U is for Ugli Fruit: Ugli Fruit Yogurt Parfait


What happens when you cross a grapefruit, an orange, and a tangerine? An Ugli fruit! Ugli fruit are from Jamaica, where they were discovered and now exclusively grown. Ugli fruit are named for their strange appearance. They’re a little green, a little yellow, and a little lumpy all around but on the inside they’re orange as can be! Ugli fruit are known to be more sour than an orange but a little sweeter as a grapefruit. Ugli fruits are great sources of Vitamin C and fiber but they're greatest in a parfait.

A honeyed Ugli Fruit Yogurt Parfait is a snack time treat that is healthy and easy for anyone to make! Parfaits are a layered sweet treat that can be eaten at home or on the go. Ugli fruits are in season from November-May in the United States. We couldn’t find any Ugli fruit at our grocery store, but grapefruit or tangelo works just as well (we used grapefruit).

Honeyed Ugli Fruit Yogurt Parfait

Makes 2 Servings 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5-7 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes

Inspired by The Kitchn 

Collect Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut chunks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (or plain Greek yogurt) 
  • 1 Ugli fruit, grapefruit, or tangelo
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 4 teaspoons of honey

Collect Tools

  • Cutting board
  • 2 drinking glasses or mason jars
  • Cookie sheet
  • A spoon
  • A grapefruit knife or spoon 
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • 1/2 cup measuring cup 
  • 1/4 cup measuring cup
  • A teaspoon
  • Oven tongs

Recipe Steps:

  • Wash hands.

  • **Grown-up** Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees.

  • Measure out 1/2 cup dried coconut chunks, put on cookie sheet.

  • Measure 1/4 cup quick oats, put on cookie sheet. 

  • Measure 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, put on cookie sheet.  

  • **Grown-up** Place cookie sheet into the oven. 

  • Set timer for 3 minutes.

  • **Grown-up**: flip the coconut, put back in oven.

  • Set timer for 2 minutes

  • **Grown-up**: check the coconut. When it is golden brown, take out of oven.

  • **Grown-up** On a cutting board, cut the grapefruit in half. When it’s open, it should look like a circle! 

  • Take a grapefruit spoon and scoop out the red part of the grape fruit. Be careful, it squirts!

  • **Grown-up** Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and let it cool.

  • Take a spoonful of yogurt and cover the bottom of your cup.

  • Add a layer of grapefruit. 

  • Add a layer of oats or sunflower seeds.

  • Add a layer of coconut. 

  • Top with a teaspoon of honey.

  • Repeat how many times you’d like, and repeat for the second glass.

  • Nom!


**Grown-Up Pro Tips**

  1. This recipe can be easily modified in case of any allergens or preferences. Experiment with different fruit, nuts, and seeds. 

  2. Coconut may only be available in large chunks at the store so feel free to shave the coconut down into smaller pieces if you think your little chef will have trouble eating the bigger pieces.

  3. Be sure to flip the coconut halfway through to ensure it toasts evenly. 

  4. Parfaits are perfect travel snacks. Just make it in a travel cup with a lid and go!

  5. Parfaits are served best when cool or cold. Keep in fridge or in a travel cooler for the best taste. 



About the Author & Photographer

Lincoln Gardner is a senior at Ithaca College with a major in Television-Radio and a Writing minor. She’s worked as Production Intern for The Ithaca Voice and as a Assistant Director for the college television show ‘Sautéed’ for three seasons.