The French word for ‘perfect’ is parfait, and we couldn’t think of a better way to describe this delectable vegan treat. Featuring coconut ice cream topped with a cherry & elderflower compote and a toothsome peanut butter crumble, this parfait is an easy dessert to make when you’re looking for a picture perfect finish to your Valentine’s dinner. Follow the steps below for a direct beeline to someone’s heart 😉 We’ll take our thanks in the form of an Instagram tag (@demetres) if you give this recipe a shot.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2-3 cups vegan coconut (or vanilla) ice cream
- 2 cups frozen cherries
- 4 Tbsp elderflower cordial
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp lemon juice
Peanut butter crumble:
- ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp oat flour
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
Let’s get started!
First we’re tackling the compote:
- Pour the cherries into a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a simmer.
- Mix the cornstarch with the lemon juice to create a paste, and then add in 2 tablespoons of the elderflower cordial.
- Stir the cornstarch mixture into the simmering cherries and stir for 30 seconds. The mixture should thicken. Remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cordial.
- Cool the compote until ready to use. This can be prepared in advance and refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Then we need to make the peanut butter crumble:
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together all the crumble ingredients. The mixture will be thick and sticky.
- Using your hands, crumble the batter into small chunks onto the prepared tray. Bake for 12- 14 minutes until lightly browned and then cool completely.
- This crumble can be made a week in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to use.
Finally when you’re ready to enjoy some delicious parfait action, place a scoop of your coconut ice cream of choice into each of the two glasses. Then add a layer of compote, and finally top with the crumble mixture.
Then serve immediately to your sweetheart. Don’t be surprised if you don’t hear any talking for a while… because consuming this dessert will take up all of their attention in the immediate future.
This recipe is part of a Valentine’s series developed as a collaboration with Clear Life Magazine.