Roasted Fig & Walnut Parfait

There comes a time in a food blogger’s life when she puts breakfast in a glass and shows you pictures of it. And that time is now.

There’s so much truth in this glass.

Roasted Fig and Walnut Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with honey | #healthy #recipe #glutenfree

Truth #1: This is the type of breakfast I eat most mornings – fruit, yogurt and walnuts. I wake up earlier than toddlers, brew a pot of coffee, then start tweeting at you, pinning things, sauntee through the ol’ fb, and gander at other food blogs. This is social/stalking hour – my favorite hour of the day! Once I’m good and caffeinated, I assemble breakfast. You’re looking at it, son!

Truth #2: I miss taking pictures of glasses. Since I submitted Delicious Probiotic Drinks to my editor, I haven’t had reason to take photos of glasses…like…at all, so this parfait brought back fond memories.  Funny (and also true): prior to writing a cookbook on beverages, I actually loathed taking pictures of glasses. And now I opposite of loathe taking pictures of glasses. Uhhhh huh.

Truth #3: Sometimes girl gets lazy. Or busy. Or both.  The majority of the cooking I’ve been doing lately is for my kale cookbook, so when it’s not for the book, it’s likely fabulously easy to assemble. Don’t you worry – you’ll be getting more doses of easy this week. Guarantee it.

Truth #4: I have come into a bounty of figs. SO lucky!  I was able to take a bag of these beauties home from work, and I’ve been roasting the crap out of them in spite of the heat. Because they’re SO good roasted!

Truth #5: Meh, 4’s all you need.

So really what it comes down to, is you roast yourself some figs and walnuts. Figs get all caramelized, juicy and crisped out when you roast them. It’s wuuuuuunderbaaaaaar! You let the figs cool so that they don’t burn the roof of your mouth (or make your yogurt hot).

You put yogurt in a glass (uuuuh bowl works just fine too) with the roasted figs and walnuts and drizzle some honey or maple syrup on top. Bangity boom – the greatest truth in life is breakfast’s the most important meal of the day.

Don’t quote me on that, I just made it up. There are other great truths in life too. Like beer and campfire.

Roasted Fig and Walnut Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with honey | #healthy #recipe #glutenfree

Well then. Now that we’ve covered all of our bases, it’s time to stick a meal in a glass and eat it. So long’s it’s not a burrito…that’s just inconvenient.

Roasted Fig and Walnut Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with honey | #healthy #recipe #glutenfree

Roasted Fig & Walnut Parfait

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 1 perfecto parfait
Author: Julia


  • 2 ripe figs cut into 6ths and roasted
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts roasted
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt*
  • Honey or 100% pure maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Chop the figs into quarters or sixths and place them on a baking sheet cut-side up.
  3. Also place the walnuts on the baking sheet
  4. Roast the walnuts for 5 to 8 minutes (until they're toasted and have some color), and the figs for 15 to 20 minutes, or until juices are running out and they are soft when poked. Remove figs from the oven and allow them to cool (to speed up this process, stick them in a bowl and put them in the freezer or refrigerator).
  5. Add a layer of yogurt to a glass, followed by a layer of roasted figs and walnuts plus a drizzle of honey, followed by more yogurt and figs and walnuts and more honey.

Recipe Notes

*also try vanilla or maple yogurt.

More perfecto parfaits:

Blueberry Pie Yogurt Parfaits by Family Fresh Cooking

Cherry & Granola Breakfast Parfait by The Messy Baker

Samoas Brownie Parfait with Salted Caramel Sauce by Country Cleaver

Amaretto Strawberry, Hazelnut and Mascarpone Cream Parfait from eCurry

Blueberry Creme Parfait from The Midnight Baker

Peanut Butter Mousse and Jelly Parfait from Dessert for Two

Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits from Dessert for Two

Vanilla Bean Yogurt and Nectarine Parfaits with Candied Nuts from Simply Scratch


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  1. Julie

    No!! It’s true! Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. My grandmother said so. Just read Stephie’s first breakfast entry for Monday Breakfast Series and you’ll find this out. Plus, I’m pretty sure Bob Harper says the same thing, so that makes it double right. 🙂 Yum. Figs. I’d put in pecans instead because I’m a southern girl at heart, but this looks yummy.

    1. Julia Post author

      There’s a long line of uber smart women in your family, I can just tell. Strong blood line, I say! Pecans would be awwwwwwesome!!!

  2. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    This parfait looks delicious. I eat yogurt every stinkin’ morning. 1. It’s easy. 2. I’m too lazy to get up more than 30 mins before I have to run out the door for work. 3. It’s so good. I can’t wait to roast me some figs.

  3. Alexis @ Hummusapien

    Okay…so I just had a fig two days ago for the first time. I know, cray! I was obsessed with the texture and I can only imagine how divine they would taste in a bowl full of yogurt with walnuts. Totally making this!

  4. Ruthy @ Omeletta

    I laughed out loud at your “there comes a time” line 🙂 Photographing food in jars is a total food blogger rite, isn’t it?
    So jealous of your fig bounty! Roasting all this together sounds delicious, and perfect for a late summer/fall-ish breakfast.

  5. Julie

    I’ve never tasted a fig before (unless in a Newton), but your beautiful pictures have me feeling like I’ve been missing out all my life. Looks delicious!

    1. Julia Post author

      I could never find fresh figs until I moved to Sonora (real debbie downer!). A lot of people have fig trees here, so I feel pretty stinking lucky on the fig front! 🙂

  6. Abby

    oh how I love figs! And figs, walnuts, yogurty goodness all wrapped in to one sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see your cookbook friend! Cheers to submitting it!! I bet you have the cutest glass prop collection now 😉

  7. Brooke Schweers

    While I have been loving all your kale recipes for your cookbook it is nice your other creative recipes. As simple as this is the flavours sound stunning together and the elegant nature really allows the figs to shine through. Yum!

  8. Susan

    Just found this today because of your roasted peach & cherry parfait. This reminds me about a pizza we had at Snake River Brewing in Jackson Hole WY, which had chorizo, BBQ sauce, peaches and I don’t remember what else, except that it was the most awesome pizza we’ve ever eaten. And when peaches are out of season they do it with figs. Haven’t had a chance to try that, but would love to. And would love to try this parfait, also. Suddenly I miss the fig tree that lived next door to me in the ’80s… especially since it’s rare to find things like figs where I live now.


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