Raw Banana Brownie Parfait {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free} + A Book Review & Giveaway!

Raw Banana Brownie Parfait {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free}

Can we take a moment here to admire this absolutely stunning raw banana brownie parfait please? Oh, does it sound like I’m tooting my own horn here? Well, I’m not! This delicious jar of rich, decadent, and healthy goodness is my creation of a recipe by the talented raw chef Heather Pace, which can originally be found in her new book Sweetly Raw Desserts {and is shared here with her permission}. {And I’m giving away a few copies of this book ~~ more details further down!}

Raw Banana Brownie Parfait {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free}

A little while ago I was offered the opportunity to do a book review for Sweetly Raw Desserts. The truth is I’ve got so many things planned ahead for this blog {you’ll hear more on this by email ;) } that I’m absolutely swamped and so I’ve actually been turning down all book and product reviews. But once I had a look at this book I felt like I just couldn’t pass up. It’s a book dedicated to clean, vibrant, and delicious desserts — you’ll find recipes for chocolate {LOTS of chocolate}, cookies {unbaked frosted sugar cookies, cookie bars, and more}, cakes {raw mocha cake or a raspberry roll anyone?}, ice cream {hello there strawberry chai ice cream sandwich!}… I can keep going, but you get the gist of it I’m sure ;).

sweetly raw desserts

All the recipes in the book are gluten, dairy, egg, and refined sugar-free and are suitable for raw, vegan, and gluten-free diets*. Most are grain-free and paleo as well. So it just seemed like a perfect fit all around and I thought you might be interested in checking it out as well.

*My only caution to the gluten-free folks here is that one of the recipes calls for the use of Teeccino, which is a great coffee substitute, BUT I just want to draw your attention to the fact that most Teeccino products actually contain gluten {barley}, but they do have a few gluten-free ones as well, so be sure to read your labels carefully if you’re going to be buying their coffee substitutes {or use an alternative gluten-free brand}.

Raw Banana Brownie Parfait {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free}

Now back to this raw banana brownie parfait — I wouldn’t recommend a book to you without checking out the recipes in it first. I had the darnest time trying to decide which recipe to make from this book for you because there are just so many good-looking ones in there. I ended up going with this brownie parfait because, well, any dessert in a jar is always a favorite around here, and it just sounded simple and delicious. Well, it turned out delicious as it looks. I believe that this is the first time in my adult life I actually just followed a recipe without feeling the urge to change everything around. I wanted the dessert to stay true to Heather’s style, and to be perfectly honest I wouldn’t have changed a thing in retrospect — this parfait is super easy to throw together and tastes absolutely amazing as it is!

Raw Banana Brownie Parfait {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free}Before we get to the recipe though, here’s the exciting part: I’ve got several copies of this book to give away to a few of you so you can enjoy browsing through Heather’s recipes just as I have. Giveaway details can be found after the recipe!

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Raw Banana Brownie Parfait {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free}
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Makes: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
For the Brownie:
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ⅔ cup packed dates, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean powder
  • ½ tsp water
For the Pudding:
  • 1½ cups mashed banana
  • ⅔ cup cashews
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 2 tbsp melted cacao butter
For Assembly:
  • 2-3 ripe bananas, diced
Instructions
  1. To make the brownie: combine all ingredients in a food processor until crumbly. Processing any more will cause the brownie to become oily.
  2. To make the pudding: blend the banana, cashews, maple syrup, cacao powder, and vanilla in a blender until completely smooth. Add the cacao butter and blend again to incorporate. Chill the pudding in the fridge for at least 5 hours.
  3. To assemble: arrange some of the diced bananas in a glass. Spoon a layer of pudding on top and sprinkle some brownie mixture over it. Repeat the layers one or two more times. Serve immediately.
Notes
Ok, so I did make a few changes, but they were uber minor ;) Here are a couple of things I did differently and a few notes:

- I placed the pudding mixture into the freezer for 2 hours instead of in the fridge for 5 hours just to speed up the process a little.
- I topped my pudding with some cacao nibs because cacao nibs are awesome.
- The jar you see pictured actually contains more than one serving -- it holds half the recipe's ingredients and was split between 4 people {who happily devoured it all!}. The number of servings is kind of arbitrary anyways for these types of recipes -- just divide the contents as you see fit or into however servings / jar sizes you want and enjoy!
- I kept one of my jars refrigerated overnight and it was equally as pretty and delicious the next morning {see last picture above}.
 

BOOK GIVEAWAY {CLOSED!}

This giveaway is now closed — congratulations to: Melania, Natalia, Joanne, Dana, and Susann. Expect your copies of Sweetly Raw Desserts in the mail shortly! Loved your comments and they inspired some interesting ideas for me in the kitchen :)

Thanks so much to everyone else for taking part as well — you shared some really wonderful {and yummy} ideas and I loved them all. It was hard to narrow it down here. For anyone who did not win, follow @sweetlyraw on instagram {or just keep an eye out on that page if you’re not an Instagram user} — she posts updates about other blogs currently doing giveaways of more copies of this book, so maybe you can still get a copy ;)

A big thanks to Heather and her team for offering to share some book copies for this giveaway and for sharing this tasty parfait recipe! You can buy Sweetly Raw Desserts here {available as an ebook or paperback} and you can find more of Heather’s gorgeous recipes over on her blog sweetlyraw.com!

I’ve got several paperback copies of this book to give away. If you know me by now, you’ll know that I don’t like generic random pick giveaways. I like hearing from you and getting to know you more instead + I always get random and fantastic recipe inspiration from my readers, which is a good thing for everyone involved ;)

So, if you’re interested in getting a copy of Sweetly Raw Desserts, here’s what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment below with an answer to one or both of the following questions:

What is the most bizarre yet surprisingly good flavor pairing you’ve ever tried?

What’s the best banana dessert you’ve ever had?

2. I’d really appreciate it if you take a moment to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Note: this part is NOT mandatory at all and will not affect your chances of getting a book in any way. In fact, if social media or emails are not your thing, I completely understand and I’d rather you didn’t sign up. But if you like this blog and my recipes you can support both by following along and also of course by subscribing to my email newsletter {you can do that at the bottom of this blog}. It’s easy to stay in touch this way with what’s happening around here, plus you get the extras I share only with my subscribers.

P.S. If you feel like commenting, but don’t want a copy of the book, just mention that in your comment. I’d still love to hear your answers :)

I will be picking the winners based on the comments that catch my attention the most {i.e. answers that get me inspired to get baking — so anything that peaks my curiosity >>inspiration>>kitchen time!}. So please share as much or as little as your heart desires and I really look forward to hearing your responses!

GIVEAWAY RULES: Giveaway will close on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 11:59PM EST. All answers must be entered via the comments section below prior to this closing date. Feel free to enter more than one suggestion and come back if you’ve got more ideas. An email will be sent out with an update on who gets the book copies, so be sure to enter your email address in the email field when entering your comment. Winner must respond within 48 hours to the email I will send them once the giveaway closes and provide a valid mailing address to claim their prize, otherwise the prize will go to the next lined up best suggestion. The giveaway is open worldwide. Good luck and look forward to what you’ve got to share!

Raw Banana Brownie Parfait {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free}

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