Thursday, July 31

Skinny Berry Parfaits

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It's hot. The kids are complaining they're bored. And you want something sweet and satisfying to eat, just to take the edge off. You're afraid, however, that if you eat even one more ice cream cone, the spandex in your bathing suit will fail. What should you do?

How about making some skinny berry parfaits?!

They're ridiculously simple to whip up, versatile, and guaranteed to make you, your little ones, and anyone you give them to, happy.

skinny parfait looking down
I made my skinny parfaits with fat free vanilla pudding, orange scented berries, and a crisp oat and almond mixture, but feel free to come up with your own favorite fillings.

Food Blogga Disclaimer: Food Blogga lives in comfortably-cool San Diego. For those of you living areas where the air is so thick with humidity that water actually condensates on your skin when outdoors, note that this homemade pudding requires standing over a stove for 12 minutes. Food Blogga is heretofore not responsible for any overheating or general irritability induced by simmering pudding.

I'm passing along my Skinny Parfaits to lovely Linda of Make Life Sweeter! who is hosting Got Milk?, an event in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. You don't have to be breastfeeding or even have a baby to participate. Just make a sweet dish featuring milk. Simple, huh?

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Skinny Berry Parfaits

Makes 4 small or 2 large servings
Print recipe only here.


2 cups of mixed berries or fruit of your choice (I used blueberries, strawberries, & cherries)
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 teaspoon orange zest

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and let macerate while you prepare the crisp mixture and pudding.

Crisp Mixture:

1 teaspoon Smart Balance butter substitute
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add oats, almonds, and cinnamon, and stir until well combined. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or just until the oats and nuts turn golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups skim milk (or milk of your choice)
pinch of salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine sugar and cornstarch in a medium pot over medium heat. Add 1 cup of milk, whisking until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved. Add the second cup of milk and salt, and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Lower the heat, cooking pudding for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove pudding from heat for 2-3 minutes. Lightly whisk one egg with vanilla extract and slowly add to the pudding, whisking constantly. (Removing it from the heat will prevent the egg from cooking). Simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until thick, stirring several times. Remove from heat.

Assemble serving dishes. Start with some macerated berries on the bottom, then some pudding, then some crisp, and repeat. Top each serving dish with a dollop of pudding, and place a cherry or other fruit on top. Cover with Saran Wrap and refrigerate until chilled.

Don't forget! You have until Sunday 3 August to submit your Sugar High Friday posts to me.

You might also like these low-fat treats:

Grilled Watermelon Slices with a Honey-Lime Syrup

Date, Fennel, and Pistachio Scones (Heart Healthy & Low Fat!)

Pancakes with Fresh Raspberry-Strawberry Sauce

Summertime Strawberry Pie (if you skip the crust)

More pretty parfaits:

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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Clever, cooling and delightful scented berries are delicious!

Laura said...

Mmmm this looks yummy. I see it in my breakfast future....

Anonymous said...

Hope you are affected by the earthquake.

Anonymous said...

That has SHF stamped all over it. Looks very delish although I have to say I live in San Diego and where I am at, while not humid, it is hot.

Great photos.


Anonymous said...

You're a trip with your disclaimer! haha
What's shakin' girly?
Big hug,
Maryann xox

Vicki said...

Hi Susan - the parfait looks delicious! It would've made a perfect dessert for my too-hot-not-cooking sandwich dinner.

Johanna GGG said...

these look gorgeous and I had expected a packet mix of the vanilla pudding (which was all my mum did when I was little) and I was amazed to see it was home made - esp love the cherry on top - completes any dessert :-)

Emily said...

I feel skinnier already!

These look wonderful. Beautiful pictures.

Is it cool there? I always thought it would be really hot.

Elle said...

No only do these sound yummy, but they are gorgeous! I don't mind the stove if the results are this good.

Simona Carini said...

Beautiful! I particularly like the view of the top photo: it makes me feel like I am about to dive into the glass.

