Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes

So a few weeks ago after my nieces’ final basketball games of the season, my family went to an ice cream place for lunch. Though their main offering is ice cream they also have sandwiches, salads and such. My sister-in-law was raving about their frozen fruit salad and how we all had to try it.

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So I tried it and was surprised at just how awesome it was! How had I never heard of this before?!? So of course I had to try and come up with my own version.

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Though I had never heard of frozen fruit salad, I googled and learned that it is actually something that a lot of people make. Kind of a traditional thing for some families. Who knew?!? And I have to say I think it’s perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday. It could compliment a meal or easily be a dessert. I even think it could replace actual cupcakes for a birthday if someone’s not into cake. There’s just so many reasons you could make these! And with a super cute little whipped cream swirl and cherry on top, what’s not to love? They are just SO cute!

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Made with whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and a few fruits (pineapple, banana and cherries, to be exact), they are also easy to make. An easy, no-bake treat. So light and sweet it will satisfy those that prefer things less sweet as well as those that really like sweet. The fruit adds just the right amount sweetness and flavor without being too much. Truly perfect for a beautiful spring or summer day.

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The hubs and I are addicted. He actually smothered his in chocolate sauce the other night when we had them as dessert. I personally like it just the way it is. It has two of my favorite fruits – pineapple and banana – and I don’t need anything to distract from their awesomeness. The only problem is that I find myself wanting to eat all of them! One is not enough! Good thing the recipe makes about 20 of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes

  • Yield: 22-24 Cupcakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 12-oz container Cool Whip
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 10-oz jar maraschino cherries (with stems)
  • 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple (drain and reserve juice)
  • 2-3 bananas, chopped
  • Additional cool whip for garnish, if desired

Instructions

1. Pour pineapple juice over bananas.
2. Chop cherries into fourths. I used about 12 cherries, but you can use as many as you like. Make sure you reserve enough cherries to add to the top of the cupcakes when done, if desired.
3. Mix cool whip, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and almond extract together.
4. Add cherries, pineapple, bananas (not pineapple juice), and 2 tbsp of cherry juice from the jar to the cool whip mixture and mix well.
5. Scoop mixture into cupcake panss lined with cupcake liners.
6. Put cupcake pans into the freezer and allow to completely freeze.
7. Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired.

Modified from cooks.com

This post linked to Shaken Together.

Enjoy!

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