Posted in Recipes on 01.05.2018
Neapolitan Breakfast Parfait
prep: 30 mins / cook: 30 mins / inactive: 2 hours 0 mins / total: 3 hours 0 mins / quantity: 4 servings Print recipe?
Looks like dessert right? Welcome to adulthood friends. This Neapolitan Breakfast Parfait has layers of vanilla and chocolate chia pudding, raspberry jam, coconut yoghurt and a deliciously crunchy hazelnut and chocolate granola. For breakfast. Can I get a YEAAAHH?!
It looks like a tonne of ingredients but all the stages are super simple and once you have them, it’s just a 2 minute job before you’re grabbing your favourite glass and a long spoon and digging into this beauty.
I’m not really a fan of roasting and peeling my own hazelnuts. I dunno why, it’s not exactly difficult. I just find it a chore. I’m also too tight to buy pre-peeled and I’d still have to roast them anyway to bring out that wonderful hazelnutty flavour. Freshly toasted nuts is just about one of my most favourite things ever. Be it in the oven or in a frying pan. I always cook extra to recipe requirements as I know more than a few will mysteriously go missing ?
However I am a HUGE fan of raw cacao powder. All the very best bits of chocolate with none of the refined not so best bits.
Cacao can refer to any of the food products derived from cacao beans – the seeds and nuts of the cacao tree. These include cacao nibs, cacao butter, cacao mass and (probably the most common) cacao powder
– Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes and removes the fat (cacao butter)
– Cocoa looks the same but it’s not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. This changes the molecular structure of the bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value
– When trying to eat healthier but still needing an occasional chocolate ‘fix’, raw cacao can be used in so many ways, giving that chocolate flavour without all the added sugars, sweeteners and fats that are normally found in commercial chocolate.
You can also eat the granola as a straight up breakfast on its own with a splash or two of nut milk. I do recommend making your own Raspberry Chia Jam as well. Because not only will your house smell AMAZING but you’ll have extra jam and that means Oat and Raspberry Crumble Bars. Or Raspberry Bakewell Muffins. It would even go fantabulously well dolloped onto these Oaty Chocolate Pancakes or these Chia Protein Pancakes.
Neapolitan Breakfast Parfait – Breakfast heaven.
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Neapolitan Breakfast Parfait
prep: 30 mins / cook: 30 mins / inactive: 2 hours 0 mins / total: 3 hours 0 mins / quantity: 4 servings
- 500g raspberries – fresh or frozen
- 1/2 lemon – grated zest and juice
- 3 tblsp maple syrup
- 3 tblsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unpeeled hazelnuts
- 2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tblsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tblsp coconut oil
- 3 tblsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shake – Caramel
- 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips – we use dark chocolate as it’s less sweet and gives a richer flavour!
Vanilla Chia Pudding
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tblsp maple syrup
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tblsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tblsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shake – Caramel
- 1 cup almond milk
- 8 tblsp coconut yoghurt
- fresh raspberries and an extra squeeze of Sweet Freedom for decoration!
- As everything is made in advance it's up to you where you start! The jam and granola need to cool and the puddings need to set - all of this takes a couple of hours but as it's breakfast you'll most likely be making everything at least the day before (unless you're a VERY early riser!)
- I'll start with the jam.
- Put the raspberries, maple syrup, lemon zest and juice into a heavy based saucepan (this helps lessen the chance of it burning if you forget to stir it frequently!)
- Over a low-medium heat, gently bubble for 10 minutes till the fruit is very mushy, stirring frequently
- Add the chia seeds and bubble for a further 5 minutes, again stirring frequently then set aside to cool
- For the granola, preheat your oven to 170 Fan / 190 C / 375 F / Gas 5. Line a large tray with parchment or a silicon mat
- Tip the hazelnuts onto a small tray and toast for 15 minutes
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes then rub the skins off between your hands to remove the skins (I don't tend to be overly fussy when doing this!)
- Roughly chop then tip into a large bowl along with the oats and cacao powder
- Melt the coconut oil then whisk in the Caramel Choc Shake. Stir this through the oat mixture the tip the whole lot onto your large baking tray and cook for 15 minutes
- Remove from the oven and carefully stir - bringing the mix around the edge into the centre and pushing the centre out to the edges. Put back in the oven for another 15 minutes
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before adding the chocolate chips
- For the chia puddings measure the ingredients into lidded containers and whisk to mix thoroughly. Put in the fridge for at least an hour before using
- To assemble spoon the chocolate chia pudding into the bottom of a glass (size and prettyness is up to you ?)
- Add the vanilla chia pudding and dot/swirl with the a couple of tablespoons of coconut yoghurt and 2-3 teaspoons of raspberry jam
- Top with a handful of granola and, if using, the fresh raspberries and a extra squeeze of Sweet Freedom!
- Both the jam and granola recipes make more than you need to construct the parfait. Feel free to halve the recipes. We just LOVE them and like to have extra on hand for other breakfasts
- The jam will keep for 2-3 weeks in an airtight jar in the fridge
- The granola will keep for around 4 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature
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