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Couscous adds great texture to this pretty parfait. Serve it year-round by using whichever fruits are in season.
- Bring water to a boil in a microwave-safe bowl in microwave.
- Carefully remove from microwave and stir in couscous.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let stand 5 minutes until couscous is tender.
- Meanwhile, prepare pudding according to package directions using fat-free milk.
- Stir in couscous (it is okay if couscous is still warm).
- Let stand 5 minutes until pudding is set.
- To make parfaits, layer about 2 tablespoons of pudding, then 2 tablespoons of bananas, 2 tablespoons of pudding, then 2 tablespoons of strawberries in each of 4 tall parfait or other tall thin glasses. Repeat layers once.
- Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.
- Serve immediately.
- Yields 1 parfait per serving.
This was fine - just okay, IMO. I won't make it again. Maybe my expectations were too high, but the couscous gave the pudding a funky texture - I was expecting creamier, tapioca-like consistency, but my MIL asked, "what's the gritty stuff?" Pudding and fruit would have been fine - no need to add the couscous, unless, since it's whole wheat, you're absolutely desperate to add more fiber to your diet!
It saved me! Last night, my husband cooked up a frozen apple pie with 495 calories, 29 grams of fat per slice! I knew I was in trouble so I came searching for a dessert I could make for myself that would satisfy my sweet tooth with ingredients I had on hand (I used vanilla pudding instead of banana cream). YUMMY! My husband even had a bite and loved it. He was surprised when I told him it was Core. Even the other kids were wanting some. A definite keeper!
Fun and tasty dessert - even the family members NOT dieting thought it was ok. I liked the couscous in the pudding - reminded me of tapioca. I don't like bananas, so I used vanilla pudding and strawberries and blueberries for the fruit. Thanks for posting.