Fruit Salad Kabobs with Sweet Sunflower Balsamic Dip & Sunflower Chocolate Dip

Fruit Salad Kabobs with Sweet Sunflower Balsamic Dip & Sunflower Chocolate Dip

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So, today's post is about this lovely warm weather we are having here. Fruit salad kabobs...way more fun than eating a fruit salad out of a bowl. I figured putting them on some skewers would be more fun, bright and great for summer parties. It's all about summertime and parties, right? I'm also sharing two different delicious dip recipes today to go with these beauties. Make one or the other....or both for options for guests.

I get requests for nut-free and raw dips/sauces, so here ya go...both of the dips I'm sharing today are nut-free! These both are going under the "Kid-friendly" menu tab above. Which, by the way, that whole category lists all vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free (wheat-free) and oil-free recipes that are good and safe for most, and especially the little ones. Just fyi, some contain coconut though, which is not a nut, but some people are still allergic.

I've never served fruit this way and apparently, lots of people have, but this is my first recipe like this. The dip is sweet and acidic, which really brings out the flavors of the fruit.

My daughter loved this sunflower dip...even with the balsamic vinegar...she was licking the rim around the blender.

If balsamic isn't your thing and you would rather something a litte more indulgent....how about some nut-free chocolate dip.....aka....my new favorite thing.

I also turned this dip into some brownies! They have become wildly popular, check out my Vegan Double Chocolate Sunflower Brownies!

How's that?! This sunflower chocolate dip is sooooo good and thick. I have been putting it on toast as well in the mornings after having a giant smoothie.

I hope you really enjoy these Fruit Kabobs with these 2 amazing dips! The Sweet Sunflower Balsamic and Chocolate Sunflower Dips are both amazingly delicious!

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Fruit Salad Kabobs w/Sweet Sunflower Balsamic Dip & Sunflower Chocolate Dip

Perfect for entertaining and outside parties, these fruit kabobs are not only beautiful, but easy to eat and eliminate the need for extra serveware or bowls. The dips are great flavor enhancers to the fruit and wonderful for those who can't have nuts.

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 6 large strawberries, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large (or 2 small) banana, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices (the less ripe the better, so they don't brown too fast)
  • Sunflower Balsamic Dip (Makes 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower kernels (unsalted) (70 g)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (or agave)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • Chocolate Sunflower Dip
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels (unsalted) (70 g)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (add more if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Tips on preventing the bananas from browning too quickly before a party:
  • Do not use too ripe of bananas, since they will brown faster. Firm ones work best. Since bananas turn brown so quickly, I would go ahead and prep the other fruit and slice it ahead of time, but wait til closer to the party to cut the bananas. Then just put them on the skewers shortly before. It doesn’t take but a few minutes to put them on the skewers if they are already sliced. Also, when you slice the bananas, with spray bottle, spritz some fruit juice or sprinkle some on the bananas on each side. I would stick to apple juice, so the flavor doesn't change too much.Wrap them tightly with plastic wrap, since it is the exposure to air that causes the browning. That should help them some, but cutting them as close to when they are needed is best, so they are fresh. And don’t put the bananas in the fridge because they will brown even faster!

Instructions

  1. After peeling and slicing the fruit, slide onto skewers beginning with banana and ending with banana. I placed 13 pieces of fruit on each skewer, which gave me four skewers. I used metal skewers in the photos, but they slid around too much, so I would recommend just using the wood ones. I did that later and they held much better for dipping.
  2. To make the balsamic dip, add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender or food processor and process until completely smooth. Taste and add any additional sweetener, if you want it sweeter. Place in the fridge to chill a few moments, if desired.
  3. To make the chocolate dip, you will need a food processor instead of a blender. There is much less water in it and it does not work well at all in the blender. I tried and it just wouldn't blend and get creamy. The food processor produced a smooth, silky texture. Add just the sunflower kernels to the food processor. Process them into a fine flour and then add the remaining ingredients and process until it becomes very smooth and creamy, with no more bits of sunflower kernels. This will take a couple of minutes and you will need to scrape the side once or twice during. Store at room temperature to keep the smooth texture.

