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Scrumptious parfaits for breakfast, brunch or dessert

Who doesn’t love a parfait? That’s right — no one, because they are one of the most delicious creations on the planet.

With yogurt, granola and fruit, parfaits serve as a delicious breakfast or brunch option or an indulgent, yet healthier dessert option.

Spring and summer are great time to make parfaits, because Michigan-grown fruit is plentiful as is local creamery yogurt and ice cream. Be sure to check out your local farmers’ market or farms for fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. You could even take a family trip to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival July 4-11 and get fresh cherries.

Add some Good Life Granola from Holland, Hudsonville ice cream or Mediterranean-style yogurt from 
Mattawan Creamery and you’ve got locally sourced lusciousness all the way around.

When building a parfait, the sky’s the limit. Build them small, as a special delectable after-dinner treat for one, or larger as a centerpiece for a brunch to feed a crowd. Not worried about your figure? (Hey, we think you look great!) Then go all out with triple chocolate cake, fruit and ice cream for a creamy summer dessert.

Best of all (like you need one more good reason, right?), parfaits are fun and easy to make with kids of any age.

Breakfast or brunch parfait

Ingredients:


1 quart strawberry yogurt (use Greek for more protein)

1 quart vanilla yogurt

1 8-ounce bag of raspberry granola (substitute any non-sugary cereal you prefer, i.e. Rice Krispies, Cherrios, etc.)

Fresh fruit of your choice

How to:


Add the ingredients in layers, alternating between yogurt, cereal and fruit
. Serve immediately.

Dessert parfait

Ingredients:


1/2 gallon Hudsonville Natural Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

1 box yellow cake mix, baked per directions and cooled

1 box triple chocolate cake mix, baked per directions and cooled

1 16-ounce container of whipped topping

Fresh fruit of your choice

Sprinkles

How to:

Add the ingredients in layers, alternating between cake, ice cream and fruit
. Put sprinkles on the top
. Serve immediately or freeze.

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