Nate says it's too early to be doing valentine stuff and I'm over here with my strawberry parfaits like…
if this is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
The boys always get a little bummed after the holiday season ends, and this year is no different. I try to tell them they should be so excited that January is my birthday month, but apparently that's not enough. They're already asking when the Easter bunny's coming.
Kids these days.
So I remind them that Valentine's Day is the perfect little interim celebration and we get right on it with recipe prep and lots of crafts. We make woodland valentines and boy valentines with milk jug valentine holders. Instead of going out on the most crowded date night of the year, Nate and I like to stay in and celebrate the love we have for our whole family. I print off a manly valentine and we make my “heart-y” homemade hot pockets.
Cheesy? Maybe. Too soon? Never.
This year, we plan on celebrating with a lovey-dovey kids' movie like Lady and the Tramp or Beauty and the Beast, cozied up in the living room with these tasty strawberry parfaits. They're so easy, the kids can assembled them on their own.
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 box graham crackers
- 1½ cups Cool Whip (or we use dairy-free coconut whipped cream)
- Place 8 - 10 Graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until crumbled. Set aside.
- Build parfaits by layering the ingredients, beginning with the graham crackers, then the Cool Whip, then add the sliced strawberries. Repeat.
- Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Did you know you can actually buy boxes of pre-crumbled graham crackers? Apparently, a lot of people use them for pie crust. I've been opting for gluten-free crackers, though, so I still have to buy the box and pop it in the food processor.
Strawberry season here in Southern California basically runs all year long, so we always have ripe strawberries on-hand for tasty desserts like this one.
I love that this is kind of a modernized, more kid-friendly version of the old angel food cake-and-whipped-cream combo. I tried serving that to the kids once and they said they felt like they were eating a sponge.
I told them I'd be MORE than happy to keep all of that tasty, tasty sponge to myself.
These graham cracker and strawberry parfaits went over much better. I think the kids like the little bit of crunch in them.
Kids are weird about textures.
Or maybe my kids are just weird in general.
You could even make your own coconut whipped cream and sub the graham crackers for crushed cashews to make this dish Paleo-friendly or Whole 30-compliant.
It's Valentine's Day. So eat something you love!
What are your Valentine's Day plans? Pin this strawberry parfait for a quick and easy treat!