Notes

*Vegan, nut-free, oil-free, raw, gluten-free

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26 Comments

  1. Holy crap, that dip! What else would you recommend serving it with? I need an excuse to make it. ;)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh, shoot you could use it for anything...the balsamic could be for dipping veggies in or even as a salad dressing! And the chocolate I've been using on toast, pancakes, etc. SO good!
  2. Delicious dips, I love sunflower seeds so that sunflower balsamic sounds like something I could eat by the spoonful. A great healthful snack with the fruit. Both are terrific.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Seriously, I DO eat it by the spoonful, no exxageration haha!
  3. This looks fabulous! I am going to reblog this at the end of the month!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much, that's so nice of you Cindy!
  4. FYI - I resubscribed to the blog so let me know if the confirmation doesn't go through. cheers Cindy
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes, you are confirmed! Thank you Cindy for subscribing!
  5. Yum yum yum! This would be great for a party. I've been storing up a few party-type recipes actually lately...clearly I need to find an excuse for a celebration! I bet I would love both dips :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Emma!
  6. Pinned. Pinned. Pinned. Pinned. Pinned. Pinned. Pinned. OH MY GOD. :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha! Thanks Uru!
  7. Ummmmmmmm, I'm dying right now. I've been loving fruit lately and both of your dip options sound fantastic! I love how kid friendly everything is too. YUM!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Melanie! It's a big deal not to leave out the little ones with options these days!
  8. Nothing better than fresh, sweet fruit in the summer.........except when it's dipped in Chocolate of course. Awesome pics and these really need to be added to my Memorial Day spread now!! Thanks Brandi. I can taste those kabobs already ;)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      You are so sweet Angela, thank you so much!! Those cucumber dogs were amazing!
  9. I tried the strawberry/balsamic combo a few years ago and I just didn't get it. Maybe I need to give it another try!! Regardless, the kabobs look great and that CHOCOLATE dip has my name all over it! Perfect summer snack.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh, yes, I've seen strawberries with straight up balsamic vinegar which I don't like either, but this one is completely diluted with sunflower butter and sweetener, so it's not nearly acidic. Super yummy!
  10. Oh my gosh, you know I had to make the chocolate sauce....It was Delicious! this will be great for my snacks....thank you!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      That is so wonderful to hear Elilta! Thank you so much for making it and giving feedback..it's a favorite of mine for good reason :)
  11. How do you get the bananas from turning brown? Would like to make this a couple of hours before a party.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Heidi! Good question. I'll add a note to the recipe. Since bananas turn brown so quickly, I would go ahead and prep the other fruit and slice it ahead of time, but wait til closer to the party to cut the bananas. Then just put them on the skewers shortly before. It doesn't take but a few minutes to put them on the skewers if they are already sliced. Or, adding a little fruit juice sprinkled on the bananas can help preventing from browning too quick. I would spritz some apple juice on them so it doesn't alter the flavor too much. Spread them out on a plate and spritz or sprinkle the juice on them on each side. That should help them some, just cutting them too early I still wouldn't advise, so they are fresh . And don't put the bananas in the fridge because they will brown even faster! Let me know how it turns out!
  12. I've just literally made the chocolate dip and OMG!! Mine came out just a bit grainy texture but still creamy and delicious probably because of the food processor's power but it didn't stopped me of getting some bread and spread it over directly from the food processor so yes it is THAT good and what makes it so good also is the fact that it's healty. Brandi thank you very much for sharing this goodness with us. By the way I'm already subscribed to your youtube channel Greetings from London!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay Esther! I'm so happy to hear that you loved it! Yes, some food processors don't get things as smooth but if you just let it run for many minutes, like truly walk away, the longer you go, the more smooth it will get :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh and this dip is what inspired these super popular brownies! So try them if you want to next! http://thevegan8.com/2015/04/22/vegan-double-chocolate-sunflower-brownies/
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