It’s Retro Day ~ Ambrosia for Vegan MOFO Day 9 !

cornwebAs soon as I saw that the theme for today was “most retro recipe”, I knew I had to make vegan ambrosia. Even though it was originally known as a Southern traditional dessert, most people I know who were kids in the 60s and 70s had this in some form at nearly every picnic (and I grew up in New England).

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How I loved this dish and got so excited every time I saw it on the table at a gathering. Little bits of sweet fruit enveloped in whipped topping (usually Cool Whip), sour cream, marshmallows and coconut ~ what’s not to love?

I followed the example of my 70s foremothers and used prepared ingredients for it. When I was researching the recipe, I saw that apparently some people make everything from scratch (Alton Brown has “homemade marshmallows” in his ingredient list). I did not do that… 🙂

I did make it a bit healthier than traditional recipes (aside from leaving out the animal products). I used fresh fruit rather than canned, and I used these cherries so as not to be eating all that red food coloring:

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Vegan Ambrosia

  • 3/4-1 cup So Delicious coconut whip
  • 3/4 cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 cup vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies), mini-sized or quartered large ones
  • 1/2 cup clementine or chopped orange segments
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Mix together all of the ingredients and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Makes 2 1/2-3 cups.

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3 thoughts on “It’s Retro Day ~ Ambrosia for Vegan MOFO Day 9 !

  1. I’ve never actually had ambrosia before! But I grew up in the 90s in Australia sooo that could be why, lol. I can definitely see the appeal though – so creamy!

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