If you’ve been to the “Kosher Foods” section of your local Vons lately, you may have noticed some newcomers. Alongside the year-round stocks of matzoh that we only use for seven days in April once a year and the matzoh ball soup in a can/box (gee, we Jews must practically live on matzoh!) there have lately been some interesting snacks popular in Israel. One that I am happy about the grocery store picking up on is Bamba, peanut butter puffs made by Osem. According to Osem’s website, 90% of Israeli families regularly add Bamba to their shopping carts, and once you taste the simple but addictive snack it’s easy to see why.
While I really like the ones filled with flavorful creams such as hazelnut, the plain flavor can be okay – if eaten with something super sweet. That’s why I created this super-indulgent parfait, complete with chocolatey-caramel pudding, light vanilla yogurt, succulent strawberries, sweet banana slices, creamy smooth peanut butter… and of course the featured ingredient, Bamba Peanut Snack. I used the individual serving bag found in my grocery store, and it was plenty to create a nice salty crunch to this parfait.
The only problem: as I was assembling this I kind of felt like a foodie frankenstein, as the cylindrical peanut puffs reminded me more and more of fingers. It’s the wrong time of year for creepy Halloween food! I just tried to put that image aside and enjoy this parfait which tasted quite good despite the unfortunate resemblance. So if you’re faint-hearted, don’t try this recipe. If you love Halloween and Israeli snacks on the other hand, give it a try!
Peanut Butter Strawberry Banana Vanilla Chocolate Parfait Featuring Bamba
makes one generous serving
- 1 oz (28 g) Osem brand Bamba Peanut Snack
- 1 Greek nonfat vanilla yogurt
- 1 chocolate/caramel flavored pudding snack
- 6-8 strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 tbs creamy peanut butter
Directions: Layer Bamba, yogurt, pudding, and fruit in tall glass. Swirl in a spoonful of peanut butter throughout or on top as desired. Enjoy!