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Summer Berries Parfait

Summer Berries Parfait by Season with Spice

"What's summer like in Minnesota?" I asked Mark.

 I had visited the state many times, but only in the fall and winter.

"Good question. What's summer?" he smiled, but with a sincere tone.

I’ve been warned ever since that the summer season can be exceptionally short.

Blueberries and Raspberries for a summer dessert

But in the past two weeks since we moved to Minnesota, the summer weather has been, well, exceptionally perfect.

Relaxing by the lake, grilling for dinner, trying to decide between endless art & music festivals on the weekends.  I'm reminded by all Minnesotans that it won't last.  They are always looking over their shoulder as if a blizzard might catch them in their shorts, tshirt, and sandals.

I like the reminder though.  A reminder to make the best of my first summer in Minnesota.  To limit my time in the kitchen and get outdoors.  To save the baking recipes for dark winter days, and instead whip up quick and easy desserts to savor while sitting on the deck, flipping through a magazine.

A simple, light dessert like a Summer Berries Parfait.

Blueberry and Raspberry Parfait by Season with Spice

This summer parfait is just three layers.  A scoop of Greek yogurt combined with a teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Then a jumble of summer berries - like blueberries and raspberries - lightly sweetened with maple syrup.  And finally, a mix of crunchy, crushed nuts seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg.  A spice in every layer for a healthy summer dessert. 

For other varieties, try it with slices of fresh mango, strawberry, banana, pomegranate, or peach.  And top the dessert with shredded coconut flakes - like a sprinkle of snowflakes to remind you to enjoy not only the dessert, but to enjoy every precious day of a warm Minnesota summer.

Greek yogurt parfait recipe by Season with Spice

Summer Berries Parfait by Season with Spice
Makes 4 servings

2 cups mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
1 cup toasted mixed nuts (walnuts, cashews, pecans or almonds)
1/4 tsp of Season with Spice's ground Ceylon cinnamon
1/4 tsp of Season with Spice's ground nutmeg
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. In a bowl, lightly toss the berries with maple syrup or honey, and let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, crush the mixed nuts with a food processor or mortar & pestle, and then mix with cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Combine the Greek yogurt with vanilla extract.
4. In serving glasses, add the Greek yogurt on bottom, then the berries, and finally sprinkle the nuts on top. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.

Blueberry and Raspberry parfait with nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and pure maple syrup


BiteMyCake said...

I hope you get many more beautiful summer days there and truly enjoy them. Desserts like this one are definitely my favorite

Teresa said...

Welcome to Minnesota; summer days are wonderful there! Be sure to take in some farmer's markets to enjoy all of the local produce. Love Aunt Teresa

Season with Spice said...

Thank you Tamara, I hope you're enjoying your summer in Croatia!

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Teresa. I was actually just looking up farmer's markets for this weekend.

Hope to see you this summer! Love, Reese

justonecookbook said...

Sounds like this is first recipe post from Minesota? I see different light (whatever..haha!). We must enjoy berries while they last. This looks refreshing and very easy to put together. I love it. :-)

Wok with Ray said...

Beautiful and delicious post from Minnesota! I hope you are enjoying it there and the summer too! Take care you guys. :)

Mjskitchen said...

I know what I'm having for my afternoon snack! Love the idea of seasoning the crushed nuts with a little spice! Beautiful parfait!

Bee said...

Yes, the summer is very short. As soon as August is over, any day in September the weather suddenly turned cold. Even though a day before was still hot and warm. And then the next day, it's winter and it's cold for 9 months before you feel the warmth. I had to live in South Dakota for a couple of years, one of the reasons why I don't even like air-con now.

Season with Spice said...

That's why I'm embracing the hot summer weather here. Hopefully the heat will be trapped in my body and keep me warm through the winter:)

Season with Spice said...

Thanks MJ!

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