Parfait is a delicious dessert originating from France and is made by boiling eggs, cream, and syrup together to make a smooth pudding with a custard-like consistency.
Over the years, other countries have adopted this idea and made it their own.
Some now know it as a dish made by layering yogurt and fruit together in a glass tumbler.
Today we’re going to be looking at just 23 of the best parfait recipes that you should try today.
Starting off with a mouth-watering dish, this parfait is super easy to make in just 25 minutes.
You’ll need to wait for it to freeze first, though, as this is a delicious alternative to ice cream – as a healthier alternative, too!
Raspberry and pistachio pair amazingly well together, so this dessert will be the talk of the table when you serve it to your friends.
Banana is one of the best fruits to freeze as the consistency is so creamy and moreish. Top that with some praline and you have yourself a real party!
You can customize this frozen dessert any way you want, perhaps by adding some candied fruit, sultanas, or some more roughly chopped nuts.
Looking for something to quell your chocolate cravings?
Look no further than this chocolate parfait. The dark chocolate is daringly rich, but the brown sugar brings it back for a sweeter and smoother taste.
Serve in a rounded glass so that everyone can see the chocolate swirls in all their glory. This recipe is perfect for anyone just getting into the world of cooking parfaits.
The first layered parfait on the list! This recipe calls for cherry parfait to be layered beneath chocolate parfait, giving you a delicious fruity mix into your chocolate dessert.
Another frozen one, this ice cream alternative is ideal for keeping in the freezer to sneak a bite whenever you’re feeling peckish.
Did someone say coffee ice cream? This recipe uses the sabayon base, one that is used for the majority of parfait recipes, and incorporates coffee to give it a rich and creamy taste.
If you’re not so much a fan of sweet treats or fruity desserts, then this could be the perfect recipe for you.
Who doesn’t love a dessert that you can make ahead of schedule?
This recipe is made from yogurt, frozen fruit, and granola – that’s it! All you have to do is layer the ingredients on top of one another in a cute little jar and you’re done.
The frozen fruit will keep the yogurt fresher for longer and the granola adds a nice crunch. This is the ideal breakfast on the go!
You’ve heard of Eton mess – but have you heard of it in a frozen parfait form? No? Well, today is your lucky day as this recipe is perfect for meringue and cranberry lovers.
The tartness of the fruit against the creamy parfait is like heaven in your mouth. Trust us, you’ll be making this recipe forevermore!
Another very healthy breakfast idea – yogurt layered with strawberries and topped with granola.
Add a teaspoon of sugar to the strawberries to ensure that they are sweet enough to contrast the plain Greek yogurt. Pack in a mason jar and enjoy while out!
This recipe will take you slightly longer to make than the previous two, but the results are more than worth it. The word parfait is French for perfect, and boy is this an apt way of describing this dessert!
Chocolate and salted peanuts pair together beautifully, so it’s not surprising that they’ve stolen the show in this parfait recipe.
Craving the taste of summer on a tropical island somewhere? Making this kiwi and coconut parfait recipe is a whole lot cheaper than booking a flight (see also ‘25+ Best And Tastiest Kiwi Recipes You Can Make From Home‘).
What you’ll need is coconut yogurt – something that is more than delicious enough to be its own winning snack – kiwis, lime, pomegranate seeds, and mint.
Does that just not sound like heaven? We’re off to make some for ourselves right now!
11. Berry Parfaits
You can never go wrong with a berry and yogurt parfait. Don’t like granola? Well you’re in luck as this recipe doesn’t call for any whatsoever!
In fact, all this recipe calls for is various fruit and yogurt. You might even have all of the ingredients sitting in your refrigerator right now.
Nobody freak out, but we might have just found the ideal dessert for coffee lovers everywhere.
We get it, not everyone likes sweet desserts. But what if we were to tell you that this recipe called for frozen espresso parfait sandwiched between two chocolate meringue bases?
Topped with a caramel whisky sauce, it’s difficult not to shout this recipe from the rooftops.
Another breakfast of champions, this recipe calls for granola to be mixed with fresh fruit before being layered with yogurt.
The tartness of the fruit will pair amazingly with the creaminess of the yogurt. You can even make it your own by adding extras such as honey, cinnamon, or coconut shavings.
