You put your fork down, chew your final mouthful of dinner, and bam! it hits you. That instant craving for something sweet, something delicious, and something preferably not too naughty.
Or maybe you don’t care about the naughty bit, maybe you’re reaching for those chocolate cookies and not giving two shits whether your pants fit tomorrow. More power to you sister. Although, that might not be the healthiest option for your heart in the long run.
But herein lies the conundrum, you want something sweet, but healthy. And by healthy, I mean not laden with butter, sugar, or cream. Three of the dessert world’s most prized ingredients, and three things I try to steer clear of the majority of the time. Remember that bit about heart health just a few seconds ago, yep, that’s why.
Wanting to incorporate a healthy dessert into our weekly mix, I stumbled across this amazing raw food dessert blog called Sweetly Raw. Heather, the creator, is insanely clever when it comes to creating such things, and I was inspired by her Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits.
My creation is similar to Heather’s, although I didn’t have all of her ingredients so had to improvise. The recipe involves layering a healthy banana, prune, and honey ice-cream (quick, easy, and dairy free) with chia seed pudding, fruit, and a tiny amount of chopped nuts and granola on top. YUM!
Here’s the visual from both angles…
And here’s what you need to make four of these glasses…
For the ice-cream
4 x frozen bananas
1/2 cup pitted pruned
2 tablespoons of raw honey
1 x medium sized Tupperware container lined with cling wrap
For the chia pudding
4 tablespoons of chia seeds
3 cups of almond milk
For the fruit
1 x peach chopped into bite sized pieces
1 x plum chopped into bite sized pieces
1 x punnet of blueberries
NB: You can cut whatever fruit is in season, it’s totally up to you.
For the nuts and granola
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, shaved coconut, and lightly toasted oat flakes
And here’s what you do once you’re sorted…
Start by pouring the almond milk and chia seeds into a glass bottle or container with firm lid. Shake well. Place in the fridge to chill and continue to shake it up every 5 minutes or so. Over time you will see the chia seeds expand and turn into more of a pudding texture.
Now, to make the ice cream, simply cut the frozen banana into quarters, and throw into a food processor or blender with honey and prunes. Whiz until it’s the consistency of ice cream. Once you’re happy with the texture, place inside the Tupperware container lined with cling film and pop in the freezer to firm up a little more.
While you’re waiting for your ingredients to chill, chop the fruit, wash the blueberries, and get the nuts and granola ready. Now, it’s time to layer and prepare the parfait. Grab cups similar to mine, or cocktail glasses if you want to make it more fancy. Start the layering process with a scoop of the banana ice cream, following up with the fruit (peach, plum and blueberries), then pouring the chia pudding on top of that, before sprinkling the granola. Repeat this process until you get to the top.
Once you’ve layered everything, pop the cups back in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. If you have any fresh mint spare, add a sprig of that on top, too. Dig in!
Tell me Happies…
What do you think of these parfaits?
Are you into Chia Seeds, too?
Do you get a hankering for sweet things after dinner?