Paleo Strawberry Apple Parfait

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DSC_0029I eat with my eyes first, so parfaits – with their repeating layers of tasty goodness – are always appealing. This one’s made with fruit and coconut and some chopped nuts for crunch (and contains no extra added sugar), so it’s perfectly nutritious.

[As an aside, I get lots of questions about whether fruit is Paleo or how much fruit is okay to eat. Know your context…if you are active and have good body composition and blood sugar regulation, there’s nothing wrong with a couple servings of fruit each day. If you’re battling a sugar addiction or trying to improve body comp, for example, you may want to be more wary of your fruit intake…especially dried fruit.]

I used rhubarb to counterbalance the sweetness of the apples, but if it’s out of season or not available in your area, you could leave it out. Another option is to add in some blackberries (like in my Blackberry Cinnamon Applesauce) to add some tartness…plus, the color would be stunning!

Ingredients for 2-3 parfaits:

  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and diced (optional…leave the skin on)
  • 1 large stalk of rhubarb, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped nuts, optional

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, cook the apples and rhubarb with 1/4 cup of water. Stir frequently and cook until the apples and rhubarb are very soft and have made a thick sauce, about 20-30 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the strawberries by cutting off the green tops and quartering them. Also, mix the vanilla extract with the coconut milk.
  3. Time to make the parfait…there’s no real science here. You could make several small ones or a couple big ones, depending on your preference. I layered a tablespoon of the coconut milk at the bottom, follow by some fresh strawberries, then some of the apple-rhubarb sauce. I repeated these layers one more time, then topped it with some strawberries and a tablespoon of chopped Brazil nuts.

Get creative and let me know in the comments any variations you might use!

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