This mind-blowing chocolate parfait will impress your sweetheart/friends/room mate/self. It requires a bit of planning, but the actual hands-on time is less than ten minutes which means you get more hands-on time with your Valentine!
The most important part of this recipe is selecting the correct coconut milk and making sure it is in the fridge for at least 12 hours before you whip it. We used Thai Kitchen Organic, but other brands work too. It has to be full fat coconut milk in a can. Native Forest, Trader Joe’s, Goya and 365 also make canned, full-fat coconut milk. You cannot use the coconut milk in a carton for this – it just won’t work. During the chilling process, the coconut cream will solidify and separate from the coconut water. We will be using the hardened coconut cream.
- 2 14-oz. cans of full fat coconut milk
- 3 Tablespoon light agave nectar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate syrup
- Strawberries, blueberries or other fruit, nuts to garnish
- Chill both cans of coconut milk for 12-24 hours in the fridge. When you're ready to make the parfaits, grab both cans from the fridge and flip them upside down. Open the cans and pour off the liquid coconut water. Set this aside for another use. (We normally use our leftover coconut water in smoothies with some frozen bananas and mango - Mmm!)
- Scoop the solidified coconut cream from the cans into a mixing bowl and add the agave nectar and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, whip the coconut cream until it's smooth and stiff. It takes about 3 minutes, depending on the strength of your mixer. You can use a stand mixer to do this too. It's crucial not to overwork the coconut whip at this point. If you keep going with the mixer, it will return to a liquid state. If that happens, just pop it back in the fridge for a while - it will get stiff again.
- Once you have the whip smooth and creamy, put about half in a second bowl. Add the chocolate syrup to the remaining coconut whip and mix until it's just incorporated.
- Layer into parfait dishes with strawberries and blueberries, alternating the vanilla and chocolate whip. Feel free to mix it up and use your favorite fruit or nuts. Raspberries, kiwi, banana slices, chopped almonds and chocolate chips would all be delicious in this dessert.
- You can build several small parfaits or make one big one to share with your sweetheart! This can be made in advance and stored in the fridge. Need to find vegan chocolate syrup? Try Santa Cruz or Ah! Laska brands, as well as Trader Joe's.
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