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Orange-scented dates and yogurt parfaits

Healthy sweet recipes can be hard to come by - but these orange-scented dates and yogurt parfaits are both healthy and delicious. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's the perfect recipe for iftar or suhoor as a Ramadan dessert. With only six ingredients and ten minutes of prep, you can make your own in no time. Plus, these parfaits are rich in protein and dietary fibre, with only a dash of maple syrup and qualify as a heart healthy and diabetes friendly recipe.


Courtesy of Shahzadi Devje's website



  • 1 orange cara, washed, juice of entire fruit and zest of half orange
  • 1 cup pecans plain, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt 2%, plain, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup pure, no added sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract pure, unsweetened
  • 1 cup Medjool dates soft, chopped into small chunks


  1. In a medium bowl, grate the zest of half an orange and extract the juice from the entire fruit.
  2. Add yogurt, orange juice, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  3. Gather four clean glasses to assemble the parfaits. In each glass, begin with chopped dates and chopped nuts as the first two layers. Add a little yogurt and repeat the process one more time to produce two sets of layers. You want to distribute the ingredients equally among four glasses.
  4. Garnish each parfait with orange pieces, curls or zest for added flair. Serve immediately and enjoy!



  • You may prep the parfait ingredients ahead of time, but I recommend waiting to assemble them until just before serving. Otherwise, they'll get soggy.
  • I like to use a combination of Medjool dates and pecans for these yogurt parfaits, but you could use any type of nut or dried fruit.
  • If you don't have fresh oranges on hand, you could substitute with another citrus fruit like lemon or lime.
  • For a more decadent treat, you could drizzle the parfaits with dark chocolate or top with whipped cream.
  • If you're using a sweetened yogurt, you may want to reduce the amount of maple syrup used in the recipe.
  • The yogurt mixture can also be used as a fruit dip. It's delicious with fresh berries!

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