Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fast & Fresh: Strawberry Banana Parfait

Summer heat calls for Fast & Fresh desserts!

When the temperature rises we turn to lighter desserts.  MGG and I love something a little sweet after our dinner on the weekends.  What can I say, it's hard to give up!  Often we have a scoop of ice cream, but during the summer we love to incorporate fresh fruits with our dessert.  Sometimes is just some light angel food cake with a fruit coulis on top.  Fruit gives dessert a fresh sweet taste and a lightness to the dish.

Tonight I made a parfait.  Easy, fast, and fresh!  This is the newest entry in my Fast & Fresh series.  Recipes that are easy to make, keep you out of the heat of the kitchen, and incorporate fresh ingredients.

This parfait is just perfect.  Creamy vanilla pudding nestles among fresh strawberries and bananas.  What a great flavor combination.  The vanilla wafer crumb topping add just that little extra flavor enhancer and a bit of crunch!

For the pudding you could make homemade (but that would involve heat in the kitchen!), or use instant.  Even a pre-made pudding cup would work for this dish and be delishhh!  Feel free to change the pudding flavor as well for a nice variation.  Lemon would work wonderfully.

I hope you enjoy this light dessert, and try it soon.

What is your favorite, easy to make dessert?

Strawberry Banana Parfait

makes 1 parfait

4-5 strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/4 c vanilla pudding
1/2 small banana, sliced
2 T whipped topping
1 vanilla wafer, crumbled
Garnish: banana slices or strawberry slices

In a small glass or dessert dish place sliced strawberries in the bottom.  Top with the vanilla pudding.  Add banana sliced by placing them vertically along the sides of the glass and on top of the pudding.  Top with whipped topping and vanilla wafer crumbs.  Garnish with banana slices or strawberry slices.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great Fast&Fresh recipe! Perfect for the summer heat!



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