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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Oatmeal Raisin Pudding Parfait for 2

September is almost over, and you know what that means-
School is back in full swing.


School, of course, is much different for me now. No more waking up at 6am to catch the bus. No more progress reports sent home. No more long visits to Target to load up on school supplies. 
(I actually miss that one.)

I'm very glad to done with compulsory education, although lately I've been a little reminiscent.
Times were much simpler then, or so it seems.


This nostalgia must have subliminally provoked the idea for this recipe.
For this month's Recipe Redux, I was inspired by classic lunchbox fare.

Those little vanilla pudding cups were a must-have when I was in primary school. And you mustn't forget good old-fashioned oatmeal-raisin cookies.

These two ingredients came together wonderfully for this simple, no-bake dessert.
Pudding cut with layers of crumbled oatmeal-raisin dough.


Upon tasting it, I was instantly sent back to my elementary-school days,
The pudding doesn't taste exactly like Handi-Snacks, but I actually prefer it.

It is very smooth and sweet. The cookie crumbles give it a nice crunchy contrast.


When you're wanting to feel like a kid again, look no further than this recipe.
It can easily be packed in your child's lunchbox as a much healthier alternative to processed snacks.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup dates (soaked)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbs. raisins
  • 2/3 cup coconut meat 
  • 2 tbs. coconut water
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions:
  • Drain dates and place in food processor with oats and cinnamon
  • Process until crumbly like cookie dough
  • Transfer to small bowl and stir in raisins (Or mash it all together with your hands, like I did. This gives it a more cookie-like form)
  • Blend coconut meat, water, agave and vanilla in high-speed blender or food processor until very smooth- about 20 seconds, depending on speed
  • Layer the "cookie dough" and "pudding" in two small bowls or jars, alternating every so often for the "parfait look"
*One serving is 1/2 of recipe




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