Coffee Greek Yogurt Parfaits With Granola

Coffee Greek Yogurt Parfaits are filled with creamy bold espresso flavored yogurt, homemade toaster oven granola, and juicy sweet cherries.  Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack or dessert!

A small mason jar layered with yogurt, granola, and fresh cherries.

Nothing beats a fresh mug of coffee.

How do you take yours?  I like mine with a smidge (okay a big ole splash) of half and half. Mmmm…creamy coffee deliciousness.

While these parfaits aren’t the same as a cup of fresh coffee, there’s still LOTS to like:

  • Fresh sweet cherries
  • Simple Almond Granola
  • Rich tangy Greek yogurt

Oh, and did I mention the espresso?

In drinkable coffee terms, instant espresso is pretty meh. But man is it soooo good at adding a rich coffee flavor to anything creamy. Like ricotta, mascarpone cheese or Greek yogurt.

{Related: Strawberry Tiramisu Toast}

Close up of fresh cherry topping a yogurt parfait.

How to Make Coffee Flavored Greek Yogurt

First, stir a little instant espresso into your favorite plain Greek yogurt.

A finely ground instant espresso coffee like Medaglia D’oro works best.  If your instant espresso is a coarser grind, dissolve it with a small amount of warm water and cool before mixing with the yogurt.

Then add a SPLASH of vanilla and a tiny DRIZZLE of maple syrup, honey or agave.

You’ll want to play around with the espresso-to-sweetener ratios. As I imagine you and I will prefer our coffee yogurt at different levels of sweet, bitter and bold.

Wooden spoon stirring a pan of granola.

How to Make Coffee Greek Yogurt Parfaits

Start with the fruit. Certain fruits compliment coffee better than others. Fresh cherries, bananas, figs or strawberries would taste particularly delicious.

Choose your granola. I like a light and flaky granola in my parfaits. If you prefer a chunky granola with lots of clusters, go for it. You can also substitute your favorite store-bought granola too.

Layer the granola, fruit, and coffee Greek yogurt in a cup or mason jar. For a more desserty vibe, stir in a few pieces of chopped white or dark chocolate.

Then grab a spoon and dig into these decadent but light parfaits. The recipe makes two so you can share… or not.

Colander of fresh cherries and a mason jar parfait on a wooden table.

Layered parfait on a wooden tables with a strainer of cherries.

Coffee Greek Yogurt Parfaits

Yield: 2 Parfaits
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Coffee Greek Yogurt Parfaits filled with creamy espresso flavored yogurt, crunchy homemade granola and juicy sweet cherries. Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack or dessert!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt, (or your favorite yogurt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground instant espresso, increase to 1/2 teaspoon for a bolder coffee flavor
  • 1/4 teaspoon real maple syrup, substitute honey or agave (add more for a sweeter treat)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Small Batch Almond Granola, (or your favorite granola)
  • 1/2 cup seeded and chopped cherries

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the yogurt, instant espresso, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk well (30 to 60 seconds) until all of the espresso has dissolved. Taste mixture and add more sweetener or instant espresso as desired.
  2. To make the parfaits layer the ingredients into two 8 ounce mason jars. Place two tablespoons of granola in the bottom of each jar, add two tablespoons of cherries then two tablespoons of yogurt. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.
  3. Enjoy immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Notes

If cherries aren't in season substitute chopped bananas, figs or strawberries.

Use a very finely ground instant espresso coffee like Medaglia D'oro. If your instant espresso is a coarser grind, dissolve it with a small amount of warm water and cool before mixing with yogurt.

Instant espresso can taste very strong and bitter. Start with the smallest amount and play around with the espresso to sweetener ratio until you find the level of sweet, bitter and bold you prefer your coffee yogurt to be.

Nutritional information is an estimate for one of two parfaits made with 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso and 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 Parfait
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 7.3gSaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 3.7mgSodium: 65.5mgCarbohydrates: 23.2gFiber: 3gSugar: 10.8gProtein: 10.9g

6 Comments

  1. i LOVE a yogurt parfait. if i’m at brunch somewhere and they have it on the menu, i’m getting it…and probably some pancakes too, but that’s beside the point. this is a delightful version–i’m digging the coffee twist!

    1. Oooh I want to brunch with you Grace! Honestly though I think a side of pancakes could really go with any meal 😉

  2. No sharing will be done… I’ll have one today and one tomorrow 🙂 Love these parfaits – I love a layered jar of goodness always – but especially this great combo of flavors! I’m sadly not a coffee person, but I do sometimes enjoy an espresso-flavored treat and this sounds like the perfect way to give me a little needed boost in the morning! And of course, I adore homemade granola. Pinned!

    1. Haha no sharing, Kathryn I love it! My big sis is the same way – no coffee drinking but coffee flavored ice cream now that’s a different story 🙂 If you’re a chai tea fan I’m sure a little of the spice blend mixed into yogurt would be quite tasty. Thanks for pinning!

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