I had no idea what I was going to do with the two bags of Meyer lemons I picked up on a recent grocery run – but I couldn’t resist them. Bright yellow and shiny, I’d never tried one, never even seen them before. Meyer lemon is a citrus fruit that is a cross between mandarin orange and lemon. They’re smaller and rounder than regular lemons and have a wonderful spicy smell.
Right after my purchase I heard about the So Delicious 3 Course Recipe Contest and an idea was born: a creamy, tart-sweet, crunchy parfait with Meyer lemon juice as the star – and a bit of lime as character actor.
Meyer Lemon, Lime & “Graham Cracker” Parfaits
A creamy, tart-sweet, crunchy vegan, gluten-free parfait with Meyer lemon juice as the star – and a bit of lime as character actor.
- 2 cups raw cashew pieces, soaked for 8 hours or overnight, rinsed and drained
- 7 Medjool dates, soaked for a few hours, drained
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I used So Delicious brand)
- 1/2 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup plain coconut yogurt (I used So Delicious brand)
- 1/4 cup firm tofu* (not silken), optional
- 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- zest of 2 Meyer lemons
- zest of 1 lime
- 2 cups pecans
- 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
- 3 Medjool dates
- 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- In a blender, combine the cashews, dates, coconut milk, lemon & lime juice, yogurt, tofu (if using), maple syrup and zest. Process until very smooth.
- In a food processor, combine the pecans, sesame seeds, dates, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Process until crumbly and of uniform size.
- Put 1 heaping tablespoon of pecan mixture at the bottom of each of 6 bowls or glasses. Top with about 3 tablespoons of lemon mixture. Continue alternating layers of pecan mixture with the lemon mixture until you’ve used up both. Top with fresh fruit and additional zest, if desired.
- *the tofu will make for a thicker consistency
- Serving Size: 6
- Calories: 694
- Sugar: 35
- Sodium: 23
- Fat: 51
- Saturated Fat: 10
- Unsaturated Fat: 38
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 59
- Protein: 14
- Cholesterol: 1
Looks so delicious and colorful Annie! I love that you used pecans (my favorite nut) and love all the citrus flavors… Oh man that sounds good. I can’t remember which blog I was reading recently, but they were talking about how amazing Meyer lemons were too, I need to get my hands on some!!
I’m not sure how I missed Meyer lemons for all of these years… Definitely get some if you can. I know you’ll come up with some very yummy eats!
I’m a HUGE fan of Meyer lemons, but I’m lucky to live in California where they are a very common backyard lemon tree (though I can’t say I’ve ever seen them in a supermarket). My grandmother had a big Meyer lemon tree in her back yard, and when we’d go to visit her, we would always go out and pick lemons… in their climate, it produced lemons year round! To this day I always think of her when I use a Meyer lemon—they have a lovely and unique lemon flavor and fragrance! Thanks for the great inspiration to make a parfait! We still have limes on our tree, and I’ll see if I can track down some lemons from a friend. 🙂 Thanks!
Common in the backyard, eh? How lucky you are! What a nice memory, too. Thanks, Heather!
That looks fearsomely tempting and my mouth’s watering looking at those lemons.You quite often use pre-soaked cashews and dates, do you always have some on the go so that they’re ready to use when you need them?
The last unusual or exotic fruit I ate was a banana. Not unusual perhaps, but I’d say they’re exotic since we can’t grow them here and it’s not that long ago that they were completely unknown to Brits.
Can you tell I’m a big fan of puddings?? I always have bags of cashew pieces and loads of dates. A few hours soak is about all they need so as long as I get them going in the morning, I’m good for a little dessert after lunch ;-).
Interesting about bananas – I was thinking about that the other day, actually. They are ubiquitous here, but it must have been quite something when the first ones started appearing. They certainly look exotic and unusual.
OOoh waw, what georgous Vegan parfaits! I want one or two right now, as a nice breakfast please! Beautifully presented too!
Thanks, lady! Appreciate it – and yes! Breakfast is a great idea!
Or a Nice healthy treat for brunch!!.
This sounds wonderful Annie! Really fresh and I LOVE your graham cracker substitute idea. Thank you!
I actually made “real” graham crackers to use, but decided to go with something easier and raw. The way I see it – it’s really just about crunch and cinnamon!
