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Tropical Parfaits Recipe
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Tropical Parfaits Recipe

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When entertaining guests, Nancy Stock of Minonk, Illinois often adds sliced bananas to this layered pudding dessert. "It makes a beautiful presentation and is good for you, too," she notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel, optional
  • 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted, divided
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • Whipped cream in a can
  • 2 maraschino cherries


  1. In a bowl, whisk the milk, extract and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Stir in coconut and lime peel if desired. In each of two 1-1/2-cup parfait glasses or dessert dishes, layer about 1/3 cup pudding mixture, 1/4 cup pineapple, 2 tablespoons almonds, 1/3 cup pudding mixture, 1/4 cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons almonds and remaining pudding mixture.
  2. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with the remaining almonds. Garnish with cherries. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Tropical Parfaits in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p15

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"So good, looks pretty and easy to make. I didn't have regular instant vanilla, so I substituted sugar free - still yummy!"

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