Do you love a good fruit salad? Well, have I got a fruit recipe for you. Here's a Mexican take on a simple fruit cocktail called bionico, which I might add is an addictively delicious treat! Make a batch of this bionico Mexican fruit salad the next time you crave a fresh and sweet dessert on a hot summer day.
I am lucky to live in Los Angeles, which is full of delicious Mexican food. One of my favorites is a dish called bionico, a famous fruit salad dish from Guadalajara, Mexico. Originally a street food offering, it’s basically a fruit salad tossed in a delicious sweet “milk” sauce and topped with granola.
From the first time I tried bionicos, I was hooked! One of my favorite sweet Mexican dishes, bionico is made with seasonal fruit, sweet cream, and toppings. Plus, they’re quick and easy to make.
I always thought that, because it was a fruit-based dish, that it was likely a Weight Watchers friendly snack. Then, I learned that it was full of cream and high-calorie condensed and evaporated milk!
However, since I love it so much, I decided to find a lower-calorie alternative, resulting in this lightened up recipe. It is also one of those recipes that take 2 minutes to make but tastes delicious for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.
Healthy and addictively delicious- I do not see a downside to this dish.
The next time you’re in the mood for a Mexican treat, add bionico to your menu!
Key Ingredients For Bionicos Fruit Salad
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious Mexican fruit salad at home:
- Plain yogurt: To lighten the calorie load and add some protein, I used plain yogurt as the base of the bionico cream sauce. It still lends that creamy texture and delicious flavor but is a much healthier sauce base. You could also use plain greek yogurt or a non-dairy alternative.
- Sweetened condensed milk: Using yogurt alone would be creamy but a little on the tart side. While I didn’t use as much sweetened condensed milk as traditional Bionicos use, I wanted to use a small amount to maintain the recipe’s formal integrity. If you are looking to reduce the sugar and calories, even more, you could only use the yogurt and add a drizzle of honey to sweeten the fruit salad.
Note: For a complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this bionico recipe, check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Recipe Tips and Ideas For Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad
Making this recipe couldn’t be easier. All it takes are these four simple steps: cut the fruit, mix up the sauce, toss the fruit in it, and add your favorite toppings.
I don’t think cut-up fruit in a sweet cream sauce can ever get boring. However, just in case, here are some variations you can make to this recipe so that it always feels fresh and exciting!
Use Seasonal Fruit
Strawberries, papaya, bananas, cantaloupe, and apples are traditionally used in this Mexican fruit salad recipe. However, you can change up the fruit combinations to fit the seasons of the year.
Here are some ideas:
- Spring: A variety of fresh berries is always delicious.
- Summer: Mangoes, peaches, plums, and melons make a delicious combo.
- Fall & Winter: Pears, apples, pineapple, oranges, and maraschino cherries taste especially good in the cold weather months.
Add More Spices
There are small ways you can slightly change the flavor profile of this recipe when you want to spice things up.
Try adding in a:
- Dash of cinnamon
- Splash of lime juice
- Tsp of vanilla extract
Change Up The Toppings
Granola is the traditional topping in this bionico fruit salad, but it doesn't have to be your only option. Here are some other ideas for satisfying toppings.
- Pecans or other sliced or chopped nuts
- Raisins or dried cranberries
- Shredded coconut
- Strawberry jam
Make this fruit salad whatever you want it to be!
What To Serve With This Bionico Recipe
This dish stands alone as a tasty dessert or snack. You could also use it as a side dish with other delicious Mexican-inspired dishes.
I love to eat it on its own, especially on a hot sunny day in L.A. by the pool or beach!
Frequently Asked Questions About Bionico
Here are some common questions I get asked by some readers…
How long will this fruit salad dish last?
Bionico is best eaten fresh. I don’t recommend making it ahead of time as the fruit can get mushy, and the sauce can get watery. However, if you find yourself with leftovers, you can store them separately in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Can I make this bionico recipe keto-friendly?
If you want to make this recipe keto-friendly, eliminate the sweetened condensed milk, add a dash of vanilla and sweeten with stevia.
Bionico – Mexican Fruit Salad
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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