I get asked a lot about different lower carb and/or gluten/dairy free desserts or sweet treats. Fresh berries are a great choice on their own. But sometimes you want a little something more. And if you’re like me-you don’t want it complicated.

Here’s a super simple Strawberry Parfait you can make, modify & enjoy in so many different ways. It only takes about 15 minutes to make from scratch (shorter if you use other ingredients I’ve included in Julie’s Notes). I’ve also included the printable version. Enjoy!

Strawberry Parfait


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup strawberry jam
  • fresh strawberries
  • granola of choice (1-2 Tablespoons per serving)
  • waffle bowls


  • Slice strawberries-enough to top each parfait.
  • Combine cream, sugar & vanilla in in stand mixer bowl or a large mixing bowl (at least 3 quart) if using a hand mixer.
  • Beat on medium for a few minutes or until cream starts to stiffen a bit.
  • Whip on high for a couple more minutes or until cream forms stiff peaks. 
  • Be careful not to over-whip or the mix will turn into butter.
  • Incorporate jam into mix using lower speed.
  • Spoon into small bowls or waffle bowls.
  • Top with strawberries.
  • Enjoy!

Julie’s Notes

  • For non-dairy you can use coconut cream.  Place a few cans of full fat coconut milk in the fridge for several hours & skim the solid ‘cream’ off the top.  No need to whip it, just add your fruit/jam to it. 
  • You can use any berries or jam
  • You can leave out the jam & just use the fresh berries
  • You can use any kind of fruit-not sure about watermelon though….but one could experiment.
  • You can top with chocolate chips or other ice cream toppings
  • You can use vanilla wafers or graham crackers
  • You don’t have to have the waffle bowls, wafers, crackers or granola
  • This would make an excellent fruit dip
  • You can use yogurt in place of the whipped cream
  • You can use a non-dairy yogurt if you like
  • I’ve tried whipping yogurt and haven’t had good luck
  • What else can you think of?

While Christmas & Advent are a long way off, some churches & organizations are already thinking about what they will offer during those seasons.  

Would you like to to see the FREE Journey to Jesus 21 Day Advent Challenge offered at your church or organization?  

Drop me a line at Julie@JulieGrunklee.com with the name of the church or organization and I’d be happy to reach out to them!

Enjoy the Journey!

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