When you hear the word ‘parfait’, you don’t really think of it being healthy. Well, I know I never did. But let me share with you a little secret I’ve learned since beginning my adventures in cooking, baking and all things ‘kitchen’ related…
Anything can be made healthy!
Now that’s not to say a normal parfait is bad. Sometimes you just need a full on decadent treat, and that is a-okay.. It’s 150% Acceptable, in fact! I’m all about having that treat from time to time. But sometimes you want the textures of that decadence, just not the heaviness. And as I said, it can be done! You just have to be willing to think outside the square.
And that’s what I’ve done with this jar of heaven!
Substituting the cream, egg and sugar aspect of a parfait with a rich, all natural chocolate mousse, I’ve layered with this jar with sweet, fresh berries (although you could really use whatever fruit you prefer, or what’s in season), and for an added crunch along the way (and because we all know I love texture), I’ve added layers of my favourite wafer crackers from Orgran Health & Nutrition. The combination of all these flavours and textures creates the essence of decadence, but all the while being incredibly healthy, light, satisfying, and a respectable breakfast, snack, and even dessert!
I must admit.. I ate mine for breakfast, and it was an amazing way to begin my morning!
So give it a go! And if you have any questions regarding substitutions, consistency, layering, etc, please leave me a comment below, or send me an email/Instagram message! But please just send me your feedback regardless, and if you recreate it, show me! I’d love to see how you’re enjoying your healthy berry parfaits.
RECIPE: Berry Quick Chocolate Mousse Parfait
Vegan. Gluten Free. Refined Sugar Free. Oil Free.
For the mousse:
1 x banana, chopped and frozen
1 x fresh banana
2 x Medjool dates, pits removed and roughly chopped
2 tblsp peanut butter (Nut free option: replace with pure seed butter, or 1/3 – 1/2 avocado)
1.5 tblsp raw cacao
½ tsp cinnamon
Glass jar, or tall glass
Orgran Wafer Crackers of choice
Berries of choice (or other fresh fruits), sliced
- Start by making the mousse: Place all the ingredients into the jug/bottle of a blender and add a small splash of water – no more than a tablespoon. Blend. Add more water as needed to help the mix blend, but be careful not to over do it as the mousse should remain thick.
Note: Older blenders will require more liquid.
- Begin layering! Spread a thin layer of the mousse on the base of the glass/jar, and top with a thin layer of fruit, before placing a few wafer crackers on top. Add some more fruit, then mousse and wafer crackers, and continue layering as you see fit, finishing the jar with fruit and wafer crackers.
- Tuck in and enjoy the smooth, crunchy jar of sweet, but healthy deliciousness!
Happy eating, everyone!