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Dirty Chai Yogurt Parfait

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A white bowl of granola and yogurt parfait with banana slices and the silver spoon on a wooden table

Let’s talk breakfast. Raise your hand if you actually eat breakfast every day.

Yup, that’s what I thought.

Oh man, I used to be the kind of person who would fix a lovely breakfast every single day. Scrambled eggs, oatmeal, pancakes – everyday I had something warm and filling to get me through the morning. But since having two kids in school and attempting to get out of the door at a specific time every day of the week, I have totally slacked failed on that. Now more often than not I just grab a protein shake to chug on the 2 minute drive to the elementary school.

I know, its pretty terrible, but that’s about all I have been making time for anymore.

A spilled box of granola cereal with a white bowl of dirty chai yogurt and granola parfait on a wooden table

Have you seen the pictures of those gorgeous smoothie bowls that are so hot right now? You make a smoothie, and then instead of sucking it through a straw you pour it into a bowl and artfully decorate it with #allthethings until it resembles a work of art. They are vibrant and beautiful, buuuut when it comes down to it, you are eating cold soup for breakfast. And you are making a ton of dirty dishes. And it takes forever to create and arrange. I’m sorry, but I just don’t have time for that. Maybe if I was a cute 20-something again with no kids and I wasn’t worried about how many dirty dishes I made. But I am no longer in that season of life. I need faaaaaast and easy for breakfast.

A spoon lifting a bite of granola and yogurt parfait out of a white bowl

But this dirty chai parfait takes literally 2 minutes to create, but it still feels lovely and gorgeous. The secret is creating a super flavorful chai spice mix and combining it with almond butter, maple syrup and a shot of cold espresso (or cold coffee). Pour that over protein packed vanilla greek yogurt and top it with a crunchy raisins, dates and pecans granola based cereal from Post Great Grains, sliced bananas and sliced almonds. And magically, breakfast transforms from hurriedly gulping down “something” into to a treat you want to savor.

Yield: 1 Serving

Dirty Chai Yogurt Parfait

Great Grains Parfait

This easy and quick breakfast tastes decadent and fancy, but takes literal minutes to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


*Spice Mix

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • pinch of sea salt


  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP cold espresso (or strong cold coffee)
  • 2 TBPS room temperature almond butter
  • 1 tsp spice mix (from above)
  • 1/4 cup Post Great Grains Raisins, Dates and Pecans Cereal
  • 2 TBSP sliced almonds
  • 1/2 a banana, sliced


  1. In a small bowl, combine the spices of the spice mix and set aside.
  2. In another small bowl, combine the maple syrup and cold espresso (or strong coffee) and set aside.
  3. Combine 1 tsp of the spice mix with 2 TBSP of almond butter.
  4. Place the geek yogurt in a bowl and top with the maple/espresso, the spiced almond butter, the cereal, sliced banana and almonds.
  5. Enjoy!


** You can also combine the maple syrup, espresso, almond butter and spices into one sauce and pour that over the yogurt, but I like having the extra liquid of the espresso and maple syrup on top. It gives it something special.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 719Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 375mgCarbohydrates: 121gFiber: 14gSugar: 65gProtein: 24g

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Mackenzie @ Food Above Gold

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

I feel you on the breakfasts with kids thing! I'm not a huge fan of chai, but this has me drooling. Plus, I'm a lot more willing to try it with dirty in the title. :)

Mark, Compass & Fork

Friday 6th of January 2017

Being able to have a healthy breakfast in quick time makes life a lot easier doesn't it? I always find that breakfasts like this make me feel invigorated and ready for the day with no heavy feeling in your stomach. Nice job.

Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

I'm seriously craving your yogurt parfait right now!

Elaine @ Dishes Delish

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Yummy! I know my husband would love this. He is really into Chai. Me, not so much. And I agree, making those smoothie bowls would be time consuming and although the look great, I'd rather sip mine. :) But I love this yogurt parfait bowl!

Megan @ MegUnprocessed

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

I love chai and this looks great!

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