Triple Berry and Vanilla Bean Cream Parfait

Triple Berry and Vanilla Bean Cream Parfait

Summer is here.

I know it’s still technically spring, but no one told the weather that. Yesterday was a blistering 90°, and even though I was prancing around in the cutest little sun dress and flip flops and spent a bit of the day with my legs in my parents’ koi pond, I still had that nice feminine “glow” (i.e. beads of sweat) glistening on my face.

Me with my little sister, Emma

I feel like people count Memorial Day Weekend as the beginning of summer anyway, right? That’s when all the pools open up and people start barbequeing everything in sight.

AND berries are starting to hit their peak season. YYYYeeeessssss!!!

Something I really love and have  always loved it s a good berry parfait. When I started really watching what I ate, I stopped eating them because I know then ones you get at the grocery store and restaurants and such are made with super sugary berry preserves. So much sugar and high fructose corn syrup and some even with gelatin. Plus the yogurt they use in them is typically the really sugary, artificially flavored kind too.

But did you have any idea how easy it is to make an absolutely delicious, completely healthy berry parfait? And I can’t even get over how much better it tastes than literally any parfait I’ve ever had before…

Triple Berry and Vanilla Bean Cream Parfait

(Serves 2)

  • 1 Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 1 Cup Fresh Raspeberries
  • 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 Lime, Juiced
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
  • 3 tsp. Honey
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/4 Vanilla Bean, scraped
In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together blackberries, lime juice, and tsp. honey. Cover with a lid and allow it to get hot enough to start bubbling. Remove lid and stir until it thickens and is no longer runny. Pour into a container to seal and put in the fridge to cool. Repeat the same steps with a Raspberry-Lemon Juice- 1 tsp. Honey combination, and finally a Strawberries- 1tsp. Honey combination. Allow all fruits to cool completely and chill well (1-2 hours)
To serve, whip your cream until thick and peaks form. While continuing to whip, add the scraped contents of 1/4 of a Vanilla Bean and slowly add 2 tsp. sugar.
In 2 nice glasses, jars, or ice cream bowls, pour half the contents of the blackberries into each, then pipe or spoon a layer of whipped cream on top of that, pour half the contents of raspberries in each, pipe or spoon a layer of whipped cream on top of that, then pour half the contents of the strawberries into each, and finally top off with a nice dollop of whipped cream.
Serve immediately or place in fridge (preferably covered with cling wrap) to chill for later. Eat with a spoon and OH-MY-GOSH… Flavor explosion!

What else is great about these super-simple and totally healthy fruit sauces? Using them as an ice-cream topping, subbing Greek Yogurt for Whipped Cream, using them on toast… I can’t wait to make more!

Triple Berry and Vanilla Bean Cream Parfait
 
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Healthy triple berry and vanilla bean cream parfaits with all natural fruit sauce.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 1 Cup Fresh Raspeberries
  • 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, sliced
  • ½ Lime, Juiced
  • ½ Lemon, Juiced
  • 3 tsp. Honey
Vanilla Bean Cream
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • ¼ Vanilla Bean, scraped
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together blackberries, lime juice, and tsp. honey. Cover with a lid and allow it to get hot enough to start bubbling.
  2. Remove lid and stir until it thickens and is no longer runny.
  3. Pour into a container to seal and put in the fridge to cool.
  4. Repeat the same steps with a Raspberry-Lemon Juice- 1 tsp. Honey combination, and finally a Strawberries- 1tsp. Honey combination. Allow all fruits to cool completely and chill well (1-2 hours)
  5. To serve, whip your cream until stiff peaks form. While continuing to whip, add the scraped contents of ¼ of a Vanilla Bean and slowly add 2 tsp. sugar.
  6. In 2 nice glasses, jars, or ice cream bowls, pour half the contents of the blackberries into each, then pipe or spoon a layer of whipped cream on top of that, pour half the contents of raspberries in each, pipe or spoon a layer of whipped cream on top of that, then pour half the contents of the strawberries into each, and finally top off with a nice dollop of whipped cream.
  7. Serve immediately or place in fridge (preferably covered with cling wrap) to chill for later.

 

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8 Responses to “Triple Berry and Vanilla Bean Cream Parfait”

  1. Gail
    May 27, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Hi Rachel,

    Your berry parfait looks yummy and refreshing! We had a hot spell here in Issaquah two weeks ago. The sun began to shine and the temperature hit 72 degrees! We were roasting so I hauled out the auger juicer and made sorbet with a variety of frozen fruits. An auger juicer is a handy machine that does all kinds of processing in addition to juicing but I find I don’t use it often enough, even though it is easy to clean and easier to use.

    Gail

  2. May 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Gail, what is so funny about that is that I constantly reminisce about living in Issaquah, and if that marquee over the Honda dealership on I-90 said it was 82 degrees we would all be in awe of how hot it was. I SO wish for that weather again! Here, when it reaches 82 degrees it’s a relief that we have a “cool” day!
    I really wish I could bring Issaquah summers to Charlotte!

  3. September 30, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Great dessert idea. :) Thanks for the post!

    • October 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      Thank you for checking it out! I hope you try it sometime!

  4. June 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I made these for one of my July 4th posts and I loved them. I bought mini parfait glasses and this was the first recipe I tried for them. Loved the combination and will definitely make again.
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    • June 22, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      Thank you for sharing, I’m so glad you enjoyed them :)

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