Since it’s “Dr. Seuss Week” at our house, I knew that I wanted to create a red-and-white “Cat in the Hat”-themed treat, but I also wanted it to taste great. My solution? These absolutely delicious “Cat in the Hat” Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Parfaits. They sound totally decadent, but they’re actually a healthy way to start your day.
The “cheesecake” is really just some protein-rich ricotta cheese, mixed with a little bit of vanilla, sugar, and salt for extra flavor. Add some diced strawberries and a bit of strawberry preserves and you have an amazingly tasty breakfast that’s very similar to a fancy, rich cheesecake…minus most of the calories. Serve these with graham crackers or toast for a balanced breakfast or snack.
The parfaits pictured are actually “mini” parfaits that I served in little shot glasses. They’re perfectly kid-sized, and would also be cute on a dessert or breakfast buffet at a party. Enjoy these year-round, even when it’s not Dr. Seuss’s birthday!
- For the White “Cheesecake” Stripes:
- ½ c. ricotta cheese
- ⅛ t. salt
- ¼ t. vanilla extract
- 1 t. sugar
- For the Red Stripes:
- 3 T. strawberry jam
- ½ c. fresh or frozen strawberries, diced
- Mix all cheesecake ingredients together in a small bowl.
- In a tall glass, or in 4 shot glasses, place 1 Tablespoon of strawberry jam. Top with sliced strawberries. Evenly spread about ¼ cup of cheesecake mixture over the strawberries. Repeat layers.