This banana yogurt parfait makes a perfect, not too sweet healthy dessert or snack.
The sweetness comes from the fresh fruit and shredded coconut. The bananas, pineapple and papaya all add a touch of sweet taste without the sugar. If you want it sweeter, try adding honey to the yogurt or drizzle it over the top of the completed parfaits.
I have marked this recipe as a good one for diabetics and for many it is. It does however have carbs from the fresh fruit. Please use your discretion. If it has too many carbs for you, cut down on some of the fruit.
Yogurt parfait with Indian spices is a delicious and simple dessert, great for any weeknight dinner or snack. I hope you enjoy it.
Banana Yogurt Parfait
- 2 cups yogurt, plain
- 2 cups pineapple, unsweetened chunks, drained
- 2 cups papaya, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup coconut, unsweetened, shredded
- 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander, or nutmeg
- 2 bananas, thinly sliced
- Mix the yogurt and half of the pineapple in a 2 quart bowl. Stir in the coconut and coriander. Gently fold in about 1/4 of the bananas and papaya.
- Ideally, refrigerate the yogurt for 2-4 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together. Don't worry about this though. It will taste delicious right away.
- Layer a bit of yogurt at the bottom of individual serving bowls. Then add a layer of mixed fruit, then a layer of the yogurt and pineapple mixture. End with a layer of mixed fruit on the top.
- Top with more shredded coconut. If desired, drizzle honey over the top of the parfaits.
- The coriander added to the yogurt gives this parfait recipe a bit of an East Indian taste. It's not too much though so I think you will like it. You can replace the coriander with ground nutmeg or cinnamon if you would prefer that.
- The time in the refrigerator allows the spice to melt into the yogurt and meld the flavors. If you don't have time to do that during the day, try this tip - mix the yogurt and spice in the morning, leave it in the fridge for the day, then when you are ready to make the parfaits, just mix the fruit in and layer it all. Or make the yogurt mixture before cooking dinner and finish the parfaits just before you serve them.
- If you prefer you can substitute sliced strawberries or whole blueberries for the papaya.
Serves 6 to 8