Time to celebrate with a Red White & Blue Dessert Parfait, perfect for the upcoming holidays. This parfait is layered with fresh fruits and a layer of fluffy white chocolate mousse. Making it a very colorful dessert with only 4 Smart Points. This is not going to be an easy task to achieve, because most of the Smart Points is in the White Chocolate Mousse layer.
Starting off with the top red layer using fresh strawberries, remembering well all the wonderful fresh picked strawberries for my mom’s garden. Strawberries needs a thickener and binder, to keep the Smart Points down by using strawberry sugar-free gelatin. The strawberry sugar-free gelatin will give some extra color and also act as great thickener to this mixture. After some careful thought adding some Greek Yogurt to the strawberry mixture would give it a boost of a tangy and creamy texture. Using my VitaMix blender this mixture into a creamy smooth and fluffy consistency really made the difference.
The blue fruit layer, is a little more challenging, because there is only a few fruits that are true blue. Blueberries is a obvious choice. By adding some berry sugar-free gelatin and a few extra sweetener with some blueberry greek yogurt is my first plan. The berry sugar-free gelatin will give this layer distinctive blue color, blueberries will be more of a purple color when cooked then a good blue. Again the blueberry greek yogurt will add some extra tangy and creamy texture to the blue layer of the Red White & Blue Dessert. Finally by blending the blueberry greek yogurt filling in the VitaMix, giving it a creamy, fluffy and smoothness. By adding some extra blue food color was important to achieve the perfect blue color layer.
The white chocolate mousse is the most tricky part of the whole dessert, by making it old school with couverture white chocolate and heavy cream would add so many Smart Points, with the goal of 4 Smart Point Dessert would be impossible. Off to the grocery store looking for good alternate ingredients for white chocolate mousse. Wow I was able to find White Chocolate Sugar-free Jell-o pudding mix, that be a excellent start. To make this a mousse I need to add aerator, Cool Whip Light will do the trick with far less Smart Points then heavy cream. Adding some light cream cheese to give better cheesecake flavor and a smooth texture will be needed also.
I just made a trip to Des Moines, Iowa and found some tall dessert glasses at World Market that will make perfect glasses for the parfaits. These are tall and slender, quite attractive and only cost $1.99 each for each glass.
With strategy in place the Red White & Blue Dessert should make a great Memorial Day or Forth of July dessert parfait. Salute to all that served for your country.