A self-proclaimed BEST parfait recipe? We’ll let you be the judge of that when making this yummy snack with homemade granola, mixed berries, vanilla yogurt, and honey.
This recipe does come with a lot of optional toppings such as whipping cream, shredded coconut, or chocolate chips.
Have you ever tasted blackberry sorbet? This recipe is similar to that, but uses a creamy base for the fruit instead, making it even more delicious.
Pair this gorgeously fruity dessert with some blackberry curd, sticky gingerbread, and pistachio crumbs, you’ll have yourself a michelin star dessert in your very own home.
Frozen forest fruits are ideal in the summertime, with their bursting juices and refreshing taste.
This recipe calls for a compote to be drizzled over the top, made with fruit, cinnamon, cloves, sugar, and cassis liqueur.
Is this recipe just calling your name or what?
No, there’s not much better than strawberries and cream. That is, unless you’re talking about strawberry parfait!
This 10 minute treat layers dairy-free yogurt (or cashew cream), strawberries, granola, and strawberry compote for a yummy dairy-free dessert that everyone can enjoy.
18. Apple Parfait
Apple is one of our favorite fruits to put in desserts because it’s the perfect level of sweet without becoming sickly.
Almost everyone has apples or apple puree somewhere in their pantry, too, so this could be the ideal excuse to use them up.
Not only does this recipe show you how to make a parfait in the shape of a heart, but it is flavored with white chocolate.
We’ve been talking a lot about people who don’t like desserts that are too sweet, but what about the people who think that desserts can’t ever be too sweet?
If you’re one of those people, then this is the recipe for you. A sweet tooth calming dish like no other. And if that wasn’t enough, the serving suggestion is to pair it with chocolate covered strawberries!
What’s not to love? Cherries, peaches, and a creamy base! The amaretto liqueur gives it a delicious sweetness to enhance the fruity flavors.
If you’re not a fan of using alcohol in cooking, then you can always swap this out for orange juice!
Serve with plenty of peach slides and cherries on top of the parfait to finish the look.
This recipe is a great one for those who don’t like chunks of fruit in their dessert. Just like not everyone is on board with orange juice with bits, some people could go without fruit pieces in their parfait.
Luckily, this recipe only calls for passionfruit puree. This gives the parfait a lovely refreshing flavor without overpowering the original taste.
Perhaps the most boujee recipe on our list, this one has been coined by Agnar Sverrisson. It combines the sweetness of chocolate with the earthiness of beetroot to create a dessert that tells a story in your mouth.
This recipe takes a lot of ingredients and time, but the results are so worth it. If you’re hosting a dinner party, this could be the perfect dessert to ensure that your night will be one for the ages.
Last but not least, is Neapolitan not just the best flavor in the world?
You’ve got a vanilla layer, a strawberry layer, and a chocolate layer. This is the same for the parfait recipe, with the vanilla being a lovely palette cleanser as you switch from strawberry to chocolate.
Again, this recipe takes a bit more work, but when the results are this good, you won’t mind a bit.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Parfait Made Of?
Parfait originates from France and is traditionally made from egg, cream, sugar and syrup. This boils into a custard-like puree that can be layered with different fruits, chocolates, or nuts.
This can also be frozen to make a dessert similar to ice cream.
American style parfait is often made with yogurt instead of the custard-like mixture to make it easier on the bakers.
What Is The Difference Between Mousse And Parfait?
Parfait is a layered dessert while mousse tends to be a standalone dish. Some people even put mousse in their parfaits as one of the layers to add a lighter and more delicate taste.
Both mousse and parfaits often use the same ingredients such as cream and eggs.
However, mousse is whipped to the point that the eggs form stiff peaks, while a parfait recipe will just call for the eggs to be boiled with the rest of the ingredients.
You can make both mousse and parfaits in a number of different flavor palettes, such as fruit, chocolate, or nuts.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading about all the different types of parfaits you can make at home. With so many delicious-sounding recipes to try, how will you know which one to test out first?
Make sure that you bookmark this page to ensure that you can return to it time and time again to try new parfait recipes. Enjoy, and make enough for us!