Aine McAteer's Crunchy Berry Yogurt Parfait
Recipe created by Aine McAteer
I like to make this when I've made up a batch of my crunchy granola from assorted seeds, almonds and oat flakes, but you can also buy some nice, natural granola at your local health food store. For a lighter parfait, you can omit the granola.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 2 cups filtered or spring water or more water for thinner cream
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups mixed berries
  • 2 cups crunchy granola
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish
Directions
Combine cashews, water, syrup and vanilla in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.

Rinse berries—cut strawberries in quarters and toss with other berries.

Put about 1/4 cup berries in the bottom of four parfait glasses or glass tumblers. Drizzle cream over berries and top with 2 tablespoons granola. Add another layer of berries, cream and granola. Top with a mint sprig.


Variations:

  • If you have an ice cream maker, you can freeze the cream and serve it as an ice cream parfait for a delicious, refreshing treat.
  • Other fruits, such as fresh peaches, plums, grapes, cherries or mango, can be used. You could also use stewed apple or pear or a mixture of stewed apple and blueberries.
  • You could use apple juice or other fruit juice in place of the water to make the cream. In this case, just add 1 tablespoon syrup.
  • In place of agave syrup, you can use rice syrup, maple syrup or honey.
  • If you eat only raw foods, you can find some lovely raw dehydrated granolas in many health food stores or make your own.

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