Grape Ambrosia with Toasted Almonds

Grape Ambrosia with Toasted Almonds

Every year my family would gather at my godparents’ oneyouse on Christmas Eve. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, the whole gang. I distinctly remember cracking walnuts and opening roasted chestnuts in their dim living room next to the warm, decorated fireplace. My sisters and I would congregate in my godmother’s walk-in closet and try on her furs, jewelry and high heels in secret, and then walk around her bedroom impersonating older female family members.

And I’ll never forget that fluffy, heavenly bowl of sweetness sitting on the kitchen table that my godmother prepared every year. This marshmallowy gooey mess (aka ambrosia) always put on a smile on my face. This recipe is a tribute to my dear godmother. It’s a modern, healthier rendition of ambrosia. It’s not gooey or as fluffy as the traditional ambrosia but it’s no less delicious. Hope you like it.

A couple of notes:

  • If you’re using frozen pineapples, be sure to defrost them in advance. Also, chop the pineapple chunks into smaller pieces. I don’t recommend pulsing them in a food processor (like I did) because it draws too much water out of them.
  • I added both red and green grapes for optimal color because the dish can lack color. I recommend adding 3/4 cup green grapes and 1/4 cup red grapes. The red grapes can be a bit astringent which is why I added less.

Grape Ambrosia with Toasted Almonds

Grape Ambrosia with Toasted Almonds
6 people
6 people
Grape Ambrosia with Toasted Almonds
6 people
6 people
  • 16 ounces frozen unsweetened pineapples thawed and chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup fresh seedless grapes halved or quartered
  • 2/3 cup yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt)
  • 1 ounce sliced almonds toasted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar optional
Servings: people
  1. In a large bowl, combine pineapples, coconut and grapes. Add yogurt and sugar and mix well.
  2. Chill for 30 minutes before serving. Top with toasted almonds and enjoy.

  • Krissyp

    Beautifully done! One of my favorites too. Anything pineapple coconut and I’m sold. Love the healthy twist. Thanks for sharing.

  • Medeja

    It looks like a very nice and delicious treat :)

  • Nisrine|Dinners & Dreams

    Super healthy and delicious dessert/salad. I like that you used a lot of coconut. It can only make it better.

  • Kate @

    This sounds delicious and refreshing. I love this recipe – thank you for sharing – your Godmother must have been a terrific cook!

    • Trish

      Thanks, Kate. My godmother is a very special lady. Thanks for reading :-)

  • Sara

    Oh my goodness. Isn’t this a wonderful treat to start the morning with or to end a day with. I guess I could have it any time of the day. Thanks for sharing your family recipe, Trish!

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    Trish – this looks like it could almost be for breakfast. Yummy! :-)

  • Tiffany

    Oh my! My nana made the same thing for me growing up! MEMORIES 😀

  • vtkitchen

    wow, i’ve never heard of ambrosia. it’s marshmellow-y? it looks kind of like soup, but sounds so interesting. i love fruity and nutty desserts. i really want to try this, it looks wonderful!! thanks for sharing.

  • Kim – Liv Life

    I had forgotten about ambrosia!! My mom would make it with sour cream, I absolutely adored it. She put little marshmallows in and cherries. But I didn’t like the cherries.
    I don’t think my kids have ever had it, I must change that!

    • Trish

      I know…it’s a blast form the past, right? Glad you like it. Thanks for reading, Kim!

  • Natalie

    Such a cute story and recipe, I have never tried it and I have to say I’m intrigued -the photo looks so lovely!!

  • Suchitra

    Looks fantastic- loved the toasted almonds touch to the recipe- yum!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Trish, I haven’t had ambrosia since my grandmother passed! That’s been 14 years!!! It’s time. Thanks for the lovely recipe. :)

  • Lauren Slayton

    sort of a deconstructed yogurt parfait of sorts, right? I too love pineapple coconut and like that it is sweet but has enough nutrition to be a meal.

  • Nancy aka SpicieFoodie

    I’ve never heard of Ambrosia, but I’m not American so maybe that’s why. It sounds delicious. I love adding fruit to my yogurt so I know I’d love your salad. Thanks for sharing your healthier recipe and memories.

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  • Stephanie

    How very sad that I’ve lived as long as I have and never tasted this much less heard of it! :) It looks so wonderful it has to go on my list of ‘must try.’ Thanks for sharing.

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    This looks delicious! I love the stats on it as well!
    It has some of my most favorite foods..greek yogurt, almonds, and pineapple! yum!!

  • whatsfordinneracrossstatelines

    Love ambrosia, my mother in law makes it! I’ve never had it with the yogurt though, bet it’s good that way. I like how you can still get all these yummy fruits right now too. Have a great weekend.

  • Jenn (

    That looks so delicious, as your entire blog does! Pineapple is such a unique ingredient!! Anyway, HI I’m Jenn and after following you, you and others have inspired me to start my own blog. I am in training to become an RD. I was wondering if you have heard about the SCAN Symposium Conference: coming up from ADA in March in Chicago? Here is the link: and feel free to check out my blog for more info! THanks! Nice to meet you!!!

    • Trish

      Thanks for the info, Jen. Will check it out. I would love to go. Thanks for reading too :-)

  • Peggy

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love the color of this dish and I’m sure the taste was excellent!

  • Jenn from Much to My Delight

    I’ve never had ambrosia, but this bowl is so pretty it makes me want to make some right away. So lovely!

  • Paul Byron Downs

    I always remember my grandmother making ambrosia for Christmas with the most moist pound cake. Man, she could bake.


  • marla

    Trish, this is such a sweet tribute to your godmother. The ambrosia sounds wonderful!

  • Radhika

    I have used pineapple and coconut many times, but never together..and never this way…
    This ambrosia sounds and looks so exotic and yummy…gotto try sometime!

  • eatingRD

    Love family memories centered around food :) My grandma would always make fruit salad for us during Christmas. Love your healthier version! yum

  • bhavani@ameanderingmango

    Hi Trish – this looks perfect for a hot summer day (like the one we’re having today in Sydney). Ambrosia is such a great name for it too. Thanks!

  • Juliana

    Trish, your ambrosia looks delicious, and love it with the toasted almond….beautifully done :-)

  • Kocinera

    This looks so cool! I’ve never tried ambrosia before, but I love all the fresh fruits. This would be such a great healthy dessert!

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  • Marie O’Connor

    Hi Trish,

    This brought back so many wonderful memories for me too. I’m going to make ambrosia again but your way.

    Love, Aunt Marie