Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait - No Cooking Necessary!

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A Line-Up of Fruit, Including Strawberry, Parfaits
A Line-Up of Fruit, Including Strawberry, Parfaits

This is an outrageously delicious dessert, especially because the main ingredient is sweet, tender, locally grown strawberries.

I tried this parfait with my Salvation Army Addiction Recovery class, where I teach how preparing and eating more fruits and vegetables can be deliciously fun. The recipes we make must be healthy, simple, inexpensive, quick, and with no cooking necessary. This was a HUGE hit!

For 10 Servings or More

Ingredients:

Use 3 medium bowls, one for each layer:

1 bowl:
Crush in Large Chunks: 9 Graham Crackers or 1-1/2 Cups Granola or Vanilla Wafers
Add Chopped Nuts, if desired

In 1 bowl, toss:
3 Cups Strawberries, sliced with hulls removed, with
1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar

In 1 bowl, Blend, then refrigerate until set, if desired:
8 Ounces Low Fat Cream Cheese
1 Cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Garnish with extra strawberries, granola, and/or chopped nuts on top
Optional: Place a Sprig of Mint on Top

In a wine glass, martini glass, or clear glass cup, place a layer of the crushed graham crackers, a layer of the cheesecake mixture, then a layer of the strawberries. Repeat.

This recipe is adapted from "Life Made Sweeter."