Christmas parfait with honey almond crunch – gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and clean.
If you’re already sick and tired of the junk food binges brought on by the silly season and would like to serve a healthy dessert for Christmas day, I have just the thing for you, It’s easy to make and you can prepare the elements beforehand and put it all together when dessert rolls around. Plus your sugar levels won’t go through the roof.
Made with chocolate cashew cream drizzled over ripe Summer fruits and sprinkled with honey almond crunch, you can’t go wrong.
This recipe was designed to be laid back and not take up too much of your time. It serves 6 people and you don’t need a massive amount as the healthy fats from the cashews and the almonds fill you up. I’ve used mango, strawberries, cherries and kiwi fruit but you can use any fruit you like. If you aren’t a fan of almonds, then swap for some other nut. Make sure the nuts are roughly chopped into different sizes so you have a mix of different textures. Adding goji berries also gives yet another texture (chewy) to the dish. When you add contrasting flavours and/or textures to a dish it adds interest.
Here’s what to do
Ingredients I used
Why this is so good for you
Strawberries stimulate the burning of stored fat, lower inflammation, lower risk of heart disease, improve bone health, help prevent skin from sagging , help grow strong hair and nails, lower risk of macular degeneration, reduce the risk of stroke and helps prevent constipation.
Cherries help prevent colon cancer, reduce the risk of gout, help relieve insomnia, can help relieve pain from osteoarthritis, lower risk of heart disease, reduce risk of diabetes, help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and reduce the risk of stroke.
Mangoes promote good eyesight, promote clear skin, fight infection, help control heart rate and blood pressure,improve digestion, and protect against colon, chest, leukemia and prostate cancers.
Kiwi fruit boosts the immune system, fights stress and ageing, helps prevent cancer, helps boost memory and mood, boosts energy levels, decreases the risk of kidney stones, decreases the risk of stroke, helps prevent blood pressure, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, helps prevent age related blindness, regulates digestion and helps manage blood sugar levels.
Cashews reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, help prevent gallstones, help prevent macular degeneration, reduce the risk of colon cancer, increase immunity and reduce the risk of stroke.
Almonds alkalize the body (good for fighting inflammation), nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong bones and teeth, provide healthy fats which aids in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.
Honey helps reduce the risk of heart disease, reduces ulcers, reduces throat irritation, strengthens the immune system, enhances performance and topically can help treat infections.
Rice malt syrup is easy to digest, is not addictive like regular sugar, has less strain on the liver due to being fructose free and is a better alternative when considering your weight then fructose filled sweeteners.
Raw cacao powder (pronounced ka-kow) is full of antioxidants and protects against the ravages of aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
I will be back next week with another healthy Christmas dessert idea so stay tuned.
Love, Tash x
* Chocolate cashew cream can be made days in advance and stored in an airtight container.
* Honey almond crunch is best stored covered in freezer until ready to use.
* Fruit can be cut on the morning of serving and kept in an air tight container in fridge.
- Chocolate cashew cream
- 1 - 2 mangoes, cut into chunks
- 3 kiwi fruit, sliced
- 12 strawberries, cut in half
- 12 cherries, divided.
- 1/2 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Place almonds in small saucepan on medium - low heat and dry roast until golden. Add honey and cinnamon, stirring for 2 - 3 minutes or until mixture is sticky and starts to clump together. (Honey should be bubbling.). Transfer to a sheet of baking paper and place in the fridge or freezer to harden. If not using straight away, keep in freezer till ready to serve.
- Place fruit in bottom of glass including 6 of the cherries. Drizzle chocolate cashew cream over the top. Sprinkle honey almond crunch on top and garnish with remaining cherries, goji berries and mint leaves.