The combination of raw fruit and nuts never gets old for me. Throw in some berries and vegan cream for good measure, and you have a nutritional powerhouse. I almost didn’t include this recipe, as I thought it was too easy and obvious, required no skill, and not really a recipe. But then I thought, "that is the whole point of this blog!
So here it is. One of my favorite breakfast recipes that I am sure many of you have replicated with granola and yogurt. This gluten free, vegan version is another reminder of how good the simple things can be; and a perfect example of how presentation is the key to turning the simple into the sublime.
This breakfast parfait is not a new idea. You see different version of this idea in a lot of restaurants. My eyes always bug out, and my mouth waters desperately, as I longingly follow those towers of heaven to someone else’s table. It would be helpful if the restaurant Gods could pass this vegan, gluten free version around. Then I wouldn’t have to order the oatmeal.
This combination is just a starting point to get the juices flowing. You can use any combination of natural raw ingredients. I just encourage you to stick to raw nuts and seeds to get the health benefits of these fantastic little treasures.
I like to use this combination of superfood raw nuts and berries as a quick way of getting my daily dose of goodness; and I love the vibrant color contrast of the red raspberries and the blueberries; not to mention, the antioxidant blast. I read a fantastic book many years ago called Superfoods RX by Steven Pratt and Kathy Matthews. The cover said “Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life”, and this book delivered on its promise! Thank goodness I already ate most of the foods on the list, so it was very easy to incorporate them into my diet. I highly recommend this book for a quick read that is incredibly informative. There have been many books and articles written about about top foods since then. But, I still love this book.
Blueberries especially, are one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet. Sometimes referred to as the “brainberry” or “youthberry”, they have magical skills -- neutralizing free radical damage to cells, and promoting the production of good quality collagen. They provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the brain and muscle tissue; and improve digestive and urinary tract health.
The same can be said for raw nuts and seeds. I eat a handful every day. Walnuts are just wonderful! They are one of the few significant plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which I rely on heavily, not eating a lot of animal products. Flaxseeds are a wonderful source too. Raw walnuts are also the best nut to eat for antioxidants. Raw almonds are also a staple in my diet. 1/4 cup of almonds contains more protein than an egg. They are a great nut source of vitamin E and Biotin, a B vitamin which promotes skin health. They are also a good source of fiber, and also fight free radicals. Sunflower Seeds are a great source of selenium, magnesium, folate and potassium; and pumpkin seeds are fantastic for iron and zinc. Throw in the tofu for protein, calcium, iron and Omega-3, and you have a force to be reckoned with!
Sorry, I could go berry nutty promoting the health benefits! How about I promote the other benefits I am actually qualified to dribble on about! The quick, easy, gorgeous and delicious factor! These raw vegan berry parfaits take less than 10 minutes to assemble, if you make and chill your vegan cream beforehand.
These raw vegan bliss bombs make fantastic center pieces for your breakfast table at a Sunday brunch get together, or for a quick, easy dessert or snack that looks like culinary art. The eyes light up, the taste buds sing, and cells the body over, rejoice.
This raw berry recipe is dressed to impress and is berry, berry yummy.