I love coming up with decadent (and easy!) recipes for Valentine’s Day. Case in point this chocolate brownie cherry parfait, which is SO good! I tested it out on my husband and daughter a few weeks ago, and they went crazy for it. That’s the difficult part of living with me. Everyone in the house has to be a taste tester, and that usually involves desserts of some kind (but someone has to do it right?).
Anyway, I developed this recipe for a segment that I did this morning on AM Northwest. I immediately thought of parfaits as I was starring at a baked pan of brownies (that happens a lot around here). And parfaits are the best, since they not only look gorgeous but you get a bit of everything in each bite. A little cake (brownies in this case), rich chocolatey mousse, fruit and whipped topping. Yum!
Before I get to the recipe, I want to share a tiny bit about the ingredients. For the secret mousse ingredient (shhh, don’t tell anyone it’s tofu), use MoriNu if possible. It’s the best for desserts like this, and even comes in organic. For the cherries, I found a jar of pitted dark cherries at Trader Joe’s. They worked great, but any jarred pitted cherries should do just fine. For the brownies I used my chocolate fudge brownie mix (Julie’s Original), which is both vegan and gluten-free. And, last but not least, the whipped topping. I used Coco Whip from So Delicious, which is the the bomb! It’s gluten-free and vegan and made from coconut milk. It’s a healthy version of Cool Whip and I am over-the-moon crazy for this stuff!
Oh, and I whipped this all together in my favorite blender (Blendtec Designer 725). I just use the smoothie button to get the mousse nice and smooth. You can also use a food processor too. Just make sure to stop and scrape the sides down periodically.
Let me know if you give this recipe a try. I know that it will be on regular rotation around here (along with a giant kale salad). Oh, and I almost forgot. I’ve also got the video for you here too.