Low-fat Cherry Cheese Parfaits

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I took a cooking class many, many years ago when I got my food processor. This recipe is one of the gems that I got from that class. It was initially called a pie, but didn't have a crust. So I changed the presentation and called it a parfait. Don't let the cottage cheese in the recipe scare you. I absolutely hate cottage cheese, but this is a keeper. The name shown on the recipe is Helen Thorkelson. Cook time is chilling time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain cherries, reserving liquid.
  2. Combine constarch and reserved cherry liquid in a small saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until very thick.
  4. Remove from heat and add cherries.
  5. Stir in 3 packets of sweetener and almond extract, then set aside.
  6. Soften gelatine in cold water, then cook over low heat until dissolved.
  7. In a food processor, process cottage cheese and vanilla extract until smooth.
  8. Add gelatine and remaining 6 packets of sweetener.
  9. Put a layer of gelatin in each of 8 parfait glasses, then add a layer of cherries.
  10. Repeat layers one more time.
  11. Chill at least 3 hours.
  12. Each serving is one fruit exchange and 1/2 serving protein.
Most Helpful

Despite the fact that my parfaits didn't layer well and it all ended up mixed together, it tasted pretty good! I think my cherries weren't drained well enough, as I was able make a thick sauce with the juice and cornstarch but once I added all the cherries it went completely runny again. Nice flavour combination though!

Sugar Doll January 11, 2016