Cinnamon Chestnut Parfait

Tis indeed the season to start thinking about getting jolly. A month of jovial eating, drinking like fish and scraping out the bottom of our wallets. Before all this happens, I can think of no better way to prepare than with a little healthy body loving treat.

For the festive period cold pressed juice geniuses Plenish are offering a stonkingly good discount on all their cleanses for the New Year, with the intention of getting you in tip top form after the liver drowning festivities.

I recently tried their new range and have to say that a few of their drinks rather blew me away. Their new Cacao Maca Cashew Milk in particular. In fact I just couldn’t help myself, but do a lil bit of recipe development with it….

I think you might understand why….

Cinnamon Chestnut Parfait Tess Ward Chef Healthy Vegan recipe Treat

If you think the only thing to do with nut milks is to drink them, then you are yet to discover their true potential. They make really good cooking ingredients too. So if you decide to fall off the juicing bandwagon then I certainly have some tips… This little beauty is a celebration of some of my favourite wintery ingredients and spices. Chestnuts, allspice and cinnamon with a touch of rose for aroma and a dash of maple for sweetness. The only thing I will say is that chestnut has a slightly granular texture, so achieving a silky smooth consistency is tricky. Adding more coconut yoghurt (for vegan options) or creme fraiche is a good way to counteract this. Its certainly according to personal preference.

Cinnamon Chestnut Parfait Recipe

  • 100g unsweetened chestnut puree, I use Merchant Gourmet
  • 150ml Plenish Cacao Milk
  • 1-2 heaped tablespoons of creme fraiche, or coconut yoghurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 50g roasted chestnuts, crushed into pieces
  • a drop of rose water and rose petals to garnish (optional)



Place all the ingredients, apart from the roasted chestnuts and rose petals, in a blender and whizz until smooth.

Add more creme fraiche/ coconut yoghurt to taste. You may need more maple syrup if you use creme fraiche, because it has less natural sweetness than coconut. Add to taste.

I cannot say how much I enjoyed this little pudding. In fact the second one might just have been my breakfast the next day…


Cinnamon Chestnut Parfait Tess Ward Chef Healthy Vegan recipe Treat Festive Christmas

Cinnamon Chestnut Parfait Tess Ward Chef Healthy Vegan recipe Treat

If you like the look of this recipe, or make it, please do let me know. Its such a lovely simple mid-week festive treat. I’d love to see your variations.

Also for more info about Plenish Juices and their current offers just check out the website here all you have to do is pop in the PLENISHLATER2015 code and all you lovely YES chef readers will get 20% off all cleanses next year.

Happy cooking  🙂


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