Are you old enough that when I say parfait, you think of Sunday visits to the local soda fountain with the grandmother who loved to spoil you? I am that old, and I remember those parfaits, layers of ice cream, chocolate or raspberry sauce, crushed nuts or candies, served in a tall, fluted glass with whipped cream and a cherry on top and a long, long spoon. This dish, either for dessert or brunch or breakfast in bed on a special day, takes inspiration from those childhood memories. While it's not ice cream, it is fun for kids to help assemble their own parfaits. You can use any combination of nuts and dried fruit, and flavor the yogurt with almond, maple or lemon extract instead of the vanilla.
Greek yogurt vanilla parfait with pistachios and dried cherries
2 cups plain Greek yogurt (I use 0% fat)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp agave nectar
1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries
Remove the yogurt from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, vanilla powder/extract, cinnamon and agave nectar, and stir vigorously until the yogurt is smooth and the ingredients are combined. Place 1/2 cup of the yogurt in each of two serving glasses. Sprinkle in half of the pistachios and half of the cherries. Top with the remaining yogurt, and the remaining nuts and cherries.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Greek yogurt dessert with hazelnut agave and shaved dark chocolate, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Whole wheat zucchini muffins with Greek yogurt, from Andrea Meyers
Roasted plums with Greek yogurt, honey and almonds, from Two Peas and Their Pod
Roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberry pistachio pesto, from Steamy Kitchen
Baked peas with tarragon, yogurt, and pistachios, from 101 Cookbooks
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