Red Plum Yogurt Parfait

Normally I am good at writing lists before grocery shopping. I’m kind of a freak about lists. I write a list, then rewrite the list in an organized manner, heaven forbid I need to add something to my list and there isn’t room to put it in the correct spot. This calls for a new list. Honestly, I have usually re-written my list so many times that I don’t even need it because I have it memorized. I remember when one of my boys was 3 or 4 and his brother was tearing up a piece of paper. “NOOOOOOO…NOT MOMMY’S LIST” in a tone of shear terror. Maybe I have a bit of a problem…I’m sure I’m not the only one.

I like to menu plan, make a categorized grocery list and am in and out with a cart full. Lately I have found myself with a bit of extra time on my hands during the day and have taken to making daily a couple trips to the store a week to get what I need for dinner. I was recently on one of these daily trips and was wandering around trying to decide what to make for dinner. I got what I needed and then thought about grabbing a dessert. I’m not sure why, but my kids think they need dessert after every dinner. We definitely don’t have dessert after every dinner but when we do it is normally a double stuffed Oreo dipped in some milk. Don’t even get me started on plain old regular stuffed Oreos, I truly do not see why they waste their time making them.

I decided tonight was a dessert kind of night. I’ve been trying to make healthier choices for myself and my family so I wandered into the produce section. I stumbled upon a bin of red plums. They looked wonderful and were on sale…bonus. I grabbed a few and thought maybe, just maybe I could disguise a yogurt parfait as dessert. My kids love yogurt parfaits, but as a snack or breakfast option, not dessert. I knew I had some good honey at home, I grabbed some honey roasted sliced almonds and Stoneyfield Organic Smooth & Creamy yogurt in french vanilla. This specific yogurt has a very decadent, creamy texture much more reminiscent of dessert than yogurt.

I preassembled the parfait’s and hid the empty yogurt container. All throughout dinner the kids kept asking, “What is that? Is that a yogurt parfait? What’s in it?” I just kept answering, “It’s dessert.” It turned in to a guessing game. Half of the kids thought it was yogurt, the other half thought it was some sort of pudding, Adam included. I just sat and laughed, it really became the talk of dinner. I told them I would tell them what was in it once we were all finished. They thought it was pretty funny when I pulled out the yogurt container. Either way they loved it and I felt good about serving it to them. Do this with any fruit that is in season, on sale or you have sitting in your fridge already.

Red Plum Parfait

Yield: 6 servings

A yogurt parfait so decadent, it can pass as dessert!


  • 3 red plums or any pitted fruit, berry or combination
  • vanilla yogurt, preferably Stonyfield Organic Smooth & Creamy
  • honey
  • honey roasted sliced almonds


  1. Put a few spoonfuls of yogurt in a small dish.
  2. Top with fruit of choice.
  3. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with nuts.
  4. Enjoy!
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