I’ve never been all that into St. Patrick’s Day. I mean, woohoo, kissing, pinching, wearing green, drinking and all that, but I much prefer the more food-centric holidays, and I’ve never been a meat and potatoes sort of girl. I do recall being sort of fond of corned beef, though, strangely enough, and it got me thinking that I should give celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with food another shot. I’ve rounded up some of the Internet’s most delicious-looking recipes, some authentic, some not, all vegan, including one of my own. It’s not the prettiest rainbow, but it’s healthy and super tasty. Enjoy!
Rainbow Parfait with Chocolate Mousse:
a rainbow of fruit, ~ <1/4 cup each. Fresh or frozen (thawed), try organic!
Red: strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds…
Orange: mango, oranges…
Yellow: bananas, pineapple…
Green: green apples, kiwi…
Purple: blackberries, grapes…
One can coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
1/2 cup dates, chopped
3 tbsp cocoa powder
small splash vanilla extract
cocoa nibs, optional
Let dates soak in warm water for 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how tough they are. You want them soft.
Open refrigerated can of coconut milk or cream, and discard the thin, transparent liquid. Set aside a tbsp or 2 of the cream to use as a topping, if desired. Using a food processor, blend together the thick cream with the soaked dates. Add cocoa powder, vanilla, and cocoa nibs and pulse a few times again until combined. I recommend refrigerating this overnight before serving, as the coconut flavor diminishes while the chocolate flavor intensifies, but it’s also delicious right away.
Begin layering your parfait. I started with a tbsp or 2 at the bottom of a parfait glass, but use whatever you’ve got. I then went through the rainbow backwards, starting with an ill attempt at purple using raspberries and blueberries, then adding blackberries, kiwis, bananas, mango, and strawberries. I topped with a bit more chocolate mousse, and then whipped the reserved coconut cream to top. Add some golden sprinkles, and you’ve got a healthy, edible rainbow!
Here are some other delicious St. Patrick’s Day ideas:
Dublin Coddle with Vegan Irish Sausages via Fat Free Vegan.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Gravy via Oh She Glows.
two vegan reubens! I couldn’t resist:
Vegan Reuben with Corned Beef Seitan via Hell Yeah It’s Vegan.
Vegan Reuben Sandwich via Vegan Dad.
Mushroom Stout Pie with Potato Biscuits via the PPK.
Shamrock Chips via Zakka Life.
Vegan Bailey’s Irish Cream via Oh She Glows.
Colorful Vegan Colcannon via Vegenista.
Corned Beef-less Tips and Cabbage via Meet the Shannons.
Vegan Lucky Charms via Fork and Beans.
Superfood St. Patrick’s Day Cake via Sweet Healthy Living.
had to throw a few delicious-sounding recipes into this round-up just because of their surprising green hue!
Spicy Lasagna Verde via Healthy Happy Life.
Vanilla Green Tea Tapioca Pudding via Munchin with Munchkin.
Caramel Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies with Green Tea and Kinako via Made Just Right by Earth Balance.
Frozen Grasshopper Pie on a Stick via BitterSweet.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!