My sister and family are here visiting this week and they brought us about 10 pounds of freshly picked cherries from my brother-in-law’s parent’s house (they have about 7 cherry trees…jealous!). It was like Christmas morning when this loot arrived. I’m eating these beauties by the fist full. Adriana is going wild over them. It’s a good, ahem berry good, week. We pitted and froze a bunch to make 1-ingredient cherry sorbet in the Vitamix (my nephews loved it) and I’m dreaming up other ways to use them before they go bad!
This gorgeous Cherry-Strawberry Chia Seed Fool is a festive dessert I came up with for Canada Day tomorrow. I actually thought of it in the middle of the night last night and by some stroke of luck I remembered the idea this morning. In lieu of heavy dairy cream, I used full-fat coconut cream and whipped it with a touch of cane sugar and vanilla bean powder. So incredibly simple and delicious. For the berry part, I made a cherry-strawberry chia seed jam with maple syrup (does it get anymore Canadian?), vanilla bean, fresh lemon juice, and a secret ingredient – a teaspoon of finely grated beet for a bolder red color (but that’s totally optional). It turned out so lovely layered in parfait glasses. Many traditional fool recipes that I came across fold the berries into the cream until it’s pretty uniform in color, but I prefer the layered look so I did it my way. Then you can swirl it all together as you eat it. Total bliss! I also added some toasted sliced almonds and flaked coconut on top for some crunch. A little lemon zest would be nice too.
Cherry-Strawberry Chia Seed Fool
overnight + 3 hours
A vegan twist on the classic berry fool! I used whipped vanilla bean coconut cream and paired it with a delightful cherry-strawberry chia seed jam with lemon and vanilla. This dish requires some advance preparation so be sure to put the cans of coconut milk in the fridge the day before so the coconut cream can solidify. The jam also requires cooling, so you'll need at least 2 hours to chill it in the fridge before layering the dessert.
For the Coconut Whipped Cream
- 2 (15-oz) cans full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
- 2 tablespoons natural cane sugar, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder or 1 vanilla bean, seeded
For the Cherry Strawberry Chia Seed Jam (makes 2 1/3 cups)
- 2 heaping cups fresh or frozen strawberries (hulled if using fresh)
- 3 cups fresh or frozen sweet cherries (pitted if using fresh)
- 3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup, to taste
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- pinch fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
- 1 teaspoon peeled and finely grated red beet (I use a microplane lemon zester), adds bolder red hue
- Toasted sliced almonds
- Coconut Flakes
- Lemon Zest
- Fresh cherries
- Chill the cans of coconut milk in the fridge for 12-24 hours so the coconut cream can solidify before use.
- For the chia seed jam: Add the berries and maple syrup into a medium saucepan. Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium, and simmer until the berries release their juices and soften, about 10 minutes. After the berries release water you can increase the heat even more to cook off the water. Watch closely and stir frequently. When the berries look a bit soft, stir in the chia seeds. Keep cooking over medium heat until the chia thickens the mixture slightly, about 5-10 more minutes. Reduce heat if necessary to avoid burning. Remove from heat and stir in the salt, vanilla, lemon, and optional grated beet. Pour into a glass container and let it cool on the counter for at least 30 minutes before covering and chilling in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably longer.
- Chill a medium bowl in the freezer (this helps the coconut cream stay thick while whipping).
- Open the chilled cans of coconut milk and carefully scoop off the white coconut cream from each can and place it into a medium bowl. You should have 1.5-2 cups worth of cream. You can reserve the leftover coconut water for another use, such as a smoothie or you can freeze it into coconut water ice cubes (also great in smoothies).
- With electric mixers or a whisk, beat the cream and the cane sugar in the chilled bowl until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla.
- Layer the coconut cream and the chia jam in parfait glasses. Top with optional toasted sliced almonds, flaked coconut, lemon zest, and a cherry on top! Enjoy immediately or cover and transfer to the fridge until ready to serve. The chia seed jam will keep for up to a week in the fridge in an air-tight container, and I expect the coconut whipped cream will keep for at least 5 days.
Tip: If for some reason your chia seed jam didn't thicken enough after chilling (this might be the case if the water wasn't cooked off enough), stir in another tablespoon of chia seeds and chill it for another hour. That should do the trick!
Nutrition Information(click to expand)
I’m keeping this short and sweet today because I have a big cookbook deadline looming. Thank you so much for your patience with my infrequent blog posts lately. I am dying to get back into it!
Wishing my fellow Canadians a very happy Canada Day tomorrow. Also, happy 4th of July to our friends south of the border. (By the way, you can easily turn this into a red, white, and blue dessert by adding blueberries.) I hope you have a fun and safe week filled with all the goodness summer has to offer!
That looks absolutely amazing… yummy!!
Happy (belated) Canada Day to you too, Ange! This is crazy but every Canada day I always think about the hike we went on that one year… which is now several years ago!! This recipe looks and sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to find some cherries at the market (possibly this weekend!) so I can make it. Something’s telling me I should invest in a cherry pitter too!
I can totally imagine that your little girl loves the cherries, my nephew does so too. We’re very lucky that my parents have a huge tree full of fresh dark red cherries in their back yard. We’re eating them till our bellies hurt and our fingers are red from the juice :D
This looks amazing and I definitely need to try it!! Hope you had a great Canada Day!!
Slightly off topic: Would you pleeeeease pretty please include nutrition facts in your new book, like in the back of the book? I LOVE everything you make (and everything I make of yours!), and I love when you include them with your recipes! Thanks!
I just made this with some minor modifications because I didn’t have vanilla bean or powder, but it was delicious! Coconut milk for whipped cream for the rest of my life! I’m wondering if it’s possible to get the nutrition breakdown of this dish?
