Raw Dessert — Vegan and Gluten-Free!

There’s something very magical about being able to make a delectable chocolate pudding using an ingredient that one would usually relate to more savory and salty dishes.  But the avocado — called the love apple for many centuries — will astound you by how rich and creamy it turns out.  It’s important to get all the lumps out so either use the tines of a fork, a potato masher or even your food processor.

Avocados have 20 essential nutrients including fiber, Vit-E the B-vitamins & folic acid    Cashews contain thiamine that works on memory, similar to gingko biloba. They are both considered brain-boosting foods!  Imagine having a decadent parfait and having it actually be good for your brain!

The Perfect Parfait

Serves 2
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Vanilla Crème Sauce (see recipe below)
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 2-3 TB. agave or coconut nectar
  • 2 TB. raw cacao powder

Directions: Cut open avocados and scoop out into a bowl. Pour on sweetener and mix in with a fork or potato masher. When fully mixed add 1 TB. raw cacao at a time, blending into a pudding-like consistency. Add more cacao if you want a deeper chocolate flavor.  You can buy Hershey’s cocoa (un-sweetened) at a “regular” market if you don’t have cacao powder.

Vanilla Creme Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soaked raw cashews
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract or seeds from a vanilla bean
  • 2.5 TB. virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water (can use date soaking water)
  • 2 TB. agave or maple syrup
  • 5 pitted medjool dates, soaked (you can replace with 2-3 extra TB. of agave or maple syrup)

Prep: Two hours ahead, soak cashews in water. Soak dates separately in 1 cup of water. Remove pits from dates.

Directions: Remove dates from soaking water, but reserve water. Place drained cashews in blender with ½ of the date water, agave and coconut oil and blend until smooth. Add rest of water with the dates and vanilla and blend until smooth.

Storage:  This sauce can be sealed and stored for several days in fridge.  It becomes thicker upon refrigeration.

Assembly: In parfait glass spoon a layer of chocolate, then a layer of vanilla and top with chocolate layer. Garnish with berries, banana slices, coconut shavings or mint leaves. Repeat for 2nd parfait. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours to set. When you dig into this parfait, the vanilla/chocolate layers mixed together on your spoon taste like the best (and healthiest!) milk chocolate.  I have also made this in 3 layers.

Enjoy!

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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