Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait

Layers of sweetened quinoa with Greek yogurt and strawberries make for a strawberry shortcake quinoa parfait that’s loaded with protein. Naturally sweetened and great for dessert or breakfast!

The other night Isaac and I were still a little hungry after dinner and were searching the kitchen for a snack. I can’t remember what we had for dinner, but obviously it wasn’t filling enough. Anyhow, we had a pint of local strawberries in the fridge and one of us mentioned something about making strawberry shortcakes for dessert and it sounded perfect.

Of course we didn’t have whipped cream or shortbread so I had to get creative with what we had on hand. I thought about making a gluten-fee angel food cake or shortbread with quinoa flour but it was a little late to start a whole baking project so I decided to try sweetening up some cooked quinoa I had sitting in the fridge. I added a little almond milk, some maple syrup and vanilla. I liked the result so then I started layering it with Greek yogurt and the fresh berries for a simple parfait.

Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait -- a protein-packed breakfast or dessert

It turned out to be really tasty and completely satisfied our craving for strawberry shortcake.  Even Isaac went back for seconds and was like, “Oh, this is really good!”


Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait -- a protein-packed breakfast or dessert

I’ve been making quinoa parfaits for years and love them.

So obviously this version is much prettier, but it’s also a tad sweeter so you can easily serve it as a dessert. That said, it can totally be served for breakfast as well. It’s plenty healthy (loaded with protein from the Greek yogurt and quinoa) and has less sugar than some flavored yogurts. Plus all the sugar is from natural, unrefined sources (the berries and the maple syrup).

I’ve made the recipe quite a few times over the past few weeks and I’ve enjoyed the parfaits for breakfast, lunch and dessert so it’s actually really versatile. Haha!

And the process is really simple — especially if you’re like me and always have a batch of cooked quinoa in the fridge ready to go. For this particular recipe I used Ancient Harvest’s traditional quinoa, cooked in water according to the package directions.

Sometimes I like to cook my quinoa in vegetable broth for added flavor, but when I’m preparing a big batch for the week I always cook it in water so that I can use the quinoa for both sweet or savory dishes.

For the Greek yogurt, I used plain and sweetened it myself with pure maple syrup. Feel free to use flavored Greek yogurt (vanilla would work great) OR skip the extra maple syrup altogether if you don’t want the added sugar. Totally up to you and your tastes.

Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait -- a protein-packed breakfast or dessert

I made the parfaits in glasses for serving individually but you can totally make one large parfait/trifle for sharing. I’m totally going to make a large version next time we host or attend a brunch.

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Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3


Layers of quinoa, Greek yogurt and strawberries make for a protein-packed strawberry shortcake quinoa parfait that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert.


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled Ancient Harvest white quinoa
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup 2% plain greek yogurt
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries


  1. Cook about 1 cup of dry quinoa according to the package directions. Allow to cool and then place in fridge to chill for a couple hours. This step is best beforehand so you can prep the parfaits quickly.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together 2 cups chilled quinoa, unsweetened almond milk, 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine Greek yogurt with remaining 1 Tablespoon maple syrup.
  4. Layer quinoa mixture, Greek yogurt and berries in a dish. Repeat layers however many times you’d like. Top with a few berries and enjoy.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 parfait
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 46g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 14g

Keywords: quinoa parfait


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    1. carly
      May 8, 2020 AT 10:43 am

      I’m thinking of making this as a mothers day dessert, but can I substitute tricolor quinoa for the white quinoa? I’m not familiar with quinoa.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 8, 2020 AT 6:53 pm

        Yes, you can use any type of quinoa! 🙂

    2. Shelley
      January 20, 2019 AT 11:44 am

      How do you feel this would hold up as a ‘make-ahead’ recipe? Or would is it something that must be eaten shortly after making?


      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2019 AT 1:15 pm

        Hi Shelley. I think it will hold up well for 2-3 days if you want to prepare it in advance.

    3. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      April 6, 2016 AT 9:01 am

      This is a great recipe. I love Quinoa for the added protein boost and what is better than strawberry shortcake!!! Thank you for sharing. xo Lauren

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 6, 2016 AT 9:40 am

        Thanks Lauren!! 🙂

    4. fitfoodiefinds
      May 27, 2015 AT 4:19 pm

      Quinoa + yogurt = LOVE

    5. michelle
      May 26, 2015 AT 9:09 pm

      Brittany only you could make quinoa taste like a dessert and taste so delicious. Loved this thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 27, 2015 AT 12:00 pm

        So glad that you liked it, Michelle. 🙂

    6. Naomi Teeter
      May 24, 2015 AT 4:18 pm

      Such a yummy treat! Love this idea!! <3

    7. Tammy
      May 22, 2015 AT 10:33 am

      This looks awesome and it’s so easy! Can’t wait to try this, thank you!

    8. athleticavocado
      May 22, 2015 AT 9:35 am

      thats awesome how you added quinoa! looks amazing 🙂

    9. Arman @ thebigmansworld
      May 22, 2015 AT 8:29 am

      “Of course we didn’t have whipped cream or shortbread”

      Who are you? You should always have a box of short bread and whipped cream on hand 😉 This looks delicious, Brittany!

    10. taramdeal
      May 22, 2015 AT 7:23 am

      Yummy! I love this idea of a healthier take on strawberry shortcake!!

    11. Lennae Stubbs
      May 22, 2015 AT 6:16 am

      My goodness this sounds delicious!!! Another great use for Quinoa, thank you for sharing.

      Lennae xxx

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 22, 2015 AT 8:22 am

        Quinoa never gets old! There’s just so many ways to use it. 🙂

    12. michelle
      May 21, 2015 AT 7:38 pm

      Oh my Goodness. .I will definitely be making this ..yum

    13. Simone
      May 21, 2015 AT 5:32 pm

      That looks so good! And what a great idea to make quinoa in a batch and just cook with water (I tend to use Stock as well For savory dishes) and than use for breakfast, lunch (why not right?) and dinner!

    14. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss
      May 21, 2015 AT 4:45 pm

      Okay, I can dig THIS for my dessert debacle! 🙂 I like that it’s made with things I always have (plus strawbs).

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 21, 2015 AT 5:01 pm

        Woot! Always looking out for you. 🙂

    15. danicaliforniacooks
      May 21, 2015 AT 4:26 pm

      This is fun and simple! I also like that is is very visually pleasing…we eat with our eyes, after all!

    16. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      May 21, 2015 AT 4:13 pm

      I’ve never thought to do something like this but now I really want to try it! Thanks!

    17. Cara’s Healthy Cravings
      May 21, 2015 AT 4:01 pm

      What a delicious idea! I agree, this would make a lovely breakfast or dessert and could be customized with lots of fun toppings.

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