Apple Maple Parfait

This apple maple parfait is packed full of vanilla, apple and maple flavor. Sweet layers of yogurt, granola and maple cinnamon apples are the perfect breakfast.

This apple maple parfait is packed full of vanilla, apple and maple flavor. Sweet layers of yogurt, granola and maple cinnamon apples are the perfect breakfast.

The weather is changing. Fall is just around the corner and I could not be happier! I was super excited when I was asked to put together a dessert course for this month’s Progressive Party over at Kitchen PlayThe U.S. Apple Association was looking for a delicious apple dessert that would be easy for the busy parent.  I had several ideas floating around in my head but I finally settled on an Apple Maple Parfait. It’s easy, delicious and packed full of flavor. Even better, it can be eaten as breakfast too!

Luckily for me I only live 3 miles away from an apple orchard. While it’s not the peak picking season there are a few early varieties that were available. I opted to try the Paula Red because I liked its sweet flavor and (when fresh) firm texture. It can get very soft while cooked but I knew I wasn’t going to cook them for very long so I was not worried. If you cannot find Paula Red in your area a great replacement would be McIntosh, Granny Smith (If you want a nice tart flavor), Empire or Jonathan.

I flavored my apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. I let them simmer gently on the stove top until they were just soft enough to easily eat.  For my parfait I used store-bought Greek vanilla yogurt and store-bought granola.  I took a clean mason jar and made layers of tangy vanilla yogurt, sweet maple syrup and spiced apples. Once I reached the top I made sure to top it with plenty of granola.

This apple maple parfait is packed full of vanilla, apple and maple flavor. Sweet layers of yogurt, granola and maple cinnamon apples are the perfect breakfast.


Apple Maple Parfait

This apple maple parfait is packed full of vanilla, apple and maple flavor. Sweet layers of yogurt, granola and maple cinnamon apples are the perfect breakfast.

Yield: 4 half pint parfaits

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes


  • 8 small to medium apples - peeled, cored and chopped into 1 1/2 inch cubes (apple count will depend on the size of your apples. Mine were a little on the smaller side)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 (8 ounce) containers vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
  • Maple syrup
  • Granola

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


Take chopped apples and put in large bowl. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and vanilla paste, stir and let sit for 30 minutes. The apples should now be sitting in a bowl of sugary liquid. Take apples and juice and put into saucepot on the stove. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the apples are soft but not falling apart. The sugar mixture should thicken up a bit too. Remove from heat and let cool. In a 1/2 pint glass mason jar add a spoon full of the cooled apple mixture, drizzle of maple syrup and a large spoonful of yogurt - continue until you reach the top of your jar, then sprinkle with granola and enjoy!

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The US Apple Associationis also sponsoring a wonderful giveaway here at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate any one recipe from this month’s Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter. All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win $100 (6 prizes total).  The deadline is September 30, 2011. Please review the complete contest rules before entering. Good luck

39 Responses to “Apple Maple Parfait”

  1. #
    Heather @girlichef — September 6, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Oh my, my, my…that looks seriously delicious.

  2. #
    Candace Karu — September 6, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Now this got my attention! Cabot’s Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt has been a staple in my house lately and I just knew it would be perfect in a dessert. I love this combinations of apples, maple, and vanilla…can’t wait to try it!

  3. #
    Deanna — September 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Yum, these look delicious and would be easy to veganize just by swapping in coconut yogurt. Love it!

  4. #
    Cakelaw — September 6, 2011 at 7:56 am

    This looks delicious Brandy – apple and cinnamon are gorgeous flavours, and wit you coming into autumn there, this is a perfect dish.

  5. #
    Jessica/ Green Skies and Sugar Trips — September 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

    OH WOW!!!!!! This might be my new favorite breakfast!!! I can’t wait to try it at home! (and pick apples) Thanks Brandy!!! 🙂

  6. #
    Erica — September 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I am a parfait addict! I need one of these

  7. #
    Elizabeth of AsianinAmericamag — September 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I love this apple parfait !!!! Oh my goodness, how can I not join the Kitchen Play Progressive Party??? This is absolutely irresistable…running to the kitchen right now !

  8. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — September 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

    YOu guys are killing me with all of these yummy apple recipes! Yum!

  9. #
    shannon — September 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    perfect fall treat… but it will have to wait b/c i am savoring the last bit of summer 🙂

  10. #
    Katrina — September 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    That looks really good, Brandy!

  11. #
    Michelle Jaffee — September 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    These are so pretty and sound delicious! Some of my fav ingredients, Greek yogurt is one of staples.

  12. #
    Jeanette — September 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    This parfait is making me think of fall – love the combination of apples and maple syrup. My kids would love this for breakfast and dessert!

  13. #
    Blond Duck — September 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    As much as I love summer, this makes me excited for fall!

  14. #
    Kim — September 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    This looks absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to make it.

  15. #
    Joanne — September 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    This is almost certainly going to be breakfast one day this week. What? There’s YOGURT in it! Totally breakfast food.

  16. #
    5 Star Foodie — September 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Such delicious parfaits, the combination of apples, maple syrup and vanilla paste sounds amazing!

  17. #
    Reeni — September 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I can’t remember a parfait ever standing out for me the way this one is! That is incredibly delicious looking!

  18. #
    Cookin' Canuck — September 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Oh my goodness. Does that ever look good! Breakfast or dessert – I can’t decide.

  19. #
    Megan'sCookin' — September 7, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I’m all over the Fall flavors and this would hit the spot!

  20. #
    The Café Sucré Farine — September 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Yum, you’re getting me in the mood for Fall! Looks wonderful!

  21. #
    Kita — September 7, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Wow! This parfait would turn heads if it had legs and was walking down the street. It looks amazing! Not to mention – sounds delicious!

  22. #
    Faith — September 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Yay, I’m glad you decided to participate in Kitchen Play! Your apple treat looks wonderful, I really love the flavor of maple in there!

  23. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — September 7, 2011 at 10:25 am


  24. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I just bought some Paula Reds at the store an hour ago 🙂 This looks delicious!

  25. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — September 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I went apple picking this weekend – apple crisp and apple cake. Yum!

  26. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — September 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Your apple maple parfait looks so delicious and comforting. I love fall but still feel a little sad that summer is zooming past us. Have to check out the giveaway 🙂

  27. #
    Carolyn — September 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    This looks incredible, all that apple and maple…the best flavours of fall!

  28. #
    Marla — September 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Such a fun parfait! Wish I had for my bedtime snack right now 🙂

  29. #
    Blond Duck — September 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Have a great weekend!

  30. #
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — September 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Oh man…I could go for one of these parfaits right now! 🙂

  31. #
    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — September 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I love this – totally puts me in the mood for fall 🙂

  32. #
    Suzanne — September 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    This sounds perfect for breakfast on the go, I love this kind of stuff. The maple syrup is a great addition too 🙂

  33. #
    grace — September 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    breakfast, snack, or dessert–this is a triple threat! i like everything about it, brandy–nice work!

  34. #
    Lisa Frank — September 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Since apples vary wildly in size, approx. how many cups of apples would you say you used? I can’t wait to make this! 🙂

  35. #
    Fuji Mama — September 15, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I love how simple and elegant these parfaits are! I love how you are combining flavors to highlight and accentuate the flavors of the apple instead of overcomplicating things and thus losing the essence of the apple. Cannot wait to make some apple maple parfaits for my family!


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