Vanilla Cream Parfaits with Gingersnap Granola (GF + DF + Sugar-Free) & *Giveaway*

Blackberries, blueberries, & raspberries.

How was everyone’s Memorial Day weekend?

Full of good food, family, friends, and fun right?  No mosquitoes or sunburns or heat exhaustion – right?  I had a fantabulous holiday myself but couldn’t quite manage to escape from that second one.  Hours spent on the beach playing sand volleyball knocked all sense out of my brain and I didn’t reapply for uh..well…all day?  Can anyone say stupid?

Well I have – many times over the week.  I’m just leery of the sunscreens out there with all of the harmful and toxic ingredients… I think I just need to make my own!  :D That way I have no excuse.  Anyway, hopefully I was stupid enough for the both of us and you didn’t have to deal with a walloping burn too.  As a side note, I used a few drops of lavender and peppermint essential oil mixed with pure aloe gel to soothe and cool my sun-smacked skin.  My friend Laura over at Laura’s Gluten-free Pantry sent me some essential oil samples that I’m LOVING!  Here’s the link to find out more about the powers of essential oils.

OK.  Enough focus on the pain and peeling!  Let’s talk about food.  Here’s what I whipped up over the weekend…

Vanilla Cream Parfaits with GInger Snap Granola (gluten-free + vegan)

Gorgeous right?  I had so much fun putting these together!  There are no little children running around my house but I imagine it would be a sweet summer time memory assembling these parfaits with the kids.  I used small juice glasses similar to dessert shots since they’re all the rage these days.  Funny how smaller has become better, huh?

Dessert Shots: Vanilla Cream Parfaits with GInger Snap Granola (gluten-free + vegan)

There are 3 delicious aspects of this dessert: Gingersnap Granola / Coconut Vanilla Cream / Berries.

Let’s get started with the Gingersnap Granola shall we?  It has a spicy, dark, and rich flavor that has just the right amount of snap and sweet.  This granola really is a treat but if you need to save time, you can use store bought gluten-free gingersnaps and crush them into pieces for the parfaits.  It won’t be quite the culinary masterpiece but it’ll still taste darn good. ;)

Gingersnap Granola (gluten-free with blackstrap molasses)

Gingersnap Granola*

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup xylitol (Feel free to sub in cane sugar instead if you wish.)
1/2 cup butter (To make it vegan you may easily sub coconut oil in for the butter.  There will be a slight flavor difference – the butter makes it taste like real gingersnaps but coconut oil gives it a lighter and sweet flavor.  You can’t go wrong with either!)
1 tablespoon unsulphered blackstrap molasses
1  1/2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and pour onto a baking sheet with sides.  Bake at 375 degrees 10 – 15 minutes stirring often to ensure a lovely golden brown.

Yields about 4 cups.

*For followers of the THM diet, this recipe is considered a crossover.

Coconut Cream (gluten-free + vegan)Coconut Vanilla Cream

1/4 cup powdered xylitol (Run xylitol through the blender for 10 seconds on high.  I don’t like the large granules and love how smooth the cream came out after blending the xylitol first!  If you wish use powdered sugar cane no problem.)
1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight and with the liquid drained out (Save it for a smoothie or a luscious hair treatment later!)
1  1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.  Feel free to adjust the measurements to taste.  Everyone’s buds are a tad different.

Vanilla Cream Parfaits with GInger Snap Granola (gluten-free + vegan)Vanilla Cream Parfaits

Berries – 1/2 cup each of blueberries, raspberries, & blackberries (or cherries or strawberries or dewberries…oooh or try mango chunks!  In short, you need 1  1/2 cups of fruit of some kind.)
Gingersnap Granola
Coconut Vanilla Cream

Now for the fun part, putting it all together!

How to assemble a parfait!

