Perfect Back-To-School Snack: PB & J Parfait

by | Sep 7, 2015

Creamy yogurt, luscious jam and rich peanut butter are at the heart of this tongue-swirling snack that’s good news for your taste buds, tummy and wallet.

Sure, you could purchase individual 6-ounce cups of fruity yogurt for snacks and breakfast on the go. But at .80 – $2.50 each (for the fancy flavors with mix-ins) it gets pricey. Plus, store-bought yogurt snacks often contain excess sugars and additives it would be better to stay away from.

Why not make your own? You’ll save money, avoid excess plastic packaging and have the satisfaction of creating a deluxe snack with a healthy balance of fat, protein and carbohydrates that’s better tasting and better for you.

Here’s a five-minute recipe, easy enough for small children to handle with minimal supervision if you set out the ingredients and containers for them.

PB & J Parfaits

  • 1 32-ounce container plain yogurt
  • 6 T peanut butter (preferably with no added sugar). Or use almond or sunflower butter.
  • 6 T fruit jam (preferably low-sugar)
  • 6 leak-proof containers that hold one cup of liquid each. Half-pint mason jars work really well, don’t leak and are reusable. Or wash and re-use the containers and lids from previously purchased commercial yogurt. Or use small Rubbermaid-type containers with snap-on lids.
  • Toppings (optional): Granola, berries, sliced mango, frozen cherries, shredded coconut, nuts, chia seed, mint leaves.


Spoon five to six ounces of plain yogurt into each container. Top with one tablespoon of peanut butter and one tablespoon of jam. Sprinkle on optional toppings. Close the containers, store in refrigerator (or freezer). Grab, go and enjoy!

Makes six servings.