These super easy to make homemade fruit sushi rolls is the traditional sushi twist on your favorite fruit. Kids of all ages will love making and eating this fresh fruit sushi at a meal or snack time.

DIY Fruit sushi, frushi. Fresh fruit sushi recipe for kids made with ingredients and supplies you already have in your kitchen from Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make fresh fruit sushi…frushi!

DIY Frushi Rolls Recipe

Sushi is one of my favorite treats. The kids have enjoyed a slice or two, but none of them ask for seconds.

Then we discovered fruit sushi. Fruit sushi rolls are like traditional sushi, only the filler ingredients are fruit and makes a fun healthy snack!

If you have never made sushi at home, fruit sushi recipes are a really fun way to explore the process of making sushi rolls. For this sweet sushi recipe, you do not need any special sushi making equipment, but can use it if you have it.

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DIY Fruit sushi, frushi ingredients needed - fresh fruit selection sliced and a bowl of sticky rice
This is all you need to make frushi!

Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Frushi

  • 1/3rd cup of Cooked Rice per sushi roll
  • 1/2 Banana per frushi roll
  • Assortment of Colorful Fruit
  • (Optional) Soaked Chia Seeds
  • (Optional) Coconut milk

Supplies Needed to Make Fresh Fruit Sushi at Home

Fruit Sushi Recipe

Rice cooking in a rice cooker for fruit sushi recipe - Kids Activities Blog - smiley face in a pan of cooked white rice
Let’s start by cooking the rice.

Step 1 – Make the Rice

The first step of making the rice can be done ahead of time if the rice is stored in an airtight container in the fridge as a rice ball.

Cook the rice according to package directions in a medium sauce pan or rice cooker. We like to substitute the water for coconut milk to make a sweet coconut rice. You will need the rice to be moist when you are working with it and a sticky consistency for it to hold the rolled shape.

Traditional sushi is made with a sushi rice, but we are going to add ingredients in the next step that will allow you to use either a sticky rice or a traditional rice grain.

Step 2 – Make the Rice Sticky

Mash the cooked rice with the banana and the optional chia seeds.  You can also use cream cheese, a little honey or a dash of maple syrup.

DIY Fruit sushi, frushi steps to make and roll fruit sushi at home with plastic wrap and regular white cooked rice
These are the simple steps to making your own homemade fruit sushi.

Step 3 – Get the Sushi Ready to Roll

We used cling film for this step.

  1. Lay out the plastic wrap and spread the rice mixture on top of the plastic wrap.
  2. You will want the rice to be roughly the depth of the tip of your pinky finger.
  3. Try to spread the rice in a rectangular shape.

Step 4 – Add the Fresh Fruit

Layer fruit pieces in a neat, tight row on one side of your rice rectangle.  

Here are some of our favorite fruits to slice thinly for fruit sushi — don’t be afraid to try some creative fruit combinations:

  • apples
  • strawberries
  • peaches
  • cantaloupe
  • blackberries
  • pineapple
  • kiwi slice
  • mandarin orange
  • mango slices
  • star fruit
  • coconut shreds
  • We have snuck in a couple slices of avocado and fresh spinach in the past

Step 5 – Make the Fruit Roll

Pull one side of the plastic wrap up and gently roll the frushi together into long pieces that resembles a log. Unwrap the plastic wrap.

Step 6 – Slice the Fruit Roll

Using a sharp knife, slice the fruit roll into individual fruit sushi pieces.

DIY Fruit sushi, frushi finished and in the hands of a child
Yum! Now is my favorite part…eating what we made.

Step 7 – Chill Before Serving

Stick the roll into the freezer for two hours to help solidify the rice.

Happy snacking!

Serving FrEsh Fruit Sushi

Like regular sushi, fresh fruit sushi doesn’t have a long shelf life. You can store it for a day or so in an airtight container in the fridge.

Create different color combinations of fresh fruit for different occasions. This can make a really fun snack at a party, after school treat or healthy dessert.

Try dipping in raspberry sauce!

Yield: 1 roll

Fresh Fruit Sushi or Frushi

DIY Fruit sushi, frushi.

