Cherry Banana Bonanza

July 11th, 2011 · Lisa · gluten-free, raw, Recipes, sugar-free, Sweet · Comments

I’m home from Vegetarian Summerfest!

I was just about to write you all a recap post, raving about all my amazing adventures in Pennsylvania, when I received a sweet tweet from Dani encouraging me to enter the Whole Foods Market Kid-Friendly Cherry Recipe Contest. I couldn’t pass up the chance to highlight a simple summer sweet, packed full of fresh fruit.

On my way home from the office I picked up some local cherries. Before I left for Pennsylvania, I spent a few hours up in a cherry tree gleaning all the ripe fruit I could find but my sweet bounty disappeared quickly. It was time to restock and to get creative. I can easily consume a bowlful of cherries but with those pits and stems, they aren’t exactly toddler-friendly eats. I wanted to create a cherry recipe that kids of all ages could enjoy.

No problem, with just seven ingredients, a food processor and ten minutes you can create a cherry concoction that will delight your little ones and please your palate. Since this sensational sweet is made entirely of fruit, nuts and whole grains feel free to serve it up for breakfast, an afternoon snack or an evening treat.

Cherry Banana Bonanza
(makes 2 breakfast or 4 snack-size parfaits)
4 Medjool dates, pitted
zest and 1 TBSP of juice from 1 orange
1/4 cup raw pecans
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 TBSP dried cherries
1 cup pitted cherries
2 bananas, peeled and frozen
2 pinches of sea salt

Add to a food processor, two dates and the orange zest. Pulse to finely chop the dates. Add the pecans, oats, dried cherries and a pinch of salt. Pulse to create a granola-like texture. Remove and set aside. Rinse the food processor.

In the clean food processor combine the cherries, orange juice, the remaining two dates and a pinch of salt. Blend until completely smooth. Remove and set aside. Rinse the food processor.

In the clean food processor blend the two frozen bananas until a soft-serve ice cream texture is achieved. Don’t be afraid if it jumps around and turns into chunks at first. Be patient. Let it blend. A perfectly smooth, luscious cream will be created after about 5 minutes.

Divide half of each component between two large or four small glasses, adding one layer at a time. Repeat the layers to use up the remaining components. Serve with a spoon!

This is a great recipe to get kids involved in the kitchen. They can add ingredients to the food processor, push the pulse button to get things moving and study the transformation from frozen bananas to ice cream.

Once I had all the components ready to go, it was time to build a Cherry Banana Bonanza.

I love the look of each distinct layer, so I tend to present my parfaits in a glass jar or a sundae cup.

I know my niece and nephews would love to start their day with a breakfast parfait. Is there any better way to fuel up for a serious session of splashing around the pool, bike rides around the block and twirling around in the sunshine?

These parfaits are definitely kid-friendly, but they will also please a pair of tired parents, soaking up the last glimpses of a summer sunset…

or an awesome aunt, enjoying the quiet sanctuary of a city condo, well-stocked with cherries.


  1. Rita
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    could I made this recipe and keep it in the fridge over night? I want to be able to bring it to my work and eat it throughout the day. Is that possible?

    • theveganlisa
      Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      This isn’t a great recipe to keep overnight in the fridge. It will hold up okay but the texture of the banana will soften quite a bit and will have a stronger banana flavour.

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