I have not posted anything new in a while. These kiddos sure do keep my busy! :) Especially now that we are partially homeschooling our oldest, Miss M. My list of recipe creations in my recipe journal is really growing...I may never catch up. I hope to get at least 1 new recipe up per week for the time being. I really don;t get how other mom's are able to do this on a daily basis. Anyways... in preparation for Mr. L's 1st birthday, I came up with a fall themed menu. I knew I wanted to serve fresh fruit but, fruit salad usually screams summer in my opinion. So, I came up with the idea to only use fall fruits. As I pondered it more, I decided I wanted to make it more like an ambrosia... A very healthy, dairy free version. Plus, Autumn Ambrosia sounds nicer than Autumn Fruit Salad. Don't ya think? The recipe is pretty simple but, delicious! Although it's tasty when eaten immediately, I suggest making this the night before you plan to serve it so that the flavors really meld together. This is great served as a side at a party or even as a healthy make-ahead breakfast. This recipe can serve 6-10 depending on the serving sizes taken. (i.e. if your serving a lot of food at a party, guests are likely to take less of any given item to save room for other items.)
1 cup of coconut fat (either from homemade coconut milk or from a chilled can of full fat coconut milk)
1/2 Tblsp. Apple Pie Spice
1 Apple, diced (I used Gala because I could not find Honeycrisp yet but, If I had, that's what I would use).
1 Bosc Pear, diced
1 Bartlett Pear, diced
1 C Red Grapes, halved
1 C dried Cranberries (I get mine in the bulk section at the health food store... They are bigger, moister, softer & less sweet than the Craisins brand).
1 C chopped Pecans, toasted (if serving at a party, keep separate in case of allergies).
- Using a hand mixer, whip coconut fat & spice until smooth and creamy.
- Add all of the chopped fruit, cranberries & pecans (unless serving to a crowd with allergies).
- Mix well & enjoy! (Best enjoyed the next day).