Bright and zesty blood oranges with a dollop of fresh yogurt, topped with homeade maple granola and sprinkled with pistachios. This deconstructed Blood Orange Vegan Yogurt Parfait is a delightful mix of citrus, nutty plus sweet. A beautiful breakfast bowl, it’s equally as elegant as a summer dessert served to guests.
Using Blood Orange in Your Yogurt Parfait
The blood orange was first cultivated in Italy. It’s actually a totally naturally mutation from standard oranges. Dark red flesh give this fruit a striking look. Taste-wise blood oranges are less acidic to the palate, slightly sweeter, and have hints of raspberry and strawberry.
Like all citrus, Blood Oranges don’t ripen further after being harvested. This means they last longer than most other fruit. So, they’re good to keep around for use in variety of recipes. Store them on the counter for a few days or in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
Slicing & Segmenting your Blood Oranges
Before slicing and segmenting your blood oranges, you need to get the peel off. The simplest and least messy way to remove the peel of an orange is with a pairing knife and a spoon:
•Simply score around the centre of the orange with your knife (cutting about ⅛ of an inch deep).
•Then insert the handle of your spoon between the peel and the orange.
•Work your way around the orange until you feel the peel beginning to come free.
•Remove and repeat for the other half of the orange and voilà!
Now your blood oranges are peeled. for round slices, simple slice your orange. For segments, cut your blood oranges in between the tough membrane to release each segment.
Vegan & Dairy-Free Blood Orange Parfait
For this Blood Orange Yogurt Parfait you can use your yogurt of choice. I prefer Maison Riviera Coconut Milk Vegan Delight in plain unsweetened. It’s sugar-free and contains 4 grams of protein per 175 g portion and has vitamins A, B12, D and calcium. This vegan yogurt has a really rich texture and works beautifully in a parfait.
Top with Toasted Granola, Mint & Pistachio
This recipe uses my Quick 5 Ingredient Baked Granola to top your Blood Orange Yogurt Parfait. Toasted with cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla, this homemade granola gives the perfect sweetness to your parfait. Plus, you can store the remainder of the granola in your pantry to use on fruit and cereal.
Sprigs of fresh mint give a sweet, cooling taste that plays against the citrus. A sprinkling of roughly ground pistachios, with their creamy and earthy flavour, further balances the tartness of the blood orange for a simple yet sophisticated parfait.
Blood Orange Vegan Yogurt Parfait
- 3 blood oranges
- 2 large dollops yogurt of choice
- 1 cup granola your preferred granola or make my Quick 5 Ingredient Baked Granola (recipe at bottom of this blog)
- handful pistachios shelled, crushed
- 3 Tbsp fresh mint leaves