I’ve had a bag of fresh Oregon cherries sitting in my refrigerator for a week now. I bought them last week when I made Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins and they are still there. You may be wondering why they have not been totally devoured by now and the truth is that although I love cherries I’m kind of lazy when it comes to eating fruit. I typically avoid fruit that needs to be peeled, seeded, or pitted. Apples are simple. And there’s very little labor in eating strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I’ll even peel a banana now and again, but eating around a pit every single time I want to enjoy a cherry? Seriously?
Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating a little. In fact I have recently discovered that cantaloupe is so amazing that despite all that effort I still pick one up every week at the grocery store. And every once in awhile I’ll buy a box of Cuties prepared to peel clementines for Eden and I for the next several days. But with Jason and Eden gone for a long weekend and my preference towards easy fruits, my cherries remained. Then these happened.
It was worth all the effort of every single pitted cherry.
- 1/2 batch Raw Chocolate Mousse
- 1/2 cup cashews, soaked 4-6 hours
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 1/2 tbsp raw agave
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup dates, pitted and diced
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cherries, pitted and sliced
- Make the Raw Chocolate Mousse
- To make cashew whipped cream drain and rinse cashews. In a high-speed blender combine cashews with water, coconut oil, agave, and vanilla and puree until completely smooth. Transfer to air tight container and place in refrigerator to set up.
- Combine ingredients for walnut crumble in a food processor and pulse until combined. The crumble should stick together when pressed.
- To assemble the parfaits place a little walnut crumble at the bottom of each parfait glass. Top with chocolate mousse, cherries, and cashew whipped cream. Repeat.Finish with a cherry and serve!
What’s your favorite fruit?
I used to not like fruit. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I started adding it into my diet. But the one fruit I have always loved, even in my anti-fruit phase, is a soft, juicy pear.
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