VANILLA PUDDING FRUIT SALAD RECIPE

VANILLA PUDDING FRUIT SALAD

This Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad is made with your favorite vanilla pudding mix, fruit juice and mixed fruit! It’s a summer dessert you’re going to want to make over and over again!

VANILLA PUDDING FRUIT SALAD

This Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad is made with your favorite vanilla pudding mix, fruit juice and mixed fruit! It’s a summer dessert you’re going to want to make over and over again!

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

I’ve always loved mixed fruit. When I was growing up I would devour cans of sliced peaches and fruit cocktail. Then once I started out on my own, I switched over to fresh farm peaches from the farmer’s market and random thrown together fruit salads made with whatever was in season.

Pregnancy intensified that need for fruit. I thought that I would be craving chocolate and sugar, but I’ve been on a fruit kick from the beginning. Now don’t get me wrong, I actually do crave chocolate milkshakes something awful but I’ve been able to kind of handle that. haha

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Fruit though, I’ve had my fridge and counters stocked with fruit for months.

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

So the other night I was flipping through some of Toni’s recipes while trying to organize them and I came across this fruit salad recipe. Well, I love fruit salad and I love pudding desserts so I knew wanted this dessert asap!

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Now here are a few things about this recipe.

The original recipe doesn’t call for blackberries but I LOVE them and had some from the farmer’s market so I added them in. Oh so GOOD!

YES, you’re making the pudding with fruit juice and not milk. It will be kind of thick when you first make it. That’s OK! DON’T try to thin it out.

This taste best if you let it sit over night. It taste even better if you let it sit for 2 nights BUT it looks better after the first night than the second haha.

Don’t add the bananas until right before you serve this. You don’t want them to turn brown!

Serve it as is or garnish with some whipped cream. Either way is amazing.

VANILLA PUDDING FRUIT SALAD RECIPE

Vanilla Pudding Fruit SaladThis Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad is made with your favorite vanilla pudding mix, fruit juice and mixed fruit! It’s a summer dessert you’re going to want to make over and over again!

INGREDIENTS

4 box instant vanilla pudding (8.1oz)

4 can pineapple chucks in juice (25 oz)

4 large can peaches in juice (33 oz)

4 bag frozen strawberries (18 oz)

4 1/5 cups fresh blackberries

5 bananas

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour vanilla pudding mix into a medium bowl.

Add in one cup of the juice from the pineapples and one cup of juice from the peaches. Whisk until smooth.

In a large bowl, add the pineapple chunks, peaches, strawberries and blackberries.

Pour pudding mixture over fruit and stir well.

Place into the fridge for 8 hours or overnight.

Slice bananas and add them before servings.

Like other mulberries, blackberries are packed with a variety of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, which are essential for good health.

Blackberries have a very low caloric value. There are only 43 calories in 100 grams of fresh blackberries. On the other hand, they are very rich in soluble and insoluble fiber (in 100 grams of fresh blackberries there are 5.3 grams or 14 percent of the daily recommended dose). Xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener, is present in fruit fibers. It is absorbed more slowly than regular sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels.

Blackberries contain fairly high levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals, such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid (thianine), quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, campferol, and salicylic acid. Scientific research has shown that these antioxidant compounds can have a positive effect on health in the fight against cancer, aging, inflammation and the development of neurological diseases.

Fresh blackberries are an excellent source of vitamin C (provide 35 percent of the recommended daily allowance in 100 grams), which is a powerful natural antioxidant. Eating fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance to infectious agents, fight inflammation and scavenge free radicals.

Blackberries have an ORAC value (absorption capacity of oxygen radicals – a measure of antioxidant strength) of approximately 5,347 olmol TE per 100 grams.

In addition, blackberries contain a solid amount of minerals, such as potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium. Copper is needed for bone metabolism as well as for the formation of red blood cells.