Monday, May 11, 2015

Quinoa Parfait with Fruit, Lemon Cream and Almond Chocolate Crumble

Quinoa Parfait with Fruit, Lemon Cream and Almond Chocolate Crumble
Don’t you love a pretty parfait especially a fresh one loaded with fruit and cream? The varieties to creating one are endless and this is just one version among many but hope it inspires you.
For the bulk of the parfait, I chose to use quinoa instead of granola because I wanted something more filling and packed with protein. For the yogurt, I made a lemon cashew cream, the one I used for my carrot cake, it’s thick and delicious and compliments well with all the other goodness.
Blueberries were crushed in the processor for a  purple swirl and of course, for blueberry taste.
Enjoy, and play with different fruits or even roasting them as they become sweeter and the juices that flow from them will be an excellent addition.

Makes 4 – 8 oz servings
½ cup quinoa with ¾ water
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch sea salt
Cherries pitted and sliced
Sliced banana or strawberry

Method for Quinoa
Rinse quinoa under running water. Transfer to small pot add the water, sea salt, cinnamon and bring to a boil, simmer on very low heat covered for 14 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with fork. Keep covered another 30 minutes off heat to fluff even more. Transfer to a bowl and let cool

Almond Chocolate Crumble
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Pinch sea salt
2 oz 70 % chocolate chopped
1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Method Almond Crumble
Add all to powerful blender, or food processor, except maple syrup, until crumbly then add the maple syrup.
Keep left overs stored in the fridge

Cashew Lemon Cream
1 cup raw cashews soaked one hour or longer
1 cup coconut milk full fat from can
1 tbsp + 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Method for Cream
1. Drain the soaked cashews add to blender with the  coconut milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla extract and blend on high until creamy. Place in fridge for couple hours to cool and firm up

Cream on bottom, crumble, fruit, quinoa, cream and more fruit and crumble



  1. This looks amazing & I want to make but I have a question about the cream.
    Is it 1/3 cup & 1 T of coconut milk and then another 1/3 cup & 1 T of full fat cream?
    Is the coconut milk the the liquid that separates from the fat overnight? Thank you!

    1. thanks for the question. I've just now updated it and made it simpler since I have made this again since. it's full fat coconut milk from can. you don't need to have in fridge overnight for this recipe. enjoy!

  2. Diana, I made this for my office this Am. I have to make Friday breakfast every week and I have a couple of vegans. I doubled the recipe and it came out great! I actually wish i made 4x because it went fast this AM. Everyone raved. I pre-made all the items the night before and then assembled them in the morning. Everyone is asking for the recipe. I will be making this again! thank you. AP


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