This is one of my favorite easy desserts, based on a Hawaiian coconut pudding recipe called Haupia. In honor of our President's call to action today, I give you,
Nobel Peace Parfaits
(also known as "Suck it, Haters!")
1 14oz can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 c sugar
1/3 c cornstarch
1 c nondairy milk (vanilla flavored is best)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp salt
Several crushed gingersnaps
Chocolate syrup or vegan caramel
A few shreds of toasted coconut, if desired, for garnish
Let's Get it On
1. Combine everything but the vanilla in a saucepan over medium-low heat and whisk until combined.
2. Keep whisking as you bring to a boil, then cook for about a minute, stirring constantly. Be sure you get to where there are bubbles breaking the surface; cornstarch doesn't thicken to its full potential until it reaches a boil. The pudding will thicken very quickly once it gets to that point, and if you're not careful it'll scorch. The whole process should only take about five minutes.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla, stirring well. Let cool a few minutes and try not to dive into it facefirst. Chill for one hour with a sheet of plastic wrap pressed against the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
4. In a wine goblet, glass, or other see-through dish, sprinkle a layer of crushed cookies, then spoon in some pudding. Drizzle a bit of chocolate syrup, then add more cookies, more pudding. On top drizzle a bit more syrup, and garnish with a half-cookie and some coconut, if you like. Serves 3-4 depending on size of dish and appetite.
Some vegan puddings taste a bit soy-ish, but this one doesn't--the coconut flavor covers the soy. I often make puddings with almond milk instead of soy, and that would be great with the coconut too. This recipe isn't too incredibly sweet, so it would lend itself well to embellishment. You could also make a parfait with layers of banana, pineapple, or berries.
I see the pudding as the soft, gooshy sweetness of world peace influenced by our Commander-in-Chief, with the crunchy spiciness of dialogue and the occasionally bitter but ultimately delicious syrup of cooperation.
Okay, I just made that up. But trust me, peace never tasted so good.