Tropical Fruit Parfaits with Vanilla Nut Whip
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One bite of these gorgeous parfaits and your taste buds will travel to a tropical island paradise without ever leaving home. They’re made with alternating layers of vanilla-infused, nut-based whipped topping and a luscious blend of goji berries, kiwi, mango, and papaya, all of which are anti-inflammatory superstars.
Serves: 4 servings
Vanilla Nut Whipped Topping (Makes 1½ cups)
  • 2 cups + ½ cup warm water, divided
  • 1½ cups raw macadamia nuts
  • 6 pitted soft dates
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Put 2 cups of the water and the macadamia
Tropical Fruit Parfaits
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1⁄3 cup goji berries
  • 1 papaya, peeled and diced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 2 kiwi, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and thinly sliced
  • 1½ cups Vanilla-Nut Whipped Topping (recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
Vanilla Nut Whipped Topping
  1. Put the 2 cups water and macadamia nuts in a medium bowl. Put the dates and remaining ½ cup water in a small bowl. Let the nuts and dates soak for 1 hour or longer.
  2. Drain the macadamia nuts but do not drain the dates.
  3. Put the macadamia nuts, the dates and their soaking liquid, and the vanilla extract in a blender and process until smooth. Scrape down the blender jar and process until thick and creamy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Store the topping in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve it cold.
Tropical Fruit Parfaits
  1. Put the orange juice and goji berries in medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to rehydrate the goji berries. Add the papaya, mango, and kiwi, and stir to combine.
  2. Set out four large glasses or dessert dishes. Layer one-eighth of the fruit mixture and 3 tablespoons of the Vanilla-Nut Whipped Topping in the bottom of each glass or dessert dish. Repeat the layers, and then top with ½ tablespoon of the shredded coconut. Serve immediately.
Variation: Replace any of the suggested fruits with other tropical fruits, such as dragon fruit, guava, passion fruit, or star fruit.

This recipe is reprinted with permissions from Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes by vegan chef Beverly Lynn Bennett.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 683 Fat: 42g Saturated fat: 8g Sodium: 25mg Fiber: 14g Protein: 10g
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