Tropical Parfait

When entertaining guests you can add sliced bananas to this layered pudding dessert. It makes a beautiful presentation and is good for you, too.

Yield

2 servings

Ingredients

2 cups cold milk
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 teaspoon grated lime peel, optional
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted, divided
1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
whipped cream in a can
2 maraschino cherries

Directions

In a bowl, whisk the milk, extract and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Stir in coconut and lime peel if desired.

In each of two 1 1/2-cup parfait glasses or dessert dishes, layer about 1/3 cup pudding mixture, 1/4 cup pineapple, 2 tablespoons almonds, 1/3 cup pudding mixture, 1/4 cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons almonds and remaining pudding mixture.

Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with the remaining almonds. Garnish with cherries.

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