Vanilla maple coconut yogurt fruit salad

by | Jun 6, 2010 | Columns, Featured, Healing with Whole Foods | 3 comments

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This recipe is actually quite simple, and inspired last minute with some “hanging around” ingredients. It is pretty simple and perfect for any kind of meal or gathering. You can add and take away some of the ingredients if you have others on hand. This could be a side, a snack, a dessert or a leftover midnight snack. You gotta love the creaminess the coconut yogurt provides, and the simple sweetness of the fresh fruit and maple syrup combo. It is just an all around fabulous creation for the vegan soul. Or, for the non-vegan-conscious people this could easily be made with some fresh homemade yogurt of any kind and whipped up the same way. I used the coconut yogurt instead of a vegan soy yogurt, because to be honest, I’m not a fan of soy. Soy is too processed and airy to my liking. It just seems I always regret eating soy when I do…so I avoid it when I can. But hey, with creations such as coconut yogurt, why would you go searching for anything else. It’s fabulous!

2 ripe pears washed, seeded, and diced in bite sized pieces
2 ripe apples, washed, seeded and diced into pieces (I used organic gala apples)
1/2 of honey dew melon, cleaned and seeded and diced into pieces
2 – 8 ounce vanilla coconut yogurt (So Delicious Brand is best)
1 TB of pure vanilla extract
1-2 TB of pure maple syrup (or more to your taste preference)
1/2 ts of ground cardamon (cinnamon is also another idea of an added spice if you prefer)
1/2 cup of crushed walnut pieces, or if you prefer pecans, or pistachios instead

Mix all the ingredients together in a large serving bowl and serve up cold. Other added flavors to add could be just a little bit of some fresh mint or lime… be creative with what ingredients you have laying around.

recipe courtesy

  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


  1. Elicia

    This looks like an incredibly delicious and simple dessert! I love So Delicious coconut milk yogurt. I use the vanilla flavor for baking, so I even have some on hand! I can’t wait to try this. Maybe even for lunch today. Thank you!

  2. earthwalker

    So cool that you already have the yogurt! It’s amazing how sometimes the simplest foods are packed with so much flavor. Enjoy!!

  3. Julie Laffin

    these recipes look incredible. can’t wait to try some!

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