10 Summertime Parfaits
One of the reasons I love summer is that there's an abundance of fresh, ripe fruit! On a hot day there's nothing better than chowing down on juicy fruits, or sipping them in the form of a smoothie, or spooning them in the form of a parfait.
If you're a regular reader you know that I love parfaits. They can be customized for any time of the year - but in the summer I can use freshly picked wild blueberries, and raspberries from my parents yard, strawberries from the farm, fresh cherries... bliss.
I've made a lot of parfaits this summer. Besides making them for my own enjoyment, I've made many for the farmers market. Based on the their popularity at the market, I think other people have the same thoughts as myself about refreshing fruit desserts in the summer. The parfaits are so eye catching with the bright colors of fruit and puddings.
Today I have some ideas for your own parfaits!
Red White and Blue Parfaits
The red, white, and blue wasn't planned - it looks very 4th of July. Since I'm Canadian, I'm dedicating this one to all my lovely American friends!
To make it, I simply used the easy coconut cream from my mango coconut parfaits and layered it with wild blueberries that I picked last week along with frozen/thawed strawberries. They strawberries create the "berries in syrup" look that I like. A cherry topped it off! This was a great breakfast.
Easy Coconut Cream
1 cup packed young coconut pulp
2/3 - 3/4 cup coconut water*
3-4 drops stevia
8 drops vanilla essence (or pure vanilla extract, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Blend all ingredients until smooth in a blender.
Eat right away or chill for a while.
*Depending on how thick you like it.
The Strawberry Lime Mousse Parfaits were a hit too! I just adapted my strawberry lime mousse cake filling by adding about 3/4 cup more strawberries and lessened the cashews by 1/2 cup. I also layered these with the thawed strawberries and added a layer of coconut. For the second parfait I layered with fresh pineapple.
Here are 8 more summer time parfait recipes I've made:
What are your favourite parfait recipes?! Post ideas and links below!
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