Crunch is important – but frankly this sounds yummier to me than graham cracker anyway, but I am a total sucker for pecans.
What a great recipe! I adore Meyer lemons! I love them because they’re so rare and only available in winter. Something about winter, especially Jan and Feb, always make me crave citrus like a mad woman! What a great way to use them<3
I know what you mean – the tartness, juiciness of citrus – seems so appealing in the winter. Maybe cuz we wish we were on the beach sipping a cool drink ;-)?!
Oh gosh, Annie these are to die for! I adore meyer lemons so very much. My mom has a meyer lemon tree and hers are HUGE. Maybe I can steal a couple for your delightful recipe. 😉
How interesting that the Meyer lemons with which you are familiar are big! The ones I have are tiny little things – cute as bugs.
They’re so cute in your photos! I think my mom might just have a large variety? Either that or she feeds it lots of good compost!
Divine! You had me at Meyer Lemon (and gluten-free)!
Ha! I hooked you in ;-)!
Holy yum! What a great use of Meyer lemons!! Thanks for entering the recipe contest and good luck…
Appreciate it, Alisa!
Ground cherries but that was before my chooks discovered how tasty they were (and how helpless and defensless they are on the shrub) and ate them all 🙁 Before that I had mangoes that I pureed with very ripe pears, mixed with canned coconut cream, added non-dairy kefir to and made homemade yoghurt which was AMAZING (note to self “make more!”). I was moving my edibles up to my now fully enclosed vegetable fortress (no possum or wallaby shall breach my fort! Still cant stop the insects but I am working on it!) and noticed that a tiny Meyer lemon I purchased last year had a tiny fruit on it 🙂 I had best tuck this recipe away for when my 1ft Myer Lemon grows to be a monster 😉
Ground cherries? They sound exotic to me – – and I can’t blame your chooks 🙂 for chowing down on them! Here’s to your Meyer lemon tree growing in leaps and bounds!
They grow easily in hot conditions and are easy to grow. They look like little tomatillos in husks but are sweeter. I just noticed that “something” ate my tiny Myer lemon whilst scoffing most of another fruit tree so I reckon something has “breached my defences!”
Drooling here! We don’t get Meyer Lemons here sadly and England isn’t exactly tropical so I try not to treat myself to too much imported exotic fruit. I’ve been wanting to try coconut yogurt for ages and a lovely parfait like this would be the perfect way to use it.
My market doesn’t carry much in the way of exotic fruit, either – which is one of the reasons I grabbed 2 bags of Meyer lemons!
oh la la these sounds utterly bliss- inducing! all round gorgeousness xx
Whereas the internet is a great and wonderful invention yada yada yada, I dream of the day I can savour these scrumptious looking desserts of yours “online”. Sort of an internet/3Dprinter/virtual-reality-5-sense-version kind of hybrid… Oh well, to be teased again 😉
Ohh this looks so good.
These look amazing… no grocery store near me carries meyer lemons… but I wonder if I used a cross between mandarin orange and lemon juice/zest if it would be similar? I’ll have to try it.
I’m sure that would be delicious – or just use straight up lemon.
This sounds delicious and your photos are gorgeous!
Thank you :-)!
These sound wonderful! And if I don’t use the optional soy, I can totally eat them! YUM. And the last exotic fruit I ate was a mango. More yum!
Yay! I made something you can eat!
I tried Meyer lemons for the first time last year and absolutely adored them! I love the thought of making the parfaits with them and the “faux” graham crackers crumbles. It all sounds incredible!
Thanks, babe. I really liked the “real” graham crackers I made, but they didn’t see quite right for this. xoxo
Oh yum! I have never tried Meyer lemons. I always see them in the grocery store but always end up being to intimidated to try them. The pecan mixture looks awesome- I love doing things like that for a quick granola 🙂 Good luck in the contest lady!
This looks so incredible! YUMMM!
I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the versatile blogger award.
SWEET :-)! Thank you so much!
You are welcome 🙂
Wow, Annie, this looks so creamy delicious!
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This looks fabulous Annie, thanks for sharing it on Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’ve just recently seen Meyer lemons return to the store, I must get some!
This looks delicious! Will definitely make this soon 🙂 What kind of dates did you use?
Hi Katie – thank you! I used big ol’ Medjool dates – but I think any type would work.
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