This Super Food Fruit Salad started off pretty simple with some sweet zing-y fruit: juicy oranges, perky kiwi, sweet banana and tangy Goji berries. Cravable and energizing. But I went a bit further and made my fruit salad into a meal, I'll call this a bliss bowl. My cravings lead this recipe...
Warm, nutty, brown rice.
Hint of maple.
Fresh zing-y fruit.
Did I mention chocolate?
So my salad turned into a Super Fruit & Cacao Rice Bowl. The cacao cream/puree/pudding in this dish could easily be served all on its own for dessert of breakfast. This nutty and somewhat unusual dish is pretty fantastic if you like to get creative with your wellness meals. So start with the fruit salad recipe and add some fun, if you'd like. Click ahead to see how it all turned out!..
Super foods all around.
Cacao powder and nibs were crushed with walnuts and cashews in my Vitamix to create a super creamy puree that resembled a chocolate pudding of sorts. You can sweeten and salt to taste. I only added a tiny splash of sweetener since the fruit was sweet enough on its own. Cacao is rich in free radical fighting antioxidants! And this healthy dish is a super way to satisfy a chocolate craving (and feel REALLY good about it).
It is amazing what a little chocolate can do.
From rice bowl with fruit..
To cacao bliss bowl..
The fruit is bursting with antioxidant bliss. Vitamin C galore. Fiber. Potassium and more. This salad boosts wellness is a variety of ways including immunity-boosting and anti-aging/ free-radical fighting power. Plus all that sweetness provides a natural burst of energy. (And since there are healthy fat nuts in there too, you are slowing down digestion so that your blood sugar doesn't spike and crash.)
Modify it. I made this dish a meal by adding in some simple warm brown rice. You could easily use a variety of grains: warm quinoa, oatmeal, cream of rice, cream of wheat, warmed farro, warm barley or you could even serve the fruit and cacao puree over toast, pancakes, waffles or a muffin if desired! (So many options here...)
So even though it looks NEW and unusual - give this super food meal a try!
Rice. I just used basic just-cooked brown rice. Rice pudding or non-dairy milk simmered rice works too.
Cute cat. just because.
Super Food Fruit Salad + Cacao Puree. Over Warm Brown Rice.
vegan, serves 3
2 kiwis, peeled/sliced
1 banana, sliced
1 orange, peeled/sliced
1 1/2 Tbsp Goji berries
1/8 tsp orange zest
1 Tbsp raw walnuts
squeeze or lemon juice (optional)
1 1/2 - 2 cups cooked brown rice
+ toss with a drizzle of maple syrup for a sweet accent
+ salt to taste (optional)
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1-2 tsp cacao nibs (optional)
1 cup water
1/3 - 1/2 cup raw cashews (soaking is optional)
3 Tbsp raw walnuts
2 tsp maple or agave syrup (or to taste)
pinch of salt
optional: dash of cayenne
1. Prep your fruit salad fruit. Add chopped fruit to a large mixing bowl. Toss well with all ingredients and place in the fridge.
2. Add all the cacao puree ingredients to a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) and start blending from low to high. Note: start out with just 1/3 cup cashews and add in up to 1/2 cup if you want a thicker puree. Blending on HIGH is the best way to fully pulverize your nuts and thicken your puree. Sweeten and salt and add cacao to taste. Place this puree in the fridge to chill for a few minutes or overnight before serving over top warm rice.
Note: If you do not have a high speed blender, use a food processor or you will need to soak you nuts before blending to soften. (Nut Soaking: Soak in hot water for 1-8 hours and drain before blending)
3. Warm pre-cooked rice, or boil and cook rice as directed on package. You can either sweeten and soften with some non-dairy milk or just serve a more dry cooked rice. Up to you. You could also substitute oats, quinoa, farro, cream of rice and more.
4. Serve! Add the grain base (warm rice) and top with the cacao puree and as much fruit salad as you'd like.
Optional: Add chia seeds, mint and/or cacao nibs over top if desired!
Nutrition estimate (per serving, 3 servings per recipe) - big bowl!
Cacao puree / PUDDING!..