Sweet Tooth: Cherry Almond Pudding Parfait

Yowsa, it's Friday already... I swear the days go by suuper fast in the summer. It's hot and sunny here so I'll be enjoying a day outside - yoga on the dock, and a trip to the farmer's market before my friend Denyse arrives from Winnipeg.

This morning I tried something new - I added a zucchini to my green juice because I've got so many from the garden. It's delicious along with celery, cucumber, parsley, and ginger. Give it a shot! 
Today's sweet treat is packed with one of my favorite summer fruits. Cherries! Yummy in my tummy! This recipe is nut-free, creamy, and packed with flavor. I layered it with more cherries, and chocolate brownie crumbles that I already had made up. Enjoy it straight up, or layer it however you want it. 

Cherry Almond Pudding

1 1/2 cups chopped, pitted cherries
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon irish moss gel*
1/4 cup packed, pitted medjool dates
1 teaspoon chia seed
1 teaspoon pure almond extract (or more, to taste)**
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Blend all but the oil until completely smooth and creamy.
Add the oil and blend again to incorporate.
Chill the pudding for a few hours.

**Pure almond extract is more diluted in flavor than regular almond extract, so keep this in mind depending on which you decide to use.

*Irish moss gel: Rinse and soak a handful of irish moss in cold water for 8-12 hours.
Remove the moss from the water, measure out 2 oz. and chop.
Blend the chopped moss with 1 cup of water until smooth and warm.
Save remaining gel for other recipes.

I wish you a magnificent weekend!
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  1. August 13, 2010 at 17:04

    You just made my day! I have some irish moss and I'm not exactly sure what to do with it! Now I do!<br />Love ya girlie xoxo

  2. August 13, 2010 at 17:09

    What a beautiful way to launch the weekend. I hope you have a fantastic visit with your friend and a weekend full of laughter.<br /><br />xo<br />Lisa

  3. August 13, 2010 at 17:09

    Scrumptious! Love chia seeds! Enjoy!

  4. August 13, 2010 at 19:36

    looks beautiful and yummy!!!! :)<br />Can you sub irish moss gel for the powder form (this seems to be the only version I can find lately)??<br /><br />Thx...you Rock!

  5. August 13, 2010 at 20:32

    I am sorry to admit that I have yet to buy cherries this summer. Shame on me..I was born and raised a short distance from the cherry capitol- Traverse City, MI.<br />I am going to get some and give your recipe a try. I bought my Irish Moss two weeks ago...it's been just sitting there. Now I can break it out and create a yummy treat.<br />Peace and Raw Health,<br />E

  6. August 13, 2010 at 23:08

    Yum! Reminds me of the one I made a little. Wish I had some now.

  7. August 14, 2010 at 00:26

    YUMMMY!!! Looks delicious, making me want to grab it off the computer :) <br /><br />I hope you have a wonderful weekend girl!!

  8. August 14, 2010 at 02:52

    I wish I had half your knack for presentation. Your food always looks so incredible!

  9. August 14, 2010 at 20:28

    This looks delicious. I've never seen irish moss gel before. Where can I find it, and do I have to use it in this recipe?<br /><br />jessyburke88@gmail.com

  10. August 14, 2010 at 23:15

    I always add zuc to my juices! Ever since our overload of them last Summer! I love how it gives the juice a "fluffy" texture.<br /><br />Wow, that looks soooo good! I could dig right in!<br /><br />Have a great weekend! XO

  11. August 15, 2010 at 03:06

    looks yummy and reminds me of the one bitt made. it also reminds me i need to get my butt cherry-picking soon!

  12. August 16, 2010 at 12:47

    yummy.<br /><br />hope you had a very beautiful weekend.<br /><br />*hugs*

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  14. August 23, 2010 at 18:18

    omg that parfait looks amazing. thanks for sharing!

  15. August 26, 2010 at 23:12

    I'm drooling all over my keyboard!!<br /><br />Thanks for sharing!<br />gabriele

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