Make these pretty vegan 4th of July breakfast parfaits to start your fourth off with a bang! They're quick and easy, only taking about 15 minutes to make. Natural colorings create the featured red, white, and blue, making these parfaits a colorful, nutritious treat. This recipe satisfies a dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, whole-food lifestyle.
I'm so happy to share this easy and very festive recipe with you. It's the ideal breakfast to fuel the kids before a packed 4th of July holiday. Parade, classic car show, street fair, pig races, barbecue, dunk tank, auction, beach bonfire, fireworks show - whatever you have planned for the day, you can set the tone from the start with these nutritious, delicious parfaits for breakfast. You'll be eating them within about 15 minutes and kicking off the day beautifully. Really, you're just a blend-stir-scoop away from eating these sweet treats, and after you try them, you may end up making them all summer long!
I hope you have a fun, safe holiday filled with love and kindness.
Ingredients and Substitutions
The red, white, and blue colors are achieved naturally, without any artificial dyes.
Strawberries: If frozen, you'll have a smoothie-type base. If fresh, the result will be more of a puree.
Blueberries: These are enjoyed whole, so I prefer to use fresh. Frozen could be used if you'd like your parfaits extra cold.
Plant-based milk like oat or soy milk
Maple syrup or date syrup
Plant-based yogurt: I prefer vanilla, though plain can be used. Choosing an unsweetened version will reduce sugar intake.
Blue majik powder: This is a spirulina-based powder that achieves a bright blue color. Butterfly pea flower powder is another option, though the color can be softer and you might need more than the recipe calls for to get the color you're after.
Chia seeds: Usually the black version is easier to find. I used them in the photos, and they look nice; however, you may prefer using the white chia seeds, if you can find them.
Granola: Use any you'd like. The Chocolate Berry Granola would be nice here, omitting the chocolate and cacao powder if you want it to be more neutral in color. You could also use your favorite cereal, muesli, or rolled oats.
Whipped cream: If you'd like, you can top your parfait with your favorite vegan whipped cream. Another option is an extra dollop of yogurt.
The parfait layers
Each parfait layer has a wonderful texture and sweet flavor.
The topping layer consists of your favorite plant-based whipped cream with a drizzle of the strawberry smoothie, a sprinkling of blue majik powder, and berries. This combo creates a dazzling fireworks-like topping!
Digging down, you'll find the smooth yogurt juxtaposed with the crunch of granola and chia seeds and pop of blueberries. Finally, that icy-cold strawberry smoothie layer. Berry good!
Here are the steps to making these parfaits. There are several photos to help you out. This really is a quick and easy recipe to throw together.
To a small bowl, stir together blue majik and yogurt.
To the blue mixture, add the chia seeds. Stir well to combine.
Blend the strawberries, milk, and syrup together until smooth.
1)Pour the strawberry mixture into your serving glasses or bowls as the first layer. (Leave some for the top.)
2)Place a layer of granola over the strawberry mixture.
3)Place a layer of yogurt over the granola mixture.
4)Place a layer of blueberries over the yogurt.
5)Place a layer of the blue yogurt-chia mixture over the blueberries.
6)Finally, place the whipped cream over the blue mixture and decorate with leftover strawberry mixture, berries, and blue majik.
They're ready to enjoy!
These parfaits are best served immediately. Enjoy!
More 4th of July Recipes
4th of July Breakfast Parfaits
- measuring cups and spoons
- two small bowls
- high speed blender or other blender
- 8-10 ounce glasses or jars, bowls
- 1 cup strawberries frozen or fresh for puree
- ½ cup oat milk or other plant-based milk
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup or date syrup
- 6 ounces plant-based yogurt vanilla or plain
- ⅛ teaspoon blue majik powder* or blue butterfly pea flower powder
- 4 teaspoons chia seeds black or white
- ½ cup granola or cereal, muesli, rolled oats
- ⅓ cup blueberries fresh, washed
- ½ cup vegan whipped cream or additional yogurt
- 2 strawberries fresh, washed
White layer and blue layer
- Divide the yogurt into two bowls. Add the blue powder and chia seeds to one of the bowls, stirring until the color is well distributed. If using butterfly pea flower powder, you may need more to achieve the desired color.
- Place the strawberries, syrup, and milk in a high-powered blender. Slowly turn it to high, then, if using frozen berries, use the tamper to push the strawberries into the blade until small pieces are formed. Set the mixture aside.
- Begin to layer the parfaits in the glasses, jars, or bowls. For the bottom layer, divide all but a few spoonfuls of the strawberry mixture between the two.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup granola into each glass, covering the strawberry mixture and chia seeds.
- Spoon the white yogurt around the outer edge of the granola so it can be seen well from the outside, dividing it between the two.
- Place the blueberries evenly over the white layer.
- Spoon the blue yogurt around the outer edge over the blueberries, same as the white yogurt, dividing it between the two.
- Top each with a scoop of whipped cream or more yogurt.
- Garnish with blueberries, a sprinkle of blue powder, and the remaining spoonfulls of strawberry mixture.
- Serve immediately.