4 Jul 2017

Berry Festive Parfait

in Indulgence

Servings 4-6

Prep Time 5-10 min

Cook Time 15-20 min

Celebrate all things red, white and blue in plant-based style! Ditch the high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, food coloring and other chemicals lurking in your festive store-bought treats and make these instead. Show your guests that healthy is IN and it’s delicious!

Quick Health Tip:¬†Berries are one of the healthiest fruits on planet earth and should therefore be ingested regularly. They literally have one of the highest antioxidant capacities than most other fruits or vegetables. Not only are they extremely rich in fiber, their phytonutrient content is remarkably high. From anthocyanins and flavonols, these bright red and blue pigmented gems are nature’s finest candy and one of the best tasting medicines out there! Try buying organic over conventional. Frozen and freeze-dried options are always great. Remember, even if you cannot get your hands on fresh, freeze-dried or frozen organic berries, then go ahead and buy conventional because they’re just too good for your body to pass up.

Ingredients

  • 1 package organic frozen raspberries and/or strawberries
  • 1 tsp dried organic lavender
  • Juice of two organic lemons
  • 2 tbsp pure organic maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp organic chia seeds
  • 1 package organic frozen blueberries and/or cherries
  • 1 tsp fresh organic purple or green basil
  • 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened dried organic coconut
  • Handful fresh organic berries as garnish
  • Nut-based organic yogurt or coconut yogurt or whole plant-based non-dairy vanilla ice-cream

Directions

In a medium saucepan create mixture #1. Place 1 package of frozen raspberries and/or strawberries into the pan. A combination of both is also nice! Add in the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp lavender, 1 tbsp pure maple syrup and 2 tbsp chia seeds. Mix all of your ingredients.

Using med-high heat, allow fruit mixture to simmer for approximately 10 min until all is well blended and soft. It should look like a delicious fruit sauce. I’ll let you in on a little secret…this sauce is so versatile, you can try it on whole grain pancakes, waffles or bread;)

In a medium saucepan create mixture #2. Place 1 package of frozen blueberries and/or cherries into the pan. Again, a combination of both is also nice. Add in the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp fresh purple basil, 1 tbsp pure maple syrup and 2 tbsp chia seeds. Mix all of your ingredients.

Again, using med-high heat, allow fruit mixture to simmer for approximately 10 min until all is well blended and soft.

Allow both fruit mixtures to cool down.

Now you’re ready to get your layers on! Using any glass of your choice start the base of the parfait off by scooping in mixture #1.

Sprinkle a thin layer of finely shredded coconut over the top of mixture #1.

Top off with cashew or coconut yogurt. I used Forager unsweetened cashew yogurt. You may choose a layer of plant-based ice-cream here as well, however remember that the ice-cream combination would need to be served almost immediately, unlike the yogurt combination, which may be refrigerated for later consumption.

Sprinkle another thin layer of finely shredded coconut over the nut-based yogurt or ice-cream.

Scoop in mixture #2 on top of the white layer.

Top the parfait off with a few fresh blueberries, raspberries or strawberries.

It’s as easy as that! The perfect dessert with so little prep, it’ll quickly become your go to;)

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