Fresh Fruit Parfait

When I taught living foods at the Tree of Life, my mantra to students was ‘It’s always edible.’ That’s beauty of a plant-based foods. It’s hard to ruin wholesome foods. This recipe is a classic example.

I was trying to make snack bars but they wouldn’t stick together. No problem! It’s now a crumble. Just whip up some chia cream and you’re set to mix and match a medley of meals.

Swirl a dollop of chia cream in your morning smoothie or eat it plain as pudding. Top the crumble on oatmeal or add more tahini and roll into calcium-rich, energy balls. Or, go all out, and make this delicious fresh fruit parfait. Pear is pictured, but many fruits will work wonderfully – think peaches, plums, and cherries.



1 cup almonds

½ cup dried figs, chopped

½ cup dried cherries

2 tablespoons flax seeds, ground

Zest from 1 lemon or ½ an orange

1 tablespoon liquid sweetener

1 tablespoon tahini

Chia Cream:

1 cup coconut and/or almond milk

¼ cup shredded coconut

2 tablespoons chia seeds


Layer chopped fruit, chia cream and crumble. Voila!



1) Pulse almonds, flaxseeds, figs and cherries into a chunky crumble.

2) Add remaining ingredients, pulsing to blend.

Chia Cream:

1) Combine ingredients and stir for about five minutes. Pop in the fridge. Best if you can check it a few times during the next hour and give it a stir.


1) Layer chopped fruit, chia cream and crumble. Voila!

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