Monday, May 28, 2012

Coconut Mango Parfait

I took a quick trip to the city last week and was fortunate enough to get my hands on a few young coconuts in addition to champagne mangoes which I really adore. I can down those gems like they're going outta style! So juicy and sweet.

Don't you love a great mango?!

Besides eating lots of mangoes straight up, I wanted to make something simple and quick with my goodies. I also wanted to keep the flavor of the coconut intact. Coconut whipped cream came to mind right away (I can eat a whole bowl of that stuff), but I didn't have time to wait around for coconut oil to melt, and then wait hours for the the cream to firm up in the fridge. No way! I wanted dessert NOW.

I decided a simple coconut cream was in order: Hack into coconut - drain water - scoop out pulp - add to blender with a little vanilla and stevia - blend. Done! I layered the cream with diced mango, chopped macadamia nuts, and granola. Mmm!

This parfait recipe is a perfect light treat for warm weather and is so easy that you can throw it together in 10 minutes or less (make sure the coconut is chilled in the fridge or chill the cream for half an hour before eating).

If you want a different coconut cream, try one of these recipes:
Coconut whipped cream (with irish moss gel) 
Coconut cream (coconut based)
Coconut cream with macadamias and coconut

Coconut Mango Parfait
Part of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday , Made from Scratch Monday, Wellness Weekend, Ingredient Challenge Monday

Easy Coconut Cream

1 cup packed young coconut pulp
2/3 - 3/4 cup coconut water*
3-4 drops stevia
8 drops vanilla essence (or pure vanilla extract, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until smooth in a blender.
Eat right away or chill for a while.

*Depending on how thick you like it.

Or make a Mango Shake! Blend mango, fresh orange juice, and ice until smooth!

On another coconut note, here's a delicious Lemon Coconut Shake that tastes like lemon yogurt!

Lemon Coconut Shake

1/2 cup coconut water
1/3 cup packed coconut pulp
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 drops lemon stevia, or to taste
1/2-2/3 cup ice cubes

Blend all but the ice until smooth and creamy.
Add the ice and blend again to incorporate.

How do you like to eat mango and coconut? I have more to use up. Would love to hear your ideas!

18 comments: said...

oh my gosh that parfait looks absolutely incredible! mangos are so wonderful and sweet! thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

YUM! I just love the combo of mango and coconut.

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Yum, this all looks beautiful! The lemon coconut drink especially!

kelli said...

gorgeous! let's hang out again and make those!=)

Heather Pace said...

Thanks gals!

Kelli - yeah we do have to hang out again and make lots of things! :)

Gail said...

Looks yummy! I don't have any coconut recipes, but I have an easy mango lassi recipe. I use those champagne mangoes too - very tasty!
Mango Lassi
1 champagne mango cut up
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice
pinch of ground cardomom.
Blend in a blender. I think the mangoes are sweet enough that it doesn't need any sweetener, but of course, you can always add some if you want :0)

Frannie said...

Looks so yummy.
I put coconut water in my green smoothies.

Mary Hudak-Collins said...

Both of my teenagers are going to love this recipe. I'll have to get a couple of mangos, but I believe I will be serving this for dessert this weekend! Thank you for sharing!

Elenore (E) said...

If I only had some young coconuts lying around;)

Heather Pace said...

Gail - I love the recipe idea. Loooove cardamom! Never tried it with mango before. Thanks!

Gillian said...

I am swooning over that shake - oh my! Do you buy whole coconuts? I have yet to try and open one myself, but adore coconuts through and through!

Heather Pace said...

Yeah Gillian I use whole fresh coconuts. You just need a heavy knife with a good heel on it to pry it open. I have a video...

Mary Hudak-Collins said...

I wanted to thank you for sharing in our recipe carnival. I showed your recipe to my son and now he wants to know when we can try it LOL. Mangos is one of his favorite fruits!

Heather Pace said...

So cool Mary! I hope you and your son like it!

Foods for Hair and Skin said...

Being Trinidadian both mango and coconut are huge food staples. We make coconut candy, homemade coconut oil and many other delectable treats.

Mango, try putting some hot pepper on it or grated ginger.

shannonmarie said...

I love a great mango, too, especially the champagne ones when they are nice and ripe. Mango recipes are delicious, but when I have an really good mango, I'm tempted just to eat it as is. Yum!

Heather Pace said...

I agree Shannon - I can easily eat 2 or 3 champagne mangoes in one sitting! this time since I had a whole box I decided to make something too. Some have been put into the freezer for yummy things later! :)

Lauren said...

Oh this looks delicious!! I love mango, so does my daughter!