Matcha Green Tea and Persimmon Parfait

Shortly after I created this guy, I started thinking that I needed to try avocado with persimmon. I thought that it would definitely be a winning combination.

But by the time I got to actually try it, my thoughts evolved even more and I got to thinking that I had to add a little bit of green tea to the equation. Matcha Green Tea.

Erm, by the way, here’s a little heads up for you people. I feel a major matcha green tea kick coming… I’m sort of itching to create a Green Tea and Black Bean sponge cake now. I might very well give that a try this week-end, especially since I finally managed to get my hands on black beans. I mean, REAL black soy beans. NOT the turtle kind.

I’m getting super excited now just thinking about it. And psssst… I’ll let you in on a little secret: the beans are soaking! :)

But let’s get back on track here, shall we? This post isn’t supposed to be about a sponge cake, is it? If I remember correctly, the title said something about a parfait?

Right! And a parfait there is indeed! Just take a look at this!

I think this one was even better than the avocado and grapefruit version. This one has hints of tropical, hints of honey, it’s lightly sweet, it’s smooth, creamy and a tad crunchy at the same time.

It’s simply heaven for breakfast.

If you’ve never tried persimmon before, I strongly recommend that you do. I just recently discovered them myself, after reading one of Simone’s post over at JungleFrog Cooking, which had really inspired me to give them a try.

When ripe, their flesh is very soft, almost creamy, while their waxy skin remains somewhat firm and crunchy, which makes for a very agreeable contrast. As for their taste, it’s very delicate and subtly sweet, a bit like honey.

Be careful however. Persimmons must only be eaten when really ripe, else they taste extremely bitter. So make sure they are nice and tender to the touch before opening one up. They should feel nice and plump and deliciously soft in your hand.

If they feel more like a baseball, give them a couple of days… and try the grapefruit avocado combo instead!

MATCHA GREEN TEA AND PERSIMMON PARFAIT

INGREDIENTS
(Serves 1)

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ½ cup 0% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ scoop (20g) vanilla flavoured whey protein powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 15-20 pistachio, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp unpasteurized honey
  • 1 tbsp black chia seeds
  • 1 persimmon, chopped very finely (you might want to save a few slices to garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all the ingredients, except persimmon, to a mini blender or food processor, and process until smooth.
  2. Pour about half of the mixture into a serving glass and top with about half your chopped persimmon. Add another layer of matcha mixture (save a few tablespoons for top layer) followed by the rest of the persimmon, and finish with matcha.
  3. Garnish with a few slices of persimmon, unsweetened shredded coconut and chopped pistachios, if desired.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    That looks fantastic and as fate would have it; I recently received a lovely package containing some matcha from my dear friend Kate. Matcha is hard to find here so I’ve been waiting for something to make with them and this looks delicious!!

    • says

      Talk about back and forth inspiration. You inspired me with the persimmon fruit, I post about it and it, in turn, inspires you to use your matcha green tea powder. WIN! :D By the way, revisiting that post of yours gave me this HUGE craving for that gorgeous Bundt cake you had made with your persimmons. Now I’m trying to get it out of my mind… Not sure I will succeed! ;)

  2. says

    Oooh, so pretty! I actually just tried a persimmon for the first time last year, but I must have eaten it at the wrong time, it wasn’t very good :( I really should give them another try. Loving your matcha ideas – I really need to get some!

  3. says

    What gorgeous colors! I LOVE this! I am still trying to get my hands on matcha green tea powder…guess I will have to order it online since it’s nowhere to be found here in Helena! Must make this along with some of your upcoming creations…I can’t wait! :)

    • says

      Do you have Asian food store in Helena? I think that it would be your best source. If not, I know that Amazon carries it, but it’s way pricey, so brace yourself. Very well worth it, though. Currently working on that cake. Oh, I hope it turns out. The batter was delicious! And I think it would be right up your alley too: almond meal, coconut and oat flour. You can do that, can’t you? Just giving you a heads up, you know, one more reason to want to get your hands on matcha green tea powder… but seriously, that parfait right here is reason enough. Plus, the fact that matcha and avocado go hand in hand. They complement each other perfectly! :)

  4. says

    That looks delicious! I turned my life around, too, about 3-4 years ago and I feel great!
    By the way, are you in Québec city or do you mean the province? I’m in Montreal so, just wondering :)

    • says

      For real? You’re in Montreal? That is so cool! :D I mean the province of Québec. I’m actually in the Laurentians.

      Good on you for turning your life around! Doesn’t it feel fantastic? What is it that you changed about your life?

      Guess I’ll have to pay your blog a little visit to find out more.

      Hey, thanks for dropping by, fellow Quebecer! I truly appreciate that! :D

    • says

      Matcha green tea powder is my new obsession. Perhaps you should proceed with care, Michelle. ESPECIALLY since it seems to go so well with avocados! ;) Just kidding, though. You should definitely get some if you ever get the chance. It’s expensive, but it’s good stuff! :)

  5. says

    This looks great! I’m going to have to try it. You are definitely inspiring me with your use of avocados lately. I made your avocado pasta sauce last week, and put it on some whole wheat linguini with some roasted pepper pieces–amazing. Thanks!

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