Monday, February 8, 2021

Apple Berry Cream Parfait- Vegan



parfait

I love when I surprise myself with a spectacular dessert made from whatever ingredients I have in my kitchen. No, I had no recipe and yes I used whatever I had. I took the individually made dessert parfaits out on the pool deck (I live in Florida) to share with friends and everyone love it.

I had Apples, blueberries, walnuts, and oatmeal which I used to make a vegan and parve parfait that is tasty enough to serve for dessert but can be made healthy enough to also eat for breakfast.  

WHAAAT?? you say. 

Sunset, Beach, Silhouettes, Jump

I had too many apples and realized that I needed to try to use them up. I was originally thinking about making an apple crisp but my idea sort of morphed into this delicious dessert that would also eat as an overnight oatmeal.

Apple, Apples, Slices, Sliced, Chopped

I did not want to add sugar, so I pondered about how to make the filling somewhat sweet. I decided that pure maple syrup would work. 

However, 
My husband buys little fruit flavored crystals to add to water to make a fruit flavored drink. The packets are very flavorful and contain, lemon, lemon oil, cane sugar, stevia, natural flavor and vegetable juice for color.  Are they healthy or unhealthy? I'm kind of neutral on the decision. 

The packets do contain a tad of sugar but have only 10 calories per packet, so there is not even a teaspoon of sugar in a full packet. I used 1 packet to make 8 individual parfaits.  

 You could substitute maple syrup especially for breakfast.
After all how many people eat pancakes with sweet syrup. 

Maple, Syrup, Food, Delicious, Tasty

I'll let you choose. I've adapted the recipe so you can choose your sweetener of choice. If maple syrup seems healthier to you, then substitute maple syrup for the little packet of naturally flavored sweetener. DONE!

I used the packet. It was bursting with fruit flavor, very low in sugar, and worked perfectly. I served it as dessert. If I want it as breakfast, I will use maple syrup or no sweetener at all. 

gluten free parfait



Ingredients: 
4 cups of chopped or sliced organic apples with skin
1.5 cups of water 
2 tablespoons of non-GMO cornstarch dissolved in 1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 packet of True Lemon or 1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger 
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1 cup of nut creamer divided between 8 parfaits

Topping: 
2 cups of gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce 
Mix together applesauce into the oats to moisten and set aside.

Filling
Mix corn starch and 1 cup of warm water and set aside. Add chopped apple and 1.5 water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer. Add corn starch mixture and stir well. Add lemon juice and continue to stir. When mixture begins to thicken, the True Lemon flavored packet, cinnamon, ginger, and walnuts. 

Put a teaspoon of topping on the bottom of a glass. Add some filling, some topping and end with filling. 

Pour 1tablespoon or more of nut creamer over each dessert. 

Enjoy this delightful apple berry cream parfait that is easy to make and extremely tasty. It's made with fresh fruit, nuts. oatmeal, and almond cream

Notes: 
1. I get the box of packets on Amazon or at my local supermarket. Beware that they have an energy version as well which contains caffeine from green tea.

2.  This is a vegan dessert. I use the BetterHalf  creamer which is made from coconut cream and almond milk. It is certified vegan, gluten-free, kosher, nonGMO and has 15 calories for 2 Tablespoons and tastes creamy and delicious. I get it at Whole Foods or some local supermarkets in the refrigerator case. 

3. The True Lemon Packets are kosher, gluten-free, and non GMO.


 












4 comments:

  1. Love the idea of dessert for breakfast :-)

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  2. What a creative dessert!....full of flavors for breakfast!....the fortune cookie recipe is in the post, and the cow/pig recipe is in the link (in blue) there as well. This is the link, the recipe is in Spanish, but you can translate it with Google....this is the link for the recipe: https://www.recetasfavoritashilmar.com/2019/01/galletas-de-mantequilla-para-el-ano-del.html

    Abrazotes, Marcela

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  3. I’ve used apple similarly recently. Also, you’ve inspired me to try chick peas again. I’m going to crush them a bit in a veggie curry. That’s a big change for us.

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  4. I love parfaits! Back in the days when you could hang out at cafes (pre-pandemic), I used to get them there all the time. Thanks for reminding me that I can make them at home.

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