These almond and yogurt parfaits are so delicious, and a great way to turn plain yogurt into a more filling breakfast, snack, or even dessert. They take just 2 minutes to make, and can be prepared ahead. They are ideal for a grain free breakfast.
One of the most difficult things about this recipe was deciding what to call it! I wanted it to be clear that it's not some kind of body cream, and it's not a method for making yogurt from almond milk. This parfait recipe uses plain yogurt which is thickened with ground almonds. It's so simple that it barely constitutes a recipe, but it is utterly delicious and moreish, so I wanted to share it:)
So why add ground almonds to yogurt?
Taste and texture
Ground almonds will thicken the yogurt, and add a really creamy texture to it. The flavour of ground almonds is very subtle, but it complements yogurt perfectly. The slight sweetness balances out the tangy sourness of plain yogurt. If you want a stronger flavour of almonds, then you might want to add a couple of drops of a natural almond extract.
Adding ground almonds will add more protein to yogurt. Each serving contains over 7 g of protein, and this high protein yogurt will help to keep you fuller for longer. (If you want an even higher level of protein, use Greek yogurt as your base.) Almonds also contain fibre which helps to fill you up.
Almonds are really rich in nutrients. They are one of the best sources of vitamin E which has well researched health benefits. Almonds can also help with blood sugar control, in part due to the protein and fibre they contain, and partly because of their high levels of magnesium. This BBC article written by a qualified nutritionist explains further about the health benefits of almonds.
Of course yogurt itself is also really good for you, so if these delicious yogurt and almond parfaits allow you to enjoy it more, then so much the better. Most yogurt is live, which means that it contains friendly bacteria which will help your gut health. Yogurt is also a good source of vitamin B12 and calcium. But do read the ingredient label to make sure that your yogurt is free from added sugar and artificial flavours and thickeners.
Ingredients for almond and yogurt parfaits
Yogurt - you'll need natural or plain yogurt for this recipe. I use wholemilk yogurt, but a lower fat version would work well also. I've never tried the recipe with non-dairy yogurt, but can see no reason why it wouldn't work perfectly well. Do let me know how you get on if you try a non dairy option.
Ground almonds. In the UK, these are usually found with the baking ingredients in supermarkets, and of course are also available in health food stores. In the US and some other countries, ground almonds are known as almond meal.
Honey. If you want to add a touch more sweetness, add a teaspoon of honey, or drizzle with a little maple syrup.
Almond/vanilla extract. For a stronger almond flavour (marzipan yogurt?) then add a couple of drops of natural almond extract. Or you might prefer vanilla extract.
Flaked almonds. Top with flaked almonds for a variation in texture and extra nuttiness.
Granola is a great way to add a crunchy topping to your yogurt and almond parfaits. You could either try this low sugar baked granola recipe, or a this quick stovetop granola recipe that is ready in just 5 minutes.
Yogurt parfaits are perfect served with fruit. I particularly like the combination of blueberries and almonds, but any other berries or cherries would also work well. The parfaits are also great served with sliced banana for a simple and filling breakfast. Almond and pear are also a classic combination, so maybe serve these stewed pears alongside. You could also stir in some 10 minute low sugar berry jam, or this delicious fig paste. Or go tropical with peaches and mango...the possibilities are endless.
You could either add your optional ingredients on top of the almond yogurt mix, or layer it in a glass for a pretty effect.
These healthy parfaits take just seconds to mix, but if you prefer you can make them the night before and store them in the fridge. If you've got some jars with lids, they make a great on-the-go breakfast too.
Measure out the yogurt and ground almonds
Stir well to mix thoroughly
Add toppings as desired, or layer in a glass
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Almond and Yogurt Parfaits
- 2 tablespoon ground almonds approx 15 g
- 120 ml natural yogurt
- Gently stir the ground almonds and yogurt together until well mixed. Add optional ingredients as desired.
- Add optional ingredients as desired.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.