Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Easy Self-Serve Kids Fruit Parfaits

Since this past weekend was the first real weekend of college football, we were all about living room tailgating and watching game day, and catching every football game we could on Saturday.  But that, of course, leaves the kids a little stir-crazy and eager for some sort of activity, so I threw together a little interactive dessert making, and the kids and I made our own fruit parfaits!

It was very simple, like, hardly any instructions needed, but the kids loved it, and loved making their own desserts.  I don't know if you're anything like me, but as much as I love having my kids help make dinner or bake in the kitchen, I have a bit of a hard time relinquishing control of it sometimes, and would just rather do it myself!  This was a really great way to let them help without them getting in the way or making too big of a mess.

So, here's all you need:

-A few different kids of fruits (we used blueberries, diced strawberries and raspberries, but peaches, plums, pineapple would all be yummy too)
-Something sweet with a bit of a crunch (cereal works great!  We used Golden Grahams because that's what we had.  We almost used Golden Oreos, but didn't have enough for everyone, but they would've been really good too!)
-Cool Whip or Whipped Cream

If your kids are old enough to use a spoon, they can make this dessert!

If you wanted to be cute, or do this for a playdate or dinner, you could put each fruit in a cute bowl for the kids to spoon out their fruit, OR, you could just open the plastic containers like I did. :)  Have the kids spoon (grab?) some of each fruit and layer it in a small cup or clear dish.

Have them add in a layer or two of cereal/oreos/crunchiness in between the fruit.

If they have fantastic self control, let them spoon the Cool Whip on top of their masterpiece!  Or, if our kids will just take a big spoonful and go straight to their mouth, you may want to top off their parfaits.

My kids love fruit, but I have never seen them gobble it up that fast!  And they were so proud that they made their dessert themselves, and there was practically no mess to clean up; we threw away the plastic containers, cups and spoons.  An easy and delicious activity in the kitchen for the kids!

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