Fresh, cooling, creamy and a textural delight, this coconut sago parfait is one to keep in mind as the weather gets warmer. I cheated a little this time and used a pre-made coconut sago/tapioca pudding (which I bought from Leaf in Elwood) and which meant I could assemble this and be eating it in less than 5 minutes. If you have a bit more time you can buy sago (seed tapioca) at health food stores and to make the coconut version, soak half a cup of sago in 500ml of cold coconut milk, dairy milk or coconut water, and then bring it to the boil and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10-15 minutes until the sago goes clear. Most Asian places will add sugar or sweetener at this point. In this recipe, if you use sweet and juicy tropical fruit and coconut chips baked with coconut nectar or maple syrup, you can omit the sweetener in the sago mix. You can use any fruit that you like, lychees and Kensignton mango work particularly well paired with the avocado and coconut, but being Winter, options are somewhat more limited. To eat this you need a long spoon which you use to mix all the ingredients to gather so you essentially end up with a chunky-style smoothie. I packed the jar slightly too densely so ended up tipping into a bowl, adding more crushed ice and eating it like a dessert. Pretty good way to start the day!
Coconut Sago Parfait
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Coconut sago/tapioca pudding
1/2 a mango, peeled and diced
1/4 avocado, peeled and diced
3 strawberries, diced
2 tbspn toasted sweet coconut flakes
To make the toasted sweet coconut, either dry fry some coconut flakes in a non stick fry pan over medium heat with a drizzle of coconut nectar or maple syrup until the coconut is golden and crispy. Alternatively bake the coconut chips drizzled with coconut nectar or maple syrup on a lined baking tray at 160 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden. I make a lot of this and store it in a sealed container to sprinkle over fruit, yoghurt, cereal, etc.
In a glass or jar, layer the sago, fruit, avocado and coconut.
Top with crushed ice. You can crush ice cubes in a blender or food processor to give you an ice that looks like snow.
Mix everything together and enjoy.