Pretty Parfait

Natalia Karoway

I love fruit based desserts in the summer, full of natural, juicy sweetness!  This is a quick and easy parfait that you can make with any fresh, ripe fruit that you have on hand.  I used strawberries and kiwis for a bright & colorful combination. Layered with vanilla bean cream and sweet, crunchy pecans, this combination of flavors and textures is so yummy!

For the fruit:

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 4 kiwis, peeled, cut in half and sliced

*or any fruit combination of your choice

For the Vanilla Bean Cream:

  • ¾ cup macadamia nuts, soaked for 2-4 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 3 oz water
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • seeds of one vanilla bean
  • ¼ cup coconut oil

Place macadamia nuts, water, honey and vanilla in a high-speed blender.  Blend on high until smooth.  With the blender running, add coconut oil and blend until just combined.

For the Pecan Crunchies:

  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup raw pecans, preferably soaked for 4-6 hours and dehydrated for 24 hours until crisp
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut

Mix honey, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Roughly chop the pecans either by hand or in a food processor.  Keep them chunky.  Add pecans to the honey mixture and stir well to coat.  Sprinkle with coconut and mix well.

For each parfait, layer as follows:
1.   ¼ cup strawberries
2.   ½ of a kiwi
3.   2 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Cream
4.   ¼ cup Pecan Crunchies
5.   ¼ cup strawberries
6.   ½ of a kiwi
7.   2 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Cream
8.   garnish with any extra fruit
9.   2 tablespoons Pecan Crunchies

Enjoy with pleasure! 

Pretty Parfait

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