Berry Creme Parfait

This weekend I offer you a wonderful raw vegan dessert that will appeal to family and friends — without even having to tell them how healthy it is!

Raw cashews are a raw foods chef handy fill-in for any number of creamy sauces and puddings.  Soaked just an hour or two and blended either with lemon juice and salt or with coconut oil, vanilla and some agave or palm sugar, many people would not be able to discern the difference between “real” sour cream or vanilla pudding and the cashew creation.

A few extra touches make this parfait particularly pleasing to the eye and the palate:  Layering the cashew pudding in two colors (one plain and the other pastel-color is achieved by blending with one-third of the anti-oxidant-rich berries) makes it a more interesting; Marinating the fruit with some orange juice and cardamom adds a surprising taste twist; And the additional of a nut and dried-fruit crumble on the top gives the entire dessert more texture and variety.  I also like the fact that the topping has a pleasant crunch without having to use any grains or baked foods.

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