Black Cherry Protein Parfait {Vegan, Gluten Free}


If you’ve been reading along here lately you’ll notice that I’ve been talking a lot about recovery as part of my training routine. 

Ever since injury sidelined me several years ago, I’ve taken recovery more seriously.  Not only do I warm up before hand, I roll out after and optimize the way that I refuel.

On the weekends I am all about a big egg breakfast to replenish my muscles but during the week I don’t usually have that much time. 

Typically, I get up around 4:30 or 5 AM, get my workout in then make my way to the kitchen to refuel before it’s time to get the kiddos ready for school. 

Some days I like my smoothies, some days I like my protein oatmeal and other day I really have a hankering for a protein parfait, like this one. 

Black Cherry Protein Parfait - both vegan and gluten free , it's the perfect allergy friendly way to refuel to help you recover faster.

 

Normally I am ALL about the BLUEBS but when I was perusing through the aisle of the grocery store these frozen black cherries caught my eye and I couldn’t resist grabbing them to throw into a smoothie.  I planned on blending them into a smoothie but after a long run last weekend I had the sudden urge for a PARFAIT so I whipped a few up for the rest of the week.

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Not only are they gluten free but they are also completely dairy free and packed with plant protein making them the perfect way to refuel after a workout. 

I prefer to make a few ahead of time so that when I am in a time crunch during the week I can just pop one out of the fridge, sprinkle on some extra gluten free honey grahams, top it with a frozen black cherry and go. to. town. 

You might also like:  Naturally Sweetened Mocha Granola {Gluten Free, Vegan}

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Black Cherry Protein Parfait {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}


 

RECIPE

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or non-dairy milk)
  • 2-3 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 handful of ice cubes
  • 1 scoop PlantFusion Vanilla Bean protein powder (or vegan vanilla protein)
  • 1 cup frozen black cherries 
  • 1 packet Gaia Herbs Turmeric Boost (or 1 tsp turmeric powder)
  • 2 gluten free graham crackers, crushed 

Directions: 

  1. Pour almond milk into a blender and add almond butter, ice and protein powder.
  2. Blend until smooth then transfer to small mason jar and place in the freezer to set for a few minutes. 
  3. Add in cherries and turmeric powder then blend until smooth. 
  4. Remove jars from freezer and pour cherry layer on top. 
  5. Top with crushed graham crackers then garnish with frozen cherry on top, if desired. 

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This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner & A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday. 


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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