So you love eating freeze-dried fruit out of the package? So do we!
But if you love to try out something new with these precious treats, it’s time to mix things up. You can use them for baked goods, smoothies, jellos, and more!
Here are 7 creative ways to eat freeze-dried fruit. In addition, we’ll be explaining the nutritional benefits of freeze-dried fruits too!
Who doesn’t love pancakes? It’s one of the easiest breakfast preparations, plus, people of all ages love them. There are two ways you can use freeze-dried fruit on your pancakes.
You can add it to the pancake mix. If you’re cooking for the kids, to make sure no pancake goes to waste, you can use freeze-dried fruits as a topping.
For kids, make mini pancakes with different freeze-dried fruit toppings. Serve in one plate for a colorful and exciting meal.
You can use blueberries, pears, bananas, raspberries, dragon fruit, kiwi, and our favorite strawberries. Don’t forget the butter and pancake syrup for a delicious sugar fix!
If you’re craving for a baked goodie but at the same time don’t want to feel guilty about the calories, why not combine both? Balance out the guilty pleasure with a healthy food companion.
Here’s a brilliant idea: muffins and freeze-dried blueberries. It’s perfect for afternoon snacks, parties, even school bake sales. Show off your baking skills to your friends and family.
Aside from the bursting flavor of blueberry muffins, it’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins too. At the same time, blueberries are a natural remedy to lower blood pressure.
Remember to stock freeze-dried blueberries because they are seasonal. This is so you can bake any time of the year.
3. Sprinkles, Frostings, and more Sprinkles!
What’s great about freeze-dried fruit aside from mixing it with baked goodies is, it can be a topping too. Since the consistency of the fruit is super dry, it can be crushed and can serve as sprinkles on top of cookies and other baked goods.
It’s a great way to mix things up when you’re bored of the usual store-purchased sprinkles and sugar powder. Simply place the freeze-dried fruit in a Ziploc, crush it gently until it’s in powder form. It doesn’t take up much of your time.
The powdered freeze-dried fruit is perfect for frostings too. Just add the powder on your frosting, and experience fruity goodness on your cupcakes and cakes. It also adds color on that plain white frosting.
4. Fruit Smoothies
When making fruit smoothies, it is best to use fresh, pureed raw fruits and frozen fruits. Not everybody knows that freeze-dried fruit is a great addition too.
You may add the whole freeze-dried fruit, or crush them for smooth blending. Pick any base fruit for the smoothie and add any freeze-dried fruit. You may combine two base fruits (like mango and banana), and use three or more freeze-dried fruits as toppings. Now, this is a delicious and ultra-healthy smoothie fix.
Use thickeners for added flavor. Depending on your taste, you can use greek yogurt, almond butter, peanut butter, or vanilla yogurt.
Choose any liquid base: Water, Almond milk, whole milk, coconut milk, or fruit juice works well.
Add-ons for extra nutrition and flavor: Flax Seeds, Chia seeds, vanilla extract, fresh mint, cinnamon, or honey.
5. Cereals + Oats + Freeze-Dried Fruits
Put an end to the boring cereal and milk combination for breakfast. Combine cooked oats, your favorite cereal, milk, and top with the freeze-dried fruit of your choice. This is easy to prepare and is guaranteed packed with nutrients.
The health benefits of freeze-dried fruits are a given fact. But when combined with oatmeal, imagine all the benefits you can gain from this breakfast. Oatmeal helps control blood sugar levels, lowers the bad cholesterol, and, yes, it is good for the heart.
It is best to add freeze-dried strawberries, blueberries, and banana. Add more toppings like walnuts, dried plums, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and a drizzle of mouth-watering maple syrup.
In case you haven’t noticed, there is yogurt added with freeze-dried fruit already. We know yogurt is healthy, but we have to admit, it’s no fun to eat that plain yogurt.
So whoever thought of combining freeze-dried fruit with yogurt, we salute you. Our afternoon snacks are healthy and delicious at the same time.
For a real treat, add freeze-dried raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and crunchy granola. You can blend or pulverize the freeze-dried fruit to add on the yogurt goodness.
7. Freeze-Dried Fruit Jello
If your kids love jello but hate eating fruits, you’re in for a treat. We suggest that you make Raspberry Jello with freeze-dried fruit.
All you need are gelatin, raspberry powder, apple juice (for additional Vitamin C), and freeze-dried raspberry. Add whip cream to enjoy!
Raspberry is rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It is a secret weapon to protect us from cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and many more illnesses.
Raspberry jello is perfect for family gatherings, dessert, and afternoon snacks. How about jello shots? Yes, you can add vodka, as long as you don’t forget to separate the non-alcoholic jello for the kids.
Fresh Fruit vs. Freeze-Dried Fruit
Yes, it is best to eat fresh fruits. Yet somehow freeze-dried fruit presents many benefits. For instance, dried fruits have higher energy content up to six times compared to fresh fruits.
The nutrients and enzyme concentration increase because of the removal of water.
The next time you open a pack of freeze-dried fruit, pause and take time to think of a new way to eat it. You’ll never get bored with the same snack ever again.
Not only are they healthy, they are also great conversation starters for friends and family coming over.