If you like the combination of fruits, yogurt or cream and some crunchy granola then you will definitely like this Vegan parfait that is yogurt free. Usually parfaits are preferred for breakfast but I wanted to make dessert out of these along with some healthy food swaps.
Yes! Healthy eating is important but that doesn’t have to be always boring with carrots/celery sticks and hummus, some indulgence is completely justified especially if we are able to swap to some healthy food options to avoid the dreaded sugar rush/ crash effect.
With this Roasted Peaches, Puffed Quinoa and Papaya Cashew Cream Parfait I decided to go for vegan option and some protein packed quinoa and flavorful peaches with some fresh ripe papaya.
Invitingly refreshing and gorgeous looking as well for these warm days! Isn’t it?
Instead of using raw peaches I pan seared/roasted the ripe peaches along with some maple syrup and flavored with vanilla extract. The aroma and the look of these peaches surely encouraged me to make these a dessert parfait. 🙂
Then instead of using yogurt which usually parfaits are made off I blended some raw cashew nuts, ripe papaya, and splashed some dairy free milk along with sweetener. I used cashew nuts because they are a good source of protein and also give a thick texture to the cream with certain nutty flavor. Moreover, oleic acid found in cashew nuts promotes heart health by helping reduce triglyceride.
To give this parfait a crunchy bite I puffed quinoa by just rinsing and drying the quinoa and popping them in a nonstick covered pan.
Just before serving I layered the dessert glass with roasted peaches at the bottom and covered it with ripe papaya pieces added a layer of puffed quinoa and again layered with roasted peaches, covered the glass with the papaya cashew cream and to add some more color and flavor garnished with few goji berry pieces.
Serve Chilled and enjoy! Don’t get fooled by the long instruction list because Roasted Peaches, Puffed Quinoa and Papaya Cashew Cream Parfait is super simple to prepare and a perfect summer dessert. 🙂
Don’t wait! Make it now and indulge. I promise it’ll be worth it. 🙂