Parfaits are a fabulous, creamy, sweet treat that you can enjoy at any time of day. From healthy granola-and-fruit breakfast parfaits to decadent layered desserts, these sweet confections are worth a try.
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Acai berries are considered a "superfood" because they're packed with good-for-you antioxidants. This parfait recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy the berry and get a dose of its health benefits layered with other nutritious ingredients, including frozen banana, honey, pumpkin and pomegranate seeds, and your favorite brand of crunchy granola.
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Pumpkin and Labneh Cheesecake Parfaits
No-bake cheesecake parfaits make a fantastic dessert when you're craving something rich and decadent, but don't feel like turning on the oven. The vanilla-scented labneh cheesecake strata started with a strained Greek yogurt that's layered with crushed graham crackers or ginger cookies and a creamy spiced pumpkin puree. Serve this delicious dessert in classic parfait dishes or try mason jars for a trendy presentation.
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Strawberries and cream are one of the best flavor combinations out there and this pretty make-ahead recipe showcases them in a dessert you could serve at Mother's Day brunch, at bridal and baby showers, or anytime you want to celebrate the fresh summer fruit. The sliced berries are layered with vanilla-scented whipped cream, melted marshmallows, and crumbled meringue cookies for a treat that satisfies your cravings. Be sure to allow three to six hours for chilling before serving.
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The original name of this Peruvian dessert is "suspiro de limeña", which translates to "the sigh of a woman from Lima," giving a hint that it's something quite special. Purchased or homemade dulce de leche is enriched with egg yolks to form the sweet and creamy base for this parfait. It's finished with a port wine meringue piped on top and sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Serve it as the perfect finishing touch after a South American-inspired dinner, such as chimichurri chicken.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Citrus, Cream, and Blueberry Parfait With Lemon Crisps
You can make this dinner party-worthy parfait in less than 30 minutes, including the fancy little lemon crisps that adorn its top. Thick, syrupy blueberries nestle with whipped cream and a tangy lemon or lime curd to create this divinely delicious treat. The citrus decorations are quick easy to make in your oven by coating thin slices of lemon in a simple sugar syrup. Assemble parfaits ahead of time when company is coming for a special treat you can serve straight from the fridge.
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Chinese almond tofu is a popular Asian treat that doesn't contain tofu, but shares a similar texture. It's actually a soft jellied dessert made with soy milk, sugar, gelatin, and almonds. This recipe walks you through the steps for making homemade almond tofu with your food processor, then using it to create a multi-layered dessert parfait, along with diced fresh strawberries, and a thick, sweetened berry sauce. Enjoy this dessert as a sweet treat after a dim sim feast or other Asian-inspired meals.
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Create a clever, portable breakfast with this recipe for miniature fruit, cereal, and yogurt parfaits that are frozen in advance for a sweet treat you can enjoy on the run. Muffin tin cups are filled with banana slices, Greek yogurt, granola (or your favorite breakfast cereal), and chopped fresh berries. Pop the tin into the freezer, and in about two hours, your grab-and-go parfaits are ready to enjoy. If not eating immediately, remove from muffin tins and store in your freezer in a resealable, airtight plastic bag.
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Parfaits are an iconic dessert in Japanese cuisine, which places great importance on the presentation of food. Not only is this scrumptious parfait a treat for the taste buds, it's also delightful to behold. Crunchy corn flakes typically form the bottom layer for this dessert, which is topped with ice cream or frozen yogurt, then chocolate sauce (or fruit jam if you prefer), layers of fresh fruit, and whipped cream. You may stop there or repeat all the layers again, finishing the parfait with festive garnishes, such as cookies, sprinkles, additional fresh fruit, or gelatin cubes.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Make this fun retro-inspired dessert for a tasty blast from the past you can serve at pool parties, buffet events, children's tea parties, or family holiday gatherings. You could even serve this pretty pink parfait-style treat at bridal showers or gender reveal parties. It's so easy to make by combining raspberry jello with whipped topping, then layering this with a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip. Be sure to use a clear decorative bowl, so everyone can ooh and ahh at the attractive layers.
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This zingy mousse is a wonderful way to enjoy the sweet, distinctive tropical flavor of passion fruit. In this recipe, a little rum or orange liqueur is added to the creamy fruit mousse for an added boost of flavor. Serve it in parfait glasses, layered with shredded coconut, chopped nuts, whipped cream, fresh fruit, and raspberry or strawberry sauce, for a pretty and palate-pleasing summer dessert.