Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfaits – Improv Challenge

Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfait

This month’s Improv Challenge (a creative monthly recipe challenge created by Kristen @ Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker) paired strawberries and cream. Could any two foods be more elegant together? Many lucious dessert ideas ran through my head. I tried to think of some “out of the box” twists but why mess with ingredients really don’t need any fuss?

Strawberries & Cream

So in the end, I decided to keep it simple. As in, fresh sliced strawberries layered in a parfait glass, topped with just beaten, fresh whipped cream. Yes, I’m a dietitian who uses and eats heavy cream! But a little goes a long way in this recipe which besides strawberries (Vitamin C, fiber, folate), also features lowfat granola (fiber, whole grains), mascarpone (essentially a reduced fat cream cheese) and nonfat Greek yogurt (calcium, potassium, protein.)

Now that I’ve gotten the nutrition disclaimer out of the way, please enjoy this “summer is coming soon” sweet treat for yourself!

Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfaits

Makes 1 serving


  • 3/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese (or reduced fat cream cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low fat granola
  • 2 tablespoons fresh whipped cream
  • Mint for garnish


  1. In a parfait or tall glass, layer 1/4 cup strawberries.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together mascarpone and yogurt. Spoon half of mixture onto strawberries in glass.
  3. Layer with 2 tablespoons of granola.
  4. Repeat with another 1/4 cup layer of strawberries, the remaining cheese/yogurt mixture and remaining granola.
  5. Top with remaining strawberries and dollop with whipped cream.
  6. Garnish with mint, if desired, and serve immediately.

Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfaits

What’s your favorite berry? Yes or no to real whipped cream?

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  1. “Real” whipped cream, all the way!
    Your parfaits look so delicious! I would eat that for breakfast any day!

  2. what a great treat! Yum!

  3. YES! to real whipped cream! Your parfait looks absolutely delicious!

  4. Simple is a great solution! Those parfaits look fantastic.

  5. I was so excited about the improv challenge for this month because strawberries are my very favourite berry! And yes to real whipped cream! It’s easy enough to make yourself (ironically, I botched the batch for my improv challenge recipe). I love how homemade whipped cream allows you to adjust the flavour and sweetness.

  6. What a great idea and simple enough that every night can be dessert night.

  7. This looks lovely! So summery and light!

  8. These are simply gorgeous!!! I could eat this for breakfast AND dessert!

  9. What a beautiful snack, dessert, or breakfast! Love these!

  10. This looks refreshing, delicious and healthy! Perfect for breakfast. I love blueberries and strawberries – I often eat them on their own and would not add cream unless making a dessert like this!

  11. Hi Deanna, we had a similar idea for this month’s challenge. It’s so nice to be doing this Improv with you!! I love how your parfaits sound and look. Beautiful!!

  12. These look yummy! pinned.

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