Healthy & Sweet Blackberry Parfait

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | January 24th, 2023 | Desserts, Healthy Cooking, Recipes
Healthy & sweet can go together

Healthy & Sweet Blackberry Parfait

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Healthy & sweet can go together

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Course Dessert

Servings 2



  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 graham cracker sheets
  • 1-1/3 cups vanilla yogurt



  • Place blackberries in a small bowl, and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Using a muddler or back of a spoon, gently press berries to make a quick, cold sauce.
  • Place graham crackers in a bowl; using a tenderizer or rolling pin, crush into crumbs. (They don’t need to be evenly sized.)
  • Using your serving dish of choice, spoon 1/3 cup yogurt into the bottom of each dish.
  • Place 1/4 of the blackberry mixture on top of the yogurt.
  • Sprinkle half of the graham cracker crumbs on each dish.
  • Top graham cracker crumbs with another 1/3 cup yogurt.
  • Place 1/4 of the blackberry mixture on top of the yogurt.
  • These can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for up to 24 hours.


The parfaits can be stored for a longer period of time, but the crackers crumbs will lose their crunchiness.

Keyword healthy dessert

Back in November I posted that I only eat desserts on the weekend’ a friend of mine was aghast. While I understand her sentiment, it is what works for me. It also isn’t a 100% hard and fast rule. If there’s a special celebration, then there just might be a dessert on a weeknight.

However, only eating desserts on the weekends is a rule that can help you get out of the funk of holiday season eating. I, too, splurge during the end of December. Yep, it’s Monday, but I’m going to have an eggnog cookie (or two) while we watch tv at night. So, now we’re well into January, I am totally ready to go back to my regular eating habits.

In addition to my “weekend only” dessert rule, it’s also a good month to search for healthier desserts. Yes, all of the cookies, candies, and cakes of December were delicious, but I’m ready to back away from the sugar a bit. However, it’s hard to stop some of those sugar cravings. This week’s recipe is a fine way to get eating in check while also feeding your sweet tooth.

Allow me to introduce you to the Healthy & Sweet Blackberry Parfait. If you read only the ingredients, you might think that it’s a boring dessert. But when the ingredients are combined, they produce a delightfully creamy, sweet (without making your teeth hurt) dessert. What seems like a simple bowl of yogurt is so much more than that.

Next, let’s talk about serving dishes. For my testing purposes I made parfaits in both a half-pint canning jar and a parfait dish. However, you can let your creativity run wild. Make them in a wine glass or a ramekin. The only thing that matters is that the dish is the right size. Make it look as pretty or simple as you like.

Now you have a pretty, healthy, sweet dessert. What more could you want to keep your eating on track in the new year?

If you need a more indulgent parfait-style dessert, be sure to take a peek at my classic Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait.

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