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Apple Pie Parfaits

Apple Pie Parfaits 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Gina Nistico for The Washington Post

Nourish Sep 22, 2021

These scrumptious dessert cups are layered with apple pie flavors, with apples simmered until tender and aromatic with maple syrup, cinnamon and a touch of lemon juice, then piled over graham cracker crumbs and topped with a lovely, gently tangy blend of vanilla-spiked whipped cream and Greek yogurt. It’s a better-for-you treat that is a delightful way to cap off a fall or winter meal or to enjoy as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Active time: 35 mins; Total time: 50 mins

Storage Notes: Leftover parfaits can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

4 - 5

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Tested size: 4-5 servings

  • 4 medium apples (1 1/2 pounds /700 grams total), such as Granny Smith, Golden Delicious or Grimes Golden apple, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Braeburn or a mix, unpeeled, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch table or fine sea salt
  • 3 sheets (1 1/2 ounces/43 grams) graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) very cold heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (nonfat, low-fat or whole)


In a large, deep skillet, combine the apple slices, maple syrup, water and lemon juice. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and salt, and set the skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples soften but still retain their shape, and most of the liquid has evaporated, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

While the apples are cooking, place the graham crackers into a ziptop bag and, using a rolling pin or mallet, crush them into a fine crumb. You should wind up with about 1/2 cup of crumbs.

In a large bowl, combine the cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla and, using a hand mixer, whip until stiff peaks form. Using a flexible spatula, fold in the yogurt until well combined.

Distribute the graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of 4 or 5 (8-ounce/240-milliliter) jars or glasses, reserving 1 tablespoon of the crumbs for garnish. Add the apple mixture, then top each with a dollop of the whipped cream, finish with a sprinkle of the reserved graham cracker crumbs and serve.

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From cookbook author and registered nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Hattie Ulan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 5, using whole fat greek yogurt): 211

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 6g 9%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 18mg 6%

Sodium: 128mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates: 38g 13%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 27g

Protein: 2g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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