No-Bake Pineapple Parfait

August 5, 2013

This no-bake pineapple parfait is the perfect dessert for a hot day.  There is no need to turn on the oven or even the stove top.  A cheesecake-like filling is layered with crushed graham crackers and and sweet pineapple.  While the recipe suggests dishing out this dessert into separate glasses, you can also make this parfait in one large bowl and allow everyone to help themselves.

No-Bake Pineapple Parfait


1 can pineapple chunks, drained
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup walnuts (or more)
whipped cream
Beat cream cheese and sugar. Add pineapple chunks, walnuts, and cover with whipped cream (I say about 10 seconds worth). Mix until smooth.
In a Ziploc bag, crush graham crackers until reduced to crumbs. Tip: You can also use ready-made Graham cracker pie crusts (or Oreo crusts! YUM). Another tip: sprinkle some of the drained pineapple juice on the crust.
In a bowl or glass, layer cream and Graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with pineapple chunks, walnuts, and whipped cream. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Ta-dah! Chocolate chips optional but recommended.

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