If you're looking for a colourful fruit filled treat for breakfast or dessert then try this low sugar dual layered dragonfruit parfait. The bottom layer is a creamy coconut raspberry or matcha pudding and on top is a freshly blended dragonfruit and pear shake. For when you want to add some colour to your life!
I've always been fascinated by the look of dragonfruit. This incredible pink fruit that has either a bright pink or white flesh inside them. Truthfully the fruit itself isn't that exciting and on the bland side (polite for boring) which seems contrary to its dramatic look. I mean just look at them. They look like they should be bedazzled and bejewelled!
The only time I really like dragonfruit is in shakes. Dragonfruit needs a bit of extra sweetness to coax out any flavour that is has. In a shake with a bit of sugar it becomes very refreshing. If I see dragonfruit shakes while holidaying overseas I usually order one to quench my thirst (also because it's much cheaper to buy in Asia whereas here it is very expensive) The fruit is also high in phytonutrients and antioxidants. It's considered a superfood (although really I guess most fruit has a lot of healthy components in them).
My dad is an avid superfood junkie. Every time I drop by he is making some sort of green shake with the latest superfood. The other day I needed something-I often ring my parents to see if they have this ingredient or that (side note: we're training Mochi to be left home alone so I can pop out to the shops more easily!).
He knocked on the door and I opened it a little to see who it was. My dad was still hiding around the corner and his hand reached in and handed me the item and then disappeared. The only part of him that I saw was his hand! I mean he's a very shy man and that means that he is often too shy to say hello to his daughter! I suspect he was going to hot foot it back home to make a kale shake!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you believe in superfoods and if so which ones are your favourite? Have you tried dragonfruit and what did you think of it?
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Colourful Chia DragonFruit Fruit Shake Parfaits
Makes 2 Parfaits
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 15 minutes setting time
Cooking time: 0 minutes
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1.5 cups water
- Honey to taste
- 1 cup raspberries, pureed or 1 teaspoon matcha powder
Pear & dragonfruit shake layer:
- 2 dragonfruit
- 2 pears (you can also use bananas but I find bananas quite strong in flavour)
- Honey or maple syrup to taste
- 1/2 cup natural yogurt
- 1/2 soft persimmon to decorate
- Frozen raspberries and fresh mint to decorate
Step 1 - Mix all of the chia layer ingredients together in a bowl and allow to start to become firm, about 5 minutes or so should do.
Step 2 - Cut the dragonfruit in half and using a melon baller cut out six balls from the fruit. Then scoop out the rest of the flesh and place in freezer for 15 minutes. Press the flat part of the dragonfruit ball on the side of the glass and spoon in the chia layer and allow to set in the fridge for 15 minutes until firmer.
Step 3 - Cut the pear in half and use the melon baller to remove the seeds and centre. Chop into pieces Blitz the semi frozen dragonfruit and the pear pieces with the honey and yogurt. Place on top of chia layer. Then top it with permission, dragonfruit balls, frozen raspberries and mint leaves.