Colorful berries and ripe stone fruit are filling the store shelves and farmers markets as we enter the summer season, but even though the variety of fresh produce is beginning to shift, the change in our food purchasing remains (for now). That means fewer trips to the store and a continued push to pick up long-lasting produce that won’t spoil before eating. Since fresh berries and other summer favorites aren’t exactly known for their long shelf-life, it’s time to give frozen fruit the attention it deserves.
The freezer aisle is packed with plenty of frozen fruit choices. This can be overwhelming when you’re confused about what to buy. First, take a moment to narrow down your search. What fruit do you enjoy eating? Start there.
Next, check the nutrition labels. When looking for frozen fruit, avoid those with added sugar and opt instead for plain, frozen fruit. Many frozen fruits (and vegetables) are labeled as IQF meaning “individually quick frozen.” This process takes fresh, clean produce and freezes it so that each individual piece is frozen separately from the other. This is great for when you plan to use frozen fruit in baked goods or as an addition to cereal or oats. Alternatively, many fruits can be purchased in a puree which may be great if using for smoothies or sauces. Don’t miss out on these delicious ways to eat frozen fruit this summer.
Add Frozen Fruit to Oats
Hot summer days aren’t exactly the best for eating a warm bowl of oats which is why overnight oats are our go-to in the summer heat. Plus, they’re perfect for frozen fruit since it thaws while in the fridge overnight – a win-win! Be sure to add the fruit to the oat and milk mixture before adding to the fridge to sit overnight. Use these recipes for inspiration, but don’t be afraid to be creative. Any combination of fruit, spices, nuts, oats, and milk can make a delicious bowl of overnight oats.
Frozen Fruit as a Toast Topper
This simple, homemade jam can easily be made with frozen fruit instead of fresh. Sub your favorite variety of frozen fruit (be sure to use the same ratio) and follow the instructions of the recipe.
Add Frozen Fruit to a Smoothie
Smoothies are likely the most obvious use for frozen fruit, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes to cool you down as the days warm up.
Dip Frozen Fruit in Chocolate
Frozen fruit is a great sweet treat, especially when it’s dipped in chocolate! Try this recipe with your favorite frozen fruit. Think oranges, berries, or banana.
Muddle Frozen Fruit in a Refreshing Beverage
A simple way to use frozen fruit is to thaw it and muddle with herbs for a chilled beverage or simply add it to water as a flavored ice cube. Try this easy, no sugar added recipe the next time you’re looking for a cold drink.