Decadant Cherry Brownie Parfait (vegan/gf/sugar-free!)

Notice anything different about my pictures?…..

Welcome, Light Box! I’m very excited to have entered a new level of food blog-dom by taking pictures in a fancy DIY photo light box! I got the instructions from (never home)maker and decided the first recipe to be featured in said box had to be this gorgeous Valentine-theme’d treat.

Mike actually deserves some credit for this recipe. When we first discovered banana soft serve over the summer, Mike noted that frozen cherries would be a great addition. I agreed, but wanted to save the addition of cherries for the month of February. (If you hadn’t noticed, I’m a little bit “theme obsessed.”)

Turning it into a brownie parfait, though….that was all me.

There are a couple steps in this process, but all of them are easy. First, either follow the recipe for banana soft serve and add cherries, using your food processor. OR if you have a fancy Omega “nutrition center” (or comparable juicer), you can literally press frozen fruit into a creamy sorbet-like treat.

[Adorbs, isn’t it?]

Next, transfer your frozen fruit cream to a bowl and chill in the freezer.

Now it’s time to make your “brownie.” Before I tell you how to make them, I want to pause to make a note about chocolate. As we know, all food has a history of labor behind it that’s intentionally kept invisible. Of all the unfair labor practices that exist in the world, the chocolate industry perpetuates some of the ugliest. A colleague of mine has devoted much of her time and energy raising awareness about this, and I want to use this public platform to help her draw attention to the fact that most of the chocolate we eat in the US is available to us because of child slaves. You can learn more about it here.

Point being: BUY FAIR TRADE! This will not end the abuse, but sometimes consumer choices can influence corporate policy, which might lead to more and more fair trade labels.

So, all you need to do to make the raw brownie is put the following your food processor: dates, walnuts, cocoa powder, vanilla, pinch of salt, stevia (optional). [see measurements below].

Blend until it starts to turn into a crumbly batter.

Last step: all you have to do is layer! Preferably in a fancy-pants glass.

Cherry Brownie Parfait

Soft-serve:

2 frozen bananas

1/3 c frozen cherries

Brownie:

1/2 cups of raw walnuts
4 pitted medjool dates
1-2 T raw carob/cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp of vanilla
Stevia to taste (optional)

Are you “theme-y”? Have you made any theme-y Valentine’s treats yet?

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