Happy Monday to YOU! Here’s a simple, delicious sweet treat I am thrilled to finally be able to share with you! I made this video (see above – just hit play!) last year during my culinary studies school for Yoga Journal magazine. Stay tuned for more of these fun videos, I made quite a few I will share with you over the coming months.
Today’s deliciousness is made from dragonfruit, also known as ‘pitaya’, which is a funny looking fruit, dressed in a thick, pink skin with green, soft spikes. Aside from its prettiness outside, it’s also pretty darn good looking inside – either white or dark pink flesh with the tiniest of black seeds that house an extra special oil that works to cleanse your digestive system, helping you eliminate any excess waste. What’s even more fantastic is dragonfruit house an amazing number of phytonutrients and contain a good dose of antioxidants, Vitamin C, polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good guys), B vitamins, carotene, protein AND calcium! The coolest fact of the day is that they also contain a phytochemical named ‘captin’ which is often used in medication to treat heart problems – isn’t mother nature amazing?!
I first experienced this exotic looking fruit when I visited Hong Kong with my good-very-talented-friend Claire (hi Claire! ) where it was served throughout the day in a variety of ways. I was hooked! I remember going to the market to buy more dragonfruit from an ancient, very wise looking lady who told me they’re known as THE diet fruit which makes so much sense, because after that 10-day trip to HK (where I spent the majority of my time eating all kinds of foods, beginning and ending with dragonfruit each day) I returned home 5 kilos lighter! Look, there’s really not a lot more I can say about this sweet little treat other than to tell you I’ve taken it and made it into a creamy, dreamy parfait for you that I hope you enjoy!
Delicious Dragonfruit Pitaya Parfait
- 1 cup raw cashew nuts
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon 100% organic Maple Syrup
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk
- 2 cups chopped dragonfruit
- Combine nuts, oil, maple syrup and milk and blend on high
- Add in Dragon fruit and blend on medium speed.
Please Note: dragonfruit comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so start with ½ large dragonfruit or a whole small one. You can continue adding more dragonfruit flesh you reach desired consistency.