By Dawn Byford, Co-Chair, ESRAG Plant-Rich Diet Task Force

This Valentine’s Day, show your love for yourself, your loved ones, and the next generation by preparing an easy and delicious plant-based dessert! This month, we feature a scrumptious “Whole Lotta Love” parfait that can be whipped up easily, made with a decadent Vanilla Cashew Cream and delicious Drunken Berries or Roasted Strawberries. 

As a gift to our wonderful readers, we have also made two mini-cooking videos to show you how easy these are. 

The yummy Vanilla Cashew Cream featured this month enables cooks to mimic the richness of dairy, without sacrificing flavour or taste. It’s a gamechanger. Be sure to use raw nuts, and soak/rinse them for creaminess and easier digestibility. As a bonus, you’ll find this recipe very filling due to its fibre, protein, and healthy mono and poly-unsaturated fats. Cashews also support heart health and can boost our moods; a fitting dessert for Valentine’s Day we think! Here is the video on how to make it.

Pair it in a parfait with Drunken Berries or Roasted Strawberries, and you have an antioxidant-rich, power-packed gift of nutrition and vitality! All wrapped up with Love. 🙂 Here is a demonstration how to make Drunken Berries.

If you’re strapped for time, simply use the cream as a fruit dip paired with a colourful fruit tray and some dark chocolate pieces. Vanilla and chocolate together can’t be beat. It will be a feast for the eyes as well as the heart!

Thank you for reading – we’d love to hear from you. Please send feedback or suggestions for future posts to Here’s to “Loving the Earth, one Bite at a Time”! 

Dawn Byford is a member of the Rotary Club of Canmore, Alberta, Canada.