Vegan Blueberry Breakfast Tarts and Yogurt Parfaits
Today I have some tasty breakfast recipes to share with you. I usually have the same smoothie every morning: frozen berries, thick coconut milk, and avocado. Sometimes with ground flax or chia, and maybe some things on top like dehydrated pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, goji berries, and coconut flakes if I need some texture. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit lol. I love my thick frosty smoothie that I eat with a spoon, but occasionally I'm in the mood for something different.
Introducing my latest creations that are fun, tasty, and super easy to make. Last month at the CHFA West Expo in Vancouver I met the husband and wife team behind Amande, vegan yogurt. Admittedly I wasn't immediately interested in sampling their yogurt because I've tried several plant based yogurt brands that I didn't like. We got chatting while I was indulging at the chocolate booth next to them (big surprise right? lol) and they were so friendly that when they insisted I try their yogurt, I gave it a shot. I was impressed! A super creamy texture, slightly tangy, and lovely taste. As the name states, it's made from fresh almond milk, and contains 6 live cultures. It makes sense that their yogurt is on point because Andrea and her husband used to own a regular dairy yogurt company for many years before making the switch over to the veggie side of things. Another cool thing is that the yogurt is fruit juice sweetened, and comes in 8 flavors: plain, blueberry, strawberry, coconut, peach, raspberry, vanilla, and cherry. I tried the plain, vanilla, blueberry, and cherry.
Amande is an American company but the vegan yogurt can also be found in Canada. Several stores in my city carry it and I was sure to pick some up when I returned to Victoria. I highly recommend trying it. Like I said, I'm picky about dairy free yogurts and I truly enjoy these ones! I took the opportunity to create some tasty breakfast treats using their products.
I know that many of you reading don't have access to this brand but you can use your favourite yogurt. On that note, what's your favourite yogurt?!
First, Easy Yogurt Parfaits...
While they look pretty and like they may have taken a while to make, I assure you, they're super easy to throw together!
Here I only used the plain yogurt.
Pink: I blended the yogurt with frozen strawberries. That's it!
Blue: I whisked a little blue majik (a blue green algae which is extremely high in antioxidants) into the yogurt until I got this bright blue.
Purple: If you want to do purple instead of blue, simply blend the yogurt with frozen blueberries.
I layered each mixture and then ran a chopstick up and down the inside of the glass to create the pattern.
See? Told ya it was easy! :)))
Now onto Blueberry Breakfast Tarts! This recipe too is super easy. I used Amande's blueberry yogurt as the filling for them.
Vegan Blueberry Breakfast Tarts
Makes 2, 4" tarts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup hemp seeds
2 large medjool dates, chopped
1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Gring the coconut and hemp seeds to fine crumbs in a food processor. Add the dates and coconut oil. Process until the dates are completely combined. Press into 2, 4" tart pans with removable bottoms. Place into the freezer.
1 cup fresh or frozen/thawed blueberries
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons chia seeds
Blend the berries, lemon, and dates until smooth in a blender. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the chia seeds. Let set for at least 30 minutes to thicken and then spread desired amount into each crust (you'll have extra which is great on desserts and smoothies).
Tart crusts, blueberry jam, blueberry yogurt of choice
Spread some jam over each chilled tart crust and then spread the blueberry yogurt on top. Optional, set aside a little of the blueberry sauce before adding the chia and swirl some into the yogurt.
On another note, my recipe for an Acai Smoothie Bowl was featured in this month's issue of Flourish Magazine. I created a little Youtube video for this recipe which you can see HERE.
Canadian friends, you can pick up a FREE copy at your local health food store. There are some great articles and recipes in it.
And yesterday I filmed 2 raw dessert recipes for Shaw TV which will each be airing separately within the next month. It was cool because they came to MY kitchen! Usually I have to go out for any tv segments (or travel halfway across the country which was the case a few weeks ago), so it was a real treat that they came to me. I'll be sure to share when they're up.