How to Build a Yogurt Bar
Do you remember when I visited Oaxaca, Mexico? We stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast and every morning we had the best Mexican breakfast. Not only did they make delicious breakfast every morning in their outdoor cocina, but there was always a simple, yet chic yogurt station on the side with exotic fruits and homemade warm granola.
Ever since that trip I have always wanted to set out a yogurt bar and I finally did it, and let me tell you how easy it is. My kiddos love yogurt — it’s simple goodness from the farm to your fridge. On weekday mornings, I set out yogurt, berries, and granola and my kids get creative making their own parfaits.
With the holidays, right around the corner and family dropping to visit I will be elevating my yogurt bar. This fancy spread is truly a lifesaver when it comes to feeding a crowd for breakfast or brunch.
Set out ingredients, and they will come. The best part about a yogurt bar, is no cooking is involved. All you have to do is include a variety of yogurts, fresh seasonal fruits, chia seeds, raisins, and a selection of nuts and granola.
You know its Instagram-worthy when your guests pull out their phone to snap pics. What’s not to love — It’s healthy, easy, and it looks gorgeous.
I set out my favorite Mexican hand-painted bowls and wooden cutting boards along with Greek yogurt, and all the toppings for guests to create their customized parfait bowl.
To recreate the look, set out a big platter or tray, then use bowls or mason jars to hold all the different topping options. The beauty of this breakfast is that you can set out store-bought ingredients. Since no cooking is involved this is the time to set out your pretty dishes and have fun styling.
I surrounded the bowls with colorful papayas, figs, persimmons, pears, kiwis, and berries for the prettiest fall-inspired look.
As a mom, I am always educating my children about the importance of dairy and a balanced diet. Growing up near dairy farms and touring dairy farms, I have always had a profound respect and appreciation for dairy farmers.
Sitting down for the holidays, there’s plenty of reason for gratitude. Whether you’re a dairy farmer or dairy lover, being able to spend the day with friends and family (and sharing a good meal!), well, it just doesn’t get better than that.
To find recipes or have questions about dairy, I highly recommend you visit Dairy MAX‘s DairyDiscoveryZone.com.
Yogurt Parfait Bar
- variety of fresh fruits and berries
- 1 tub flavored yogurt
- 1 tub plain Greek yogurt
- granola mix
- chia seeds
- variety of nuts, pecans and pepitas
- Place yogurt in a large bowl.
- Wash and slice or chop fruits.
- Arrange the fruit on a big platter or divider tray.
- Arrange granola mix and additional toppings in bowls or divider tray.
- The nutrition facts are based on a serving of 1/2 of each yogurt, 3 tbsps of granola, 1/2 of fruit (berries), 1/4 tsp chia seed and 1 tsp of nuts and 1/2 tsp honey.
Photography by Jenna Sparks