Food: Cookies ‘n’ Cream Parfaits

cookies and cream parfait
(Makes about 6 servings in 6 ounce glasses, or 4 servings in 10 ounce glasses)

Ingredients:

16 fl oz whipping cream, cold
2 tablespoons sugar
2 (16 ounce) tubs all natural Belgian chocolate pudding*, divided use
24 all natural chocolate-vanilla sandwich cookies*, crushed into chunky consistency
1 (1ounce) square semi-sweet chocolate, to shave for garnish

Preparation:

-In the bowl of a mixer (or using a hand-held), add the cold cream and begin whipping; once thickened slightly, sprinkle in the sugar and finish whipping just until stiff peaks form; set aside for a moment.

-In medium-large bowl, add 2 cups of the chocolate pudding (reserving the remaining pudding) and begin adding the whipped cream to it in several increments, gently folding in to keep a fluffy and light consistency, as this is the “chocolate mousse” part of the dessert; once all whipped cream is incorporated, set aside and prepare glasses.
To Assemble (for 6 servings in 6 ounce glasses):

-Begin by adding equal amounts of the crushed cookies to the bottom of each glass (about 3 tablespoons), next a layer of chocolate pudding (about 3 tablespoons), and next a layer of the “chocolate mousse” (about 3 tablespoons); repeat this process again for each glass, with another layering of crushed cookies, then the pudding, then the “chocolate mousse”, finally finishing with a final sprinkling of crushed cookies and a decorative dollop of “chocolate mousse”; garnish by shaving a little of the semi-sweet chocolate square with a vegetable peeler over the tops of each glass; refrigerate until ready to serve, or serve immediately.
To Assemble (for 4 servings in 10 ounce glasses):

-Follow assembly instructions above only increase the quantity of each layer to about 5 tablespoons in order to fill each glass.

*Trader Joe’s “Belgian Chocolate Pudding” (or any “ready made” chocolate pudding) and “Chocolate-Vanilla Bean Joe-Joe’s” Sandwich Cookies.

 

RECIPE ~ Coconut, Chia, Avocado & Blueberries Parfait

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This is the perfect way to start the day. Not only is it gorgeous looking but it’s also full of goodness to give you all you need for an amazing day.

You’ve got good fats and your essential fatty acids with the avocado, the coconut and the chia seeds, and you also have a good dose of antioxidants with the blueberries.

 

Ingredients

Serves 1

  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • About 1/4 cup of your favorite milk
  • 1/2 avocado (peeled and diced)
  • 1 Tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • About 3 Tbsp. coconut (or natural) yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. maca powder
  • 1 handful blueberries

Directions

Mix the chia seeds and milk in a tall glass. Leave that for a minute, until the chia seeds have absorbed the milk.

Top up with some diced avocado, then with the desiccated coconut, then the yogurt and then the maca powder.

Finish with the blueberries on top and enjoy.