Namaste Parfait

Before sharing this recipe, I would like to share a thought that has been sparkling in my head for a while and has become stronger since the recent terror we have been facing…

When everything goes wrong around us, when no hope seems to exist anymore, the only thing that remains is that which is within us. I strongly believe that we all have an inner connection to one another and to every single thing on Earth.

The only way to peace is to seek our inner light and shine. I am still far from being immersed in peace but I am working on it everyday. Besides sitting still every morning, making food and sharing it is my meditation. Find what helps you reach your inner peace and just do it. Little by little, everyday, one step at a time, there is no rush…

First of all I want to thank Lori, my sweet boyfriend’s mom for finding the name of this dessert. Namaste is a sanskrit word used as a greeting in India. It has become very popular with the expansion of yoga and hopefully people realize the full essence of its meaning: “Namah” means bow, “as” means me and “te” means you which translates into “I bow to you”or “The Divine light in me acknowledges the Divine light in you”

Essentially, Namaste is a way of feeling the oneness, peace, and deep connection that has, is, and will always be within all of us.

This beautiful dessert is a great way of sharing gratitude and love.

All you need is a blender, 3 bowls for preparation, and 6 (12 or 14 ounces) glasses for serving. Make sure that you freeze bananas and strawberries for a few hours before. I suggest that you prepare this dessert right before you sit for dinner.

Namaste Parfait

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 8 frozen strawberries
  • meat and water from 1 young coconut (or 2 more frozen bananas instead)
  • 3 dates
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ground cinnamon
  • a mix of grains and nuts of your choice: hemp seeds, oats, almonds, macadamia, granola mix…
  • cacao nibs or pieces of dark chocolate
  • 1 pomegranate

Instructions:

  1. Crush 1 handful of pecans into big pieces, cover with one Tbsp of maple syrup and roast in the oven or the dehydrator
  2. Make the crust by hand crushing  and mixing the dates and a handful of pecans to the texture you like. It should not be too sticky. Press into the bottom of the glasses
  3. Make the banana layer by mixing 2 frozen bananas, a pinch of cinnamon, 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Add a tiny bit of water if needed (1 Tbsp at a time). The texture has to be creamy. Set aside in a bowl.
  4. Make the chocolate layer by mixing 2 frozen bananas, 2 tsp of raw cacao powder, 1 Tbsp maple syrup and 1 Tbsp almond butter. Add a tiny bit of coconut water (1 Tbsp at a time) if needed to reach a creamy texture. Set aside in a bowl.
  5. Make the strawberry layer by mixing the coconut meat, the frozen strawberries and 1 Tbsp of coconut water. Add more water if needed. Set aside in a bowl
  6. Make the glasses by pouring the banana layer, the chocolate layer, and the strawberry layer one after the other.
  7. Add the roasted pecans, mix of nuts, cacao/chocolate pieces and the pomegranate on top
  8. Leave in the fridge until it is time for dessert!

Now all you need to attain real peace is a spoon!

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