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"Parfait" does mean "perfect" in French, which is very fitting, because these frozen yogurt parfaits are perfectly easy, and are a perfect make-ahead frozen summer treat.


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
8 hrs
1 hr
9 hrs 15 mins
4 parfaits

There's nothing like a homemade frozen dessert after a long, hot, sunny day of cooking, playing, and possibly drinking outdoors. The problem with many of these desserts is that you need an ice cream machine to make them, as well as you have to figure out how to keep them frozen long enough to eat your fill of barbecued ribs and potato salad before you indulge.  

Well, this beautiful, fruity, frozen treat requires no mechanical assistance, and stays frozen in a cooler for a long, long time. And, even if it does thaw before you get to it, still makes for a wonderfully refreshing way to end your day. It's also relatively healthy compared to other similar desserts, especially if you layer your parfait with fresh fruit and granola.

I loved how this came out, except for the fairly minor issue of me not loving frozen blueberries, but as I explained during the video, this is much more of a technique than a recipe, and you can layer your parfait with countless combinations of fruit, sauces, and crispy, crunchy bits. So, whip up a batch of the yogurt base, set out a variety of garnishes, and let everyone make their own. But no matter what you include in yours, I really do hope you give these a try soon.


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Parfaits:
For the Frozen Yogurt:


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine raspberries and ½ cup white sugar in a bowl. Crush with a potato masher into a puree. Cover and let sit out for 1 hour.

  • Pass berry puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. Add blueberries, stir, and keep in the refrigerator until needed.

  • Whisk yogurt, vanilla, lemon zest, and sugar for frozen yogurt together in a bowl until sugar dissolves and the mixture is light and fluffy. Transfer into a piping bag and refrigerate until needed.

To Build Parfaits:
  • Add 2 tablespoons of granola into an 8-ounce jar, or similar vessel. Top with 2 tablespoons of the fruit mixture. Try to make sure some of the fruit sauce is touching the glass so you can see the layers when frozen. Top with 2 heaping tablespoons of the yogurt mixture. Repeat twice more for a total of 3 layers. Top can be garnished with any remaining fruit and sauce.

  • Freeze until frozen solid, about 8 hours, or overnight.

Chef's Notes:

You can use crushed cookie crumbs, or crumbled up brownies or cake instead of granola, if preferred.

Try using Chef John's Granola in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

594 calories; fat 21.4g; cholesterol 22.5mg; sodium 76.9mg; carbohydrates 89.2g; protein 13.5g. Full Nutrition