Friday, August 13, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Cherry Almond Pudding Parfait

Yowsa, it's Friday already... I swear the days go by suuper fast in the summer. It's hot and sunny here so I'll be enjoying a day outside - yoga on the dock, and a trip to the farmer's market before my friend Denyse arrives from Winnipeg.

This morning I tried something new - I added a zucchini to my green juice because I've got so many from the garden. It's delicious along with celery, cucumber, parsley, and ginger. Give it a shot! 

Today's sweet treat is packed with one of my favorite summer fruits. Cherries! Yummy in my tummy! This recipe is nut-free, creamy, and packed with flavor. I layered it with more cherries, and chocolate brownie crumbles that I already had made up. Enjoy it straight up, or layer it however you want it. 

Cherry Almond Pudding

1 1/2 cups chopped, pitted cherries
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon irish moss gel*
1/4 cup packed, pitted medjool dates
1 teaspoon chia seed
1 teaspoon pure almond extract (or more, to taste)**
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Blend all but the oil until completely smooth and creamy.
Add the oil and blend again to incorporate.
Chill the pudding for a few hours.

**Pure almond extract is more diluted in flavor than regular almond extract, so keep this in mind depending on which you decide to use.

*Irish moss gel: Rinse and soak a handful of irish moss in cold water for 8-12 hours.
Remove the moss from the water, measure out 2 oz. and chop.
Blend the chopped moss with 1 cup of water until smooth and warm.
Save remaining gel for other recipes.

I wish you a magnificent weekend!


Krissy said...

You just made my day! I have some irish moss and I'm not exactly sure what to do with it! Now I do!
Love ya girlie xoxo

VeganLisa said...

What a beautiful way to launch the weekend. I hope you have a fantastic visit with your friend and a weekend full of laughter.


Pam said...

Scrumptious! Love chia seeds! Enjoy!

Newly Raw said...

looks beautiful and yummy!!!! :)
Can you sub irish moss gel for the powder form (this seems to be the only version I can find lately)?? Rock!

Elizabeth said...

I am sorry to admit that I have yet to buy cherries this summer. Shame on me..I was born and raised a short distance from the cherry capitol- Traverse City, MI.
I am going to get some and give your recipe a try. I bought my Irish Moss two weeks's been just sitting there. Now I can break it out and create a yummy treat.
Peace and Raw Health,

bitt said...

Yum! Reminds me of the one I made a little. Wish I had some now.

Pure2raw Twins said...

YUMMMY!!! Looks delicious, making me want to grab it off the computer :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend girl!!

Suzanne said...

I wish I had half your knack for presentation. Your food always looks so incredible!

Maggie (livingfoodjunkie) said...

Beautiful parfait, and a beautiful setting/background. Gotta love summer :)

Jessica said...

This looks delicious. I've never seen irish moss gel before. Where can I find it, and do I have to use it in this recipe?

Lauren said...

I always add zuc to my juices! Ever since our overload of them last Summer! I love how it gives the juice a "fluffy" texture.

Wow, that looks soooo good! I could dig right in!

Have a great weekend! XO

damnthefreshman15 said...

This looks awesome. Any substitute for the Irish moss?

kelli said...

looks yummy and reminds me of the one bitt made. it also reminds me i need to get my butt cherry-picking soon!

Nelly said...


hope you had a very beautiful weekend.


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artzyfartzy said...

omg that parfait looks amazing. thanks for sharing!

MyLittlePhotographs said...

Question: Can I use Irish Moss flakes to make the gel?

Gabriele Agustini said...

I'm drooling all over my keyboard!!

Thanks for sharing!

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