Unknown said...

sounds perfect for summer, hey...since i'm not a berry person, should i do one with watermelon chunks?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I could just eat one of those beauties now! Delicious and refreshing!



Anonymous said...

Now this is what I call parfait! Love the addition of the fresh fruit. It look refreshing and delicious!

Thanks for your entry to Got Milk?
I'll do a round-up after August 7th.

Anonymous said...

Freakin' gorgeous! Also, I have become the queen of the microwave cheaters so I can handle the pudding. Love your photos, Susan!

Mishmash ! said...

How beautiful it looks!! especially the first photo!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

peterg-Aren't they?


christine-I'm sure you meant "aren't." :) I felt some swaying for sure, but I'm fine thanks.

marc-I have the benefits of the cool air from the water, but I was in San Marcos the other day, and it was hot, indeed.


vicki-I agree!

johanna-Everything is better with a cherry on top. :)

emiline-Nope, it's cool here, esp. when you're closer to the water.

elle-Thanks, I'm glad to hear that!

simona-Trust me, that's easy to do!

rita-Sure, why not? I also like stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines.

rosa-They go down easily.

linda-It was my pleasure.

ann-Even better way to stay cool!

shn-Thanks a bunch!

Anonymous said...

sweet, croccante and coolness… the best in a warm Italian afternoon, compliments! I am returned from little from Saint Diego and me it is liked a lot.bye bye!

ames said...

I wish I could just reach through the screen and grab one! Now that I think about it, I can't remember ever making homemade pudding before...this must be remedied.

Kajal@aapplemint said...

Susan , i would so love that skinny parafait right now. Nothing like cheating ... yet with all the gr8 health benefits. Smart one babe !
The presentation is so fantastic, it makes it hard not to want one.

Nic said...

Great photos and great parfaits Susan!

vb said...

Well, in Seattle the weather is hardly summer-esque but I'd make these any time. They look so tasty!

Jenny said...

What a gorgeous post of your parfaits! Thanks for linking mine as well! You've got such a wonderful blog, you truly inspire everyone!

Sharon said...

You know, I've never made pudding from scratch and I'd love to try your version. This looks so summery & refreshing.

I'm dying in the humidity...I need to come home to San Diego!

Manggy said...

Hah, kids don't deserve the sexiness of your berry parfait ;) Kidding! :) It looks like heaven in a glass, I want one now!

Pfft, in front of a stove for only twelve minutes? Lightweights!! :P (Big talk-- I might actually freeze to death in the States...)

grace said...

gor. geous. and really, it has everything i would want in a parfait, all the way from the berries you chose to the almonds and cinnamon in the topping. fantastic. :)

Anonymous said...

It's supposed to be 102 in Denver today. Ugh — but this recipe looks like it might cool things down! Perfect timing. Thanks!

Patricia Scarpin said...

The other one on the photo is for me, right, Susan?

One just can't go wrong with all those delicious berries!

Georgia said...

Wow, another recipe to make! Where will I find the time, you are amazing :)

Deborah said...

That sounds like my kind of snack!!

Ivy said...

Your photos are stunning. As soon as I saw them I wanted a glass of that refreshing light dessert.
I hate earthquakes as we have them often and tremble each time we shake. I'm glad it wasn't too strong and you are fine.

Anonymous said...

I like that you even served these in skinny glasses! :)

Anonymous said...

Though I missed lunch, I might have to skip right to dessert, because these look so good I want to make them right now. Beautiful photos! And thank you for the link!

Heather said...

ooooh this looks sooo good! it reminds me of something my grandma would have made on sunday mornings when we were at the cape. that woman could do anything with berries! this looks just delicious, and nostalgic :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

This looks like something that would be really fun to make with kids, and a great way to get them to eat fruit. "Design your own parfait" -- they will love it!

Lore said...

I could eat the berries, the crisp mix and the pudding separately but together they sound even more delicious! Cherries look great

Joe Horn said...

