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Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfaits

Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfaits

Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfait

This month’s Improv Challenge 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!

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Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfait

Strawberries & Cream Crunch Parfaits

  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


  • 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?

Sarah Grace Spann

Tuesday 31st of May 2016

mmm, love me my parfaits! But this one looks especially good with the mascarpone cheese! Isn't it funny how people pin you as eating nothing "unhealthy" when an RD? I already get it as an RD2Be! Ahh I have been LOVING beets lately! This salad looks perfect for summer!

xo, Sarah Grace

rachel @ athletic avocado

Tuesday 31st of May 2016

yes to strawberry and cream EVERYTHING! Perfect summer dessert :)


Saturday 19th of May 2012

These look yummy! pinned.

The Wimpy Vegetarian

Friday 18th of May 2012

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!!


Friday 18th of May 2012

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!

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