How to Make Frushi (Fruit Sushi): A Colorful, Vegan Treat

Sushi is a healthy, light meal that’s often made vegan by replacing raw fish with fresh veggies. Many vegans turn to veg-friendly sushi rolls for meals, but did you know that you can also make your sushi with fruit? Often called frushi (fruit + sushi), these rolls combine the light, sweet flavors of fruit with sticky rice, making for a delicious vegan breakfast or dessert.

These recipes run the gamut from light and healthy to completely indulgent—all you really have to do is add peanut butter and chocolate to turn them into desserts. Here’s what you need to know about making your own frushi at home:

Use Sushi Rice

First of all, make sure to look for sushi rice at the store. Regular rice won’t work. Sushi rice is sticky, making it conducive to shaping into cute little sushi rolls. You can cook this rice in a traditional rice cooker and add coconut milk and sugar to it afterward to add a bit of flavor. Before you cook it, though, be sure to rinse it and let it soak for at least 30 minutes.

Be Creative With Your Fruit Arrangements

Before you go to make frushi, consider what kind of fruit you want to use. Some recipes specify a particular variety, but you can usually use whatever you’d like. Just give some thought to how you’ll arrange it on top of the rice roll. Here are some ideas:

  • Chop mango into super tiny square pieces, essentially mincing it. Use it kind of like roe, topping your frushi with it.
  • Tiny fruits like berries, mandarin oranges and small slices of kiwi look great on top of frushi rolls.
  • Dust your fruit with graham cracker crumbs or vegan shortbread crumbs to give it some crunch (much like you’d see on regular sushi).

Make a Dipping Sauce

At sushi restaurants, you’ll often be given soy sauce and wasabi to dip your sushi into. You can create a something similar to accompany your fruit sushi! Melt some dark chocolate or puree some strawberries with almond milk to create a sweet dipping sauce to accompany your frushi.

5 Frushi Recipes to Make

  • Try this frushi recipe by Dinner at the Zoo. You’ll combine sushi rice with coconut milk, sugar and salt, and top off the creation with raspberries, mandarin oranges and slices of kiwi.
  • Here’s another creative way to make frushi: in ball form! This recipe by Apron and Sneakers explains how to create Japanese rice balls, or onigiri, from fruit and rice. You’ll use saran wrap to shape these creations into tiny balls and sesame seeds to provide a crunchy coating around the edge.
  • These frushi rolls, featured on Tastemade, aren’t the most natural creations of all time (they call for Fruit Roll Ups) but they are technically vegan (and also fun for kids!). The Fruit Roll Ups provide a wrapping that stands in for traditional seaweed.
  • This non-vegan option from Food52 is simply decadent, combining strawberries, bananas and peanut or almond butter with Nutella, marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, Cool Whip and strawberry jam, wrapping it all together with a flour tortilla.
  • If you’d rather skip the rice altogether, try this recipe from Perchance to Cook. It’s both Paleo-friendly and vegan, using a banana in place of rice. It’s then coated with flax seeds, chia seeds, almond butter and cacao powder, and topped with goji berries.

 

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John J2 months ago

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Christine J
Christine J1 years ago

They look lovely; I've never heard of frushi before.

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John B1 years ago

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