Strawberry Quinoa Parfait


Layers of quinoa with Greek yogurt and strawberries make for a tasty 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 shortcake for dessert and it sounded perfect.

We didn’t have whipped cream or pound cake 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 to make a strawberry shortcake inspired dessert.

Strawberry, yogurt and quinoa parfait, layered in a glass.

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 I started layering it 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 so I had to share!

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.
Strawberry, yogurt and quinoa parfaits, layered in a two glasses. A bowl of strawberries is behind the two parfaits.

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.

Two photos. The first is a bowl of yogurt with maple syrup. The second is a bowl of quinoa.

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.

I like to prep my quinoa in advance for easy assembly but you can make it day of as well. Just make sure you let the quinoa cool in the fridge for a couple of hours before building your parfait!

Yogurt, strawberries, maple syrup, almond milk and quinoa measured out into bowls.

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.
Spoon taking a bite out of a strawberry yogurt quinoa parfait.

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Strawberry Quinoa Parfait

4 from 14 votes
Layers of quinoa, Greek yogurt and strawberries make for a protein-packed strawberry shortcake quinoa parfait that's perfect for breakfast or dessert.
Strawberry, yogurt and quinoa parfait, layered in a glass.
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 24 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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 plain Greek yogurt, (I like Stonyfield organic)
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries


  • Cook quinoa if you haven't already. Cook 1 cup of dry quinoa according to the package directions. Allow to cool and then place in fridge to chill for a 1-2 hours. This step is best beforehand so you can prep the parfaits quickly.
  • In a medium sized bowl, stir together 2 cups chilled quinoa, unsweetened almond milk, 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt.
  • In a separate bowl combine Greek yogurt with remaining 1 Tablespoon maple syrup.
  • 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.


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


Serving: 1parfait Calories: 269kcal Carbohydrates: 46g Protein: 12g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 73mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 15g
Course: Breakast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa parfait


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    1. Yaqub
      April 21, 2022 AT 7:14 am

      5 stars
      We loved this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 21, 2022 AT 7:40 am

        Yay! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Yaqub. Thanks for the review 🙂

    2. Sarah
      October 14, 2021 AT 5:18 am

      A great recipe, thank you for sharing! It works great as breakfast, dinner and dessert. Surprise your guests with this combination!


      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2021 AT 11:55 am

        So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe, Sarah! Thanks for the review :).

    3. Ramya
      July 12, 2021 AT 12:03 pm

      sorry just saw this now will be making this soon can i use coconut yogurt as am a vegan i never had strawberry shortcake quinoa parfait before perfect for my home snacks while i work on the computer and phone will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2021 AT 11:56 pm

        Yes! You can definitely use coconut yogurt. Let me know what you think of it 🙂

    4. 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! 🙂

    5. 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.

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