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Bionico Recipe – Dairy-Free Mexican Fruit Bowl

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This Bionico Recipe is the perfect sweet treat, featuring seasonal fruit and your favorite toppings. Traditional Bionicos, or Mexican Fruit Bowls, typically contain dairy, but this version boasts a delectable dairy-free creamy sauce. Ready in under 10 minutes, this delightful Mexican fruit salad is a sweet dessert to savor.

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Juicy, sweet, and incredibly refreshing, these Bionicos (Mexican Fruit Bowls) are a summer favorite of mine but can be enjoyed any time of the year with ripe fruit. I love these Mexican fruit cups for an Easter brunch or Mother’s Day. This dairy-free capirotada is another great Mexican dessert for Easter.

This popular Mexican street food has layers of your favorite fruits, coated in a sweet cream mixture, and then garnished with a variety of delicious toppings for a truly delicious treat.

The great thing about this fresh fruit Bionico Recipe is its versatility! You can mix and match the kinds of fruit depending on the season. You can make a large bowl of fruit salad or individual bowls for personal fruit cocktails that your guests can garnish with their favorite toppings. 

With just a handful of ingredients and under 10 minutes of preparation time, you’ll have a fantastic treat that’s a crowd favorite.


Reader Review of the Bionico Fruit Salad Recipe

“Wow! This is so simple to make, and so pretty!”  Charlotte


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Why this is the Best Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad

  • Refreshing and Light: This dairy-free Bionico Recipe is a refreshing, light, and easy dessert option. The absence of dairy creates a lighter taste and texture, making it a satisfying yet not overly heavy dessert.
  • Versatile and Customizable: This is the perfect dessert because it is highly versatile and can be customized based on personal preferences and seasonal fruits. You can enjoy different fruit combinations, and lots of toppings, and adjust the sweetness of the dressing for your taste buds. It is the perfect dessert for large gatherings, BBQ’s, brunches, or just sitting by the pool.
  • Sweet and Creamy Delight: Each bite of this dairy-free Bionico Recipe offers a perfect balance of sweetness from the fruit mixture, creamy texture from the alternative dairy-free dressing, and a delightful crunch from the toppings. It’s a satisfying, tasty dessert full of textures and flavor. 

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Before I lost 125  lbs I would have devoured this entire bionico fruit salad – not kidding! Now that I have lost weight and practice portion control, I love having this sweet fruit salad as a special treat. I serve it at Easter and summer gatherings because it takes very little prep time and is a simple recipe everyone enjoys.

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Bionico Fruit Salad Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe card including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information below.

  • Sweet cream sauce – It’s typically made from plain yogurt or Greek yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, Mexican crema, (sour cream), and vanilla extract. This sweet and tangy sauce is drizzled on top or underneath the fruit in the bowl to give the dessert its signature creamy texture. We’re making this dairy-free by using sweetened condensed coconut milk.
  • A Variety of Fresh Fruits – I used pineapple, watermelon, papaya, mango, oranges, and grapes. You can use your favorite variety of fruits like berries, bananas, apples, cantaloupe, honeydew, cherries, peaches -I could go on and on!
  • Toppings – I love topping my bionicos with this plant based granola, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and even a little dried fruit for a chewy texture. Use your imagination and come up with your signature bionico recipe.
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Bionico ingredients

How to make this dairy-free bionico recipe

​You can follow these simple steps for this delicious dessert. 

  • Make Sweet Cream Sauce -Stir together vegan yogurt, sweetened condensed coconut milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl. In a separate bowl, toss the chopped fruit together.
  • Prepare Fruit – cut fruit into bite-sized pieces and mix in a large bowl or individual small bowls.
  • Create Bionicos – drizzle fruit with the dairy-free sweet cream sauce and garnish with your favorite toppings.

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Tips & Substitutions

  • For a thinner consistency, add a couple more tablespoons of non-dairy yogurt. 
  • Serving suggestions -if you want an extra special presentation serve your bionico in these granola cups
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FAQ’s

What is a bionico made of?

Bionicos, pronounced “bee-oh-nee-koze,” consist of mixed fruit, a creamy sauce, and an array of toppings. These tasty fruit bowls originated from a street vendor in Guadalajara. This bionico recipe boasts a dairy-free version of the luscious cream sauce. 


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How many calories are in Bionico?

The number of calories in a Bionico can vary based on the specific ingredients and portion size. Here’s a breakdown of estimated calorie counts for common ingredients in a Bionico:

  • Fresh fruits (1 cup): Such as strawberries, bananas, apples, kiwi, mango, and papaya.
  • Granola (1/4 cup): Approximately 100-150 calories.
  • Shredded coconut (1 tablespoon): Approximately 50-60 calories.
  • Sweetened condensed milk or crema (1 tablespoon): Approximately 60-80 calories.

Considering these estimates, a Bionico can have roughly 270-370 calories per serving. This dairy-free bionico recipe has 187 calories.

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How to store Bionicos

Bionico salad is best when consumed within 1 to 2 hours of making. However, it can be refrigerated and consumed within 1-2 days of making. The fruits may start to release juices and become mushy after prolonged storage. If you store the fruit salad, I suggest separating the toppings so the granola doesn’t become soggy.

Bionico salad should be refrigerated promptly after making or serving. This helps maintain the freshness of the fruits and prevents the creamy dressing from spoiling. Transfer the Bionico salad to an airtight container or cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. This helps prevent the fruits from absorbing other odors in the refrigerator and keeps them from drying out.

For more info regarding food safety, click here.

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Bionico Recipe – Dairy-Free Mexican Fruit Bowl

This Bionico Recipe is the perfect sweet treat, featuring seasonal fruit and your favorite toppings. Traditional Bionicos, or Mexican Fruit Bowls, typically contain dairy, but this version boasts a delectable dairy-free creamy sauce. Ready in under 10 minutes, this delightful Mexican fruit salad is a sweet dessert to savor.
Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword bionico recipe, bionicos recipe, dairy free sweet cream sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 187.5kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

Dairy Free Bionico Sweet Cream Sauce

Mexican Fruit Salad

  • 1 cup watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup papaya, cut into chunks
  • 1 small mango, diced
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 2 small oranges, segmented and chopped

Optional Toppings

  • granola
  • shredded coconut
  • nuts – almonds, pecans, walnuts
  • dried fruit – cherries, raisins, craisins
  • seeds – chia, flax, hemp

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir together non-dairy yogurt, sweetened condensed coconut milk, and vanilla.
  • In a large bowl, add cut fruit and gently toss to combine.
  • Evenly divide the fruit into 4 small bowls, drizzle with the dairy-free dressing and garnish with your desired toppings.

Notes

Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients and amounts you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 187.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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  1. Wow this looks so good! I’ve never had something like this! I love that it’s dairy free! Gotta try it!

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