Layer the ingredients starting with the granola, cream, then berries and back to the granola, cream, and finish with the berries on top!  Serve immediately or place in a dish and cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for the afternoon.  The longer it sits the more the flavors will meld and the granola with become softer.  These will be good for 2 days or so in the fridge but I can’t see how anyone could wait that long to finish them off.  If they can I’m pretty offended actually…  ;)

Here’s to my new home in the wide, wide, world!

By the by I’ve moved addresses!  No more renaissancelife.us.  No more having to remember how to spell “renaissance”. haha.  It was time to simplify.  So, Gabriela-s.com it is!

I’m so excited to have gotten all the “moving” finished and am settling in nicely.  Hmm I wonder what the corresponding term for “house warming party” is for getting a new domain and website design??  Ugh, I’ll just be typical today and call this a regular ole’ launch party then!

Gabriela's Natural Skincare Collection

So, in celebration of my new place, I’m giving away a Citrus Chiffon Skin Brightening Scrub & Almaretto Lip Softening Balm!  The scrub works wonders for your complexion – hydrating, polishing, keeping pores clean and clear, NEVER leaving your face feeling tight or drawn only supple, AND it takes care of the horrors of sunburn flakiness in no time flat!  *Phew*  All natural and with some organic ingredients, this scrub has the scent of cinnamon sugar toast and orange slices!  Yummiiii.

As for the Almaretto lip balm – it pretty much saved my bacon this week after I discovered that you can indeed sunburn your mouth.  Who’da thunk it?  Now they’re silky soft and I’ve got the sweet flavor of almond pastry on my lips!

Sooo go ahead, treat yourself, enter the contest. :D  It wraps up next week so if you can’t wait that long, enter the contest now, go here and order yourself some product, and if you win you’ll have your purchase (including shipping) refunded!

My sweet friend Kelli, from ep{r}l, was so kind as to write a review of my products.  Check it out, you can also enter the giveaway at her place!
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Shared on: On the Menu Monday, Melt In Your Mouth Monday, Mop it up Monday, Marvelous Mondays, Show Me Your Plaid, Inspire Me Monday, Fat Tuesday, Hearth & Soul, Tasteful Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Wednesday WhatsIts, Party Wave Wednesday, Allergy-free Wednesdays, Trim Healthy Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, Gluten-free Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesday, Well Fed Wednesday, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Whole Foods Wednesday, Healthy2Day Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things, Mom on Timeout, live laugh love, heart for home, Fantastic Thursday, Showcase Your Talent Thursday, Create It Thursday, Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday, Allergy-Friendly Friday, Whole Food Fridays, GF Fridays

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{ 37 comments }
  • Little E's Kitchen June 5, 2013, 1:45 am

    Gingersnap granola?! That sounds AMAZING!! Thank you for the recipe!
    -Erin

    • Gabriela June 6, 2013, 4:35 pm

      Yes, it’s REALLY good – even as a cereal with almond milk too. hehe. Thanks so much for coming by Erin!

  • Marjorie June 5, 2013, 12:58 pm

    LOVE to win this and use it for the few sunburns we ever get. Always nice to ahve new products to try. These sound divine.

  • Marjorie June 5, 2013, 1:00 pm

    My current skin care regime is using coconut oil to remove eye make-up. Cera-Ve for face cleanser and then follow with a natural Witch Hazel for toner. I don’t need a moisturizer right now, but I have used Paula’s Choice anti-aging ones before.

    • Gabriela June 6, 2013, 4:43 pm

      Ah yes, I love coconut oil and witch hazel! They are my go-to guys. Thanks for the comment Marjorie – good luck to you in the giveaway!

  • Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry June 5, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Wow, this parfait looks divine Gabriela! Seriously, I want to eat it right now and have seconds.

    Your skincare line is amazing and smells incredible. Thank you for the mention of the essential oils. I am glad they were helpful for your sunburn and hope it heals quickly!

