Dairy Farmers of Canada

Make-Ahead Berry Parfaits

Our dietitians' favourite

Make your own beautiful parfaits in the evening and you’ve got a nutritious and delicious dessert ready to go. The oats soften perfectly as the parfaits sit in the refrigerator overnight.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 2 min - 3 min
  • Refrigeration: 8 h
Yields 4 servings
Make-Ahead Berry Parfaits


  • 1 cup (250 mL) large-flake rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground flax seeds (optional)
  • 3 cups (750 mL) 2% plain yogurt
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) granulated or packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (500 mL) blueberries, sliced strawberries and/or raspberries
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In a skillet over medium heat, toast large-flake rolled oats and nuts (if using), stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 min or until golden and fragrant. Immediately transfer to a bowl and let cool. Stir in flax seeds (if using).

In a bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar and vanilla.

Alternately layer oat mixture, yogurt and berries in four individual 1-1/2-cup (375 mL) reusable containers with lids or tall glasses. Seal with lids or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.


You can use fresh berries or frozen berries. If using frozen, do not let thaw before assembling the parfaits. They may tint the yogurt purple and red but will still be delicious.

You can use four 175 g containers of yogurt or one 750 g container

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 384 Calories
Protein: 18 g
Carbohydrate: 59 g
Fat: 9 g
Fibre: 7 g
Sodium: 131 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 35 % / 386 mg
Magnesium: 52 %
Phosphorus: 47 %
Vitamin B12: 52 %
Vitamin C: 49 %