This simple recipe for fruit sushi is perfect for making at home with kids. The fresh fruit sushi is easy to make and customize using different kinds of fresh fruits. This recipe uses regular white rice, but could also be made with traditional sushi rice.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3rd cup of Cooked White Rice per sushi roll
  • 1/2 Banana per frushi roll
  • Assortment of sliced Colorful Fruit - apples, strawberries, peaches, cantaloupes, blackberries, pineapples, kiwi, mandarin oranges, mangos, star fruit, shredded coconut, avocados and fresh spinach leaves
  • (Optional) Soaked Chia Seeds
  • (Optional) Coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Cook the white rice of your choice ahead of time or use traditional sushi rice.
  2. Mash the cooked rice with the banana and add the chia seeds if desired and form into a rice ball in a medium bowl.
  3. Lay out the rice mixture on Plastic wrapparchment paper, square of wax paper, non stick sushi rolling mat or a traditional bamboo mat  and flatten into a rectangular shape about 1/2 inch in depth.
  4. Layer on the fresh fruit slices in a neat row on one side of the flattened rice rectangle.
  5. Pull the plastic wrap, parchment paper or rolling mat up on one side and gently roll into a long log shape.
  6. Slice with a sharp knife into individual sushi pieces.
  7. Chill before Serving in freezer for 2 hours or more.
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Can fruit sushi be made with any kind of rice?

Fruit sushi can be made from different kinds of rice, as long as the rice has a sticky texture when cooked. The most commonly used rice is sushi rice.

However, you can also try using other types of rice like jasmine rice or sticky sweet rice. These different types of rice will give the fruit sushi a slightly different taste and texture. Just make sure to cook the rice according to the instructions for the type of rice you choose.

What kind of sauce or dip should accompany fruit sushi?

It depends on the fruit you choose for your fruit sushi recipe! Here are several recommended sauces and dips that can accompany fruit sushi. Here are a few options:

  1. Chocolate sauce: Drizzling some chocolate sauce over fruit sushi can provide a sweet and indulgent touch. It pairs well with fruits like strawberries, bananas, and mangoes.
  2. Sweetened condensed milk: This creamy and sweet sauce can be used as a dip or drizzled over fruit sushi. It complements tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut.
  3. Honey: A natural sweetener like honey can be drizzled over fruit sushi to add a touch of sweetness. It goes well with a wide variety of fruits.
  4. Yogurt dip: Mixing yogurt with a little honey or vanilla extract creates a creamy and tangy dip that can complement the freshness of the fruits in fruit sushi.
  5. Fruit purees: Blending fresh fruits like berries or mangoes into a smooth puree with a little honey or maple syrup to create a fruity dipping sauce. (You can also use it to make these homemade fruit rollups!)

Do I store my fruit sushi in the refrigerator?

Fruit sushi is definitely best to consume the day it is made. As time passes, the fruit tends to break down. (Think about what happens to berries after you wash them and leave them on the counter!)

But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your fruit sushi recipe fresh as long as possible.

  • Wrap it tightly: Wrap the fruit sushi tightly with plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out or absorbing any unwanted odors from the refrigerator.
  • Eat it today: Fruit sushi is best enjoyed the day you make it. As time passes, the fruit will become less appetizing. You will likely be able to tell just by looking at your sushi if it is still good for a snack!
  • Avoid liquid ingredients: If your fruit sushi contains liquid ingredients like sauces or dips, it’s best to store them separately and add them just before serving. This will prevent the sushi from becoming too moist and losing its texture.

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Did you make fresh fruit sushi? Did your kids love the frushi? What is your favorite fruit combination? 



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13 Comments

  1. What a fun project and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful project on The Inspiration Board at homework. You were featured in the spotlight!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

  3. I think this looks awesome…not sure how my kids will feel about it though. Going to give it a try anyway. 🙂

  4. Hi there! I make sushi a lot (regular kind w/ soy or seaweed paper) and I was wondering, how exactly you get this fruishi to stay together when cutting it, since this doesn’t have an ‘outside wrapper’? After you freeze it, do you unroll it from the cling wrap and it easily slices? Or do you cut while still in the wrap, and peel each individually.

    Thanks!

    xo, Kenzie
    stylishinsuburbia.com

  5. Would oatmeal work in place of the rice? That would be so good and you could serve it drizzled with honey, yum!

  6. Do you think I could use pear sauce or applesauce in place of bananas? I have some kids with allergies to bananas.