    • Gabriela June 6, 2013, 4:42 pm

      So glad you’re enjoying the products Laura! And yes thank you, aside from peeling everywhere, my skin is rejuvenating quite nicely. ;)

  • Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen June 6, 2013, 12:13 am

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

    • Gabriela June 6, 2013, 4:36 pm

      Thanks Chandra!

  • April June 6, 2013, 10:55 pm

    It’s a bit long (my search for health began because I wanted to improve my skin) so I’ll just give a basic daily routine: Wash face with clarisonic and 100% pure cleanser, pat on MSM aloe gel, MSM medical lotion, 100% pure coffee eye cream, day cream that I got on sale from Whole Foods and love (I can’t remember the name…!) and natural sunscreen (or close to) thanks for the giveaway!

    • Gabriela June 10, 2013, 10:02 pm

      Hi April! Thanks for entering! :)

  • Christine June 7, 2013, 6:15 am

    I can’t wait to try these!! They look beautiful too :-)

    • Gabriela June 11, 2013, 6:26 pm

      Thanks so much Christine – they taste simply heavenly! I felt like a princess as I ate it. I hope you do too! ;)

  • Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents June 8, 2013, 11:34 am

    Thank you so much for linking up…that looks AMAZING!!!

    • Gabriela June 12, 2013, 8:29 pm

      Thanks Stacy!

  • Judy @Savoring Today June 8, 2013, 2:06 pm

    These parfaits sound light and fresh, I like the idea of the gingersnap granola. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

    • Gabriela June 12, 2013, 9:20 pm

      Thanks Judy! Yes they are just the right amount of richness with the “cream” and ginger and freshness from the fruit. Looking forward to coming back to Hearth & Soul!

  • Katherines Corner June 9, 2013, 12:55 pm

    oh my goodness I am making these!!!!!! I’m so thrilled you shared this yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop xo

    • Gabriela June 12, 2013, 9:21 pm

      Yay! Thanks Katie. :) I love coming to your party!

  • Anne @Authentic Simplicity June 11, 2013, 2:08 am

    The gingersnap granola sounds delicious, and I love how you combined all this into a parfait. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

    • Gabriela June 12, 2013, 9:23 pm

      Thanks Anne! It is quite tasty indeed. :) Have a wonderful week!

  • Miz Helen June 11, 2013, 2:49 pm

    Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Gabriela June 12, 2013, 9:24 pm

      Thanks Miz Helen – you too!

  • Linda June 12, 2013, 1:36 am

    Your parfaits look delicious and beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Gluten-Free Wednesdays. I’ll be highlighting your entry this week.

    • Gabriela June 12, 2013, 9:28 pm

      Hi Linda! Thank you so much. :)

  • Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry June 12, 2013, 3:34 am

    I am featuring your awesome parfaits this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays :) Can’t wait to make the recipe!

    • Gabriela June 12, 2013, 9:31 pm

      Thanks Laura dear! I’m excited for you to try it. :)

  • Diane Balch June 12, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Your parfaits are both healthy and beautiful to behold… thank you for sharing them with us on foodie friday and welcome.

    • Gabriela June 12, 2013, 10:26 pm

      Why thank you Diane! I couldn’t ask for a better compliment. Healthy and beautiful. Perfect. :) Have a great week!

  • Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) June 13, 2013, 5:42 pm

    These are so striking! I am sure they taste as great as they look! Perfect for summer! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

    • Gabriela June 14, 2013, 3:32 pm

      Hi Cindy! Thank you for the lovely compliments. :) And thank you for the tweet and pin! Have a great weekend!

  • Carole June 20, 2013, 9:33 pm

    Gabriela – such great presentation. Thanks for bringing it over to the treats table. Cheers

    • Gabriela June 24, 2013, 1:15 pm

      Thanks Carole, my pleasure! Appreciate you hosting. :)

  • Alice @ Mums Make Lists July 9, 2013, 4:00 pm

    This look scrumptious – gorgeous pics.

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive – we’re focused on “skinny” recipes this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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