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Chilled Quinoa Parfait with Orange Cream

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quinoa parfait

I think that a healthy breakfast can taste like dessert.  Or dessert anytime of day can be healthy in general if made with the right ingredients.  I am almost certain you will agree with me when you see what this parfait is made of, especially since it is completely sugar-free but sweetly satisfying.

blueberries for parfaitYou can make this parfait with blueberries or strawberries. And you can also make it in any glass or dish instead of a jar.

coconut milk canMake sure you have on hand a chilled canned of coconut milk (full-fat).  I always keep one in my refrigerator in case I have to whip something up quickly.

adding orange juice to coconut creamInstead of agave or any type of your typical sweetener I chose half an orange for taste.  The coconut milk whip cream is so luscious on its own that it doesn’t need much coaching.

whipping it upWhip it up and then…

what you should do after whipping cream… lick it up.  No, seriously,  I promise I only did this after cream was ready and before blades went into the wash.   It was all good except for when I almost tilted my tripod over while my tongue was reaching and free hand pushed the shutter.  Oh the perils of the food blog job.

simple parfait 1And moving on to arrange the parfait.  So beautiful, no?

simple parfait 2Even prettier and yummier with cacao nibs on top.  Chill and eat.


Chilled Quinoa Parfait with Orange Cream
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Serves: 2
You can substitute fresh blueberries for strawberries. The preparation is not very long, although chilling the can of coconut milk takes about 3-4 hours and takes no effort. Cook time is really chill time of 1 hour.
For orange cream
  • 1 can chilled coconut milk (full-fat)
  • Fresh squeezed juice from ½ a ripe orange
For rest of parfait
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked and cooled to room temperature (divided)
  • 1 1/12 fresh blueberries (divided)
  • ⅛ cup cacao nibs
For orange cream
  1. Scoop top thick part of coconut milk from chilled can
  2. Place into a bowl and whip for 2 minutes
  3. Add orange juice and whip 1 minute
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for an hour
For assembling parfait
  1. In two separate glasses or jars, add half the quinoa at the bottoms and layer with half the blueberries and then half the orange cream
  2. Sprinkle with cacao nibs
  3. Place parfaits in the refrigerator and chill for an hour before serving







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