Dried Fruits for Healthy Snacking, Cooking & Baking

Dried Fruits for Healthy Snacking, Cooking & Baking

Why unsweetened dried fruits are so amazing for snacking, cooking, and baking

If you haven’t discovered unsweetened dried fruits yet then maybe it's time you added them to your pantry especially if you are planning on following a healthier eating plan in the new year. They are a versatile and healthy option for snacking, cooking, and baking.   Dried fruits are made by removing the water content from fresh fruits, to concentrate the natural sugars and flavors. This process makes them a convenient and long-lasting option for those looking for a nutritious snack on the go. 

Unsweetened dried fruits are a natural source of sugar, making them ideal for those looking for a sweet treat without the added sugars found in some fruits. They also help you to feel full and satisfied, which can aid in weight management, and prevent you from snacking on unhealthy alternatives throughout the day.

One of the biggest benefits of eating unsweetened dried fruits is that they are an excellent source of nutrients. Fruit is naturally high in things like vitamins, and minerals. Dried fruits also offer a variety of health benefits and contain antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage and lower the risk of certain diseases. Dried fruits have also been found to have a positive effect on heart health, and may even reduce the risk of heart disease

They are a great source of dietary fiber, which can aid with things like healthy digestion, good gut health and may help with blood sugar control which makes them a good food option for people suffering from diabetes.  Unsweetened dried fruit is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and using them for tasty breakfast recipes like Apple Granola or Peaches ‘n’ Cream Overnight Oats makes a great and nutritious start to the day.

For versatility and convenience, dried fruits are hard to beat. They can be used in a variety of ways and can support any type of diet with almost unlimited applications. Add them to trail mix, cereal, yogurt, or oatmeal, or use them as a topping on salads to enhance flavor.  Dried fruits, with no-sugar-added, can also be used as a healthy alternative to sugar in baking recipes and can be used in cooking and baking, in the following ways to add sweetness and texture- 

  • Toppings: Dried fruits can be used as a topping for cereal, yogurts, or oatmeal.  They add flavor and fiber to any breakfast

  • Baking: Dried fruits can be used in baking to add flavor and texture to cakes, bread, muffins, and cookies to add sweetness.

  • Savory dishes: Dried fruits can also be used in savory dishes such as meat stews, curries and stuffing to add flavor.  They can be rehydrated in warmed water to the base for amazing sauces.

  • Trail mix: Dried fruits can be added to trail mix for a sweet and nutritious snack.

  • Salads: Dried fruits can be added to salads to add flavor and texture. Try Dried Apples and Pears for special taste treat.

  • Jams and jellies: Dried fruits can be rehydrated and used to make jams, jellies, and preserves.

  • Sauces – Dried fruits can be partially rehydrated with heated water and then pureed to make amazing sauces for meat and vegetable dishes.

  • Cereal and granola: Dried fruits can be added to granola for added sweetness and texture.

  • Energy bars: Dried fruits can be added to energy bars for added sweetness and nutrition.

  • Those following a vegetarian or vegan diet can add dried fruits to their intake as they are a great source of plant-based protein and can be used as a replacement for meat in many recipes.  Unsweetened dried fruits can also replace some of the essential nutrients that can often be lacking in a plant-based diet. The same applies to raw diets with dried fruit acting as a viable substitute for other types of food and as they are easily digestible and provide a good amount of fiber.

    Overall, dried fruits are a versatile and healthy option that can be used in a variety of ways and support any diet or healthy eating plan. With a long shelf life, easy storage, amazing taste, health benefits and no-added-sugars or preservatives, unsweetened dried fruits are the new ‘Super Fruits’!