Figs have been perfectly ripe at the farmer’s markets lately that I’ve been finding ways to sneak them in at every meal. I’ve been creating, serving and eating them so fast I have not been able to keep up with my posts. Here’s one dessert that I pulled together while my sister was in town visiting. As I’ve mentioned before, the hemp seed is a nutritional powerhouse – packed with vitamins, minerals and 10 essential amino acids. I use chocolate Hemp Milk in this recipe, which is then thickened into a pudding with kuzu and lightly sweetened with pure organic maple syrup. This is one power-packed dessert that will definitely allow you to give into your sweet toothe, naturally.
I talk more in-depth about the benefits of kuzu in this post HERE. Beside the fact that kuzu is an awesome natural thickener, it is also wonderful to calm anxiety and it aids in digestion. Check it out and purchase from my Amazon store HERE.
Hemp Cacao Fig Parfaits
4 Tbsp pure MAPLE SYRUP
4 Tbsp crushed KUZU ROOT
2 cups CHOCOLATE HEMP MILK
1 splash vanilla extract
1 pinch CELTIC SEA SALT
1 cup fresh fig, chopped into bite-sized pieces
Crush the chunks of the kuzu with the back of a spoon or grind in a spice grinder before measuring. Stir together the kuzu and the maple syrup in a small bowl until well mixed. Combine the milk, kuzu, vanilla, and sea salt in a small saucepan. Gently bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens and the kuzu becomes translucent. Divide into two small bowls and allow to cool. Place in the refrigerator and allow to set, for at least 30 minutes. (This recipe can be done up to this point a day or two ahead).
When ready to serve, place some figs at the bottom of your serving dish and continue alternating layers of pudding, cacao nibs, and fig until filled. Serve right away or keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
*You can find kuzu at your local Whole Foods or natural foods market or you can order directly from my amazon store here.