Updated on February 17, 2016
Where I’m at it feels like Winter is moving at warp-speed into Spring (maybe even Summer), and because of that I wanted the seasons meet in harmony; in a recipe, of course! My lemon tree is being weighed down with ripe golden fruits and using them in a parfait with berries sounded like a great idea. It most certainly was!
Things that are great about this cheezecake parfait: no baking involved, no added cane sugar, you get to use beautiful berries and bright citrus, the layering doesn’t have to be perfect (if it’s sloppy it means it’s “rustic”, right?), there are some probiotics in it, it is super delicious, and you can decide how many people you want to share it with.
My favorite trick for getting a little tang in my cheezecake filling is to use non-dairy yogurt. The only issue with this is that they are definitely not equal! Some are more water-y, some are too starchy and gelatinous, and sometimes they’re hard to find. Insert Silk Dairy-free yogurt; they’re smooth, non-GMO, vegan, easy-to-find and are great to use in recipes or eat by themselves.
The vanilla flavor works perfectly in this parfait, though you can experiment with the others (maybe peach or black cherry would be extra tasty?). If you want to find the nearest Silk Yogurt near you, use this store locater and while you’re at it maybe get a coupon!
Tips for this recipe: Use tall skinny vessels or jars to make the layering even more beautiful and pronounced. You can also separate this recipe into 4 jars/cups for easier serving, or even smaller ramekins for parties!
- 1½ cups raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes then drained
- 5.3 oz. container of Silk Dairy-free Vanilla Yogurt Alternative
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup raw almonds
- ¼ cup raw buckwheat groats
- 5 pitted dates, cut in half
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Fresh Mint
- Lemon Zest
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree until completely smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to assemble.
- In a small pan, over medium heat, bring the blackberries, blueberries, and coconut sugar to a boil. Adjust heat to medium-low and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the berries have broken down and the mixture thickens. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Pour into a bowl and set aside
- Place 2 tablespoons of the crust into the bottom of two 12-ounce jars, then carefully spoon 3 tablespoons of the cheesecake filling into each jar, tap down lightly to settle the filling, and spoon 2 of berry topping. Repeat until all parts are used up, then garnish and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Each 12-ounce jar serves two people.
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