Posted by: thehungryrunner | February 7, 2009

Because I love DESSERT: My Blissfully Low-cal Chocolate Cherry Parfait

cherry_dessert_closeupIn the spirit of “Don’t beat ’em, join ’em,” I am increasingly shifting to finding ways to have my treats and eat them, too, and that goes especially for the chocolate spree known as Valentine’s Day.  Especially now with the revelations of the antioxidant properties of dark chocolate, the potential weight management benefits of dairy foods, and the nutritional powerhouse of berries… would be a sin NOT to indulge, yes?

So here’s one of my favorite recipes to enjoy the best of all three worlds:  Evamarie’s Blissfully Light Cherry Chocolate Parfait.   Dig in:


  • 1 small square dark chocolate
  • 1 container fat-free cherry (or cherry vanilla) yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen (unsweetened) cherries, thawed
  • 1 snack-size container fat-free chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup fat-free Cool Whip
  • 1/2 graham cracker sheet (2 sections), pulverized into crumbs (do this by putting the crackers into a zip-lock bag and using your fist to pound on the cracker)

Set aside one of the now thawed frozen cherries.  In a parfait glass, place the square of dark chocolate at the bottom.  This is your “prize” when you get to the bottom of the parfait!  Mix together the cherries and the cherry yogurt.  Place half the mixture on top of the dark chocolate piece.  Now add a layer of half the container of fat-free chocolate pudding.  Sprinkle half the graham cracker crumbs on top of the pudding, then place 1/2 cup of the fat-free Cool Whip on top.  Carefully spoon the remainder of the cherry pudding mixture on top of the Cool Whip, then the rest of the chocolate pudding on top of that, then evenly sprinkle the rest of the graham cracker crumbs on top of the pudding.  Top with the remaining Cool Whip and place the reserved thawed cherry on top. 

One big serving to enjoy guilt-free!


  1. sounds delicious .. Laila ..

  2. I love dark chocolate and can’t eat dairy (or soy substitutes)! Is there any way to make this w/o the dairy or soy?

  3. Keeping this dairy-free and soy-free would definitely pose a challenge. Probably the first thing I would do is go to the health food store and look to see if they carry dairy-free and soy-free dark chocolate. For the chocolate pudding, I’m almost certain I have seen rice-based pudding mixes at the health food store. I also found a website that lists dairy-free and soy-free pudding mixes; here is the link:
    As for the Cool Whip, check the label to see if it contains dairy or soy (I mention this because it’s described as a nondairy whipped topping). If it does, my suggestion would be to see if you can hunt down some vanilla rice-based yogurt. I found one website with such a thing, but I’m sure more exist: This would also come in handy as a replacement for the cherry yogurt. I don’t know if graham crackers contain any soy ingredients, but it’s worth a double-check of the label, just to be safe.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

    I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have “earn it before

    having it”, for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

    Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

    By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similar topics

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