Green Tea Matcha Yogurt Parfait

by Marla on April 5, 2010 · 41 comments

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Green Tea Yogurt Parfait with Strawberries

How about some green tea yogurt parfaits to celebrate the arrival of Spring. I know, I am the self proclaimed mountain girl who likes everything winter & snow. Perhaps I am softening up a bit and enjoying the fact that I live in the OC.  Apart from the small tremor we felt yesterday, Orange County is a very beautiful & peaceful place to live.  Sure we might teeter on precarious fault lines, but the constant bluebird skies are a great perk.

Green Tea Yogurt Parfait with Strawberries and Mint

What these parfaits are:

  • A calcium filled treat.
  • A  low glycemic way to satisfy sugar cravings.
  • Made with healthy fats to sustain energy levels.
  • Creamy, delicious, decadent & simple to prepare.
  • Added benefits from antioxidant filled green tea.
  • No need to use artificial green food coloring. The Matcha green tea powder has great flavor & is a beautiful shade of green!
  • This parfait has excellent ratios of healthy fat and lean protein. You can add some carbs too with fruit & whole grains.
  • Great for breakfast, brunch, mini meals & lunch boxes.
  • A note about Matcha: Yes, it costs a bit more than other ingredients, but a little goes a long way.  One tin should last a very long time.

Little girl with bright colored butterflies in her hair & flower garden.

Have you ever used matcha green tea powder? What is your favorite kind of parfait?

Green Tea Matcha Yogurt Parfait

Per Parfait


Cut flowers out of your favorite fruit with mini cookie cutters. Combine yogurt with matcha green tea powder and sweetener of choice. If you are going to make white & green layers, just add a little matcha green tea powder to 1/2 the yogurt. You can sweeten both flavors or just one depending on how tart you like your parfait.

In parfait glass layer the flaxseed first and then add in yogurt layers. Insert bamboo skewers into the  fruit  flowers and place them in yogurt. Make sure the skewer is long enough to reach down to the flaxseed layer, otherwise they will topple over. I broke my skewers into different lengths. Add fresh mint leaves for additional garnish.

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  • Add a handful of rolled oats or whole grain cereal if you want a serving of whole grain carbs.
  • I stirred in a little cooked steel cut oats, the texture was like rice pudding.
  • Add a handful of fresh or dried fruit.
  • You can do a chocolate layer, just add some cocoa powder to yogurt.
  • You can put assembled parfait in the freezer for about an hour if you want a frozen yogurt experience.

Matcha Green Tea Recipe Links

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet April 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

Wow that just looks delicious, girl!! I have matcha powder but have no idea what to do it with since I’m not a huge tea fan. Looks sooo fresh and Springy. :)


2 Rosa April 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm

What a pretty presentation and refined dessert!

I hope you had a lovely Easter…




3 FoodFitnessFreshair April 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I love your pictures. The parfaits look so beautiful. I’m definitely a spring girl, and am totally loving this weather!


4 Laura @ youngDCliving April 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Wow! That’s so creative! I love tea 😉


5 Faith April 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I absolutely love this, Marla! It truly looks like a spring garden…my favorite part are the strawberry flowers! Love the butterflies in the hair too…my niece would be so jealous if she saw that! 😉


6 Cara April 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

How pretty is that!


7 Cooking with Coley April 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Wow – one word. GORGEOUS!


8 Cooking Rookie April 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Great recipe! Both yummy and pretty!


9 NOelle @Opera Singer in Kitchen April 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Great pictures! I too have been wanting to make something with Matcha.This is my inspiration! Thanks Marla!


10 LilSis April 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

That looks great and sounds like a nice, healthy treat!

We were down at Oceanside Harbor on the dock when that quake started rocking and rolling!! It was a little bit of crazy excitement on our Easter Sunday!

I love the photos of the butterflies in the hair!


11 sweetlife April 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm

what a great spring parfait…so beautiful!! glad you had fun at the bloggie event!!



12 sophia April 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Did you say GREEN TEA?!! YUM! I love green tea flavored stuff!! AAH!! This must be one of my favorite of yours yet! And that’s saying a lot!


