Confession #73: Sometimes it’s Luck… Cherry, Walnut, and Honey Parfait

by alexandra

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Sometimes a recipe comes together as a result of lots of thought. Sometimes it takes trial and error. Sometimes, though, inspiration lights the way to the perfect combination of flavors, the perfect composition of ingredients, and it just works.

In a moment of hunger one afternoon, I spotted some fresh bing cherries in the fridge and remembered that I hadn’t gotten a chance to enjoy many yet. Wanting to have something a bit more substantive but still healthy, I pulled out the greek yogurt as well. A few crumbs leftover from a batch of homemade candied walnuts sat in a container on the counter. “Why not?” I thought, as I tossed them into my creation. A drizzle of honey topped it all off, adding the perfect amount of sweetness to the tart yogurt. One bite and I knew this wasn’t just a ho-hum snack; this parfait practically made itself.

A few tweaks to the ratio of ingredients and an elegant presentation finished the recipe, a fresh and sweet treat for breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Classy, simple, healthy, and delicious – four words sum up the beauty of one inspired Cherry, Walnut, and Honey Parfait. 


Cherry, Walnut, and Honey Parfait

  • Yield: 1 parfait


This classy, simple, healthy and delicious Cherry, Walnut, and Honey Parfait makes the perfect treat for any time of day.


  • 3/4 cup yogurt (I used nonfat Greek yogurt), divided
  • 10 pitted Bing cherries, divided*
  • 2 heaping tablespoons crushed candied walnuts, divided **
  • honey, for drizzling


  1. Place half of the yogurt (3/8 cup) in the bottom of desired serving glass or dish. Smooth out with the back of a spoon to make a flat layer of yogurt that fills the bottom of the glass.Layer 5 of the pitted cherries on top. Sprinkle 1 heaping tablespoon of crushed candied walnuts evenly over the cherries and yogurt. Add a drizzle of honey on top.
  2. Repeat with the remaining 3/8 cup yogurt, 5 cherries, and 1 heaping tablespoon crushed candied walnuts. When adding the second layer of yogurt, be gentle while spreading it out so as to preserve the presentation of the first layers.


*I encourage you to use Bing Cherries if possible in this recipe, but when they are not available, try a different kind of cherry or another fruit.

**You can easily crush the candied walnuts with a mortar and pestle.

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Emma July 5, 2012

This looks gorgeous and so my thing, I love the crunchiness, creaminess and freshness of parfaits. And candied nuts make everything better!

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brighteyedbaker July 5, 2012

Thank you! The candied nuts are like a guilty pleasure, they’re so good. And I enjoyed perusing your blog; you have some yummy looking recipes!

Riley July 8, 2012

Candied walnuts sound awesome for granola! Yum!
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brighteyedbaker July 10, 2012

In this case they kind of act as the granola in the parfait, but I bet they would be good in granola too, huh?!

mjskit July 8, 2012

I know what I’m having for breakfast in the morning! This parfait is fabulous, the best part being those yummy candied walnuts! Thanks for sharing this!
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brighteyedbaker July 10, 2012

Hope you do get a chance to make the parfait for breakfast soon! The candied walnuts really are amazingly delicious and work well with the other components of the parfait. You’re welcome!

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