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. 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.

We didn’t have whipped cream or shortbread so I had to get creative with what we had on hand. I saw some cooked quinoa sitting in the fridge and decided to try sweetening it up!

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

Quinoa For Dessert

I took the leftover quinoa and added a little almond milk, some maple syrup and vanilla. After a quick taste test, I was sold so then started layering with Greek yogurt and fresh berries for a simple parfait.  It turned out to be really tasty and completely satisfied our craving for strawberry shortcake.

This strawberry shortcake quinoa parfait is healthy enough for breakfast and sweet enough for dessert. It’s loaded with protein from the Greek yogurt and quinoa and has less sugar than some flavored yogurts. Plus! All of the sugar is from natural, unrefined sources.

Cooking Quinoa for Parfait

When it comes to cooking quinoa to use for this parfait, it’s basically the same process as normal, but I like to make my quinoa a day in advance, let it cool and chill it in the fridge overnight and then use it for the parfaits the next day.

Having the quinoa ready to go allows you to prep the parfaits quickly. If you want to make the parfaits the same day, still allow the quinoa to cool in the fridge for a couple hours.

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

Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait Ingredients

  • quinoa – I prefer to use white quinoa for this recipe.
  • unsweetened almond milk – I like to use unsweetened almond milk, but any milk will do.
  • pure maple syrup – pure maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener to use, but you can use another liquid sweetener like honey, agave or monk fruit maple syrup.
  • vanilla extract – a wonderful flavor enhancer.
  • sea salt – just a pinch.
  • plain Greek yogurt – I prefer Greek yogurt because it’s a great source of protein, but any type of yogurt will work. You can use non-dairy yogurt to make this dairy free.
  • fresh strawberries – the star of the show! I recommend using fresh, not frozen strawberries.

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

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Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait

Brittany Mullins
Layers of quinoa, Greek yogurt and strawberries make for a protein-packed strawberry shortcake quinoa parfait that's perfect for breakfast or dessert.
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Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 269 kcal


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled 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


  • Prepare quinoa: 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.
  • Mix ingredients: In a medium sized bowl, stir together 2 cups chilled quinoa, unsweetened almond milk, 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt.
  • Prepare yogurt: In a separate bowl combine Greek yogurt with remaining 1 Tablespoon maple syrup.
  • Serve: 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.


  1. Almond milk: I like to use unsweetened almond milk, but any milk will do.
  2. Maple syrup: Feel free to use any liquid sweetener of choice like honey, agave of monk fruit maple syrup.
  3. Yogurt: Use dairy-free yogurt to make this recipe vegan.


Serving: 1parfaitCalories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 12gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 73mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15g
Keyword 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. 🙂

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