We all know I love a good grazing board. Here’s a yogurt parfait brunch board that lets you graze all morning long on something as healthy as it is delicious. You can make it all in advance (and there’s not much “making” to it — you’ll really just be chopping some fruit and arranging some bowls), and it will be ready to be lifted out of the refrigerator and put on the kitchen counter in the morning. ⠀
It’s got everything from protein in the yogurt to healthy fats in the nuts to antioxidants in the fruit… basically all the macro and micronutrients you need to start your day off right. Top it off with a bloody mary or mimosa and you’ll still come out ahead.
The sliced apples and pears will hold up nicely if you squeeze a little lemon on them. I had always heard about this trick and had my doubts… but I tried it recently and it really works!
Feel free to experiment with your favorite yogurt toppings and whatever is in season. I try to include a range of textures — from crunchy to crispy to soft — and a ranch of flavors — from sour to salty to sweet. I used winter fruits here, and avoided nuts because one of the guests has a nut allergy.
And I don’t know whether this is a confession or a helpful tip, but here you go: This is the sort of meal I serve for dinner every once in a while when we are out of groceries, time, and energy… of course it looks nothing like this platter on nights like that, but I will put out some Greek yogurt with a large cutting board full of chopped fruit, handfuls of nuts, and a box of cereal, and let everyone DIY their own yogurt bowl. I figure it’s a step up from ordering take-out and does a fairly decent job of covering our bases nutrition-wise.⠀
So raise that mimosa and cheers to grazing boards, and cheers to make-ahead meals, and cheers to having a few easy dinners in your back pocket to make life easy, delicious, and nutritious.
Yogurt Parfait Brunch Board
Here's a yogurt parfait brunch board that lets you graze all morning long on something as healthy as it is delicious. You can make it all in advance (and there's not much "making" to it -- you'll really just be chopping some fruit and arranging some bowls), and it will be ready to be lifted out of the refrigerator and put on the kitchen counter in the morning. ⠀
- 6 cups yogurt
- 4 cups granola
- 2 apples thinly sliced
- 2 pears thinly sliced
- 2 pomegrantes halved or seeded
- 2 cups applesauce
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 4 tangerines peeled and segmented
- 2 oranges sliced
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Set out a large platter or board to fill with ingredients.
Place yogurt in a bowl in the middle. Use small dishes or bowls to contain small items, like pumpkin seeds, granola, or pomegranate seeds, and arrange around yogurt bowl
Fan apple, orange, and pear slices around the edges. Fill in holes with tangerine segments.
Use parsley or another herb around the edges to add some green.
Provide serving spoons for each of the toppings.
Can be made in advance and covered in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
My favorite brand of yogurt is Fage's 2% Greek yogurt, but use whichever you prefer! If making in advance, sprinkle apple and pear slices with lemon juice to prevent browning. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate grazing board until ready to serve.