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This “salad” goes by many different names – dessert fluff salad, dessert fruit salad, fluff salad, ambrosia salad, etc. It’s essentially made of fluffy whipped cream/jello stuff and has coconut and marshmallows in it, along with some fruit. I remember having it in my school cafeteria growing up and LOVING it. As I grew up, I knew I wanted to make a healthier version of it, so I turned to coconut cream.
Coconut cream, when refrigerated and then whipped, can have a similar consistency to cool whip. It’s fluffy and creamy and delicious. So I decided just to whip that with some maple syrup and vanilla extract, and then fold in coconut flakes and whatever kind of canned fruit you want. BOOM. You basically have the dairy-free fluff salad of your dreams.
I decided to partner with Cans Get You Cooking on this post, because let’s be honest it’s exactly what the health-ier life is all about. Canned food not only makes meal prep time MUCH FASTER it also allows you to have fruit picked at it’s peak ripeness and canned within hours. So you get ripe, nutritious fruit at any time of the year. This allows you to dream up wild combinations like apricot-pineapple, peach-pear, or mango-fruit cocktail. Anything goes here! It’s a truly customizable dessert.
I have and always will believe that healthy food should be easy. Using cans is a great way to do that. You don’t have to be the perfect farmer’s market person to be healthy. You can have health and convenience at the same time. And who doesn’t love that? xo.
Customizable Coconut Dessert Fluff Salad
This Customizable Coconut Dessert Fluff Salad is the dairy-free version of your childhood favorite. Make it your own by using your favorite canned fruit!
- 2 13.5 oz full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 15 oz canned fruitwhichever canned fruit you desire!), drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Open your refrigerated cans of full fat coconut milk, scoop the solid white part into a medium bowl and discard the excess liquid.
Add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the bowl and use a hand or standing mixer to whip the coconut milk. Mix on high until smooth and fluffy.
Open your cans of fruit, drain them, rinse the fruit, and then pat the fruit dry with a paper towel. Try to get it as dry as you can.
Add the fruit to the bowl, along with coconut flakes. Use a spatula to gently fold the fruit and coconut into the whipped coconut.
Once mixed, transfer to the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
Tomorrow is my 26th birthday. Starting two years ago I started a “x-Things I’ve learned in x-Years of Life.” When I turned 24, I wrote this list. When I turned 25, I wrote this list. I love the opportunity to look back and reflect. I love the opportunity to be proud of what I’ve learned and focus on where I still want to grow.
So today I present…
26 Things I’ve Learned in 26 Years of Life
- Dating is a numbers game. If you’re serious about finding someone, go on tons of dates. You’ll find someone eventually.
- You have to take risks in order to succeed. Big ones.
- You have to ask for what you want and need.
- Remember that you don’t always have to google the answers. It’s okay not to know.
- Have the tough conversations, there is lightness on the other side.
- Voting matters. Vote every time you can. Please.
- Learn to wake up earlier. There’s a whole world of opportunity that happens before 9am.
- Dress the way you’ve always dreamed of dressing, even if you think you can’t pull it off.
- Know the value of 1 hour of your time.
- Go to restorative yoga. For your soul.
- The romantic partner that’s right for you probably isn’t what you imagine them to be. Take chances on people.
- Your brain isn’t gaining any more brain cells, so be careful with how you’re choosing to use them.
- Find a minority voice that you believe in, then promote the shit out of them.
- Read books from authors of different ethnicities than you. Expand what you know.
- Simple ideas are usually the most revolutionary.
- Creating online courses is very hard.
- The only way up is to fail harder and faster than anyone else.
- Putting collagen in your coffee actually does help your hair, skin and nails.
- You don’t have to be perfect to be healthy. You don’t have to be a farmer’s market goddess. Just listen to your body.
- Walk. Walk far. Walk often. Walk even when you don’t want to. It changes the way you see a place and yourself.
- More is more.
- Nothing changes if nothing changes.
- Dancing is healing. So is poetry.
- If you work from home, force yourself to go to a coffee shop at least once a week. We need human interaction.
- Don’t make great the enemy of the good.
- Touch your phone less. Touch other humans more.
There you have it. All the wisdom I gained in the past year of life. I am thankful you’ve been here for this journey, and I’m so excited to get to spend more years of my life with you. I’m always honored when you cook from, read, and respond to this blog.
Thank you for being apart of my life journey. May we all learn more, journey farther, fail faster, and ultimately succeed together this year. (Oh and also eat tons of Customizable Coconut Dessert Fluff Salad.) xo.