Berry Yogurt Parfait

The countdown is over and finally, it’s the first day of summer. The heat is on with temperatures shooting up to 90 F and I am totally feeling the sunshine.

The weather has been playing a game with us. With all the unpredictable rain and cold winds, spring didn’t feel like spring at all. The weather man from the news channel would always warn us for more rain and I would look up at the sky hoping to see the clouds go away.

For the last few weeks, it started to get a little warm and I was loving it.


Summer is all about the bright clear sky, beautiful gorgeous flowers and longer days. It’s also about fresh fruits, fresh green vegetables, lots of lemonades and light flavorful meals. It has always been my favorite time of the year, my favorite season.

My first day of summer called for super delicious cold summer-y dessert with lots of colorful berries. Do you like berries?

I bought these blue boxes of berries which had black, red and yellow berries.. I have never seen yellow berries before. They are sweet and so juicy. After munching on to them for a while, I thought of making some dessert which I could share with you.

Baking was not the option that I was looking for and hence, parfait was the perfect choice!


As per Wikipedia, Parfait is a French word literally meaning “perfect” commonly employed to describe a kind of frozen dessertIn Northern America, parfaits are usually made by using dairy yogurt layered with nuts or berries. What better time to enjoy this than now..

If you don’t like berries, you can use any other fruit of your choice. If you don’t like yogurt, use fresh cream and add some creamy mascarpone. I wanted a light dessert and hence, used plain yogurt 🙂 You can make multiple layers.. you could use any crunchy topping you want.. This is what I chose!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup  pureed raspberries/strawberries
  • 1 cups of mixed berries, or any fruit of your choice
  • 1 tbs gelatin (I used vanilla flavored)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup roasted nuts (I used almond)
  • 2 cups yogurt

Directions :

In a bowl, add 1/4 cup water and 1 tbs gelatin. Mix and keep it aside for couple of minutes.

In a sauce pan, add the pureed berries with some powdered sugar and vanilla extract and cook for about 3 minutes in low heat.

Add the gelatin water mix to the sauce pan and continue cooking for another few minutes.

Let it cool and then, put it in the glass or a bowl.

Drop few whole berries on the top. Cover it and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 3 hrs or until it sets  like a jello.

Mix the yogurt with 1 tsp vanilla extract, pinch of salt and 2 tbs sugar. Keep it aside.

In a pan, roast the rolled oats and almonds.

Roughly chop the almonds and mix it with the oats.

Pour the yogurt mix on top of the raspberry jello, drop some whole berries on top and top it with the oats and almond dust.

Note:

1. You can use granola instead of rolled oats and almonds.

2. I chose to make the jello with raspberries just because I love the color red!

3. You could refrigerate the parfait after pouring the yogurt and just before serving, add the fruits, oats and almonds.

4. The jello should set in about 3 hours but you can keep it in the refrigerator overnight.

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Ohhh Kankana, this is a perfect dessert for a warm night like tonight! If you live much closer I’d invite myself over and have this with you. =P Your parfait looks so delicious!!!

everything looks berrylicious !! the pictures are gorgeous 😀 i like it that you’ve added oats in it

Raji says:

Beautiful dessert with the goodness of different berries..the pictures are just too beautiful esp the collage with different coloured berries looks gorgeous.

sangeeta says:

A treat for the eyes and so very healthy.

I have never seen yellow berries before but they look so juicy and delicious..
this sounds like the perfect treat in a hot day..
stunning pictures as always

nisha says:

the yellow ones do look gorgeous..never seen those around. I love parfaits..its so easy 2 put togetehr but sounds deliciously fancy when u serve it at get togethers 🙂
m loving the dark background

Kankana, the dessert is so tempting, you have photographed this one so well!! Just want to say, three cheers for you!

Tiffany says:

Love this dessert! Perfect for summer when sweet berries are a great way to destress!

That looks incredible!! I’m definitely bookmarking this 🙂

Summery, refreshing, sweet, and beautiful!! I wish I could pick it off my screen. 🙂

Shaheen says:

Oh the colours of those berries, especially the sunshing glowing golden raspberry ar a delight and feast for the eyes.

Ameena says:

Granola and berries? I am sold. This is the perfect breakfast for a hot summer day! Thank you for sharing, it looks delicious.

Apu says:

Delicious looking parfait. What better way to enjoy summer berries.

Kankana such a bliss i feel here!! these berries are so gorgeous and that yellow berries i have seen in many blogs never got to taste them all berries together looks fantastic!! enjoy ur darling this dessert is for soul!!

I love those yum looking berry yogurt filled goblets.I like the styling a lot Kankana.I saw golden raspberries in whole foods this weekend, but they were darn costly :(The second picture is very good.

Manju says:

Happy summer! This reminds me that ive got to start making summer cooler recipes too 🙂 Never had the golden raspberries, have seen them at stores but somehow never thought of buying them!

Swathi says:

Looks awesome love the color of yellow raspberries.Yogurt makes everything delicious.

I crave berries and cream most times and this dessert has two of my most favorite things!

Meghna says:

Kankana… Truly Mouthwatering… Looks too tempting… and as always clicks superb

I adore berries, I could eat them all day long! Your berry parfaits sound wonderful.

jeyashrisuresh says:

Thats a wonderful way to end up a meal with an yummy dessert.Inviting clicks

Kankana – The parfait is ready to be slurped with all my fav things in it ! love it

Plateful says:

This is such a simple, healthy and gorgeous idea for a great snack or dessert. Loved all those colorful berries – a powerhouse of nutrients, ahhhh!

rebecca says:

love berries and this does look perfect

Tes says:

I wish I could find some berries (at least frozen one) this week. Your post just make me crave them so much 🙂

gloria says:

amazing and delicious parfait!! look yumm! gloria

Anncoo says:

WOW! Love your lovely pictures..they look stunning and I love this yummy berries dessert 🙂

Priyanka says:

Wow…liked it….perfect for the summers 🙂

Stunning clicks and looks wonderful!

aipi says:

Absolutely love this, totally yummy, gorgeous, healthy and beautiful n you make it look super romantic too 🙂
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aipi says:

I absolutely loved the fourth picture( with the spoon n golden raspberry on top 🙂
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Kankana, your photos are just breathtaking and this dessert would be sooo lovely for a warm summer evening (which I’m still waiting to arrive here…)

I haven’t seen yellow berries in years. I remember when I was in my teenage years a farm near my grandma’s house had these yellow berries and we were counting the days until they were ripe and we could eat them. Sweet memories.
Your parfait looks amazing. perfect on s hot summer day or night 🙂

Those berries are gorgeous. I’ve never seen yellow berries before – I would love to find some at my local farmer’s market. I’ve been really into yogurt lately – as it’s so refreshing this time of year – so those parfaits would be perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Your Parfait looks amazing! Wonderful color combination and refreshing flavors..yummy!

Yum! Gorgeous berries! This is a perfect summer dessert 🙂

Look at the color of those berries.Simply splendid. The parfait is my favourite go to snack. The photos are brilliant.

Summers are here indeed.

Mmm I love all the berries and the gorgeous colors! What a healthy, refreshing summer treat.

Perfect way to celebrate summer, Kankana !
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