Healthy “Dirt Pudding” Parfait

Today, my friend brought Chocolate-flavored Greek Yogurt to school for lunch.


At first I was like: chocolate-flavored yogurt? That’s insane, it’s like pudding… but healthy, ugh!

But then I was like: chocolate-flavored yogurt!? That’s insane! It’s like pudding… but HEALTHY!

And so was born my idea for a healthy chocolate parfait!


When I was a kid my favorite thing to get a Bruster’s Ice Cream was their “dirt sundae,” which was basically your choice of ice cream topped with crushed Oreos (hence the “dirt”) and a gummy worm. However, I’ve also seen this sundae done substituting pudding for the ice cream, making an equally as decadent yet not as easily-melted treat. That’s about what I was going for in this recipe: a healthy version of “Dirt Pudding” using Greek Yogurt, granola, and cocoa powder.

And let me tell you, this just works.


I’m not going to lie to you: this doesn’t taste the same as pudding. However, in my opinion it’s almost better than the version using real pudding, as you still get the super cute dessert without any of the guilt!

Additionally, this dessert is so healthy, with 18 grams of protein and only 3 grams of fat, that it could double as a breakfast or post-workout snack as well! It also takes substantially less time to make than pudding (which requires multiple hours chilling in the fridge to set) and is the perfect treat to serve your kids, or even allow the child in you to enjoy! 🙂

And you have to admit: the three chocolate eggs perched on top of this dessert look absolutely adorable! I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat something so cute and scrumptious?


I’m definitely now on the chocolate yogurt train, especially when it comes to desserts like this: that make you actually want to eat healthy!

Healthy “Dirt Pudding” Parfait

  • 1/2 c 0% fat plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbs plus 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • sweetener to taste (I used 1 tsp agave)
  • 2 tbs granola
  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Add Greek Yogurt, 1 tbs cocoa powder, vanilla, and sweetener to a small bowl and stir until combined. Add granola, coconut flakes, and remaining 1/4 tsp cocoa powder to a plastic bag and shake until completely coated. Sprinkle over Greek Yogurt. Top with fruit, chocolate eggs, or other toppings of choice. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information (from

Calories: 158

Fat: 3g

Carbs: 18g

Protein: 18g

(Yields 1 serving)

Nutrition information calculated using granola with 52 calories, 2g fat, 8g carbs, and 2g protein per 2 tbs. Subtract this from nutritional information and substitute with the macros of the granola of your choice.

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