This is absolutely beautiful and looks delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe :)
Elise – www.AmbitiouslyHealthy.com
That jam looks incredible :O..Never came up with the idea to use chia-seeds to prepare a jam, but I am totally tempted to try it since I make normal chia-pudding all the time. Thanks for the inspiration :)
YUM! These look delish Angela!
Wow, that looks so good! I absolutely love cherries. I can’t wait to try this.
this looks amazing! I love the you added chia seeds in here so much nutrition! and the cherry strawberry combo sounds delicious! ;-)
This is a delicious combination of flavors. I made it a few days ago for a treat when my husband and I visited a friend for the 4th of July. We had the jam and coconut whipped cream on top of homemade oat waffles for breakfast and we all agreed that it was superb!
oh my goodness! This looks the most delicious and mouth watering desert, i really cant wait to make it myself. Thank you so much for sharing
Look so yummy, can’t wait to try it after going strawberry picking on the weekend.
Angela, this looks so good! I will absolutely try this. I love your recipe creations.
This looks super yummy!
Oh thanks for the jam idea – planning an afternoon tea and wanted an easy jam without all the junk and that looks perfect!
That picture completely grabbed my attention – it looks so delicious!
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The jam is absolutely delicious. Followed the recipe exactly, and it tasted amazing even before it was cold. I plan to stir it into my overnight oats.
thank you for the recipes! it looks good and i’m trying this soon
Wow the whipped cream looks so yummy! I made whipped cream aquafaba style (you can see it on my website http://www.thegreencreator.com/aquafaba-vegan-whipped-cream/) and I wonder if that would work as well…
Cannot wait to try this asap. I’ve just added cherries and coconut flakes to my weekly shopping list. Eek excited. Thanks for the great post!
Hi Angela, can you can this jam? If so, do you just pour into sterilized jars like regular jam? Or do you heat process the jam once in the jars?
Or can you freeze it like “freezer jam”? Thanks!
I am obsessed with your blog. Cannot go a day without reading it.
Thank you for sharing! This looks so yummy.
Ahhh.. Kill me now.. oh why cant i make anything like these.. looks absolutely amazing..
This looks amazing, especially that cherries are in the season now!
What a fabulous and divine recipe! I am so happy you have shared this!
Angela, this looks divine! I want to have breakfast at your house some time! ;)
Hi Angela, I’m just wondering if you’re raising Adriana non-vegan if you yourself will no longer be completely vegan as well, since you will be cooking and most likely taste-testing the food you make for her?
Love chia seed jam – it is so easy! First tried your apple version. Great idea to use cherries!
You’ve done it again! Can your sister bring her loot to my house? I love cherries! And what a beautiful presentation. Though I have to admit, I think I’d like to put something underneath the jam and cream. Whole cherries perhaps? Granola? Maybe some shortcake? What do you think would be good?
this looks so delicious! cherries are probably the best summer fruit.
It looks so nice and you’ve put so much work into it. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next
Off topic, but the version of your gazpacho that you posted on Instagram is driving me wild with desire. I found your original recipe on your blog, but given that you’ve made so many modifications that would seem to alter the outcome, I’d be thrilled if you posted – or provided me personally – the exact recipe that you used to make the mouthwatering adaption taunting me from your Instagram photos.
Whoa, this one is life changing. Honestly anything with chia seeds and vanilla bean in my book is awesome. Thank you for this
It has certainly come around again to be the perfect time of year for this! I have not yet tried making coconut ‘whipped cream’ and am looking forward to trying that trick!
Oh wow!!! this dessert looks delicious. I wouldn’t feel guilty for eating these, but then again whipped cream isn’t great when having loads. Do they cherries eventually melt down in the pan?
Thats looks soooooo yummy.
I’m going to make this asap!
Fabulous recipe. Looking yummy.
This is really yummy! I made it with organic frozen mixed berries and cherries. It was super simple to make.
I have fructose malabsorption and cherries are not good for me :(
What other berries could I replace the cherries with?
I love your recipes… I have a challenge for you… Vegan butter tarts… I’ve been playing with earth balance, chia and golden lakanto… Can’t seem to get it quite right… I’ve nailed the crust…
I hope you can figure this one out!!
heey =) i always have a hard time whipping coconut cream, even when chilled over night.. what brand do you use or any tips? thanks
That is a really simple three ingredient Coconut Whipped Cream! Love it! Thanks for the recipe :)
This has become a favorite for my husband and me. I replace the sweeteners with stevia to meet my dietary requirements. I recently took this to a Whole Foods Plant Based breakfast and everyone loved it and requested the recipe. I linked them all to your site. I have served it to company and offered it over ice cream for non vegans and still served the coconut cream. I have found that all full fat coconut milk is not the same for whipping. Some brands seem too watery. I have found a brand that has very thick cream at the top of the can which makes it easy to scoop out to whip. Thank you for your recipes. I do have your cookbook and my husband and I are another older couple who have changed to a vegan diet for health reasons and have found great support in learning delicious recipes to use.
I’m so happy you’ve found my blog and recipes helpful in making your dietary transition, Kathleen. All the best to you and your husband!
P.S. To the above comment. At the breakfast, we served the jam and coconut cream over our vegan pancakes. SO delicious! I came home and made the same for our breakfast the next morning. Yum!
Hi! I love your recipes. This one looks so yummy! However, I have just heard that coconut milk (in a can) is bad for the arteries. The same is true for coconut oil. They contain a lot of saturated fat. The flakes or the fresh coconut are ok. I wish you all the best,
Wow look so yummy , thanks for sharing.
I will try your recipes
I’ve made many batches of your jam this summer – so good! Do you think rhubarb and cherries would make a good jam? What ingredients and quantities might work best? Rhubarb fool could be pretty great, too.