Raw Banana Coconut & Chia Seed Parfait

Today marks the start of the third week of my detox, a week devoted to eating only raw vegan foods. 
For those who aren't familiar with what a raw food is, it is basically what is sounds like - unheated and unprocessed food, food in it's simplest form. I've been nervous for this week since this is a realm of cooking I've never touched before. But I like a challenge and knowing how good this is for my body, my aim is to create some amazing meals that both satisfy and are appealing to anyone.  

Aside from practicing with forms of raw salads like my Trio Greens, I also dabbled in the dessert arena.
The inspiration for this parfait came from two different recipes, The Chalkboard & Heaven on Earth.
Not only was this dessert incredibly easy to make, but the best parfait I've ever ate...sorry Mom! 

1 1/2 - 2 cans of coconut meat
1/4 cup of coconut oil, warmed
3 tablespoons of coconut milk (optional)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
 2 tablespoons of agave
2 frozen bananas
1 fresh banana
1/8 cup of chia seeds

The night or a couple hours before you want to make this dessert, cover chia seeds with water in a 
bowl - it will turn into a funky looking gel. Then make the "whipped cream" by blending the coconut meat,
 oil, milk, vanilla, and agave together. Set aside and rinse your blender. Blend the frozen bananas until you have a mixture that looks like ice cream (which this is great to eat on it's own). 

Grab your cup of choice and put however much blended frozen bananas you like in the bottom. 
Then just a couple tablespoons of the chia gel, followed by the coconut whipped cream. Slice
your fresh bananas on top! 

Wish me good luck... I have a feeling this might be almost as hard as giving up coffee! 

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7 Responses to Raw Banana Coconut & Chia Seed Parfait

  1. What do Chia seeds taste like, exactly? I haven't quite been able to get my head around eating them.

  2. I personally don't think they taste like anything. It's more of a texture thing - especially once they are gellified! Kinda remind me of plain jello with a crunch. :)

  3. Hey lainey! (It's Sara Omanson, well now Sara Mahoney) I love your blog! My husband and I have been blogging for awhile now (www.losingtogether.com), but this is the first time I've stopped by yours! How's the detox going? Why did you start? Are you interested in maintaing a raw or vegan diet long-term?

  4. Your blog is amazing!!!! You are brilliant! Fantastic post! Have a brill day!


  5. Oh this looks really good! I have never had Chia seeds, but I am willing to give em a try!

  6. this sounds delicious. i've actually never tried cooking with chica seeds, but you've piqued my interest. they are super nutritional powerhouses, too.

  7. Kate- Where do you get canned coconut meat? Do you know if you can you use a fresh coconut? I'm hoping to make this soon! :)


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