It's all about a healthy Greek yogurt parfait today, friends! But only the best parfait with Kahlua, raisins, pistachios and hazelnut! Best part, you can prepare this impressive sweet treat in 25 minutes or less!

Two servings of Greek Yogurt Parfait garnished with crushed nuts

For my first dessert post, I am going way back in memory to elementary school years in Port Said, Egypt. Greek yogurt brings great childhood memories for me. We always had Greek yogurt on hand; either homemade by my mom or freshly made by a local dairy shop that my dad frequented. It often served as a great after-school or evening snack. I remember in particular how I loved Greek yogurt with oodles of honey on top. Now as a grownup, I've found different ways to dress it up.

Because Greek yogurt is thick and tangy, I think it balances out different flavors and makes the perfect parfait. In this super easy recipe, I decided to combine Greek yogurt with some of my favorite things: Kahlua, light whipped cream, hazelnuts, pistachios, cinnamon and vanilla. I know I had you at Kahlua 🙂

Kahlua, hazelnuts and raisins

This parfait is absolutely delicious; I just had it for a late Saturday breakfast. If only it was served to me in bed 🙂 This would make an anytime treat or dessert. So what are you waiting for? Let's make some Greek yogurt parfait! Here is how I made it.

Greek Yogurt Parfait with Kahlua and Nuts

(print-friendly recipe to follow)

First I took my small bowl of raisins and added to them about two tablespoon of Kahlua rum. I heated that in the microwave, covered, about 50 seconds. Then I gave them a stir and placed them back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. They became pretty plump with Kahlua. Yum!

In my food processor, I very roughly chopped the hazelnuts and pistachios; I like to have some whole pieces in the parfait. If you don't want to break out the processor, you could place the nuts in a heavy ziploc bag, close it, and use your hand dough roller to apply pressure and roughly crush them.

Whole nuts added to a food processor

In a large mixing bowl, using a hand electric mixer, I combined my Greek yogurt with one cup of light whipped cream, vanilla, Kahlua, sugar and cinnamon (measurements in the recipe below).

light whipped cream, vanilla, Kahlua, sugar and cinnamon mixed with a hand mixer


light whipped cream, vanilla, Kahlua, sugar and cinnamon mixed until smooth

I assembled my parfait by placing two to three tablespoon of the yogurt mixture in the bottom of my glass. Then I added a layer of some of the nut mixture and raisins.

Assembled parfait with raisins and ground nuts on top

For a third layer, I added one tablespoon of the yogurt mixture and topped that with a little garnish of nuts. There you have it!

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Greek Yogurt Parfait with Kahlua and Nuts

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Greek yogurt parfait perfectly combining flavors of Kahlua rum, cinnamon, and raisins with earthy notes and crunch of pistachio and hazelnuts. Easy, delicious and healthy!


  • 3 cups fat free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup light whipped cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp Kahlua, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup Thompson raisins
  • ½ cup pistachios, shelled, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, shelled, roughly chopped


  1. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine raisins with two tablespoon of Kahlua rum. Heat in microwave for 50 seconds. Stir and return to microwave for another 30 seconds. Raisins will have absorbed Kahlua and become nice and plump. Sit aside.
  2. In a food processor, roughly chop pistachios and hazelnuts.
  3. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, mix together Greek yogurt, whipped cream, sugar, two tablespoon of Kahlua, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
  4. At this point, you can cover and refrigerate the yogurt mixture for an hour or until you are ready to assemble.
  5. To assemble, begin by placing two to three tablespoon of the yogurt mixture in the bottom of your serving glass.
  6. Add a layer of the mixed nuts and Kahlua raisins.
  7. Top with one tablespoon of the yogurt mixture and garnish with a little bit of nuts.


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  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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  1. Danielle says:

    Is it edible for kids?

    1. TMD Team says:

      I would avoid sharing this with kids due to the kahlua.

  2. M Albers says:

    Light whipped cream? Do you whip the cream separately before adding to the yogurt? Or add it unwhipped? Or are you suggesting a ‘cool whip’ type cream?

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hello! The whipped cream goes into the recipe already whipped. You can really use whatever type of whipped cream you like.

  3. Sherry says:

    What would you suggest for a raisins swap?

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hi, Sherry. How about using dates, instead?

  4. Tracey says:

    Such a lovely way to finish a meal. The flavours are delicate and subtle and love the combination of textures. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. Suzy says:

      My pleasure, Tracey! So glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Phyllis says:

    Looking for substitute options - I no longer partake of alcohol, is there something else you can suggest for the Rum? And I'm not able to eat Hazelnut's or Pistachio's, could I substitute with maybe almonds or walnuts? I love Greek Yogurt and can usually eat it without much trouble, also dairy intolerant. Yep, due to intolerance and allergies, I am exploring some new foods! Looking forward to exploring your recipes!

    1. Suzy says:

      Hi, Phyllis! For the Kahlua Rum substitute, I did some quick research, and this is what I found: chocolate extract or substitute 1/2 to 1 teaspoon instant coffee in 2 tablespoons water for 2 tablespoons Kahlua. And, sure, you could substitute the hazelnuts and pistachio's with any nuts you enjoy!

  6. Honey says:

    My sister in law made this and I was blown away! Sooo good:). Note: She did not add Kailua to the yogurt.

    1. Suzy says:

      So glad you enjoyed this, Honey!

  7. Anne says:

    I am planning a Mediterranean Mezza and I am going to make this for dessert. How soon can I assemble it before serving?

  8. Kelly says:

    Looks delicious! What do you use for light whipped cream? The kind in the can, frozen whipped cream like cool whip, or do you whip your own? Thank you@

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Hi Kelly, the kind you buy in the freezer section will work. 🙂

  9. Beverly Milley says:

    This looks like a delicious special desert for company or family. Thank you

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Enjoy, Beverly!

  10. Nancy Essad says:

    I loved this recipe! Everyone here wanted to try this and there just wasn't enough! I never had it before but certainly will continue to eat it often!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      So glad to hear it, Nancy! Thank you!

  11. Monmi Bharali says:

    Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for the Kahlua rum?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Great question! I did a quick research, and this is what I found: chocolate extract or substitute 1/2 to 1 teaspoon instant coffee in 2 tablespoons water for 2 tablespoons Kahlua.

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  13. Karen says:

    Hi Suzy, I came to your site from Food Blogger Pro, and have been looking all around. Your photos are beautiful, and the recipes look delicious. It never would have occurred to me to mix yogurt, whipped cream and Kaluha, but now it's all I can think about! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for a great idea. 🙂

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Hi Karen! Glad you stopped by. Thanks for the sweet comment. I found that Greek yogurt, Kaluha and nuts are an awesome combination. And it is soooo easy to make! I Hope you try it soon! You'll love it.
      I recently noticed that Chobani pinned this recipe to one of their boards. So I guess that makes it officially delicious! Lol. Thanks again for coming by, I'm going to visit you at Tasty Oasis very soon!

  14. Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    Love the idea of a yoghurt parfait.. and especially loving those kahlua nuts! I have to try the recipe, delicious!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thank you, Thalia! This is definitely one of my favorite ways to enjoy Greek yogurt. Let me know how you like it. So glad you stopped by.