of the compote, it will only be good for a few days in the refrigerator to maintain it’s freshness.
Cherry Yogurt Parfaits with Crunchy Granola
- 2 cups bing cherries, pitted and cut in half
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 cup yogurt, or greek yogurt (dairy, soy, coconut, cashew)
- 1/2 cup granola
- In a small saucepan add cherries, orange zest, and juice. Heat over medium heat until bubbling, then reduce to medium-low heat. Simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes, lightly mashing the fruit and occasionally stirring until cherries are tender, and compote is slightly concentrated and can coat the cherries. Cool if desired before topping, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.
To make the Parfaits:
- In a medium sized cup or jar layer ¼ cup of yogurt, then ¼ cup cherry compote, 2 tablespoons granola, then repeat layer one more time. Enjoy immediately or cover and enjoy the next day.
- Taste the compote and add any additional sweetener like agave, maple syrup or honey as needed. The cherries I purchased were very sweet and did not need additional sweetener.