Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spiced Strawberrry Parfait

Pink and white parfaits were on the dessert menu for 'girls movie night' this past week. After a marvelous dinner, and while watching the movie Chocolat, we savored these sweet creamy parfaits. Why weren't we eating chocolate while watching a movie featuring this delicious food?! Simply because I'm making so much chocolate these days for the Easter Special that I needed something fruity! We did, however, enjoy a chocolate truffle each because I figured there HAD to be at least a little something chocolatey.

The large bag of strawberries sitting in my freezer from a nearby farm last summer was the main inspiration for this dessert. June will be rolling around in a few months and I can get heaps more berries so time to eat up! Cans of coconut milk sitting in my pantry (after running out of fresh ones I stocked up on the canned stuff) were my second inspiration, and lastly, a jar of ground cardamom that I left at my mom's house and she brought back to me was my final inspired ingredient for this vegan parfait.

Spiced Strawberry Parfait
Also posted on Wellness Weekend!

Coconut Cardamom Cream

The coconut cardamom cream is sooo yummy. I'm totally in love with it, lol. I think the combo of coconut cardamom and vanilla were made for each other. I hope you'll give it a try.

2/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup water
0.5 oz soaked irish moss
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup cashews
7 drops vanilla medicine flower essence
(or vanilla extract, to taste)
6 drops vanilla stevia
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Blend the coconut milk, water, and irish moss until smooth. This may take a few minutes. Stop and scrape sides of blender periodically.
Add the remaining ingredients except the coconut oil and blend again until smooth and creamy.
Add the oil and blend again to incorporate.
Chill in the fridge at least 8 hours.

Strawberry Pudding

Who doesn't love a simple berry pudding? Try it with raspberries, but blend them first and strain the seeds out.

3 cups chopped strawberries
1 cup coconut milk
1 oz soaked irish moss, chopped
1/4 cup cashews
1/3 cup maple syrup
Few drops stevia
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup melted coconut oil

Blend the coconut milk and irish moss together until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Finally, add the coconut oil and blend to combine.
Chill for at least 6 hours.

Layer the puddings with fresh strawberries (or any other berry) and/or chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or sprouted buckwheat. Bon apetit!


Ela said...

Yum! Cardamom is my favorite spice and I adore it with coconut!

So excited that I'm starting to get strawberries in my CSA box. It's snowing outside right now, but it's definitely been feeling like spring here.

Heather Pace said...

Snowing still Ela! We're not far behind - had a splash of snow on the weekend after unseasonally warm weather.

Pure2raw twins said...

yum yum! we will be right over for our glass!
love love love cardamom!!! seriously we are obsessed!!

Beaming with Health said...

These are so beautiful and sound yummy! I am thinking I will whip some up for a post-Easter brunch treat! I also have some spare cans of coconut milk on hand just begging to be used. You mentioned fresh coconut milk though, do you have a post about this? Would love to get away from cans eventually. Thanks for sharing! -Jessica

Heather Pace said...

Jessica you can make fresh coconut milk by blending coconut water and young coconut pulp. Its so yummy!

Malin @ said...

WOW! Do you know I'm your new fan? I love love your blog. Very inspiring! :))

Star Khechara said...

Hello lovely Heather, just to say I mentioned your blog in my 'food porn' raw blog review here

xoxo Star

Heather Pace said...

Thanks Malin! :)

Star - oh wow, such an honor! THank you, will check it out :)

Wendy Butler said...

This looks amazing....I hear you about having enough of chocolate, it is always the way with all the chocolate preperations you are sick of chocolate before Easter is By the way it is pretty funny to read the post by Ela that it is snowing outside, it is still quite hot down here in Australia,,,,I went swimming this morning. :)

Heather Pace said...

Lucky you Wendy! I love OZ. Its cold and rainy here!!

shannonmarie said...

That's the perfect treat for hanging out with the girls. Hayden certainly approves. She wants one.

Oh, I love "Chocolat." <3

Ricki said...

I've been dying to try my Irish Moss. . . I think I've found the recipe! :D