Pineapple and Coconut Makes an Easy and Healthy Dessert
If you are a regular follower of BrightonYourHealth than you know I like to inspire readers with recipes from my three favorite countries: France, where we have lived for the last 11 years, Italy, my favorite travel destination, or the Jersey Shore, where I grew up and now spend the summer.
And on the 21st of each month, I also take part in a theme based recipe challenge with other nutrition food bloggers called the Recipe Redux Challenge.
This month the Recipe Redux theme was no cook healthy desserts.
Honestly, I don’t eat desserts often, as I am drawn to preparing more savory foods for satisfaction (are you like me?). But I did want to take part in this recipe challenge. Several ideas came up on no cook desserts that I do like: Charlotte aux Fraises? Tiramisu with pears? (Both quite heavy although very delicious). Why not a Guadeloupe inspired easy and simple faux Ambrosia Salad?
A French Colony Called Guadeloupe
If you envision France as you see it on a map in Europe, you know where Paris is, and then surrounded around Paris is the rest of France (A French person wouldn’t be happy with this description, I say it with irony!).
But did you know that France has overseas departments or territories that are also part of the country? They are French too, these departments which are islands located near North America.
One of these group of islands is called Guadeloupe, well-known for Caribbean food and fruits like noix de coco (coconut) et ananas (pineapple). . See More here.
And so I took it from there: using a typical American ambrosia fruit salad recipe, I lightened the dish with Guadeloupe inspired ingredients of pineapple, grated coconut and coconut milk.
And the mix was a surprising success.
Here was how the tasting went with my four kids:
- Child 1. I don’t think I like coconut. (Loved this dessert and had 3 helpings)
- Child 2. I hate coconut (Didn’t like it).
- Child 3. Don’t make me taste this-I don’t like coconut (Loved this dessert and asked for more)
- Child 4. I love coconut, thanks Mom! (And after tasting it she asked me to make it everyday, (please!))
And probably the best part of this dessert that it is really healthy because it uses freshly cut pineapple, which is high in Vitamin C and bromelain, along with coconut milk-a healthy substitute for dairy milk, for those who need a dairy free diet.
Coconut Milk Is a Healthy Substitute For Dairy Milk
One of the rising food trends in 2013 is the use of coconut in recipes and as a substitute for dairy. I saw this coconut trend in the States this summer (this food trend has yet to hit France) and here is a summary of why:
And without further adieu here is the recipe! Enjoy and let me know how it comes out. Encourage your kids to take a bite-if they are like mine they will be diving in for more.
Guadeloupe Inspired Coconut and Pineapple Dessert
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Dietary||Gluten Free, Vegan|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Cold|
- 1 fresh pineapple, cored, and cubed (Can substitute no syrup-added canned (and drained)pineapple)
- 6fl oz coconut milk
- 6 teaspoons grated coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 6 small mint leaves
|Put the pineapple cubes in a covered bowl into the refrigerator to get cold.|
|Mix coconut milk, vanilla extract and honey in another small bowl.|
|When the pineapple is cold and ready to serve for dessert, get serving bowls ready for serving.|
|Divide the pineapple cubes in 6 serving bowls and pour 1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) of coconut mixture into each bowl, drizzling the coconut milk over the pineapple.|
|Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of grated coconut over the pineapple, garnish with mint leaf and serve immediately.|
|Add a garnish of fresh mint for color.|