About Tropical Fruit Parfaits
Okay, you guys. I know it’s been quite a sweet week ’round here at Homemade Hooplah, but I’m adding this fruit parfait to my go-to dessert solutions for two very big reasons:
1. The colder months cometh! I know that easy, no-bake dessert recipes are typically seen as a fair-weather treat, but you know what? I’ve always thought of them as a winter indulgence. Maybe that’s from the years my father was a Postman and would come home every day of December with his arms loaded with candy gifted by the kind people on his delivery route, but even now as an adult, I just can’t shake those cravings once the weather starts to turn. The colder the weather gets the bigger my sweet tooth becomes.
2. Fall TV shows are starting up soon! Whether it’s an old classic or a new feature, there’s always something good to watch on TV as you wind down the day. I have about 10 shows that I’m anxiously awaiting the return of, particularly Grey’s Anatomy. It’s been 11 years now and I still love everything about that show.
And what better way is there to spend a chilly evening than bundled up on the couch, a good show on TV, and one of these fruit parfaits in hand?
I know I can’t think of any!
For the regular readers of this little food blog, you already know I’m a sucker for a good parfait, and the reason for that is simple:
Parfaits are always easy, delicious, and yet look so good. They’re a picture-perfect dessert without all the effort.
Regular readers of this blog also know that I’m a big advocate of convenience without sacrificing quality and taste.
And that’s exactly why I’m such a big fan of DOLE fruit. I always keep my cabinets stocked with a few jars, since I love having delicious fruit on hand without all the cutting, peeling, and mess. The resealable lid is a lifesaver, too – it makes it so easy to scoop out just what I need (like adding a dash of fruit on top of my healthy favorite dishes!) and save the rest. The jars are also packed with 100% fruit juice, which is perfect for making all kinds of fruit glazes and custards.
DOLE fruit helps make the preparation of these parfaits simple with tasty fruit that’s cut up into convenient bite-sized pieces. They’re a perfect fit for a spoon!
In fact, these tropical fruit parfaits came come together in just 15 minutes or less. You could probably make these parfaits between commercial breaks or before the screen saver even kicks in on your TV.
I chose to go with their Tropical Fruit blend, but DOLE also makes peaches, pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, or mixed fruit. Any of these (or all of them!) would work just as well in these super simple parfaits.
notes & tips for this fruit parfait recipe
- This recipe is designed to be made with canned fruit, but it can also be done with fresh. Use whichever is easier (or tastier!) to you!
- The glasses pictured are standard stemless wine glasses. We bought our set ages ago, but these stemless wine glasses are nearly identical.
- Whipping homemade cream can sometimes be tricky, so I always recommend you use cream that is extremely fresh (just opened for the first time) and that it is very chilled. Either wait to remove the cream from the refrigerator until just before you’re ready to whip OR you can set the cream in the freezer for 15 minutes before use. I’ve also heard of people freezing their whisk attachments or mixing bowls, especially if your bowl is metal, glass, or porcelain. Every little bit helps!
- For this recipe, I highly recommend using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. This isn’t a recipe you can make by hand with a whisk.
- If you’re in the mood for more fruit, be sure to check out Chicken Salad with Grapes, Frog Eye Salad, Creamy Fruit Salad, Glazed Fruit Pizza, Patriotic Fruit Pizza Cookies, Fruit Salad with Creamy Limoncello Dressing, Mixed Berry Dutch Baby, Strawberry Lime Tequila Infused Parfaits, Strawberry, Kiwi, and Granola Breakfast Popsicles, Raspberry Pound Cake Parfaits, Raspberry and Walnut Baked Brie, and Caramel Apple Nachos.
- If you’re looking for more parfaits, there’s also Baileys Cookies and Cream Parfaits, Tiramisu Parfaits, Raspberry Pound Cake Parfaits, Fireball Whisky Apple Parfaits, Brownie Parfaits with Nutella Syrup, Game of Thrones Party Parfaits, Strawberry Lime Tequila Parfaits, Cotton Candy Unicorn Parfaits, and No Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits.
Tropical Fruit Parfaits
- In a medium bowl, add granola and mini chocolate chips, and toss to combine. Set aside.
To assemble the parfaits: Using a pastry bag (or just a spoon), add layers of the cream, chocolate granola, and tropical fruit as you see fit. To do this as pictured, I layered cream, then chocolate granola, then fruit, then topped with more cream.
- Parfaits can be served immediately. Parfaits can also be chilled in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours before serving. If preparing the parfaits more than 6 hours in advance, you can make the cream (kept chilled in the refrigerator) and mix the granola (kept in a sealed container) but keep the main components of the parfaits separate until ready to eat. Avoid storing the fruit outside of its container and juice for more than 6 hours (so it doesn't dry out too much).