Transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise with my delectable Fruit Sushi recipe. This unique twist on traditional sushi combines the flavors of creamy coconut, sweet fruits, and a touch of vanilla in a delightful bite-sized package. It's a creative and refreshing dish that's not only visually appealing but also incredibly easy to prepare.
Every year, you come up with a few resolutions. What about...eating healthier? If that’s the case, I have a great idea for a healthy and tasty dessert – fruit sushi or frushi as it often called.
Tu Bishvat dessert
Besides having a New Year's resolutions, during January this year, some people celebrate Tu Bi'Shvat- 15 of Shevat - the Jewish New Year of the Trees. This day “marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle" (by chabad.org)
To mark this holiday, you eat fruits and especially the 7 species (shivat haminim) that grow in the Holy Land: dates, grapes, figs, pomegranates, barley, wheat and olives. Additionally, you eat more fruits and vegetables that grow in Israel like almonds. My easy fruit sushi recipe can be part of the celebration, not just with its festive look but also its beautiful taste 🙂
Ingredients and process
With colorful soy wraps and no rice at all, these little bites are so delicious. I chose to make my fruit sushi without rice because I don't like sweet rice, I know in some cuisines it's very common to have sweet rice as a dessert but I just don't like it. To replace the rice, I used cooked coconut batter as a filling with fruits and more fruits for decorations.
Keep in mind that the cooked coconut batter can be made up to 5 days in advance, but once the fruit sushi is assembled with the fruits, it needs to be eaten the same day because cut fruits don't last.
If you have never heard about soy wraps and wonder where you can get them, Asian stores usually sell them or you can buy on Amazon. You can also try to make the fruit sushi without them but I think they look nice and upgrade the dish. Plus, it helps when rolling the sushi.
You will also need a sushi mat for rolling the sushi, if you don't have any, just use a large piece of cling film to help you roll.
After cooking and cooling the coconut batter for filling, cut the fruits you are using to sticks. Each fruit has its own shape so they won’t all look like sticks but you need them in their longest form to fill the sushi.
How to assemble the fruit sushi:
Place a soy wrap on the mat. On the soy wrap, lay down a rectangle of coconut batter. Flatten it with you hand to cover the whole soy wrap. Place the fruits you cut in a line at the end of the mat that is closest to you but leave some narrow margins.
Lift the mat and roll to cover the fruits. Go slowly. Press the batter and fruits. Roll again to finish the sushi wrap.
Cut the roll to 8 pieces and garnish with some more fruits.
You can garnish the fruit sushi with more fruits or with nuts and also serve it with a sweet dip like melted chocolate or caramel - YUM!
Tips to help you make the best fruit sushi:
Use Fresh Fruits
The key to delicious fruit sushi is using fresh, ripe fruits. Choose a variety of colorful fruits like strawberries, mangoes, kiwis, and bananas for a visually appealing presentation.
The fruits I used are strawberries, kiwi, banana, pomegranates, dried cranberries, persimmon and dates. You may want to use fruits that are less watery and don't drip a lot of juice when cutting them, dried fruits fit this recipe very well.
Prepare Ingredients in Advance
Before you start rolling, have all your ingredients ready. Cut the fruits into thin sticks or slices, prepare the coconut batter, and have your soy wraps and sushi mat on hand.
Even Coconut Layer
When spreading the coconut batter on the soy wrap, aim for an even layer that covers the entire wrap. This will ensure that each bite has a balanced flavor.
Refrigerate the Batter
Cooling the coconut batter in the fridge for at least 2 hours allows it to firm up and makes it easier to work with when assembling the sushi.
Sushi Mat and Cling Film
Wrapping your sushi mat with cling film makes it easier to roll the sushi and prevents the ingredients from sticking to the mat.
To get clean and neat sushi rolls, use a sharp knife to cut them into 8 pieces. Dip the knife in water before each cut to prevent sticking.
Fruit sushi is best when served fresh, so make it just before you plan to enjoy it. If you need to make it in advance, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but be aware that the texture may change slightly over time.
The core ingredients for fruit sushi are usually readily available. You'll need fresh fruits, coconut cream, instant pudding mix, soy wraps, and desiccated coconut. These ingredients can often be found in most grocery stores.
Absolutely! Fruit sushi is highly customizable. You can use a variety of fruits based on your preferences and what's in season. Some popular choices include strawberries, kiwis, mangos, and bananas. Feel free to get creative with your combinations.
Slightly dampen your hands with water before spreading the coconut batter on the soy wrap. This will help prevent the batter from sticking to your hands.
Fruit sushi is best when served fresh. However, if you need to prepare it in advance, store the rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Keep in mind that the texture may change slightly if you store it for an extended period.
Fruit sushi can be a delightful and visually appealing addition to a party or gathering. You can prepare a variety of fruit sushi rolls with different fruit combinations to cater to your guests' preferences.
Fruit sushi is often a hit with kids and picky eaters because of its sweet and visually appealing nature. It can be a fun way to introduce a variety of fruits to children in a playful form.
Other desserts to try:
For more Tu BiShvat recipes check out my Tu BiShvat recipe index.
Make fruit sushi today!
With a few simple steps and readily available ingredients, you can create a sushi sensation that will impress your family and friends. So, let's roll up our sleeves and dive into the steps for crafting these delightful Fruit Sushi rolls.
Recipe yields 8-10 rolls
- 2 cups boiling water
- 5 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1 can (15 oz.) coconut cream
- 2 cups (280 grams) vanilla instant pudding mix
- Soy wraps
- Cut fruits
- More cut fruits of your choice or nuts
- In a pot, cook coconut cream, water and instant pudding mix. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
- Stir in the unsweetened desiccated coconut and mix well.
- Cool the batter in the fridge for 2 hours in an airtight container.
- Cut the fruits of your choice to sticks.
- Wrap a sushi mat with cling film and place a soy wrap on it.
- With your hands, spread coconut batter on the soy wrap to cover it all in a united layer.
- Place the fruits on the coconut batter.
- Start rolling the sushi as described above and in pictures
- Cut the roll to 8.
- Garnish with more fruits.
- Serve and enjoy!