Dairy-Free Tropical Fruit Granola Parfaits
Enjoy this harmoniously sweet combination of creamy, crunchy and fruity as an “anytime” treat, thanks to the whole-some ingredient list, quick preparations and make-ahead possibilities. Photo: Chris Gonzaga
Makes: 3 servings
Free of: gluten and all top allergens
- 1 1/2 cups light canned coconut milk
- 1/4- 1/3 cup chia seeds, preferably white (for color)
- 3 tbsp honey or agave nectar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp coconut extract (or more vanilla extract)
- 4 drops pure liquid stevia (optional to heighten flavor)
5-Minute Stovetop Granola
- 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp vanilla or coconut extract (can omit if using freeze-dried pineapple)
- Generous pinch salt
- 1/2 cup certified gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp freeze-dried pineapple, powdered in spice grinder (optional)
- 1 cup small (1/2-inch) pineapple chunks
- 1 cup small (1/2-inch) mango chunks
- 1 cup small (1/2-inch) papaya chunks
Instant Chia Pudding Option:
Puree the chia pudding ingredients and place in the refrigerator while making the granola and cutting the fruit. Ground chia will thicken it enough in just 10-15 minutes.
Coconut-Free Option: Substitute your favorite safe milk beverage for the light coconut milk and use all vanilla extract in the chia pudding. For the granola, omit coconut and increase oats to 1 cup. Use vanilla extract or freeze-dried pineapple instead of coconut extract, and use your favorite neutral-tasting cooking oil in place of coconut oil.
- To make the chia pudding, place the coconut milk, place the coconut milk, chia seeds (use 1/3 cup for thickest results), honey or agave, extracts and stevia (if using) in a medium bowl. Stir 1 minute, or until well combined and beginning to thicken. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight (will keep for 2-3 days).
- To make the granola, warm honey or agave, oil, extract (if using) and salt in a large skillet over medium heat. Add oats and coconut and cook while stirring frequently 3-4 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- Remove from heat and thoroughly stir in powdered pineapple (if using). Spread granola on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Let cool 10 minutes, to crisp up.
- To build the parfaits, place fruit chunks in a medium bowl and gently stir to combine. Divide half of the chia pudding between 3 parfait glasses or small bowls with high sides. Use half of the mixed fruit to create a second layer. Sprinkle with half of the granola. Repeat layers to use up the pudding, fruit and granola. Serve with long spoons.
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