Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 2 Parfaits
This light and sweet parfait is just as fun to make as it is to share! Definitely keeping with our theme of Valentine’s Day you can’t help but think of chocolate and strawberries. It’s a great option for a snack or an ideal desert that’s sure to please.
- 1 ¼ cup – Cashews (soaked in cool water for 2 hours)
- ½ cup – Hazelnut Spread
- ½ cup – Water
- 2 tbsp – Honey (Can substitute for Agave or Maple Syrup)
- 1 tsp – Vanilla Extract
- ¼ tsp – Salt
- 1 cup – Almonds
- 1 cup – Walnuts
- ¼ cup – Peanuts
- ¼ cup – Cocoa Nibs (Cans substitute any type of chocolate you like!)
- ¼ cup – Shredded Coconut (Sweetened or Unsweetened is fine – it’s about taste)
- 2 cups – Sliced Strawberries
- 3/4 cup – Raspberries
- 3/4 cup – Blueberries
Step 1 – Drain the water from the cashews after they have been soaking. Place the soaked cashews in a blender and add hazelnut spread, water, honey, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend contents on high for 30 -45 seconds until smooth. Transfer contents into a container and place in fridge to chill and thicken.
Step 2 – Place almonds, walnuts, peanuts and shredded coconut into a food processor. Pulse a few times to lightly chop contents or continue until desired consistency. Place contents into a bowl and set aside until ready to assemble parfait.
Step 3 – Take 2 glasses and begin assembling the parfait. Place ½ blueberries and raspberries at the bottom of the glass and add some of the cocoa nibs. Next add ¼ of the chopped nuts with the coconut and spoon in ½ the hazelnut cashew cream on top. Add an addition layer of the chopped nuts with coconut and then add ½ the sliced strawberries on top and garnish with additional cocoa nibs. It’s ready to eat right after assembling.
This parfait is very easily modified to suit your tastes. You can change the types of nuts used in the recipe or you can replace them altogether with granola. Like it was mentioned earlier, there is no specific type of chocolate that you must use and you are free to add more if you like. It really depends on your personal taste. After blending the hazelnut cashew cream you can add more vanilla or hazelnut to taste it’s important to keep in mind that you must let it chill and thicken prior to assembling otherwise your parfait may come out a bit runny. If you are not a fan of chocolate you can remove the hazelnut and cocoa nibs from the recipe for a vanilla version of this parfait.