Strawberry Mascarpone Parfaits

Strawberry Mascarpone Parfaits
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Source: The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Renee Comet.
Mascarpone is a soft Italian cream cheese. It is so creamy and smooth that only a small bit of it is needed to add depth and character to an otherwise ordinary recipe. These parfaits are healthy enough to be served with breakfast, or decadent enough for dessert, and they can be made in only a few minutes. Save this recipe for spring and summer, when strawberries are at their peak.

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  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Servings
    6 Servings
  • Serving size
    3/4 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

6 Servings

  • Serving Size
    3/4 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 140

  • Total Fat 6g
    • Saturated Fat 1.6g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 5mg
  • Sodium 35mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g
    • Dietary Fiber 4g
    • Total Sugars 10g
  • Protein 4g
  • Potassium 200mg
  • Phosphorus 115mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Carbohydrate, 1 Fat



  • thinly sliced strawberries (divided)
    1 1/2 cup
  • mascarpone cheese
    3/4 oz
  • sugar
    1 tbsp
  • whole flax seeds
    1/2 cup
  • ground cinnamon
    1 tsp
  • light vanilla yogurt
    1 cup
  • low-fat almond granola
    3/4 cup


  1. Place 1 cup strawberries, mascarpone, sugar, flaxseed, and cinnamon in a blender, and whip until light.

  2. Stir in yogurt. Pour 1/3 cup of mixture into each of 6 clear parfait glasses. Top with 1 layer of remaining strawberry slices (reserving 6 for garnish).

  3. Scatter 1 Tbsp granola on top of the strawberry slices in each glass, then top each glass with another layer of remaining strawberry mixture. Add another layer of 1 Tbsp granola on top of the strawberry mixture in each glass.

  4. Garnish each glass with 1 remaining strawberry slice. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to a maximum of overnight before serving.