13 fabulous ways with frozen fruit

Posted by Ella Buchan on 5 May 2016

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Fresh isn’t always best. Frozen berries (or mango, pineapple, cherries and even bananas) have just as many vitamins as their more perishable counterparts.

The best bit? Use frozen fruit as and when you need it with no worries about the rest going all brown and mushy (or any of it going to waste).

Try these tasty ways to revolutionise your five-a-day with fruit straight from the freezer.

Simple smoothie

No need to add ice cubes. Just blend up fruit straight from the freezer, adding milk, yoghurt or orange juice to taste.

Frozen berry smoothie
Shutterstock/Magdanatka

Make instant ice cream

Bananas (frozen without skins) take on a creamy texture when blended, with no need to defrost first. Berries just need a dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of honey, or blend with a splash of orange juice for sorbet.

Frozen banana and berry ice cream
Merci Mama

Bake a cake

Stir frozen berries straight into your cake mix for little, oozy pockets of fruitiness. Or blend in partially thawed fruit, like banana or strawberry, for a moist sponge.

Fruity cake
Averie Cooks

Go hell for leather

Fruit leather, that is. A gorgeously glam, on-the-go snack that can be made with frozen fruit like strawberries and some honey.

Homemade fruit leather rolls
Domestically Blissful

Stir into porridge

Throw a handful of frozen fruit into the pan to give a natural sweetness (and pretty colour) to your morning oats. Busy types can mix rolled oats, yoghurt and frozen berries and leave in the fridge overnight, ready to eat on the hop in the morning.

Porridge with froze berries
Busy Mommy

Cobbler it together

Place thawed frozen fruit into a baking dish, sprinkle with sugar and top with buttermilk biscuits. Bake for around 20 minutes. Or try this super-quick microwave version.

Buttermilk biscuits with milk and frozen fruit in a jar
Domestic Fits

Lovely lollies

Frozen summer fruits, yoghurt and honey make for healthier ice lollies. They look so pretty too.

Frozen fruit lollies
Homemade

Cheat’s chutney

In a saucepan, simmer frozen fruit with onion, raisins, cumin, a little brown sugar and cider vinegar until it reaches a jammy consistency. Cool and store in a sealed glass jar.  Or use frozen strawberries for a tangy barbecue sauce.

Chutney
Closet Cooking

Cool it

Watermelon is great to freeze in chunks, which can be dropped into drinks as fruity ‘ice cubes’ or blended with mint for a super-refreshing libation. Would it be terrible to splash in some rum?

Watermelon ice cubes
Taste and Tell

Better batter

For deliciously moist pancakes, simply drop blueberries (or any berries you fancy) into the batter while the first side is browning in the griddle. They sink right in, staying put when you flip the pancakes.

The result? Glorious little bursts of jammy fruit nestled in your fluffy brunch-time treat. You can also mix them into the raw batter before ladling into the pan.

Pancakes with blueberries
Baker by Nature

Dress it up

Thawed frozen fruit will add depth and sweetness to plain vinaigrette. Purée and strain through a sieve.

Salad with strawberries and apples
Shutterstock/Cheryl E. Davis

Heat and ice

Pour white or dark hot chocolate sauce straight over frozen berries for a divine dessert.

Berries with white hot chocolate sauce
Pancakes and Peonies

Jazz up your roast

Whether it’s simmering cranberries with a little orange juice and sugar to accompany turkey, stewing apples for pork or reducing a handful of mixed berries for lamb, keeping your freezer stocked with fruits means you’ll always have the ingredients for an easy sauce on hand.

Roast with berry sauce
Creme de la Crumb

Main image via Shutterstock: Shebeko

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