I hope everyone had a fabulous, and safe 4th of July !! Like most Americans, we celebrated our country’s independence with a Barbecue in the backyard. Yaaaaassss, honey!! Well, actually we ate in the house…(hey, it’s like 90 degrees here in the South!) Anyway…..we did hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill (outside in the backyard), and I made my homemade barbecue sauce to go with those. I also, made my baked beans, which I’ll have to make a post about soon (*Post-It note to self*). And my sister brought the salad, chips and dip, and of course… the Sweet Tea (this is the South, remember?)
I always prefer to have get-togethers involving food at my house. That way I can control what’s served, and know exactly what ingredients are used in those foods. It’s the only way I can “sort of” relax at a food event with my son in attendance. And even then, I’m still hyper-aware that all the women put their purses up out of reach, lest any little hands go digging around and find a half-eaten Snickers bar, or something like that. *sigh* (I would like to see an EEG of the Beta brainwave activity of food allergy moms. Or a brain activity scan, I bet it’s lit up like the sky over D.C. on the 4th of July!!! HeeHee! That was good.) But, in all seriousness, our brains never slow down. At least mine doesn’t. It’s always going like a mile a minute. All. The. Time. I am always on high-alert. Because, well, I have to be. In order to keep Joshua safe, I have to be aware of what he’s around. All. The. Time. Compare it to say…you’re car being left on in high gear, always on full speed ahead. You don’t realize it, but food substances are everywhere!! In non-food items such as play-doh, on door handles, seat cushions…I mean Everywhere!! If someone eats something with their hands and touches something afterwards, the proteins from that food, are now on that object they touched. That’s another reason why hand washing is oh so very important. It not only helps decrease the spread of germs, but also helps keep food allergy folks safer.
Whew!! I just got waaaaaaayy off target! Sorry.
Anyhow, for dessert I made these parfaits. They’re red, white, and blue (of course), using strawberries and blueberries. But, you could use any fruit you want. And I used Daiya cream cheese spread to make the filling, which was absolutely delicious! This was my first time using this product, and I must say it is Amazing!! It tastes soooo much like real cream cheese. I couldn’t believe it. This was a refreshing, easy, delicious dessert that everyone enjoyed. I really think you should give these a try.
Milk-free, Egg-free Cream “Cheese” Parfaits-makes about 6 servings
- 3/4 cup of dairy-free plain cream cheese spread (I used Daiya)
- diced strawberries (as much as you want)
- blueberries (as much as you want)
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar ( you can add more or less depending on your taste)
- 1 tbsp. of Vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of softened margarine/butter (we use Earth Balance spread)
- crushed graham crackers (as much as you want)
Here we go…
Mix the cream “cheese”, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla with a hand mixer. You really can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste. I didn’t want too much powdered sugar, because I didn’t want the filling too sweet. But, if you want it sweeter just add more sugar. Layer your cups starting with a layer of crushed graham cracker. I didn’t make my graham cracker layer too thick, but you could. Then on top of that add a layer of your cream “cheese” filling. I used a piping bag for this part because I found it was easier and neater doing it this way, instead of trying to drop and spread the mixture with a spoon. Then on top of that layer sprinkle some strawberries. You can continue layering like this until you reach the top of your cup if you’d like. I stopped half-way, though. On the very top I sprinkled a little more graham cracker and topped it all off with some blueberries. Voila! Simple, right?