Sunrise Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream

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Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream will transport you to paradise with this fruit salad recipe. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert, just layer some of your favorite tropical fruits and a creamy topping for a fun, pretty, and healthy fruit salad.

Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream - layers of your favorite fruits from paradise and a creamy topping for a healthy and fun breakfast, snack or dessert. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, vegan, paleo recipe

Sunrise Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream

Late April – we should be shedding the sweatshirts for light jackets, packing away the gloves and hats, maybe capris are making an appearance, and it’s time to get in an extra pedicure or two because yes, it’s sandals and flip flops season, right? Umm, no. And guys, it’s not like I live in Wisconsin or Minnesota. I’m in Maryland. I was actually feeling bad about not going to The Bug’s 9 am tee ball game Saturday morning until The Hubby texted me that it was snowing at the ball field.

In April. In late April. In Maryland. What?!?!

You guys, I am so over this. The boys had off of school on Friday, and I thought we would take a walk to the park down the road, except that that gorgeous clear, blue sky belied the fact that it was in the low forties with crazy winds whipping through the neighborhood. I swear I live in the windiest place ever. I have never experienced such winds on a daily basis. So yes, the best word to describe April – blustery.

That’s just not right.

Remember last weekend when I mentioned that were were free this weekend and I was looking forward to picnicking with my kiddos. Yeah, not exactly. I mean, we are going to make the best of it, but sun and fun are not on the menu.

But you know what is in the menu? Something to transport me to the tropics, at least in my well-insulated and heated house. Something like this…

Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream - layers of your favorite fruits from paradise and a creamy topping for a healthy and fun breakfast, snack or dessert. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, vegan, paleo recipe

Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream was so much fun to make and eat! I took a few of my favorite tropical fruits that had colors that reminded me of a sunrise in paradise. Or sunset, I suppose, but when I think fruit salad, I think sunrise. Sunset is more likely to bring to mind pina coladas or strawberry daiquiris. Or combine them for a lava flow. But I digress…

You can certainly change up the fruit to whatever you have available or what looks best in the store, and you don’t have to layer it. My boys just mixed it all up and were perfectly happy. But the layers just look pretty, Whatever you do, though, don’t skip the lightly-sweetened coconut chia cream. It takes just an extra couple of minutes, much less than it takes to chop all of the fruit, and it’s really what transforms a fairly basic fruit salad into something special. The light coconut flavor gives this a totally tropical island vibe, and by adding the chia, you get a creamy, luxurious texture. Even The Hubby, who is typically anti-chia, said I have to make more recipes using the coconut chia cream!

Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream - layers of your favorite fruits from paradise and a creamy topping for a healthy and fun breakfast, snack or dessert. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, vegan, paleo recipe

One other little tip – besides the fact that it just made sense from the color progression, by putting the bananas on the bottom and then letting the juices of the pineapple and oranges flow down onto them, it helps keep them from turning brown.

Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream - layers of your favorite fruits from paradise and a creamy topping for a healthy and fun breakfast, snack or dessert. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, vegan, paleo recipe

So whether you are planning your Mother’s Day brunch menu, want a healthy dessert, or are just trying to pretend that your days are filled with sun, sand, and surf, you need to make this!

Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream - layers of your favorite fruits from paradise and a creamy topping for a healthy and fun breakfast, snack or dessert. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, vegan, paleo recipe

What is your favorite tropical fruit? 

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Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream

Layers of your favorite fruits from paradise and a creamy topping for a healthy and fun breakfast, snack or dessert.
Prep: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 13 oz light coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar honey, or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 2 mangoes chopped
  • 2 large oranges
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir together the coconut milk, powdered sugar or honey, vanilla, and chia seeds, and set aside in the refrigerator for at least a half hour (you can do this before you start cutting the fruit, or even the night before).
  • Divide the chopped banana between eight glasses or bowls. Follow with the pineapple, mango, oranges, and strawberries.
  • Divide the coconut chia cream between the eight dishes, gently laying on top of the fruit.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be prepared the night before.
Nutrition Facts
Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 395mg11%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 595IU12%
Vitamin C 83.3mg101%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here are some more tropical treats…

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And the rest of the #SundaySupper menu from paradise…

Tidbits and Pupus

Breakfast

Companions

Condiments and Sauces

Coolers

Main Event

Delectable Delights

Wine Pairings

Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream - layers of your favorite fruits from paradise and a creamy topping for a healthy and fun breakfast, snack or dessert. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, vegan, paleo recipe

32 Comments
  1. Joy | The Joyful Foodie

    Coconut chia cream (though we call it pudding) is one of my favorite snacks! I love the idea of using it to top a fruit salad. Plus, the colors here are gorgeous and remind me of summer. I hope spring comes soon for you!

  2. Wow! Great looking dish Brianne! We’ve recently “discovered” chia seeds and have been consuming it almost daily. You coconut cream sounds so tasty! Thanks for an idea for another use chia seeds!

  3. This would definitely brighten up the start of any day! Sorry you are having snow is April. Come visit Georgia because the weather is incredible this time of year.

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