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Paradise Parfaits

 Paradise Parfaits
I depend on pudding and chopped fruit for dessert. My parfait, for instance, give fresh fruit, vanilla pudding and crunchy nuts a fun twist with cookie crumbs and coconuts.—Lee Ann Odell, Erie , Colorado
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.


  • 2 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 16 reduced-fat vanilla wafers, divided
  • 1 medium firm banana, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup halved green grapes
  • 2 tablespoons flaked coconut, toasted


  • In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Whisk in
  • extract. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Refrigerate for
  • 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, coarsely crush 12 wafers; set aside. In parfait glasses,
  • layer banana slices, half of the cookie crumbs, half of the walnuts
  • and pudding and all of the strawberries. Top with the remaining
  • cookie crumbs and pudding, all of the grapes and remaining nuts.
  • Garnish with toasted coconut and a whole vanilla wafer. Yield: 4
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: One parfait equals 313 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 484 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.