Plum Parfaits with Bulgur and Vanilla Yogurt

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Pick a few extra plums for this ultra-simple, healthy dessert. It’s got both grown-up aesthetic appeal and a healthful hit of whole grain, thanks to the bulgur.


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup bulgur, fine or medium
2 cups plums, pitted, halved and thinly sliced crosswise
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in bulgur, turn off heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Stir together plums, sugar, orange juice and cornstarch in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, until thickened slightly. Stir in almond extract.

In each of 4 small, tall glasses, layer a third of the yogurt, plums and almonds. Add a layer of half the bulgur, then repeat with half the remaining yogurt, plums and almonds. Finish with a final layer of bulgur, yogurt, plums and almonds.

Serves 4

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  • M.

    I love healthy and delicious combo, would definitely want to try this!

  • Pam @ Kitchen Cookware world

    I like the unique-ness of plums with bulgur combination! Simply delicious.

  • Lia Huber

    I made this again during a class I was teaching last weekend (with stunning, ruby-red plums), subbing the yogurt for creme fraiche ice cream, and realized what the little nostalgic nod was that had been eluding me … the bulgur has a texture a bit like those old strawberry shortcake ice cream bars–but better. It really is a deceptively delicious (and easy!) dessert.