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Stop Wasting Fruit and Try These Three Delicious Desserts Instead
You can save fruit by freezing it to create frozen treats that everyone will enjoy!
Fruit is delicious and nutritious, but the downside is, it often has a short shelf life. Do you find yourself tossing unused fruit week after week? What a waste! It’s time to stop the tossing and instead, open up your freezer. We’ve got three delicious dessert recipes using frozen fruit that will save you money and stop the food waste.
The first step is to freeze your fruit while it’s still in good condition. Most fruits, like pineapples, bananas, or mango, work best if you prepare them as if you were going to eat them at that moment. This often means slicing the fruit before freezing. Remove any cores, pits, or unwanted seeds. After slicing, place the fruit in freezer bags and remove as much air as you can. Don’t overcrowd the bag -- this could lead to a giant clump of fruit! Place the fruit in single layers and when you’re ready, you’ll have frozen fruit to use for a variety of tasty treats.
Mango Ice Cream
One of our favorite frozen treats is of course, ice cream, and with a bag of frozen mangos, you can make a healthy, yet creamy and filling, version. The only kitchen tool you need to create this mango ice cream is a food processor. Toss your frozen mango into the processor, drizzle some honey onto the fruit, and then add a few tablespoons of plain yogurt. In less than one minute, dessert is served! You can be as creative as you’d like as this works with almost any of your favorite fruits. Pineapple, bananas, and strawberries all can be the base of this frozen delight.
Fruit smoothies are great for any meal, snack, or as a dessert. They taste best when you use frozen fruit so having saved your fruit by freezing it is a win-win. By placing your frozen fruit in prepackaged bags, meal prep is as easy as can be. No slicing and dicing needed. Banana-strawberry, blueberry-apple, raspberry-mango. The combinations are endless! When you're ready, add your frozen fruit mixture to a blender along with yogurt and a splash of apple juice.
You can take your same smoothie base and create frozen ice pops your entire family will enjoy! After blending up the smoothie, pour it into an ice pop mold and in a few hours, you’ll have frozen treats ready to savor!