Berry Parfait

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


My birthday always comes out of nowhere.  Nestled in between the slow, quiet months of July and August, I'm always caught a bit off guard.  I can't believe it's my birthday!  It's always a simple occasion, as I don't like to make a big fuss over turning another year older.  It's starting to get a bit depressing, actually.  Mostly, it's an excuse to visit my favorite restaurant with my family and husband, and enjoy its hearty, healthy vegan fare spend a lovely evening with my mom and dad, eating a quiet meal at our regular dinner spot, opening their presents, and taking a long walk with my mom and their dog, while my brother is at work and Dayv is home in bed with a stomach virus.

Although I'm not one to indulge in desserts of any kind ever, I wanted to make myself something worthy of a birthday treat.  I quickly remembered the somewhat pathetic fact that I have never in my life eaten a parfait.  They always look so delicious, yet a couple things have always held me back from trying one.  Number one- granola is often filled with sugar and fat.  Number two- vegan yogurt is often high in sugar and filled with lots of unnecessary ingredients.  (I don't know if you know this, but the only sugar I ever consume is the natural sugars from fruit.)  I set out to make my own granola and "yogurt", making this one of the most healthy parfaits you could ever eat.  There is no sugar in either the granola or the yogurt.  There is no added fat.  It is solely made of nuts, whole grains, and fruit.


I honestly could not believe how delicious this parfait tasted.  It's not too sweet, but sweet enough, and has a deep, warming flavor from the toasted granola.  It made me want to smack myself for never making one before.  It is the perfect birthday treat, and one I will continue to enjoy in the upcoming days and months.

Here's to my upcoming year.  One which I hope is filled with lots of growth and good things.  Yes, lots of good things.


Berry Parfait
serves one
granola:
1 tbsp walnut pieces
1 tbsp steel cut oats
1 tbsp oats
1 tsp coconut

cashew "yogurt"
1/4 c cashews, soaked overnight in purified water
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

fresh berries
cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  When oven is preheated, place walnuts and both type of oats on prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes.  After ten minutes, gently stir the ingredients and add coconut.  After the time is up, remove from oven and allow to cool.

Place cashews in food processor.  Process until finely chopped and then add lemon juice.  Process again for a few minutes.  Lastly, add almond milk and vanilla extract and process again until a smooth consistency is reached.

To assemble: layer first with fresh berries, followed by the cashew yogurt, and topped with granola.  Add a dash of cinnamon.  Enjoy!

30 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! This is my kind of parfait! Lots of fruit and a cashew based cream, yum! Hope your special day is wonderful :)!

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  2. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm not a fan of the store-bought vegan yogurt either, but making your own with cashews is a great idea. I love the beautiful photos too!

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  3. I am totally with you on the granola front. Don't eat it. Too caloric dense with added sweeteners and fats. But I find granola bars even worse, no? You need even more binder to keep all the good stuff together!!

    In any case, love your parfait! Here's to a fabulous birthday and upcoming year with lots more healthy treats and tasty meals! :)

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    1. totally! granola bars are no bueno ;) and thank you!

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  4. Happy birthday! I'm a late July kid too and always hated it, but I'm learning to love it. Here's to another awesome year for you!

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  5. A beautiful and tasty looking parfait! I would love to eat one right about now. Hope you have an awesome birthday. :)

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  6. Happy Birthday!Have a fabulous day and a wonderful year:)
    Sugar and and salt are such sneaky things.. they end up in unnecessary quantities in so many things. that is one gorgeous and fresh parfait.. way to celebrate the day! Both mine and hubbs bdays are in October, so now we just club them for celebration if any.

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    1. thank you, richa <3 i agree with you, sugar and oil are unnecessarily added to too many things.

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  7. Happy birthday! I love that you were able to come up with a sugar-free version of the parfait--it's just so *you*. <3

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    1. thanks, jes! it's so me, i love that you wrote that <3 thank you <3

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  8. Happy birthday! The parfait looks fabulous, and I'm so impressed with your homemade sugar-free yogurt!

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  9. What a great way to celebrate another year of life! I am so impressed with the whole parfait, but the cashew yogurt looks awesome! Will definitely be giving that one a try!

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday and here's to many more good things to come! xo

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  10. This is a five star birthday treat and you can add an already good thing on your list for this year - Making a Parfait! An amazing one at that - the Cashew Yoghurt Nom!

    I had no idea you did not consume any sugar other than what is foudn in fruits - you go girlie ;)

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    1. thank you! you actually inspired this. your parfait post was so delicious looking, it seriously made me want to try one asap!

      sugar was actually the very first thing i ever removed from my diet(!) when i was 15! that was 12 years ago one of the best things i ever did for my health/diet/well being ;) and i don't crave it at all.

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  11. A very happy birthday to you! That is one pretty parfait. It looks like the perfect way to celebrate. I hope that Dayv is feeling better! Too bad he missed your birthday festivities.

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    1. thank you, cadry! he's finally starting to feel better. poor boy ;(

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  12. Happy Birthday!!!! I hope that Davy is feeling a whole lot better! Your berry parfait seems like a wonderful way to treat yourself and celebrate your birthday!

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    1. your phone call made it a happy birthday <3

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  13. Happy Birthday!! I can eat this every singe day... YUM!

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    1. thank you, chinmayie! so could i ;)

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  14. Happy birthday! Your cashew 'yogurt' is so unique and looks delicious in that parfait! I really like that this is solely sweetened by the berries.

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  15. those look so incredibly delicious!!! btw i know you just found MY blog, but i've loved yours for a long time already :)

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    1. aw EMILY! that is so sweet! you made my day <3

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