Cheesecake Party Fruit Salad {VIDEO}

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A few weeks ago, the children and I met with my husband for lunch. We wanted to try a taco food truck that makes everything totally gluten-free. The tacos were delicious and it was great to eat outside and not worry about cross contamination! For dessert, the food truck had the most amazing fruit cups. They used all kinds of berries, grapes, and bananas topped with sweet vanilla whipped cream. My 14-month-old son Graham is already a berry-obsessed baby, but with the addition of whipped cream he went a bit crazy begging for every bite. I knew I wanted to recreate it for parties and barbecues this summer.

I make this berry salad with coconut cream, dairy-free cream cheese (I like Kite Hill), and honey to keep it dairy-free / refined sugar. It tastes like cheesecake fruit salad! The berry desserts remind me of Memorial Day and July 4th. This is a great takeaway dish if you want to bring a healthy gift to a shared meal. You can also use regular cream cheese if you can eat dairy. This fruit salad works great with all kinds of fruit, so you can change it based on what you have!

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Cheesecake Party Fruit Salad {Dairy Free!}

This is a great dish to take to a party!

Ingredients

For the fruit:

  • 1 pound chopped strawberries, 16 oz
  • 1 pound blueberries, 16 oz
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 6 oz blackberries
  • 1 cup red grapes, cut in half
  • 1 cup green grapes, cut in half
  • 2-3 bananas, sliced

For the lint:

  • 1 14 oz can of coconut cream, or use the cream on top of 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 4 ounces dairy-free cream cheese, such as Kite Hill, or regular cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Instructions

  • Put all the fruit except the bananas in a bowl.

  • In another bowl, place the coconut cream, cream cheese, honey, and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat at low speed and then increase speed at high. Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

  • Keep fruit and lint separate until just before serving. Fold the lint into the fruit. Add the bananas and stir gently to combine. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I keep the "lint" part separate and stir just before serving. I also like to add the bananas just before serving. This feeds a lot of people, so feel free to cut half for the smaller crowds. You can use a can of coconut cream (like Trader Joe’s) or you can chill 2 cans of coconut milk with all the fat for a few hours and scrape the solid part off the top to get the coconut cream.

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Calories: 256kcal

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