Cherry Coconut Parfaits

Cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits. They're so sweet, perfect to snack on, and of course great in desserts.

Are you a cherry lover? 
Surprisingly some people aren't. J doesn't like the texture of them... I'm working on it! 

Remember my recent fun playing with agar? I featured a Summertime Coconut Berry Dessert. While I only posted one recipe, I've experimented with a number of treats featuring agar. I find that it does take some practice to get just the right ratio of agar to liquid and also depends what consistency you want to end up with.

In this parfait, I layered the cherry coconut cream with shredded coconut and frozen thawed strawberries (the ones I got from the berry farm - unfortunately I had to get them into the freezer within days). Add whatever fun things you like.

Cherry Coconut Cream

This cream is silky smooth, nut free, and slightly sweet. It thickens slightly from the agar, giving it the consistency of pudding.

1/3 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons agar powder
1 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
2/3 cup pitted cherries

Bring the water and a 1/4 cup of the coconut milk just to a boil and whisk in the agar.
Continue whisking until the agar dissolves completely. The mixture will thicken.
Transfer the thick gel to a blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Chill in the fridge for at 4-6 hours, or until it thickens.

Speaking of cherries, I made a tasty chocolate cherry shake the other day. No recipe but here's what I put into it:
Cherries, coconut milk, cacao powder, stevia, chia, vanilla, ice, bee pollen = Yummmm!!!

A reminder that the Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Challenge is on until August 6th. Are you getting your creation together? Entries have started coming in! So exciting!

Recap on the Grand prize, sponsored by Raw Guru. A big stash of goodies to make heaps more ice cream sundaes!

Raw hazelnut fig chocolate bark
1 lb really raw cashews
1 lb cacao powder
1 lb goji berries
1 vanilla bean
12 oz jar coconut nectar
1 jar Rawtella
8 oz wild jungle peanuts
Any one Sweetly Raw dessert eBook of your choice

Viewers choice award (get your friends to vote):
3 Raw caramel pecan choccie nut clusters
3 Cinnamon caramel pecan clusters
1 raw almond butter cup or vegan peanut butter cup
Any one Sweetly Raw Dessert eBook of your choice

Part of Wellness Weekend, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

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