Cantaloupe in Coconut Rose Cream

by Kiran on July 31, 2012 · 49 comments

in Desserts, Vegan

Happy Tuesday!!

How is it July, 31st already it’s beyond my ability to comprehend. I’m just not ready to bid farewell to juicy tomatoes, succulent berries, crisp melons and so much more summer delights.

I’m guessing there’s a way to stop time. Only wish I knew how.


Did I ever tell you about our neighbors? How we have the best of neighbors in the world?

I’m not kidding. We are lucky like that 🙂

Our neighbors are more like family’s than friends. We have them over for lunches, dinners, snacks and everything in between all the time.  There’s no formality, just a knock on the door and a friendly, “hey, are you free for a cup of coffee?”.

They are here for us all the time. They house-sat while we escaped into West Coast not too many weeks ago. Heck, they have plans to baby-sit if and when we have kids of our own in the future.

Not so fast, people. There’s time for everything.

The idea for coffee was pushed aside when weather beckons for something cool and crisp. Its a great reminder of how much I love summer and it’s offerings. My mind begins racing with possibilities of fixing something out of the refrigerator. Something thoughtful rather than a cup of coffee and a few cookies.

Not that any one of us mind. But a thought put into creating foods for your loved ones (friends too!) is so worthwhile. Especially when the recipe calls for a handful ingredients.

As I gazed into the refrigerator for inspiration, this is what I came up with. And I had to kick myself for not coming up with it sooner.

Well, better late than never. Huh?!

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  • 1 small organic cantaloupe
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tsp rose water
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar/honey
  • Garnish: chopped pistachios and fresh mint.


  1. Using a melon baller, scoop out the flesh from cantaloupe in a bowl. Refrigerate to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, add coconut cream, cardamom powder, rose water and agave nectar. Stir to combine and refrigerate to cool.
  3. To serve, layer cool cantaloupe’s with chilled coconut rose cream and top it with chopped pistachios and mint.


Dessert cannot be more simpler, refreshing and tasty. Off to enjoy it with my girlfriend while watching more antics on the Olympic coverage. Geez, everything seems to be so politicized these days.

What are your favorite summer dessert recipe(s) whenever you have a guest over on a very short notice?


Something to ponder:

Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one — Nikolai Berdyaev

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1 Nami | Just One Cookbook July 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

We’re fortunate to have nice neighbors too. One of them are Indian family and they always invite us for snack, dinner, and all kinds of events. My next door neighbor is Italian family and she makes the best pizzas. We cannot live without good neighbors – not only for special food, but it’s a great feeling to live in a good community. Your cantaloupe dessert looks beautiful and delish!
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2 Rosa July 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

A delightful dessert! I am not a big fan od canmtaloupe, but I’m sure that I’d enjoy this pretty and refined treat.



3 the wicked noodle July 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

This looks so refreshing! Love the use of coconut cream and pistachio. And your photos are gorgeous, as always!
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4 lisaiscooking July 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Cardamom and pistachios sound great with cantaloupe! I’ve been loving summer melon lately, so this is perfect timing.
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5 basalevolution July 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM

yum! I just cut open a cantaloupe and was trying to think of a good additional topping! can’t wait to try this!!!

6 Sneh | Cook Republic July 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Such a fresh, simple dessert! Stunning!
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7 Kitchen Belleicious July 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

good neighbors are priceless. we have no family here in Texas so if it wasn;t for our friends and our neighbor we would feel so alone! This dish with the cantalope and rose cream sounds absolutely amazing. Wishing i was your neighbor right now so I could stop in to try this:)

8 Angela July 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM

That is pretty gorgeous–love the flavors going on there. Nice!
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9 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 1, 2012 at 1:21 AM

How wonderful to have nice neighbours!! 😀 And this would be so beautifully cooling!
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10 lizzie - strayed from the table August 1, 2012 at 2:45 AM

I really like the wooden board you have in the photographs. I am also blessed with wonderful neighbours, but lack an oven to quickly put anything in it. I rely on banana fritters topped with honeycomb and yoghurt.

