Parfaits are endlessly adaptable, impossible to mess up, and a joy to make with young chefs. They can be made ahead of time or eaten immediately and are a fun homemade treat, especially when kids can surprise someone with a dish that they made themselves!
Time investment: approximately 10 minutes, depending on how much prep the fruit requires. All quantities are approximate. No need for precise measurements!
You will need the following:
- About 2 cups of your favorite yogurt (non-dairy also works fine)
- About 1 cup of your preferred granola
- About 2 cups of fruit, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces as needed. If you’re feeling fancy, you can use more than one kind of fruit.
- Spoons for conveying the fruit/granola/yogurt to the cups
- 4 transparent cups/glasses/small bowls
Before doing anything else, all cooks should wash their hands.
- Begin by plopping a heaping spoonful of yogurt into the bottom of each cup and smushing it around a bit so that it’s a relatively flat layer. There is no wrong way to do this.
- Decide what you would like to use in the next layer. Fruit? Granola? Again, you cannot go wrong.
- The next layer is the ingredient that you did not use in the previous two layers.
- Continue layering until the cups are filled.
- If you are not too exhausted and would like to seize a teachable moment, you can discuss the intricacies of repeating patterns. Nobody will think you are a bad parent for not doing this.
- Parfaits can be eaten immediately or saved, covered, in the refrigerator. Know that if they are saved for later, the granola will soften a bit. This may matter more to some cooks than to others.
- Cooks who are old enough to handle a butter knife may enjoy slicing bananas for parfaits. (Be aware that bananas exposed to air will eventually turn an unappetizing shade of brown.)
Optional ingredients: nuts, dried fruit, whipped cream, jam, crushed graham crackers, honey, chia/flax/sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon, nut butter.
Guest Writer-Elizabeth Wagner is a special needs educator with over 10 years of experience working iwth special needs children in the classroom and home setting.