Skinny red, white & blue parfait

skinny red white and blue parfaitIt’s hard to believe that the fourth of July is right around the corner…the summer is flying by! We’re trying to enjoy every second by hitting the pool and beach, going to our favorite outdoor bar, and eating outside as often as we can. With July 4th coming up quickly, I wanted to create a “skinnier” dessert that was still patriotic, so I made my lightened-up seltzer cake and layered it with fruit and whipped cream…so easy and perfect for your Independence Day BBQ! About 1/16th of the cake itself clocks in around 140 calories — super reasonable for dessert, even when you add in the fruit and lite whipped topping!

This recipe is great with light-colored cake (white, yellow, butter, or funfetti) to add to the red, white and blue theme. I listed out the filling ingredients to create one parfait, but keep in mind that the cake will make enough to fill multiple mason jars or parfait glasses (likely 6-8, or more depending on how much cake you use in each). I added a tropical twist to the recipe by adding sweetened coconut flakes, because they make everything taste like summer! If coconut is not your favorite flavor, simply leave them out. The sweet cake combined with the creamy lite whipped topping and tart fresh fruit is the perfect combination for a summer dessert — fresh and light with enough sweetness to satisfy any sugar craving! Happy 4th of July!

skinny red white and blue parfaitSkinny red white & blue parfait
Yield: 6-8 servings | Serving size: 1 parfait
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 30 mins | Total time: 40 mins

Ingredients:
18 oz box cake mix (yellow, white, funfetti or butter cake work well)
12 oz seltzer water (can use flavored)
*Note that cake batter will make 6-8 servings of cake. Filling ingredients below are for one parfait; feel free to double, triple, etc as needed.
2-3 strawberries, washed and sliced
2-3 Tbsp blueberries, washed
2-3 Tbsp lite whipped topping
1-2 Tbsp shredded sweetened coconut

Instructions:
For cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray (I used butter flavored).
3. In a large bowl, mix dry cake mix and seltzer water until combined and no lumps remain.
4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
5. Let cake cool completely, then cut into cubes. Cake will make 6-8 parfaits.
To assemble:
In a mason jar or parfait glass, place enough cake cubes to cover the bottom.
Next, layer sliced strawberries, then blueberries, then coconut flakes.
Place 2-3 Tbsp whipped topping on top of berries, then layer with more cake cubes until jar or glass is filled.
Top with a dollop of whipped topping.

Recipe: Lighten Up Recipes
Photography: Lighten Up Recipes


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