Apple and Grape Parfait with Mint Infused Orange Juice
Posted Oct 18 2008 3:13pm
Normally I don’t eat breakfast, I’ll have juice or a smoothie, or tea, but when I do, I like it to be healthy, flavorful and delicious. This particular morning I made one of my fruity Mediterranean inspired recipes that I’ve served as both a breakfast and dessert parfait.
I’ve made a few variations of this recipe with different fruits. Today I made my original version using Gala apples, red and black grapes and a very flavorful orange juice. The extra virgin olive oil is an unexpected ingredient adds a subtle richness to this recipe.
Any type of apples would work great for this recipe. The same holds true with the grapes, and you can use grapefruit juice in place of the orange juice.
1/3 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed 12 mint leaves, finely chopped 1 ½ tablespoon cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon agave 1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract (optional) A pinch of cinnamon 1 Gala apple, peeled, cored and diced 1 cup mixed grapes, sliced in half 1 grapefruit, peel and segment
Pour the orange juice into a small mixing bowl or cup. Add the chopped mint leaves, olive oil, agave, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, mix well and set aside.
Make four layers by alternating in each glass the chopped apples, then the sliced grapes; repeat with the remaining chopped apples and sliced grapes.
Stir the mint infused orange juice and pour over the fruit in each glass. Garnish with mint sprigs and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon.