Vegan Spiced Apple Chia Parfait

vegan spiced apple chia parfait
vegan spiced apple chia parfait

My intention for this week’s post was to start answering questions in my vegan series. I had a thought all picked out, my facts were checked, my ideas were organized…and then? As usual, things didn’t go quite as planned. (Yeah, I know. I say that all the time now.) I did manage to pull together a tasty vegan spiced apple chia parfait recipe, though, which keeps me somewhat on track and allows me to pretend that I’m still running this whole show. (It’s okay, laugh if you want. I am, even as I type out these words, because we both know who’s really running the show.) Anyway, the blog needed my attention, so my post will have to wait. There’s always next week is fast becoming my favorite motto.

Blog Check

The fact that “the blog needed my attention” comes as no big surprise; I already knew from past experience that jumping into this was going to create its fair share of problems. There are always small (or large) technical issues, design details that I’m never entirely pleased with, and frustrations that come along with the whole endeavor; this time has been no exception. I’m just happy (or maybe incredibly relieved) that I seem able to deal with it much better than in years past. Instead of looking at each obstacle with a “stop holding up my progress, you stupid problem,” I adjusted my perspective. With a little bit of effort it’s no longer a negative problem, but now an interesting challenge. Okay, sometimes “interesting” is a stretch, but still, it’s now a challenge that I intend to win.

vegan spiced apple chia parfait
vegan spiced apple chia parfait
My Tech-Savvy Approach

The real issue here is that I am in no way a computer savvy person. My approach to dealing with technological issues is to groan loudly, look blankly at my device, and then wait until someone notices and swoops in to help “poor, clueless” mom. It works like a charm and I spare myself a lot of headaches. But now, here I am, playing at this whole blogging game again, and there’s no one to groan to. No pity-filled eyes to resolve the problems for me. Which leaves me with no other choice but to pass endless hours lost in one meandering Google search after another. Or even more hours live-chatting with a WordPress Happiness Engineer as we troubleshoot my problems. Or additional hours testing codes and plugins. Don’t get me wrong: I still groan, but now all I get is a sympathetic pat on the head with a, “You’ll figure it out eventually, Mom.”

And you know what? I do. I do.

No Fail Approach

There have been countless things taught to me by my guru (Sri Yoganandaji) that have been invaluable to me as I navigate my way through this life. What he tells me about failure versus success is one of my favorites:

You can only fail if you give up before you succeed.

Because the problem isn’t bigger than I can handle, I’ve just decided that it is. So really, I can only fail if I decide the victory isn’t worth the effort. Or if I just plain quit before I reach my goal (admittedly, sometimes that’s the smartest option). Which makes perfect sense to me, because if we’re all made of the same God-stuff than there can be no real limitations. No limitations other than the ones I (and others) have placed on myself, anyway. So, if I decide to remedy these blog troubles, then I only have the option of failure if I believe I do. And I haven’t allowed myself that luxury.

vegan spiced apple chia parfait
vegan spiced apple chia parfait
Business Booming?

Recently someone asked me how the business was going – Booming? he’d asked, like that was the best case scenario. That’s actually pretty funny, because there is absolutely no way we could handle booming right now. In fact, most days we still can’t handle trickling. At this point it excites me that we’re getting views and visits every day. And it excites me even more that our hits from search engines are increasing. And hearing the notification on my phone for a sale is tons of fun. But when would there be time to process and ship booming orders when I need to spend twelve hours installing and tweaking a whole new blog theme? Or trying to figure out how to make my buttons silver instead of red? Or searching for a code to change my font from (boring) Times New Roman to (my favorite) Raleway?

Booming? Uh-uh. Not right now, thanks.

Challenge Accepted

So, I bravely tackled my challenge this weekend, and many hours later I can cross it all off as another success. Follow Us Home has a whole new blog design: one where the shop functions as it should, and where the reviews post accurately, and where the categories finally work (for the first time since launching). Several days ago, when I eyed the obstacles looming before me, I self-soothed with an, In the end, this’ll probably be much better. At one point, Jordan smiled at me in sympathy and said the very same thing. (Easy for her to say.)

But our optimism was sound and we’re all in agreement that the simple, minimalist new design suits us much better. And we’re all super relieved that the shop is finally operating smoothly. Because one day? We’ll be booming. (And maybe by then, we’ll be ready for it.)

vegan spiced apple chia parfait
vegan spiced apple chia parfait

 

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Spiced Apple Chia Parfait
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Spiced Apple Chia Parfait
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 770 kcal
Author: Melinda
Ingredients
Pudding
  • 8-10 Medjool dates pitted, soaked
  • 2 cups plant-based milk
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup almond (or peanut) butter
  • ¼ cup cacao (or cocoa) powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon Spiced Apples
  • 4 medium apples peeled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Whipped Coconut Cream
  • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk full fat
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Pudding
  1. 1. Add all of the pudding ingredients (except for the dates) to a mixing bowl. Whisk for about 1 minute or until the pudding starts to thicken slightly and is thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.

  2. 2. Pit and soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain thoroughly. When the pudding is fully chilled and thickened, add the dates to the food processor along with 3 teaspoons of plant-based milk. Process until smooth.

  3. 3. Add the date paste to the pudding and stir well to combine. 

Cinnamon Spiced Apples
  1. 1. Peel and dice the apples small.

  2. 2. Add the apples, water, cinnamon and syrup to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until the apples are soft.

Whipped Coconut Cream
  1. 1. Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight.

  2. 2. Turn the can upside-down to open and pour out the liquid on top, saving the thick cream on the bottom. Spoon the cream into a chilled mixing bowl, add the sweetener and vanilla, and using a handheld beater beat the cream until light and creamy. 

Assembling the Parfait
  1. Assemble the parfait in layers, beginning with pudding and ending with a dollop of whipped coconut cream. Sprinkle with some vegan chocolate chips if desired. Serve cold. 

Recipe Notes

Whipped Coconut Cream - A dash of stevia may be used in place of the maple syrup

Coconut Milk - I use Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk, classic 

Nutrition Facts
Spiced Apple Chia Parfait
Amount Per Serving
Calories 770 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 36g225%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 1107mg32%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 10.4mg13%
Calcium 244mg24%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For more vegan fare please hop on over to my Recipes page. (Also, this Vegan Spiced Apple Chia Parfait can be found in my cookbook, Compassion Tastes Better!)

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