Ambrosia Salad (Dairy-free!)

Ambrosia belongs in the Cool Whip concoctions category. Along with lime green jello salad, cherry fluff and watergate salad.

You know the type. A combination of fruit, cool whip and mini marshmallows, served as a side dish. To me these all scream old-school Southern cuisine. The ooey-gooey salad was a fixture at my Memphis family gatherings and I anticipated the moment I could steal the first marshmallow from the bowl. Although I’ve come to find that creamy fruit salads are actually popular all over the country.

With such wide popularity I had to create a dairy-free version of the traditional ambrosia salad. Coconut cream and coconut yogurt replace the dairy ingredients and I’ve omitted the marshmallows to cut out all added sugar. The pretty pastel colors in this dish make it a lovely addition to an Easter brunch or any spring table.

Enjoy!

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Ambrosia Salad (Dairy-free!)
Serves 6
A dairy free version of Ambrosia Salad with fresh pineapple, oranges and coconut.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup coconut cream
  2. ½ cup coconut yogurt - use my homemade yogurt recipe to make your own
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1 cup coconut flakes
  5. 1 cup pineapple - chopped
  6. 1 oranges - separated into segments and chopped
  7. ½ cup cherries - fresh or frozen
  8. ¼ tsp salt
  9. ¼ cup pecans - finely chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Defrost the cherries if you’re using frozen ones.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whip the coconut cream, yogurt and vanilla together with a hand mixer.
  3. Stir in the coconut flakes, pineapple, clementines, cherries and salt. 
Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
  4. Top with pecans before serving.
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32 No Sugar Added Desserts

Move over fat, there’s a new culprit in town. Sugar is now the ingredient to avoid.

Do you know how much added sugar you consume in one day?

I didn’t.

My “healthy” dessert habit got out of control. I was obsessed with the one minute mug cakes, homemade magic shell, and single servings of chocolate chip cookies. After almost every meal I’d make myself a little treat. I used maple syrup or honey as the sweetener and I tricked my brain into thinking they were “nutritious” sugar.

Well ALL sweeteners, even the “pure” ones are sugar. And sugar impairs the immune system by suppressing white blood cells. Just one teaspoon impairs the immune system for up to four hours. Then there’s the blood sugar spikes and extra calories negatively impacting your body too.

What are the options?

Option A: Shun dessert and never eat ice cream again.

Option B: Make healthier desserts with absolutely no added sugars. 

Option B!!! A dessert-less life is not for me and I think we all need options.

I’ve gathered up the BEST no sugar added treats from super talented recipe creators. Cookies, cakes, bars, puddings, ice cream and popsicles can all be made with whole food ingredients. Most are sweetened with whole fruit or dried fruit. You’ll see many bananas and dates used for their naturally occurring sugar. 

Enjoy!

 

1. PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES by Pure Ella Peanut-Butter-Cookies-from-Cut-the-Sugar-on-Pure-Ella-by-Ella-Leche-1

2. HARVEST BREAKFAST COOKIES by Detoxinista

 

3. FLOURLESS THUMBPRINT BREAKFAST COOKIES by Oh She Glows

 

4. TWO INGREDIENT COOKIES by Pure Ella

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5. (NO SUGAR!) COOKIE DOUGH DIP by Chocolate Covered Katie

 

6. BLONDIE FIG FUDGE SQUARES by Nutrition Stripped
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7. BANANA OAT BARS by Happy Healthy Mama

 

8. 3 INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BARS by Minimalist Baker

 

9. MINI BANANA BUNDT CAKES by The Picky Eater Blog
Easy, Healthy, Mini Banana Bundt Cakes

10. CRAZY FRUITY CAROB PUDDING CAKE by Unconventional Baker

 

11. PUMPKIN CAKE IN A MUG WITH CHOCOLATE WHIP by PaleOMG  Pumpkin Cake in a Mug from Paleomg.com

12. BANANA SNACK CAKE by Detoxinista

 

13. 2 INGREDIENT HEALTHY PANCAKES by Top with Cinnamon

 

14. BANANA ICE CREAM by Skinny Taste

 

15. SUGAR-FREE COCONUT VANILLA ICE CREAM by In Sonnet’s Kitchen

 

16. NO CHURN DAIRY-FREE CREAMY ALMOND BUTTER ICE CREAM by Unconventional Baker

 

17. 7 POPSICLE RECIPES WITH NO ADDED SUGAR by Ditch the Wheat

 

18. MANGO CHIA PUDDING by Sparkle Kitchen
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19. HEALTHY CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY PUDDING by Texanerin Baking healthy-chocolate-raspberry-pudding-2

20. SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTER by Foraged Dish

 

21. HEALTHY PINA COLADA CHIA PARFAIT by Pure Ella

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22. CHERRY MOCHA SMOOTHIE by Hummusapien CHERRY MOCHA SMOOTHIE

23. CHOCOLATE COVERED BERRIES BOWL by Coconuts and Kettlebells

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24. DAIRY FREE WHIPPED CREAM by Sparkle Kitchen

 

25. BAKED APPLES STUFFED WITH CINNAMON DATE PECAN OATMEAL by Oh She Glows

 

26. BANANA BREAD BAKED OATMEAL by Southern in Law

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal Recipe 

27. ORANGE PECAN TRUFFLES by Vanilla Verte

 

28. NOT “JELL-O” GELATIN SNACK by The Curious Coconut

 

29. TROPICAL FRUIT BITES by Every Last Bite

 

30. CINNAMON SWEET POTATO TRUFFLES by Nutrition Stripped
CINNAMON SWEET POTATO TRUFFLES

31. CHOCOLATE CHIA PEANUT BUTTER BITES by Hummusapien

CHOCOLATE CHIA PEANUT BUTTER BITES 

32. SIMPLE BAKED APPLES by Happy Healthy Mama

 

 

Mango Chia Pudding (No Sugar Added Dessert!)

Chia seeds are a funny little food. Just add water and they gel up into a gooey substance.

What causes this gelling action? Chia seeds are hydrophilic which means they can take on a lot of liquid for their size.  This is because of it’s composition: 5% water, 19% protein, 33% oils, and 43% fibre, of which about half is soluble. The high amount of soluble fiber allows chia seeds to gel up in water.

Hyped to a be a real superfood, they actually don’t measure up to their claims. Chia seeds are just another food with some nutritional benefits. I only occasional include them in my diet and feel best when it’s in a dessert.

Chia pudding comes together quickly and the consistency is always satisfying. By blending mango with coconut milk, there is no need for additional sweeteners. I’m trying to avoid added sugars and fruit is a great alternative.

Enjoy!

Mango Chia Pudding (No Sugar Added Dessert

Mango Chia Pudding (No Sugar Added Dessert

Mango Chia Pudding (No Sugar Added Dessert!)
Serves 8
Sweet Chia Pudding with Mango and no added sugars!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can fullfat coconut milk
  2. 2 cups fresh mango - chopped
  3. 4 tbsp chia seeds
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Add coconut milk and mango to a food processor or blender. Blend on high for three minutes until well incorporated. If you want more mango chunks, only blend for 1 minute.
  2. Pour into a large mixing bowl and add the chia seeds and vanilla. Stir constantly for 2 minutes. The chia seeds will plump up and absorb the liquid.
  3. Let the pudding chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with fresh chopped mango.
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Mango Chia Pudding (No Sugar Added Dessert