This Pear and Gingerbread Parfait is a quick and easy no bake Christmas treat. The warming spices in the thick yogurt contrast beautifully with the crushed gingerbread cookies. Chopped juicy pear adds a fragrant tasty extra flavour.
Recipe commissioned by Organix.
I’ve been working with Organix for the past few years as part of their #NoJunkJourney campaign, to highlight the importance of healthy eating for children.
For this latest post, I'm talking about cooking with kids.
This gingerbread chocolate parfait is a healthy, delicious no bake dessert that's easy to make with kids. Little ones can get involved every step of the way, bashing up the cookies, mixing the yogurt filling and assembling it. Then of course, tucking in.
It's a healthy dessert that still feels decadent. The flavours of Christmas are all put together into tasty gingerbread yogurt that contrasts beautifully with the crushed gingerbread men and the fragrant chunks of pear.
My kids loved mixing the spices into the yogurt, but particularly crushing the gingerbread men with a rolling pin! They also peeled and chopped the fresh juicy pear and then set about layering it into the glasses.
Enjoy this gingerbread parfait with fresh raw pears, or try it with stewed pears!
Cooking with Children
Getting children involved in cooking is something that I feel very strongly about.
Kids are more inclined to eat a wider variety of foods if they're involved in cooking them. They also get to see foods in all their various natural forms and find out a bit more about their taste and where they come from.
There are so many skills to learn in the kitchen, from maths when weighing out ingredients to motor skills from carefully chopping foods. Being able to cook is such an important life skill that it's great to get started while young.
Kids love getting involved in the kitchen, particularly at Christmas. We've been making edible gifts together and they've started to help out with dinner more and more. We'll also be doing the Christmas baking together and I love pyjama clad mornings where we all pitch in for a weekend breakfast.
My six year old daughter now proudly keeps the pancakes recipe she wrote on the fridge so she can whip up a batch, nearly on her own, with just supervision for the cooking.
I vividly remember the first time I was allowed to really cook on my own. I was 6 and while my Dad hovered silently in the background, I made a plate of scrambled eggs. I'll never forget the pride I felt when I sat down to eat it.
How to Make Pear Gingerbread Parfait
It only takes minutes to make this easy no bake layered dessert. Perfect at Christmas!
Step 1: Mix the yogurt, spices, vanilla and maple syrup to make gingerbread yogurt.
Step 2: Bash the gingerbread men with a rolling pin. The kids love helping with this part!
Step 3: Crush the gingerbread men until they're crumbly, but still with some slightly larger pieces for texture.
Step 4: Peel the pear and cut the flesh into small chunks.
Step 5: Layer the crushed cookies, yogurt and chopped pears into the glass and top with a mini gingerbread man and a little ground cinnamon.
Get the Pear Gingerbread Parfait Recipe
Pear Gingerbread Parfaits
- 400 g (1 1/2 cups) plain Greek yogurt divided
- 3 tsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 135 g (handful of) gingerbread men
- 1 ripe pear
To serve (optional)
- Mini gingerbread men
- Add the yogurt to a bowl with the maple syrup, spices and vanilla and mix to combine.
- Lightly bash up the gingerbread cookies.
- Peel the pear and cut the flesh into small cubes.
- Add half of the cookies to the glasses, layer with half the yogurt, then all pears, then the rest of the yogurt and the remaining cookies. Decorate with gingerbread men and a dusting of cinnamon.