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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

almond chia anytime parfait!

It's a common misconception that raw desserts take foooorreeeevvveeerrr and a day to create - all that overnight soaking, freezing, dehydrating and so on.


You can have this particular guy up and running within the hour if you so desire. Overnight soaking is optional, if that'll make it feel more legit.

This creation was dreamt up for snacky treat whilst picnic-ing with my dear friend Monique (my absolute favourite purveyor of vintage goods). We'd been bitterly disappointed earlier that day by the overly sweet 'juices' we'd accidentally purchased (kinda sorta failed to notice that soda was an ingredient within!) so these healthy parfaits, sweetened by nature's candy were much appreciated. The rather nice boost in omega-3 essential fatty acids, protein as well as the multitude of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants wasn't too shabby either.

These would also make a wonderful breakfast or dessert, and could probably stand to sit quietly in the fridge for a day or two until you are ready for them. Parfaits are also incredibly portable, simply make them up in a jar, screw on the lid and away you go to wherever your life takes you. Sure, it wont look so pretty at the other end of your journey, but they'll still taste divine.

Like most of my recipes, you can choose to include/exclude whatever you damn well please - cashews in place of almonds, strawberries instead of raspberries, peaches rather than mangos. Add some cacao to make it a chocolate pud, or some fresh ginger root to give it a kick. Go utterly wild.

Almond Chia Anytime Parfait

serves 2-3 people.


1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup almonds
4-5 dates
1 cup filtered water
1/4 cup coconut water
the flesh of one young coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup or agave
1 cup raspberries (fresh or defrosted frozen)
1 large, ripe mango

How you do this:

Firstly, soak your chia seeds, almonds and dates in the cup of water. Leave for approximately 0.5-1 hour.

Chuck the mess into a decent blender and the coconut flesh, coconut water, vanilla extract and maple syrup/agave. Blend on high speed for approximately two minutes. This is your pudding!

Choose 2-3 fancy glasses or jars and begin to layer berries, pudding, mango, pudding, etc until you run out. If you have some on hand, you could also add muesli or chopped nuts or cacao nibs!

Eat immediately or refrigerate for later snacking!

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