Cherry Parfaits with Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream and Galaxy Granola

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Before I get started I want to ask forgiveness for the delay in announcing the winner of the hand mixer. The days fly by so fast that it is hard for me to catch up! Not to delay it any longer Graygrrrl @ Veggie Sometimes wins the Sunbeam Hand Mixer and Cake Mixes! Please contact me so I can mail your goodies!! Stay tuned for more giveaways!

So the last 3 days I have been trying out something new with my exercise routine. I have been playing racquetball with my husband and then going to Zumba in the evenings. I actually have NOT felt overworked or tired, but the evening workout has been a stress reliever from working at my computer all day! We’ll see where it gets me.

Question for you readers out there. Anyone dealt with thyroid issues or is anyone currently getting treatment for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. I have thinking that I have this problem since I have not been able to lose weight like normal people who workout and eat well. I only say this because I found out that people who have had hepatitis tend to have thyroid problems. If anyone has any advice or can direct me to the right person, let me know!

Ever since I made my own granola, I am looking forward trying out different recipes. I am looking at making some without the puffed cereal for a different heartier crunch to each bite. Meanwhile I continue experiencing different companies granola and enjoy the fresh ingredients that they use.

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Galaxy Granola sent me 3 bags of their product for me to try last week and I put it to good use immediately! This copmany bakes their granola in fruit and not in oil. How fantastic is that? It has no processed sugar, no artificial ingredients, no oil and no corn syrup, most important of all.

It is perfect in sweetness and crunchy with every bite. Even though they do not sell this granola anywhere in Michigan, I am happy that I can purchase some online and at only $5.49 a bag. GO to their website and find where they carry this delicious brand.

I quickly put a recipe together for a light dessert I wanted to prepare for company. I bought a yummy pint of So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream and made a Cherry Compote to create a simple parfait.

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Since I did not have parfait glasses, I decided to use my lovely coffe glasses with hints of red in them! It went so well!

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Cherry Parfaits with Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream

serves 6

1 cup Galaxy Almond Granola or any other brand
2 1/2 cups Montmorency cherries (sour cherries), previously frozen
1 pint of Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 1/4 cup palm sugar
2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 Tbsp arrowroot powder (thickner)

IN a small pot, add cherries, orange juice, and zest and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add almond extract and palm sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 more minutes. Dissolve the arrowroot powder in 2 Tbsp water and add to cherry mixture.

Boil for another 10 minutes until it thickens.

Set aside and cool completely.Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Add 2 Tbsp granola to bottom of parfait glass, then add 3 TBsp ice cream, followed by the cherry compote, then 2 more Tbsp granola and top with 3 Tbsp ice cream and a few cherries.


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  • Julia

    2 things:
    1. yesterday I had a crazy craving for cherries. I NEED some and I need this parfait, YUM.
    2. Yes, I have thyroid issues. Grave’s Disease to be exact. I would reccommend seeing an endocronologist ASAP. Once you get treatment, wow, it’s like life hits the ‘reset’ button.

  • Emily Malloy (Ziegler)

    It is SO hot outside today, and I could totally go for this right now.

  • Keri – I Eat Trees

    That looks delicious and SO pretty!!

  • 5 Star Foodie

    Beautiful parfaits! I have so many cherries and looking for ideas how to use them, this dessert is just perfect!

  • Vegetable Matter

    Your pic is a knockout

  • Julie M.

    that looks delicious! I am especially excited about that sauce. Yummy! thanks for sharing.

  • Graygrrrl

    Wow! I’m so excited, I never win anything! This couldn’t have come at a better time too. I just blew up my old hand mixer- probably shouldn’t have tried using it with only one spatula thingy. Thanks!

  • Noelle

    Thanks ladies! It was a nice and simple dessert.


    Simple and delicious!

  • Vegiegail

    Purely Decadent vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream and cherries???? YUM!!!!!!

  • Tanya

    My husband is hypo…he was hyper when he was a kid. Hypo is the one where it’s hard to lose weight. He takes thyroid replacement everyday. Just have your TSH(most important) and T3 & T4 checked by blood test. Good luck!!

  • Tasty Eats At Home

    This looks amazing. I love love love cherries (have a bunch fresh at home, wishing I had some right not) and I love So Delicious coconut milk ice cream!