Hi Susan, Looks awesome. How can you go wrong with fresh berries! The last parfait I made I made the cream with sour cream, honey and heavy whipping cream. It was great, but caloric.

I like the idea of fat free vanilla pudding. Sounds delicious for sure.


Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Beautiful and delicious sounding, Susan! Since I would be standing over a hot stove here in overheated Chicago, I'm thinking of just doing the berries and serving them over vanilla frozen yogurt. The lazy man's way to riches, as we like to call it.

YankeeSoaper said...

What a delicously refreshing parfait, Susan! Looks wonderful!

Debbie said...

Your parfaits look delicious....I have not made any in a long time and these make me want to whip some up!!! Thanks!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Great idea - and they look so beautiful, too. A sure-fire summer winner, I'd say!

Dani Spies said...

mmmmmmm... these sound and look amazing! Right up my alley:) Came by to look up your pancake recipe. I remember seeing it a while back and thinking, "wow, I've gotta try these!"

Annie said...

Wow, what a change in weather from RI. I wouldn't have thought it was cool there; you're so lucky not to have the 3 H's. (in case you forgot HAZY, HOT AND HUMID) :(

The skinny parfaits look like my kind of recipe all the way. They look delicious!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

astro-You visited San Diego and enjoyed it? Oh, that's wonderful.

ames-Never made homemade pudding? Well, what are you waiting for? ;)

kate-Aw, I appreciate that.


vb-That's good to hear!

jenny-That is so kind of you to say. Thanks! And you're welcome!

sharon-Pudding from scratch is divine.

manggy-I'd loan you a winter coat, but I don't have one anymore. ;)

grace-Really? Awesome!

gffg-Yay! I love perfect timing!

patricia-Of course!

georgia-Oh, you're sweet.

deborah-Mine too!

ivy-Yes, thank you for caring.


lynda-You're welcome! And thanks for your kind words.

heather-Nothing tastes as good as when it's made by grandma. :)

lydia-It really is fun.

lore-They are!

joe-Yeah, sour cream isn't really bathing suit friendly food. ;)

terryb-They work deliciously with frozen yogurt too.

yankeesoaper-Thanks a bunch!

debbie-Glad to hear it!

forkful-Wow! Thanks!

dani-I hope you like them, thanks!

annie-I still have (horribly) vivid memories of the 3 H's. ;) Stay cool!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Not only does it look beautiful, you can actually feel no guilt after eating this,and thats a nice feeling! Stunning photo!

Sihan said...

oh these looks simple great and chock full of delicious strawberries. MUST be excellent!!!

thanks for holding this round of SHF!

Jeanne said...

Orange scented berries! You are a genius! These parfaits look spectacular - the antithesis of what we imagine low fat food to look like.

Alexa said...

Those look so wonderful. I am bookmarking them to try it out. I love anything creamy with fruits. Yum!

Katy said...

What a great collection of recipes! Just as I was starting to thing, gee, what else can I do with summer berries? I'm bookmarking this and also embarrassed at my utter lack of creativity.

Katy said...

and, i'm a huge dork, because that comment was supposed to go to the sugar high friday roundup post, and not to this one -- although this looks great too!

Christine said...

This looks like the perfect summer dessert - low in fat and high in wonderful fruits, I can't wait to get home so I can make some!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

marie-No guilt is good.

sihan-You're welcome. Thanks for participating!

jeanne-Oh, that is a really *sweet* comment.

alexa-Hope you enjoy!

katy-You're not a dork. We've all done that. :)

christine-Hope you like them! Enjoy your trip.

Jaime said...

mmmmm those look so tasty and beautiful!

sefa firdaus said...

It looks yummy *drooling*
I have mixed berry frozen, do you think I can use it for making this dessert?

Btw, thanks a lot for your compliment Susan. I'm glad that you like my blog.
Your blog is delicious too. Love the photographs here, they are really mouthwatering!

May I link your blog?

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