***Cookbook Teaser Alert***- Banana Bonanza Parfaits

by Beaming with Health on April 16, 2013

IMG_4473Have you seen the movie Love’s Kitchen? It’s a somewhat cheesy “rom com” about a chef and a food critic. If you are bored one day and are into this kind of thing, check it out on Netflix. What is my point? Well, in the movie they prepare these amazing trifle desserts. A proper English trifle is made with custard, sponge cake, fruit, and whipped cream. Every time someone eats a trifle in the movie, they are in complete bliss. Of course every time I watched someone eat a trifle in the movie, I immediately wanted one. So basically I think I stored this memory away to be used creatively at another date. This week it popped out, and I decided to make a parfait (similar with its layers and creamy goodness). Of course this parfait is special because it uses healthy fats (coconut milk), fresh fruit, nuts, and contains no refined sugar, gluten, or dairy.

I was inspired to make this recipe, as breakfast is a toughie for me. While avoiding the common allergen foods mentioned above, I sometimes have a hard time figuring out what to eat (as do my clients). So I decided to bust out of my breakfast rut with a “fancy pants” dessert-like creation. This recipe will be in my upcoming eCookbook, however I just couldn’t wait to share it with you. If you enjoy it, I hope you will check out my cookbook when it is released! Now, get yourself in the kitchen, prepare yourself a few of these parfaits (you can share or save some for later), find a spot outside with a good book, and enjoy the divine decadence!

Banana Bonanza Parfaits


  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 small bananas
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder (to thicken)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (or other favorite fruit)
  • 1 cup walnuts (or other favorite nut, seed, or nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal

Start by preparing the banana pudding. Add the can of coconut milk and 1 1/2 of the bananas to a blender. Blend until the bananas are liquefied (like a smoothie). Add the vanilla and cinnamon and blend again until combined.

Add the banana/coconut milk mixture to a pan on medium heat. Stir occasionally to ensure the coconut milk does not burn. In a small bowl, mix the arrowroot powder with the water and stir to dissolve. Once the stove mixture is bubbling slightly, add in the arrowroot mixture and the remainder of the banana, chopped into small pieces. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Begin to prepare your parfaits. Feel free to use any size jars. Start with a layer of walnuts, then add a layer of diced strawberries. Once cooled, scoop in a layer of pudding. Depending on the size of the jar, you can then add another layer of walnuts or fruit or just add a layer of almond meal or coconut cream (the thick part on the top of a can of coconut milk) on top. Feel free to garnish with fruit or fresh mint.

Place your jars in the refrigerator so the pudding can set completely. Add a lid on top, and you have an amazing breakfast or snack on the go! Enjoy being creative with your parfait layers!

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Anna May 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm

YUM I am going to try this with homemade almond milk since I dont have coconut milk! Thanks for the great bfast idea! :)


Beaming with Health May 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Awesome! The almond milk has less fat than the coconut, so you may just need a little extra arrowroot to thicken it up. :) Enjoy!


Loni August 23, 2013 at 4:42 am

I tried this! Really good although I was a little unsure about the Arrowroot since I have never used it before. I think I need to stir it in slowly since it kind of became clumpy. Also I added some chia seeds for an added kick! Love this for an easy breakfast to take on the go :)


Beaming with Health August 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

Awesome, Loni! I am glad you liked it! The arrowroot is tricky. You have to be sure to stir it long enough so that it dissolves in the water. Then add it to the pudding mixture. That way it won’t be clumpy. Good idea to add chia seeds! Thanks for trying this recipe! :)


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