Tiramisu Breakfast Parfaits

February 25, 2018

Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? With this recipe for Tiramisu Breakfast Parfaits, you can have a lighter breakfast alternative to a favorite Italian dessert!

This post has been sponsored by Folgers Coffee. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Like most adults, my day doesn’t begin without a cup of coffee.  Nothing says “good morning” like the sound and smell of coffee brewing.  That first sip is comforting and reassures me that I can tackle the day ahead of me.  Of course, some days require that second afternoon cup. Whether it’s a dip in energy or just handling my business as a girl boss, I want that jolt of caffeine to keep me going and I want it fast!  Thankfully, Folgers® K-Cup® Pods make it easy and convenient to get a great tasting cup of coffee whenever I want it!  

I’m a traditional kind of girl and I like planning each day over a cup of coffee.  Folgers is a brand that also believes in traditions and has since 1850!  I basically start my morning the same way every single day – over coffee and breakfast while checking my email.  We all know the importance of starting the day with a wholesome breakfast.  It sustains us, keeps us satisfied, and just like coffee, helps us get through our day.  But what’s better than breakfast, I ask?  Dessert!

Ask me what my all-time favorite dessert is and I’ll tell you, “tiramisu.”  My love for this dessert started when I was younger.  Growing up, I lived down the street from Italian neighbors.  I will never forget having them deliver a homemade tiramisu to our house.  It was amazing!  Tiramisu has everything I love all wrapped up in one delicious dessert.  I mean, you can’t go wrong with ladyfinger cookies that are soaked in coffee, layered with a sweet mascarpone cheese mixture, and dusted with cocoa.  Every single bite is heavenly!

Years ago, I spent a day in New York City with some friends and their family. We ended our day at a restaurant in Little Italy. I couldn’t tell you what I ordered for dinner, but I definitely ordered tiramisu for dessert! The waiter asked me if I knew what “tiramisu” meant in Italian. I didn’t.  So he proceeded to tell me something along the lines of, “come and get me.”  Makes perfect sense to me.  It’s a tempting little dessert that lures me in every time it’s on the menu!

Despite my love for tiramisu, I’ve never attempted to make it at home.  Then I got the idea to make it for breakfast in the form of a parfait.  What a better way to start the day than with dessert for breakfast?  Am I right?

So I gathered up ingredients from ShopRite to make Tiramisu Breakfast Parfaits. The first thing I did was brew a cup of coffee using Folgers K-Cup coffee.  Their Morning Cafe Blend is a light roast that doesn’t overpower the other flavors in the parfait.  I used 1/4 cup of coffee in a Greek yogurt mixture made with Neufchatel cheese and vanilla.  Then, I enjoyed the rest with a splash of creamer!

The coffee infused yogurt mixture is a lighter alternative to the traditional mascarpone cheese used in tiramisu.  It still adds that creamy texture you would enjoy in the Italian dessert.  Instead of sugar, I used a natural sweetener to sweeten my yogurt mixture.  You could certainly use sugar, if desired, since it’s such a small amount.

Traditional tiramisu is made with coffee-soaked ladyfingers and cocoa. But since this is a breakfast version, I decided use dark chocolate granola instead.  I layered the parfait with the yogurt mixture, granola, and repeated until I was left with yogurt on top.  Then, like tiramisu, I dusted the top with cocoa powder.

Tiramisu Breakfast Parfaits


  • 1 - 8 oz. package Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup prepared coffee
  • 1 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. natural sweetener, or 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup dark chocolate granola
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the Neufchatel cheese and Greek yogurt until smooth.
  2. While whisking, slowly pour in the coffee.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and sweetener.
  4. Begin layering the parfait in a glass. Add a layer of granola to the bottom of the glass.
  5. Then, add some of the yogurt mixture.
  6. Continue repeating with layers and finish with a layer of yogurt on top.
  7. Finish with a dusting of cocoa powder and serve.
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While this isn’t going to taste exactly like tiramisu, I thought it came pretty close for a breakfast parfait.  If you let the parfaits chill in the fridge for a little bit before serving, they get even better!  The yogurt mixture thickens and the flavors really come together.  It’s scrape-the-bottom delicious!
There’s a perfect blend of flavors, too.  The coffee infuses the yogurt mixture with just enough flavor to balance out the dark chocolate granola and dusting of cocoa.  There’s also a perfect balance of textures with the creaminess of the yogurt mixture and the crunch of the granola.

This recipe makes one of my absolute favorite desserts suitable to start the morning.  Who wouldn’t want to start the day with dessert for breakfast?  Dessert for breakfast parfaits might just become a new morning tradition for me.  How will Folgers inspire your morning rituals?
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What’s your favorite dessert for breakfast recipe?


  • Reply bysarahhalstead February 26, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    Yummm! That looks amazing.

  • Reply Kendra February 27, 2018 at 12:07 AM

    Yumm!!! These would be delicious for breakfast.

    • Reply Jessica February 27, 2018 at 8:37 AM

      It was so good! Thanks!

  • Reply Phyrra February 27, 2018 at 12:27 AM

    I want that for breakfast tomorrow!

    • Reply Jessica February 27, 2018 at 8:38 AM

      I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • Reply Jess S. (@loveforlacquer) February 27, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    This is genius. Looks super delish!

  • Reply Lisa Marie Heath February 27, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Now that looks delicious!

  • Reply Jamie Wideman (@MamaMommyMom) February 27, 2018 at 7:48 PM

    That looks way better than what I had for breakfast!

    • Reply Jessica February 28, 2018 at 8:11 AM

      Thanks! It’s so easy to make that you could honestly whip up a batch of the mixture and then just scoop it out into a parfait glass in the AM!

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