By Mayo Clinic Staff
Ambrosia with coconut and toasted almonds

Dietitian's tip:

This Southern classic is pretty and refreshing for dessert or as a snack. The bananas and oranges provide 45 milligrams of vitamin C — more than 75 percent of your daily needs for the vitamin.

Number of servings

Serves 8

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  3. 1 small pineapple, cubed
  4. 5 oranges, segmented
  5. 2 red apples, cored and diced
  6. 1 banana, halved lengthwise, peeled and sliced crosswise
  7. 2 tablespoons cream sherry
  8. Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Transfer immediately to a plate to cool. Add the coconut to the sheet and bake, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer immediately to a plate to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, oranges, apples, banana and sherry. Toss gently to mix well. Divide the fruit mixture evenly among individual bowls. Sprinkle evenly with the toasted almonds and coconut and garnish with the mint. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :About 1 cup

  • Total carbohydrate 26 g
  • Dietary fiber 4 g
  • Sodium 1 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 1 g
  • Calories 146

This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of the 2005 James Beard award.

Dec. 14, 2011