Make-Ahead Pineapple Blueberry Breakfast Parfaits
These wholesome, prep-ahead jars are reminiscent of Bircher muesli with a tropical twist. In the morning, simply add milk to your desired consistency, give the jars a good stir, and dig in!

Yields 4 (16-ounce/pint-size) jars.


  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt (I like Stonyfield low-fat smooth and creamy French vanilla*)
  • 1 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (uncooked)**
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 4 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
  • 4 tablespoons shredded coconut (I use unsweetened; sweetened be used instead)
  • 1 – 1 1/3 cups frozen blueberries (no need to thaw; fresh may be used when available)
  • 1 – 1 1/3 cups chopped pineapple***
  • For serving:  milk of choice (I add approximately 1/4 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk) and maple syrup (optional) to taste (I use 1 to 2 teaspoons per jar)


  1. In each of 4 (16-ounce) jars with lids, layer 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup oats, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon each ground flaxseed, slivered almonds, and shredded coconut in that order.  Top with 1/4 -1/3 cup each blueberries and chopped pineapple.  (I started making these with 1/4 cup each but tend to round the cups now.  If you like them on the fruitier side, just be sure to leave room to stir. (But don’t stir now!)
  2. Place the lids on the jars and refrigerate overnight (or up to 5 days) to allow the oats to absorb some of the moisture from the yogurt.
  3. Before eating, stir in the milk to reach the desired consistency and drizzle with maple syrup to taste.


  • *This is “regular” yogurt, which has more liquid that Greek yogurt, and that’s what is absorbed by the oats and ground flaxseed. If you prefer to use Greek yogurt, I recommend stirring in a drizzle or two of milk to thin it slightly before building your jars.
  • **Recently, I substituted Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free muesli for the oats (using the same quantity), and it was delicious!
  • ***Fresh pineapple is ideal, but in a pinch I have used canned chunks (drained) with good results. I like to cut the pieces fairly small to get a little pineapple in each bite.

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