Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easy Decadent Fruit Salad (Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free & Reduced Carb)

The BEST Fruit Salad
- Great for spring, summer, or anytime you can get your hands on sweet juicy fruits!

Decadent Fruit Salad

This is our favorite fruit salad. 

This wonderful fruit salad is much lower in carbs than any other fruit salad out there, which is a bonus. I kinda don't care though because this salad is so awesomely delicious. I like that is uses NO pudding mix, NO non-dairy whipped chemical toppung, NO Jello, and NO chemical sweeteners or artificial food coloring.

It is so easy and delicious...You'll see.

We like the almond extract flavor to be pretty pronounced here. Peaches, apricots, raspberries, and cherries are also incredible in this salad. I'm not a fan of marshmallows in salad, especially this salad, but do what moves you. I'm going to try it with my newly made sugar-free marshmallows, just for kicks & giggles. Probably just a one-time thing...

For whatever reason, I have actually lost weight when including this salad in my menu. Weird, but I'm going with it :)


Decadent Whipped Cream Fruit Salad Recipe:

1 c. cold heavy whipping cream
1/8 t. cream of tartar
1 t. real vanilla extract
1/4 c. powdered xylitol, powdered Lakanto white zero-cal sweetener, raw honey, or powdered sugar
1/4 to 1/2 t. stevia glycerite, to taste (see recipe on blog)
1 1/2 to 2 t. almond extract, to taste
2 c. sweet red or green seedless grapes
3 c. diced sweet pineapple
3 c.ripe strawberries
4 sweet  tangerines
2 ripe bananas


Method:

Wash and cut up the fruit into bite-sized pieces. You want a total of about 12 cups of assorted sweet, ripe fruits, in season.

Whip the very cold whipping cream with the cream of tartar. The cream of tartar stabilizes the whipping cream. I like to freeze the beaters while I am preparing the fruit.

Add the vanilla, almond extract and  sweetener of choice.

Taste for sweetness and add stevia glycerite to kick up the sweetness a notch, to taste.

Mix the fruit into the finished whipped cream and serve immediately.



Whip heavy whipping cream with the cream of tartar for stability.

Wash and cut up fresh ripe fruit into bite-sized pieces.

Mix the fruit gently into the finished whipped cream.

Fruit salad ready for serving. Transfer to a pretty serving bowl.

Fruit salad ready to eat!

I'm thinking that some homemade sugar-free marshmallows could be good in this salad too - If you are into that sort of thing.



Enjoy,

Leila

P.S. I just tried this salad with my sugar-free marshmallows and it was pretty good...