Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cherry and Pomegranate Chocolate Mousse Parfaits

Growing up with a sister who has diabetes, we were always doing our best to watch carbs and make sure there were desserts she could enjoy as well. Her go-to dessert that she would prepare for us was what she called "5-minute mousse" which was simply sugar free pudding and whipped topping. It's the easiest dish ever to make, but the flavor is awesome! I figured I would jazz up her favorite mousse by adding more nutritious ingredients like cherries, pomegranate seeds and dark chocolate chips. These parfaits are the perfect make-ahead dessert and would be a great addition to your holiday table!




1. Combine pudding mix and milk until slightly thickened.


2. Fold whipped topping in and stir to combine. Set aside.

3. Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until crumbs form. Transfer to a bowl.


4. Build parfaits: start with a layer of chocolate mousse, followed by a layer of graham crackers, then a layer of cherries and pomegranate seeds and finally chocolate chips. Repeat layers one more time.


5. Garnish each parfait with toasted pistachios. Keep cold until ready to serve.



Cherry and Pomegranate Chocolate Mousse Parfaits
Makes 6 parfaits

All you need:
1 (1.4 ounce) package instant sugar free chocolate fudge pudding
1 1/2 cups cold unsweetened almond milk (or skim milk)
1 (8 ounce) container light whipped topping
1 sleeve chocolate graham crackers
1 (12 ounce) bag frozen dark sweet cherries
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted pistachios, for garnish

All you do:
1. Combine pudding mix and milk until slightly thickened.
2. Fold whipped topping in and stir to combine. Set aside.
3. Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until crumbs form. Transfer to a bowl.
4. Build parfaits: start with a layer of chocolate mousse, followed by a layer of graham crackers, then a layer of cherries and pomegranate seeds and finally chocolate chips. Repeat layers one more time.
5. Garnish each parfait with toasted pistachios. Keep cold until ready to serve.

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