Apple Pie Parfait

284 cal, 41C/10F/10P/21S.

An easy and healthy way to eat a protein packed breakfast that tastes like apple pie! No baking involved. Just a little bit of stove-top action!

Hi I’m a parfait freak. I’m a parfreak. A lot of my breakfasts and desserts lately are layers of yogurt/granola/fruit/nut butter. While I’m not proud of my obsessive ways, I can’t help but think that for a food maximalist like myself, a parfait is basically the dominant strategy when it comes to breakfast/dessert.

That first bite where you dig your spoon and get a little bit of each layer, all the different textures and flavors blended together and your mind is blown… Not a lot of other ways of preparing breakfast/dessert allows you to do that.

My husband Gav values sameness. He likes a smooth texture and single flavor. Like chocolate ice cream or creme caramel or a mousse. I like variety, I like a little bit of EVERYTHING, stacks on top of stacks of weird combinations of things (don’t get me started on my favorite peanut butter banana grilled cheese sandwich! the best!) and a parfait is basically that. The more layers the better!

But for you more normal humans’ sake, I kept this parfait simple-ish. Only 4 layers: Granola, strained greek yogurt, yummy cinnamon sugar apple, chopped nuts. The cooking of the apple is absolutely essential here, it’ll make you think you’re eating apple pie for breakfast.

Just between you and me, here’s my favorite part of all this. If you prep this ahead of time and let it sit in your fridge a few hours (or overnight), the granola will soak up any excess liquid that’s in the yogurt. The yogurt will become so thick it’ll basically turn into cheese, and the granola will soften and turn into a sort of graham cracker crust… so then your apple pie parfait will become an APPLE PIE CHEESECAKE. Yeah if you’re not psyched about this parfait now I don’t know what else to tell ya. Don’t tell me you’re not a cheesecake person! Just don’t!


  • 1 large apple, whichever you like, peeled, diced (about 200 g)
  • 2 tsp coconut or brown sugar (8 g)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, I use 2% (112 g)
  • 1/2 cup granola of your choice (60 g)
  • 2 tsp chopped walnuts or pecans (14 g)

Makes 2 breakfast parfaits. In a pot mix apple, sugar, cinnamon, salt, water and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes until apples are soft. Let cool. Layer in two jars, granola, yogurt, apple, walnuts. Enjoy!

They should keep for a few days at least in the fridge. If you didn’t somehow gobble them up of course.

Hope you try this breakfast (or snack) and enjoy it as much as I did! Remember to tag me on instagram with your photos!

Author: Elif

Hi I'm Elif! I'm a mama, computer science PhD and Google engineer by day, food blogger by night. I love beautiful desserts that not only taste amazing, but also leave you feeling amazing. I use my math skills and interest in nutrition to carefully optimize my recipes to use simple, good-for-you ingredients and minimal amount of added sugar. I believe that healthy desserts can be simple. Recipes should not send you searching for rare ingredients, untested sweeteners or measuring ridiculous 1/2 tsp of butter. Here we use few ingredients, basic measuring cups, spoons, and simple fruit, veg, little sugar and syrup as sweeteners. Most recipes here use so little added sugar that they're good enough for toddlers. I also believe that you should be able to fit healthy sweets into your daily routine. No matter how much almond flour and coconut oil is in a healthy dessert recipe, there's no way I'm going to ingest a meal's worth of energy and a day's worth of total sugar from dessert alone. And that is the reason all my desserts have less than 200 cal per serving and are low-sugar. So now will you join us?

2 thoughts

  1. Can I just say THANK YOU for using grams in your recipe ! It’s so frustrating to always calculate how many there is in a cup, so thank you so much for thinking of us non americans and thank you for all those delicious recipes !


    1. thank YOU so much for noticing this Sonia! I always bake by grams due to calculating nutrition info in my head but it’s also a nice side benefit to have lovely Europeans not go through all that trouble! ❤️ notice that I’m moving my blog to ! a much nicer website i’ve been working on 😊❤️


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