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#1 Old 02-05-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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Beyond making smoothies, I'm not sure how else I can use frozen fruit. Fresh fruit tends to perish before I get to it all, and I don't like most "fresh" fruit this time of year. I frequently find good deals on frozen organic fruit, too, so I'd love to hear how others use it.
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#2 Old 02-05-2009, 05:17 PM
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in muffins and pancakes and waffles, nuked and served with yogurt and granola or porridge, hot in pies and crumbles and flans and whatnot... put into icecube trays before freezing icecubes just for fun, eaten straight out of the packet... the usual ways.
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Blueberries in waffles.



I don't use frozen fruit much, it's too expensive and since I don't like smoothies...pretty useless to me. Fresh blueberries, however, are just as expensive (if not more so) than the fresh ones and don't taste nearly as good in waffles as the freshly frozen ones.
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Aside from smoothies, frozen fruit is also good in oatmeal, cereal, icecream, muffins and yoghurt parfaits.
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I use frozen bananas to make vegan choc chip bannana muffins, pancakes or smoothies.
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#6 Old 02-05-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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i use whatever fruit i have frozen in oatmeal a lot. you defrost it, put it in the blender and blend smooth. add nuts or nut butter. i use 2/3 cup oats, 2/3 cup oat bran. i need 4 cups of liquid for this. whatever is blended in the blender needs to = 4 cups. i usually use some coconut milk as well to get it to 4 cups. just add the 4 cups to the 1 and 1/3 cups oat mixture and mix well, let sit overnight and there ya go--breakfast!
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#7 Old 02-05-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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Smedley, that sounds delicious!



Thanks for all the ideas so far, everyone.
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#8 Old 02-05-2009, 10:20 PM
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I eat it out of the bag. :3

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I found some really great frozen pineapple recently. My boyfriend ate most of it right out of the bag.
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I eat frozen mango chunks out of the bag. They are like little popsicles. I use frozen berries for dessert sauces.

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The bulk of my frozen fruit does go to smoothies. The rest we use in waffles, pancakes or baked goods. Berries in particular are very good defrosted and then smooshed up in place of jam on toast. It's much less sugar-y and quite delicious.
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In fruit salads, I use the microwave to rapidly defrost frozen berries, and add fresh apples, oranges, bananas, melon, peaches, etc., vegan yogurt, ground flax, and sometimes nuts. It's really delicious.
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The bulk of my frozen fruit does go to smoothies. The rest we use in waffles, pancakes or baked goods. Berries in particular are very good defrosted and then smooshed up in place of jam on toast. It's much less sugar-y and quite delicious.



fruit salad..waffles...bakery goods...pancakes...out of the bag..for everything
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#14 Old 02-07-2009, 04:42 PM
 
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April! Hey! Where ya been, man?



Smoothies, oatmeal and muffins are the man ones for me. You can make a nice sauce to go with ice cream, waffles, desserts, etc. too.

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This is lesser known, but frozen fruits are fabulous natural food dyes for pastries, frosting, etc. Cherries make the darkest dye- I just heat a couple up in the microwave and strain out the juice. It works great, especially now around Valentine's Day for heart-shaped cookies. I also like ta toss a few cherries/raspberries/blueberries to color your lemonade (you can even let the berries float around in there and drink it that way).



And when St. Patty's rolls around, a small pinch o' frozen/canned spinach added to frosting or dough easily colors it green.



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This is lesser known, but frozen fruits are fabulous natural food dyes for pastries, frosting, etc. Cherries make the darkest dye- I just heat a couple up in the microwave and strain out the juice. It works great, especially now around Valentine's Day for heart-shaped cookies. I also like ta toss a few cherries/raspberries/blueberries to color your lemonade (you can even let the berries float around in there and drink it that way).



And when St. Patty's rolls around, a small pinch o' frozen/canned spinach added to frosting or dough easily colors it green.



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Wow I never thought about that! *stores fact in brain until Christmas cookie season* How much of the flavor is preserved in the frosting?
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#17 Old 02-10-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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I love having a bowl of mixed frozen fruit, especially during the summer!
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Fruit crumble! My favourite is this Peach Blueberry Crumble. (If you decide to try it, a few tips: cut the topping recipe in half, or you'll have more topping than fruit! And you don't need to use 1/2 cup sugar in the filling, fruit is already so sweet).
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Wow I never thought about that! *stores fact in brain until Christmas cookie season* How much of the flavor is preserved in the frosting?



Generally not too much, depending on the fruit juice. Usually, you'd need practically a fourth of a cup added to really make an impact flavor-wise...
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