10 Parfait Recipes Kids Can Make on Their Own

You know what else everybody likes? Parfaits.  —Donkey from Shrek

And that goes double for kids. Kids love parfaits, and better yet, kids can make parfaits all by themselves. These parfait recipes for kids are an independent activity kids can do while you work. And the bonus is the "activity" ends with a cool summer treat. None of these recipes for kids involve any work on the stove top, just a lot of layering.

However, since there are other dangers, in the kitchen for kids, review these...MORE tips for kids' safety in the kitchen. And once you're sure your kids know the safety rules, let them try these fun parfait recipes.

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    Granola Parfait Recipe

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    Give ‘em parfaits for breakfast. Kids will love it. And you will love that they made their own breakfast. This recipe includes how to make the granola, but, of course, you could buy it too. 

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    While the parfait may have originated in France, it has been enthusiastically adopted into Japanese culture. And really that's no surprise given the Japanese appreciation for beautiful presentation in its culinary tradition. Among the more exotic ideas for layers are sweet read beans. 


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    Sorbet Parfait

    Sorbet and granola make a great treat for any kids but this one (if you substitute non-dairy whipped topping for whip cream) will please the lactose-intolerant as well.

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    Peach Yogurt Parfait

    Of course fresh peaches will make this so much better than canned or even frozen. So save it until peaches are in season. You may have to cut and pit the peaches depending on your kids’ skill with a knife. Waiting for this dessert to chill is the hardest part!

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    This is great when strawberries are in season, but even when they are not, you can use frozen. Also you could sub in blueberries, raspberries or peaches.

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    This one is so decadent! If you have older children who can work the oven, let them make the brownies from a mix first. Then the whole family can join in when it comes time to layer this parfait.

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    This isn't technically a parfait but more like a Jello mold, but if you don't have good glasses for parfaits this is the next best thing.

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    Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Parfait

    While this recipe uses a food processor to smash up the graham crackers, I have set the kids with a rolling pin and graham crackers in a plastic bag. That not only makes it more fun, but safer for the young ones.


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    Instant pudding means to no stove-top cooking for kids. And with chocolate, bananas and marshmallows this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser.


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    S'mores Parfait

    Can't go wrong with s'mores in any form! Combine them with a parfait and you may well have the perfect summer treat. while this recipe does call for toasting the marshmallows, if you are not able to oversee that and they are uncooked, I doubt many kids would care.


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    Make Your Own Parfait

    After browsing these recipe's you probably have a few ideas of your own for parfaits for kids. So break out the ice cream, sorbet, yogurt or pudding and start layering with fruit, granola, candy, chocolate sauce, caramel, etc.