Chocolate Blood Orange Parfaits
Total Time:50 minutes, plus 2 hours refrigeration; 30 minutes active
Chocolate-orange flourless cookies atop sweetened Greek yogurt dazzle the taste buds while beautiful blood oranges add extra eye appeal.
- 1/2 teaspoons blood orange zest
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 4 large egg whites 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 6 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 blood oranges
- Mint sprigs, for garnish
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Heat oven to 350°F. Zest one orange into a small bowl, reserve. In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk cocoa, sugar and salt. In a glass measuring cup, combine egg whites and vanilla, then slowly beat into dry ingredients on low speed. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes, until glossy. Mix walnuts and zest into batter. Drop scant quarter-cup mounds 3 inches apart on the prepared pan, and use a spoon to spread the batter out to half-inch thick cookies.
- Put sheet pan on the middle oven rack and reduce heat to 325°F. Bake cookies until thin cracks appear, about 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan, peeling off the parchment paper if necessary.
- Place yogurt in a medium bowl and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla; reserve. Cut an orange in half and squeeze juice from one half into a small cup. Use a knife to slice the rind and pith away from the remaining orange and half-orange, and then use a paring knife to remove segments from the white membranes. Cut segments in half crosswise.
- To assemble, use eight wine glasses or glass ramekins. Break each cookie into 4 pieces. Place one-third cup of yogurt mixture in each glass or ramekin, then add 2 pieces of cookie. Top with another one- third cup yogurt, add 4 orange pieces and 2 more cookie pieces, then drizzle blood orange juice around the edge of glass. Repeat process.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and garnish with sprigs of mint before serving.
Tips & Notes
It’s simple to cut this recipe in half when entertaining a smaller crowd, or to double the cookie recipe to have extras for snacking later! If you're not a fan of walnuts or absolutely love chocolate, you can substitute chocolate chips for all or half the walnuts in the cookies.
430 calories, 9 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 135 mg. sodium, 70 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 22 g. protein