Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Remember the pumpkin parfait? (capturing Autumn in a mason jar). Well here is the Christmas parfait. It's made of four layers, which may merge to form one sweet mess if your assembling skills aren't the neatest, and can be a great alternative if you feel like all you are eating are oh-so-scrumptious mince pies. Shall we get started?
The first layer is homemade mincemeat. How shall I make this mincemeat? Try Deliciously Ella's. That's what I used but substituted the dry cranberries with fresh cranberries. Because I had made the mincemeat the previous day, I heated it up and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes before leaving to cool slightly and then using in the parfait.
The second layer is simply spoonfuls of plain yogurt and the third is 'caramelised' banana. Prepare the banana layer by chopping two bananas into chunks. Then melt a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan and add the banana. Keep stirring and flipping over until a caramelised appearance is present.
Alternate these layers before rounding off with a layer of homemade ginger granola.
I made a batch of granola the afternoon before so it can continuously be added to things over the Christmas period. You can make yours like this: Blend oats and an assortment of nuts and seeds (I used walnuts and cashews, sunflower and pumpkin) in a blender until a crumb-like mixture. Transfer into a bowl and mix in some walnuts, chopped up apricots and ground ginger. Melt coconut oil and honey in a pan and pour into the bowl, stirring so the mix sticks in clusters. Store in a jar/ container.
So there you have it! Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast or a nutritious dessert. Or just whenever because it is December after all. ❅