13 grace April 6, 2010 at 3:30 am

festive, tasty, and healthy creation, marla! i particularly love the flower-shaped berries.
i got my oats in the mail yesterday–thanks again!


14 Cherine April 6, 2010 at 5:12 am

That’s really beautiful!


15 Nicole, RD April 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

Almost too pretty to eat! I love the green tea and strawberry combination. Talk about antioxidants…and lots of color! Beautiful as always, Marla!


16 shelly (cookies and cups) April 6, 2010 at 8:33 am

This looks so great and refreshing~ Those strawberries are so cute :)


17 angie April 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

Wow! That is so beautiful! What a lovely spring time idea. I know it must taste as good as it looks!


18 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather April 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

These are so adorable! When I have kids I can see us putting these together, it’s crafty food, so much fun.


19 A Canadian Foodie April 6, 2010 at 11:30 am

Where do you get your macha tea? I cannot track it down anywhere in my city. Photos are FRESH and HAPPY and SPRINGGGY!


20 marla April 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I found my Matcha at Whole Foods. The brand I have is 2nd Harvest DoMatcha. Here are a few helpful links that should point you in the right direction:


21 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 7, 2010 at 12:02 am

Hey mama, sorry that I am not as “all over” every post as I wish I could be. Sigh. Only so many hours, I feel bad that I am not quicker on the draw! You know how LIFE is!

And i totally wish i could lift and workout with you, that would be great!

Kids and eating and letting them have a little bit of junk so they dont feel it’s the forbidden fruit and going overboard later…totally agree.

Dang it, when i am in SD, you and i are gonna rock some yoga, iron, and shopping and a few cosmos :) together!!!!!!!!


22 tasteofbeirut April 7, 2010 at 7:02 am

Love that parfait! It looks so refreshing and so perfect for this season, which is starting pretty warm here!


23 S April 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

Mmm that looks good! I will have to try that someday. :) (Thanks for the Coach’s Oats, Marla! Just got it in the mail!)


24 Maria April 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Thank you for this post. I needed some Spring. I hope Utah warms up soon!


25 marla April 7, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I can’t believe you guys are still dealing with winter… about a trip to the OC?? xo


26 Mary April 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Gorgeous colours in your photos with tulips, strawberries and parfaits! I’ll have to wait a while longer, as our sunny spring just got a whole lot wetter around here:(


27 Deliciously Organic April 8, 2010 at 7:53 am

Love these parfaits! Beautiful photography too!! Can’t wait to see you at the bake sale next week! :)


28 CookiePie April 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

What a fabulous idea — the parfaits are soooo pretty! And I love that you included matcha! I’m always looking for ideas for how to use it. Delish!


29 Sara April 11, 2010 at 6:31 am

Marla, the parfait looks absolutely refreshing and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!:-)


30 Amanda March 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Love these… seriously gorgeous! And the butterflies are
so adorable! :)


31 Marla March 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Amanda: Aren’t those butterflies awesome! Found them at a wholesale warehouse that is football fields long with home & party decor. We had so much fun putting them in my daughters hair for “crazy hair day” at school. Nice contrast to the uniform 😉


32 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

Looks great! Love your pictures. Have a super


33 Amanda March 27, 2011 at 5:21 am

Marla! That’s the cutest!!


34 Shaina March 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

These are adorable, and I love how you took the time to cut
out the strawberry flowers. Matcha is a staple in my cupboard, and
I’ve had great success with baking projects, too.


35 megan @ whatmegansmaking March 28, 2011 at 6:27 am

So unique! and so spring-like :) I’ve never tried Matcha before…it intimidates me! But this looks delicious.


36 SMITH BITES March 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

these are gorgeous Marla – like some of the other commentors, i’ve not tried matcha before but am seeing so much in recipes lately, i’d really like to get my hands on some!


37 Marla March 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Debra: Yes, you have got to try Matcha. One tin of the stuff will last you a good long time. A little goes a long way. It is amazing how many recipes you can add it too.


38 Jacob Hill August 11, 2011 at 1:33 am

Really great post………love it


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