Julianna Hever (The Plant-Based Dietitian's) blog. Chef AJ created this with Julianna and I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did, because this is amazing. I have made this for many people and they all loved it, including two cooking/nutrition classes I just taught. I added a little lady bug at the top with some dairy-free mini chocolate chips for some extra cuteness. You have to give this dessert a try. Julianna also just published her book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition available on Amazon August 2, 2011.
Dairy-Free Whipped Topping Berry Dessert
8 cups sliced berries
mini vegan chocolate chips
1 (28 oz.) jar of pears in own juice (drained)
1/3 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tsp. xanthum gum
1.) Make cashew cream by blending drained pears, cashews, vanilla and xanthum gum in blender until smooth.
2.) Place 2 cups of sliced berries in 4 serving dishes. Cover with cashew/pear cream and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Add a lady bug by add 1/2 red grape to skewer, followed by a strawberry (cut small wings out by making thin sliced on each side of strawberry). Finish lady bug by adding some mini chocolate chips for spots. Display on top of cashew/pear Cream.