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Very Berry Parfait, Wow!

I’ve never been a really big dessert person. THAT is definitely changing! The shining stars of the raw food world are the desserts. This is the first time in my life that I have ever made a parfait but it certainly won’t be the last.This recipe is so light…. so creamy, crunchy, and sinfully sweet! Wait, did I say sinful? It’s anything but. An absolute guiltless, creme de la creme dessert!

Very Berry Parfait

Ingredients

  • Vanilla Kreme-
  • 2 young coconuts (about 2 cups meat)
  • 1 1/2 c of coconut milk
  • 1/3 c agave nectar
  • 4 T soy lecithin
  • 4 T coconut oil
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • Granola-
  • 1/3 c pecans, soaked
  • 1/3 c almonds, soaked
  • 1/3 c sunflower seeds, soaked
  • 1/3 c walnuts, soaked
  • 1/3 c Brazil nuts, soaked
  • 1/3 c raisins, dates, or currants
  • 1/4 c agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Fruit-
  • Variety of fresh berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries,etc)
  • Whipped Kreme-
  • 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup of fresh coconut milk*
  • 1 1/2 T agave nectar
  • 1/2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 T vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 T sunflower (or soy) lecithin, or 1 t psyllium husks (must stay in freezer to set up if using husks)

Preparation

Vanilla Kreme- Scoop out all the coconut meat and place in a food processor. Reserve the coconut water for another time. Add the coconut milk, agave, soy lecithin, coconut oil, and vanilla to the food processor and process till smooth and creamy. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for 60 to 90 minutes.

Granola- Prepare the granola the day before as it requires dehydration time.Pre-soak, rinse, and drain your pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and Brazil nuts in advance. Pulse them in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add the raisins, agave, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Continue to pulse until the mixture just begins to bind together. Dehydrate 4 to 6 hours. Store this in an air-tight container for up to a month in the fridge.

Fruit- Combine various fresh berries in a bowl and set aside.

Whipped Kreme- Blend all of the ingredients except for the coconut oil and lecithin (or husks) in a Vitamix until smooth.  Now add the oil and the lecithin and blend on high for about 8-10 more seconds. Set in fridge for one hour if using lecithin. Set in freezer if using the psyllium husks. Yields approx. 1 cup.    *the coconut milk in this recipe is made by blending 1 c coconut meat along with 2 c coconut water in a Vitamix. It is not grated, strained or otherwise processed.

Assembly- Spoon some vanilla kreme into a small dessert bowl. Add a layer of fresh berries, and then a layer of granola. Top it all off with the whipped kreme and dust with coconut flakes or cocao nibs.

Credits; the whipped kreme recipe is a modification of a fantastic recipe I found online at www.thesunnyrawkitchen.blogspot.com

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3 responses to “Very Berry Parfait, Wow!

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  2. This looks so good! I’m just wondering if it’s as good for you???

    All of the nuts and oils have to make this very high calories.

    Can you list the calories, fat, and servings for this recipe?

    Thanks!

    I also want to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blogs. You have done a fantastic job of turning around your health for the better.

    • Donna,
      First, thank you so much for the encouragement! You have a great suggestion about listing the calories and such. I will put it on my “to-do” list. On to your question though… there is a lot of natural fat and calories in this dessert. However, not all fats are created equal. I’ve never counted calories. I’ve always believed that when I make a lifestyle change it has to be sustainable. For me, a diet that includes counting calories, or an exercise program that involves forcing myself on a treadmill 3 times a week is not sustainable. My younger sister has great success with dieting and counting calories, carbs, etc. The down side is that she keeps gaining the weight back so long term her plan doesn’t work. I can say this much for certain; I eat far more calories since I began this lifestyle than I ever did when I was on the SAD (standard American diet). I am firmly convinced that weight loss and good health have much more to do with where you get your calories than with the number of calories overall. I hope this helps. Thanks again for your question and comment. Give me a few days and I will work on getting that information to you about this recipe.
      Cheers… 🙂

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