Saturday, January 23, 2010

End of midterms and SAT's (Recipe: "Healthy" Pudding Parfaits)

Yes, I am still alive.  I have been taking midterms for the past three days and prior to that I spent a majority of my day in my dining room surrounded by a sea of books.  I really wish I took a picture to show you, you would have thought I was slightly insane.

Oh yeah and this morning I took the SATs!! It's been a looong two weeks...

But, the best thing about midterms is that school starts at 9:30 rather than 7:30!! I love sleeping late.  I am SOO not a morning person, I'm not the most gregarious (sat vocab!) kid before my morning tea.

Normally my breakfast consists of tea and an apple, if I am feeling hungry when I wake up in the morning.  However, my mom said that I needed a more substantial breakfast for the tests.

My "brain food" breakfast consisted of a toasted slice of cinnamon toast (omg so yum!).  It made the entire house smell of delicious cinnamon-y goodness.  I also had half an apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon on it.

My mom ALSO bought me new teas.  She got Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow because she knows I love cinnamon! I am in love! It is so yummy! Think I have enough cinnamon in the morning? Apparently it's healthy for ya! Double yay!

I only had the math midterm yesterday so after dinner I decided to make a pudding parfait.  This time I made it with white chocolate (sugar-free/fat-free) pudding.  But the night before I had it with chocolate pudding and loved it just as much.  So the moral of that tidbit: it tastes good with almost any type of pudding so feel free to experiment.

I'm slightly hesitant to call these healthy because they do have about 160-180 calories depending on the add-ins.  But they are basically sugar-free and delicious so I am going to call them healthy to make me happy.

Ingredients: 1 (4 serving) package sugar-free/fat-free pudding, 1/2 tub Cool Whip Free (my mom prefers sugar free but I prefer just straight up free) and 1 1/2 cup skim milk.
Add-Ins: 1 Oreo, 1 graham cracker and/or mini chocolate chips

Pour the packet of instant pudding into a bowl.

Then add 1 and a half to three-quarters of a cup of skim milk.  My tummy doesn't like real milk.

Mix with a whisk until thickened.

Occasionally use a spoon to scrap the bottom of the bowl of any pudding mix that gets stuck in side.

Once it gets to the right "pudding" consistency, scoop 1 spoonful into each of the cups.  I use these from the set of Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee! How pretty?

Now time for the first "add-in"  What are these add-in's I am speaking of? Well these are parfaits so the need some slight crunch.  I choose graham crackers this time but anything from cereal to chocolate chips would work, and remember a little goes a long way in these! 

Only one square between the four parfaits but holy yumm it makes it so much better!

These graham crackers are gluten-free, egg-free deliciousness.  When we make chocolate covered grahams...we use these! Nothing, and I mean nothing, is better! But there is a down side.  It is like playing the lottery when buying one of these boxes.  They don't come cheap and sometimes we get a box in which a lot of them are broken! While they taste the same, there not optimal for chocolate dipping. 

Then take half of the THAWED Cool Whip (1/4 of a box) and mix into the remaining pudding.  Why the emphasis on thawed? Well I made these a few nights ago as well and in my attempt to cut the Cool Whip in half I cut my finger.  Ouch! I was slightly nervous.

Anyways, mix really well until nice and fluffy and looks like that.

Then distribute between the four containers

Now time for another add-in...Mini Chocolate Chips!!

I used about a tablespoon between 4 (so thats 1/4 tablespoon each) 

Now take the remaining Cool Whip and place a dollop on each.

To finish it off, top with some strawberry slices.

Cover with seran wrap and refridgerate until cold and ready to eat

look at the pretty layers!!

I really loved it!! Especially with my glass of cinnamon tea :)

 With love and cupcakes,

  1. 1/2 tub Cool Whip Free (thawed) -divided
  2. 1 4 serving package instant pudding
  3. 1 1/2 cups milk
  4. 1 Graham Cracker
  5. 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips
Prepare pudding with 1 1/2 cups milk.  Whisk until thickened.  Spoon 1 spoonful into each (4) cup.  Then crumble 1 graham cracker between the four cups.  Combine 1/4 tub of Cool Whip with the remaining pudding and then divide evenly among the cups.  Now top each with 1/4 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips.  Dollop with the remaining Cool Whip and refridgearate until cold and ready to serve.  Top with some strawberries of chocolate sauce.


  1. yummmmy those look delic but I would probs prefer regular chocolate because well u know how I feel about chocolate.

    anyways you should probably mention that cool whip FREE doesn't mean it is money wise and calorie wise.... i've made that mistake after a little mix up at the grocery store...


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