Berry Brownie Yogurt Parfait

This berry brownie yogurt parfait is layered with Greek yogurt, a thick and gooey triple berry compote, and chewy raw brownie crumbles.

Berry brownie yogurt parfait

My mom is the #1 fan of our raw brownies recipe. And we can’t blame her! They’re so deliciously fudge-y, it’s hard to remember they’re made only of natural ingredients: dates, cocoa powder, nuts. Quite magical, really. She generally keeps a pan in the freezer so she can easily whip up creative desserts for guests, dousing them in chocolate sauce and topping with fruit. When we visited this winter, she created a yogurt parfait with crumbled raw brownies and berries. We loved the idea so much that we decided to create a take of our own! Keep reading for our triple berry brownie yogurt parfait recipe.

Berry brownie yogurt parfait
Berry compote

Making this yogurt parfait

This yogurt parfait is a “healthy dessert” with no sacrifice on taste or satisfaction. It’s sweetened with maple syrup and dates, and it’s also gluten-free. It features a triple berry compote, which we’ve made out of frozen berries, a bit of fresh lemon juice and just a bit of maple syrup. It turned out so thick, gooey and delicious, absolutely perfect for layering in this yogurt parfait.

For the creamy layer of our yogurt parfait, we’ve used plain Greek yogurt, sweetened with a little maple syrup. (Of course if you’d rather have a decadent treat, use our Homemade Whipped Cream or Coconut Whipped Cream instead!) And then for the brownie crumbles: they’re a riff on our raw brownies recipe. They’re whipped up in a food processor using walnuts, Medjool dates, and cocoa powder to form into a chewy “brownie” that’s totally raw, with no refined sugar. It might sound a little odd, but you’ve got to try it to be a believer!

What are Medjool dates? These days, it’s likely you’ve had them even if you don’t know it! Medjool dates are large, chewy and sweet dates that are used to make natural sweets like Larabars (here are our favorite recipes with Medjool dates). It is important to find Medjool dates for this recipe, because they’re very important for the texture: no substitutions! We were able to find them sold in bulk at our local grocery; they are also available for sale online.

Healthy desserts

And that’s it: layer those three layers in a glass and you’ve got one very tasty yogurt parfait! We love occasional dessert splurges, but generally after a meal we spring for either dark chocolate or a healthy dessert option. There’s some kind of creative challenge that we enjoy about coming up with sweet finishes that are light and wholesome. What are your favorite healthy desserts? (And is there a better term for this concept, since “healthy” sounds more like desserts full of celery and carrots?)

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Berry brownie yogurt parfait
Berry compote

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This yogurt parfait recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten free.

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Berry Brownie Yogurt Parfait


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This berry brownie yogurt parfait is layered with Greek yogurt, a thick and gooey triple berry compote, and chewy raw brownie crumbles. 


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Ingredients

For the brownie layer

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

For the berry compote

  • 3 cups frozen mixed berries (1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the yogurt layer

  • 4 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. For the brownie crumbles: In the bowl of a food processor, add walnuts and process on high until the nuts are finely ground. Add the cocoa powder and kosher salt. Pulse to combine.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates. Turn on the food processor and as it is running, add the dates one at a time. Stop processing once the mixture is crumbly but easily formable. Add the almonds and pulse several times to combine.
  3. In a small square dish, press the brownie mixture into a layer at least 1 inch thick (even if it does not fill the entire dish), or thicker if desired. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. For the berry compote: place the frozen berries, fresh lemon juice, and maple syrup in a skillet over medium heat. Stir for several minutes until fruit is thawed. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water, then pour into skillet and heat until the sauce is thickened.
  5. For the yogurt layer: In a small bowl, mix the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  6. To assemble the parfait, layer yogurt, crumbles of raw brownies, and berry compote in a tall glass.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Yogurt Parfait, Healthy Dessert, Yogurt Parfait Recipe, Berry Compote, Raw Brownies, Gluten Free Desserts

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

10 Comments

  • Reply
    Tieghan Gerard
    February 16, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    These look amazing!! Love the raw brownies!

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    February 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

    What a clever idea to make something so impressive and yet so wholesome at the same time.

  • Reply
    Sophie
    February 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

    LOVE this idea! So yum! I like saying “nutritious” or “nourishing” instead of healthy. Sounds so much happier and less like diet food.

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    February 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I love the raw brownies on this! So yummy!

  • Reply
    Megan @ The Cooking Canvas
    February 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I always keep a bag of frozen berries in the freezer. It’s a pantry essential! This is a deliciously simple dessert to use them with.

  • Reply
    Joanne
    February 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I would definitely be licking this parfait cup clean!

  • Reply
    Brittany
    February 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I agree – very clever! Thanks for sharing a fun idea for a realistic, healthy and yummy dessert!

  • Reply
    cheri
    February 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    This looks delicious! Love this combination!

  • Reply
    Mollie
    February 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    ‘Healthy dessert’ is usually yogurt that I spruce up with things I would feel guilty about having for breakfast. I often do chopped dark chocolate or a bit of peanut butter. I also like to roast some fruit with a light whole grain/oat crumble mixture on top!

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    [email protected]
    March 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Whoa, this looks extremely good. So delicious! I absolutely love your site, photography and recipes.

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