These Dairy-Free Strawberry Vanilla Mousse Parfaits are delicious, dairy-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. They’re an amazing healthier summer treat or addition to your 4th of July BBQ!
The 4th is almost upon us. Which means I probably won’t be watching fireworks, but trying to calm my dog down and hiding in the bathroom (her “safe place”) with her as she freaks out. And it also means BBQs, beers, hot dogs, and mostly all unhealthy (but kind of delicious) things.
And I’m okay with that. Like I’ve said and will always say, I am all about balance. I am totally fine with pigging out during the holidays and eating a huge slice of birthday cake. I don’t even think twice about having some not-so-great-for you goodies during weekend cheat days. But I don’t do it all the time.
I’m definitely not stick skinny. I never have been. I’m also on a medication that causes major weight gain and I’ve put on 15 pounds in the past 2 years that’s impossible to get off. But, I’m okay with it. I’m healthy. I eat a really great, balanced diet 90 percent of the time. And I work out. I go to the gym. I do yoga all of the time. I almost never eat processed foods.
The most important part of our health is eating well, moving, staying active, and feeling comfortable in our bodies. Love yourself and do what’s right for you.
An example of my balance? Today, before shopping at Whole Foods and buying a ton of organic, healthy produce and ingredients for the week, we totally ate a giant Chicago-style hot dog from the family-owned hot dog hut next door. And french fries. And it was delicious. We also walked 2 miles to Whole Foods so I didn’t feel too guilty.
But that’s just what works for me.
If you can live your life without a slice of cake or Chicago hot dog, I give you Emoji praise hands right now and bow down to you. Because you are strong, girl! (Or boy.)
With that being said, however, I’m always trying to make something fun, but healthier, for parties and holidays. Something to balance things out. So I knew I would be chowing down on some grass-fed cheeseburgers for the fourth, so maybe my dessert didn’t have to be that terrible for you?
Hence, these dairy-free strawberry vanilla mousse parfaits. They’re made with whipped coconut milk. (So, delicious already, am I right?) They don’t have any sugar or any dairy. They’re lightly sweetened with vanilla bean and a little agave. They’re layered with ripe, fresh berries. And they’re so good.
Use a high-quality brand of vanilla bean for this recipe, such as Rodelle. I love their Madagascar vanilla beans for their pure, true vanilla flavor and quality.
Also: this recipe is so easy. Just 5 ingredients and minimal effort. And you can have something delicious, quite pretty, and healthy for dessert!
Enjoy these dairy-free strawberry vanilla mousse parfaits, and have a happy Fourth!
I hope that you enjoy this Dairy-Free Strawberry Vanilla Mousse! Have you ever made coconut whipped cream before? What’s your favorite healthy summer dessert? Let me know in the comments below!
Here are a few things you may need or want for this recipe:
Rodelle Vanilla Beans // Rodelle Organic Pure Vanilla Extract // KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl in Raspberry Ice // Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk
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Dairy-Free Strawberry Vanilla Mousse Parfaits
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: dessert, vegan
These 5 ingredient Strawberry and Vanilla Bean Mousse Parfaits are delicious and super easy. They contain no refined sugar or dairy and are vegan. Lightly sweetened with real vanilla bean and raw agave nectar, these fruity parfaits are a healthier, but still decadent, treat.
- 2 13.5-ounce cans of unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk
- 1 pound strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 tablespoons (or to taste) raw agave nectar
- Place the cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight.
- Puree about a half pound of strawberries to make strawberry puree. Strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer and measure out 2/3 cup.
- Make the whipped coconut cream. Remove cans from the fridge and open the cans from the bottom. Carefully drain out all of the water and reserve it to make smoothies with at a later time. You will have the solidified coconut cream left in the cans. Scoop all of this out into your standing mixer bowl.
- With the whisk attachment, whip the coconut cream until thick, fluffy, and stiff, about 3-5 minutes.
- Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and scrape into the bowl of coconut whipped cream (save the vanilla pods to make vanilla sugar). Add the raw agave nectar and beat another 30 seconds.
- Scoop out about 1 cup of the coconut whipped cream and reserve in the fridge until ready to use. To the remaining cream, add the strawberry puree slowly while beating. Beat another few minutes until stiff and incorporated.
- Layer the parfaits. On the bottom of each glass, spoon or pipe some of the strawberry mousse. Then add a layer of sliced strawberries and blueberries. Repeat this two more times.
- Top parfaits with the reserved plain coconut whipped cream.
- Chill parfaits, covered in plastic, in the fridge for about an hour. Enjoy!
Summer Shores says
Mousse is always a great snack because of it’s light texture! Love that this is dairy free as well!
Jessica Hughes says
How delicious! Love the fresh fruit as well- yum!!
Wow, this recipe looks so good. Can’t wait to give it a try!
I am always looking for dairy free recipes and this one does not seem to disappoint!
I usually eat dairy, but this recipe actually looks pretty good! I have friends that do not eat dairy so I will share this Utah them!
Mijia Eggers says
It is strawberry season now! This fits in perfectly.
Wendy Polisi says
Oh my gosh yes please! I would love to eat this! Great idea Tiffany!
Emman Damian says
DAIRY-FREE STRAWBERRY VANILLA MOUSSE PARFAITS looks so GOOD!!! I want it right now. Hope to make it on weekends!
Ntensibe Edgar Michael says
Nnniiccceeeeee….I have never eaten coconut whipped cream before! I could give it a shot, though.
Amy Desrosiers says
Yum to the e! These parfaits look wicked good! I love that they are dairy-free too!
Kristine Nicole Alessandra says
I want to try this dessert. Whipped coconut cream sounds delicious! Oh, and I won’t wait for the 4th of July to make this! I will make this on the weekend. Yummy!
Brianne Tursi Manz says
Oh yum! This looks so amazing! A great dessert treat, that is guilt-free for people wanting to lose weight
Um…hi, hello…new to your blog and, I have to say, WOW do these look delicious. Both my husband and I are lactose intolerant, so I definitely appreciate a good dairy-free alternative. I use coconut milk and cream all the time, but I’ve never tried making whipped cream from it. What a delicious treat!
Also, have you tried a thunder coat on your dog? I know some of my friends swear it helps for all the fireworks. I have a little vest I put on my cat to help with her anxiety. It makes her feel like she’s getting a big hug.
Nom nom nom nom!! (And poor Puff! We should get her a thunder shirt!)
I know! The vet gave her tranquilizers for the 4th. Poor little Puff!