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Fruit Salad with Homemade Marshmallow Cream and Cream Cheese Dip

Fruit Salad with Homemade Marshmallow & Cream Cheese Dip

It’s time for another lunch inspiration!  Last week I shared a fun one: Teriyaki Chicken and Watermelon Sushi!  Sounds exotic, but its really simple, {utilizes leftovers…WIN!}, and the kids will love the fun presentation.

This week I am sharing a sweet but healthy treat.  The inspiration for this dish came from one of my family’s old time favorite fruit dips {marshmallow cream and cream cheese mixed together}.  I set out to make my own marshmallow cream using pastured beef gelatin {to get all the benefits of beef gelatin-it’s a super food!}.  Here’s how I did it:

homemade marshmallow cream

fruit salad with marshmallow and cream cheese dip

To make the marshmallow cream into marshmallow and cream cheese dip, add a block of softened cream cheese {preferably organic}.  Beat mixture until combined.

Pour mixture over fresh fruit: I used watermelon cubes, green grapes, and apple chunks {I soaked the apples in pineapple juice first to keep from browning}.

homemade marshmallow cream that is finger licking good

My kids thought this dip was so good!  My 4 year old son actually licked the marshmallow cream off of his little sister’s hands! lol.  So, while you might be able to contain yourself from licking it off your neighbor’s face and hands, you won’t be able to keep yourself from having seconds!  And, that’s okay!  It’s good for you. :)

watermelon fruit salad lunchbox

To round out the lunch I added some natural peanut butter to some homemade bread to serve up along side the fruit salad. Pretty simple, put it hits all the food groups!  Add a glass of ice cold milk and your kids will be in heaven.

Thanks to the National Watermelon Promotion Board for sponsoring this post.  My kids think I can make ANYTHING now.  Just this week my son asked if I could make other candy!   This post is part of a series on lunchbox inspirations.  If you missed the other posts you can still see them and pin them! Grilled Chicken Sliders with Maple Citrus Watermelon Glaze and Real Food Series: Lunch Inspiration to Start the School Year Off Right.”

Stay tuned for more lunch box ideas, I’ve got one your sure to love next week! And, in the meantime, check out my Lunchbox PINspiration Pinterest Board for more lunch box ideas to start this school year off right!

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I have been provided with compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post for the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  Participation is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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  1. Do you think you could substuite honey for the light corn syrup? I was surprised to see it in the list of ingredients. We avoid it at all cost! Thanks

    • Denisesawyer says:

      I know, I would like to avoid it too! I was too scared to try the honey! Maybe if you try it you’ll report back! I’m crossing my fingers that it works!

  2. Can you use marshmallow cream and mix it with the cream cheese?

  3. Maybe maple syrup would be a good alternative to the corn syrup? I don’t use sugar, so I wonder if using just extra maple syrup and/or honey would work the same? I have made marshmallows with honey and that seemed to work fine, but I want to try making marshmallow creme.

    • Denisesawyer says:

      Yes, I would try the honey – I think it would bring less flavor to the marshmallow cream – not changing the flavor you are shooting for.
      Wholesome Mommy

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