11 Baker Street August 1, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Absolutely stunning! And just the perfect way to beat the heat!
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12 Priya Sreeram August 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

looks so summery and refreshing – the vibrant orange against the divine white; wow ! btw blessed it is to have good neighbours-have a blast

13 Viviane Bauquet Farre August 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Wow, what a great dessert idea you’ve got here – light, but definitely flavorful and cleansing! Excellent way to take advantage of summertime fruit!

14 Rikki August 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Coconut rose cream?? Yes, please!! This sounds amazing. And I love your styling with the cantaloupe, such eye candy, yum.
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15 shruti August 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

elegant dessert, love the combination
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16 Alina Rhapsody August 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Wonderful recipe! It’s so refreshing, I love it!

17 Terri Truscello Miller August 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

This dish is so stunning!
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18 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM

What a delightful treat! Cantaloupe is highly underused, I think.
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19 Juliana August 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Wow, Kiran, what a lovely fruit dessert…love how you paired the cantaloupe with the coconut cream…beautifully done.
Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week 🙂

20 Kankana August 2, 2012 at 12:31 AM

You are lucky you know! I have noisy neighbors.. real loud and at times I cannot make out if they are fighting or laughing .. aaarrgghhh!
I like this simple creamy fruity treat. Btw coconut cream and coconut milk the same thing ?
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21 Reem | Simply Reem August 2, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Such Gorgeous and simple delight…
My neighbors are really nice too, Infact sometime I feel bad as my boys get really loud but they never complain.. I hope they feel same way about us and we are considered as nice neighbors too…LOL

22 Sophie August 2, 2012 at 5:55 AM

A delightful & appetizing Summer’s treat! I agree! 🙂

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23 mycookinghut August 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Lovely dessert! Love cantaloupe and in coconut cream is just divine!
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24 TasteofBeirut August 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What a beautiful verrine; love these delicately colored scoops of melon and the idea of coconut and cardamom.

25 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 2, 2012 at 12:48 PM

A fantastic light dessert!
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26 Honey What's Cooking August 2, 2012 at 11:12 PM

this looks delicious.. although i used to hate cantaloupe, it sounds amazing with some coconut cream. delicious!
so sorry about your visit to nyc.. yeah i’ll be heading to the other side… 🙂 definitely next time!

27 Sophia August 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

That is gorgeous!!!! It’s been so hot I have had no appetite, but honestly, I could eat that combination all day long.

28 chinmayie @ love food eat August 3, 2012 at 6:08 AM

That looks absolutely gorgeous! I had a big cantaloupe which just finished yesterday 🙁 Wish I saw this post before that. Will try this next time for sure!!
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29 wok with ray August 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Yes, having a great neighbor is a matter of luck because we cannot choose our neighbors. Oh, Kiran this cantaloupe looks very refreshing and of course combined with the rich flavor of coconut cream. Yummy!

Have a good weekend!

~ ray ~
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30 Mallika August 4, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Beautiful dessert. Cantaloupe in coconut rose cream, fab idea!
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31 Jeanette August 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

What a pretty summer dessert – love the flavorings you used in this recipe.
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32 Raymund August 6, 2012 at 3:59 AM

I love the delicate and fruity flavours of this recipe, Yum!
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33 Shelley | The Food Relationship Coach™ January 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM

This is absolutely brilliant! I’m going to blend mine and make it into a drink using coconut milk instead. Thanks for sharing 🙂

34 Mary @ Fit and Fed August 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

You know I love those Middle Eastern flavors that you have in this– the rosewater, pistachio, and cardamon. Nice idea to combine them in a coconut cream on melon balls. How summery! Don’t worry, there will still be lots more berries and tomatoes before summer is done. As far as the Olympics, they have always been very politicized, that is nothing new at all.
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35 sabreen May 11, 2014 at 1:57 AM

it’s Delicious , a clever simple fresh easy idea, i like it

36 Kiran May 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Sabreen — thank you so much 🙂

37 Mia May 17, 2015 at 9:24 PM

Thank you for this recipe! Found it via Pinterest and loved it, even without the cardamom powder. Blended up the remainder after potluck and made it into popsicles!

38 Stina July 21, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Hi Kiran,

Lovely site! I featured this recipe in my new post “5 Refreshing Summer Sweets That Will Make You Go Vegan”. Hope you can check it out!

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39 Eden Passante February 25, 2016 at 6:53 PM

What a beautiful idea for breakfast! Love how easy it is too!

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