Strawberries & Cream Mini Parfaits

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Strawberries & Cream Mini Parfaits: Macerated strawberries and a vanilla flavored whipped cream make up this light and tasty no bake dessert that is sure to please!

Can I be honest with you? Sometime I don’t feel like baking. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I love to bake. However, there are times (though rare) when I just don’t feel like turning on my oven. 

Because I love dessert (can I get a holler here?!) I love coming up with no bake varieties. No bake desserts are simple to whip up and very impressive. I think you’ll love these Strawberries & Cream Mini Parfaits as much as I do!

strawberry parfait with whipped cream

Macerated Strawberries

What does it mean to macerate strawberries?

Macerated strawberries are the star of the show here. Macerating strawberries with a bit of sugar not only brings out the fruit’s lovely sweet/tart flavor, but allows it to release its gorgeous juices – which, if you so choose, can be used to flavor whipped cream.

sugar and strawberries in a bowl

Can I macerate strawberries overnight?

Allow the strawberries to chill for at least an hour, but you can do it for as long as you like, even overnight. We’re chill here.

spoon in parfait cup

Homemade Whipped Cream

Use an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. A  hand mixer works well too)

Heavy cream is whipped and stabilized with confectioners’ sugar and flavored with vanilla extract.

whipped cream with vanilla in a bowl

How to Make Parfaits

To get the best whipped cream texture, it’s best to use an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or a high powered hand mixer works well too).

  • Add the heavy cream to the mixing bowl and whip until slightly thickened. Increase the speed to high and whip until thickened and medium peaks form.
  • Turn off the mixer and add the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract.
  • Turn the mixer back to low speed and whip until the confectioner’s sugar is mostly combined. Increase the speed to high and whip until completely thickened and the mixture forms stiff peaks.

This is a basic homemade whipped cream that is so delicious on many desserts!

piping whipped cream into a glass

How to Make Strawberries & Cream Mini Parfaits

  • Spoon into a large piping bag fitted with a large star or round tip and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • To 5 ounce glass dessert glasses (or bowls) add a couple of spoonfuls of macerated strawberries.
  • Pipe vanilla whipped cream on top, followed by more strawberries.
  • Top with vanilla whipped cream.
  • Garnish with a strawberry.

A close up of a person placing strawberries in a parfait

This recipe makes about 6 parfaits, but it depends on how large your glasses or bowls are.

Can you make parfaits in advance?

We recommend making these strawberry parfaits right before serving for the prettiest look. Although they’ll keep ok in the fridge for a few hours, the juice from the strawberries will run and your parfaits won’t look as pretty.

Are strawberry parfaits healthy?

Although these are a light dessert and can seem “healthier” than many other rich decadent desserts, they are still decently high in calories and fat. 

If you’re used to using sugar substitutes, you can use those in this recipe to lower the calories.

strawberry parfait in a glass cup

Other Strawberry Desserts

Strawberries & Cream Mini Parfaits
Strawberries & Cream Mini Parfaits

Strawberries & Cream Mini Parfaits

4.86 from 7 votes
Macerated strawberries and a vanilla flavored whipped cream make up this light and tasty no bake dessert that is sure to please!
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the macerated strawberries

  • 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries (heaping cups)
  • 3-4 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the vanilla whipped cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar (or less if you'd like it less sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sliced strawberries for garnish

Instructions
 

Macerate the strawberries:

  • To a medium bowl, add the strawberries and sugar. Mix until the mixture is mostly combined. Set aside, covered in room temperature for at least 45 minutes.

Make the vanilla whipped cream:

  • To a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (hand mixer works well too), over medium/high speed, whip the heavy cream until slightly thickened. Increase the speed to high and whip until thickened and medium peaks form.
  • Turn off the mixer and add the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Turn the mixer back to low speed and whip until the confectioner's sugar is mostly combined. Increase the speed to high and whip until completely thickened and the mixture forms stiff peaks.
  • Spoon into a large piping bag fitted with a large star or round tip and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To assemble:

  • Prepare six 5 ounce dessert glasses or bowls. To glass dessert glasses (or bowls) add a couple of spoonfuls of macerated strawberries.
  • Pipe vanilla whipped cream on top, followed by more strawberries.
  • Top with vanilla whipped cream. Garnish with a strawberry.
  • Makes six mini parfaits.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 6 parfaits, with 1 serving being 1 parfait. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Serving: 137g | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1166IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 377
Keyword easy dessert recipe, no bake dessert
closeup of a strawberry parfait

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aimee @ like mother like daughter
7 years ago

These sound amazing. So pretty too!

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
7 years ago

Oh my goodness – these are beautiful!

Jamie
7 years ago

Lighter desserts like this one are exactly why I love Spring!! Yum!

Sheryl@Lady Behind The Curtain
7 years ago

Beautiful dessert Angela!