Delicous dessert: blackberry and coconut parfait

If you are looking forward to summer, try this recipe of a blackberry coconut parfait and you can at least taste the summer before it finally arrives!

Serves: 6


  • 40 g butter
  • 40 g flaked almonds, roughly crushed
  • 40 g pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 400 ml full fat coconut milk
  • 2 pieces limes, grated rind of both, juice of 1
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 450 g greek style yogurt
  • 225 g blackberries
  • viola flowers , to decorate, optional


1. Line the base and two long sides of a 900g (2lb) non-stick loaf tin with a strip of non-stick baking paper or clingfilm.

2. To make the granola topping, heat the butter in a frying pan, stir in the flaked almonds and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring until just beginning to colour. Mix in the pistachio nuts and sugar and cook for 1 minute until the sugar has dissolved then take off the heat and leave to cool.  

3. For the parfait, pour the coconut milk into a mixing bowl, add the lime rind and juice, honey and sugar and whisk together until smooth. Add the yogurt and whisk briefly until smooth.  

4. Pour about one third of the parfait mixture into the base of the lined tin. Crumble about one third of the blackberries over the top, breaking up with fingertips, then spoon over half the remaining parfait mix and repeat so that all the parfait mixture and all the blackberries are added to the tin.

5. Level the surface of the mixture and spoon over the cooled granola in an even layer. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight, covering the top with climgfilm as soon as it is hard. 

6. To serve, take the parfait out of the freezer 15-25 minutes before you are ready to serve it. Allow to defrost slightly then run a wetted round bladed knife round the sides of the parfait to loosen it. Turn out on to a plate, peel off the lining paper or clingfilm. Decorate, if liked, with tiny viola flowers   and cut into thick slices with a hot knife.

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