Frozen fruit can be found in most Australian freezers, as it is healthy, versatile and as we all know - great for smoothies! Although smoothies would be the number one use of frozen fruit, there are hundreds of other ways to use this convenient freezer staple. Here are just 10 ways to use frozen fruits, but if you have any more ideas, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article. Which one is your favourite?
Freeze ripe bananas in foil and pop them in the freezer for smoothies!
1/ Ice-Blocks can be made by pouring leftover smoothies into plastic ice-block containers, that you can buy from K-Mart or the local bargain shop. Experiment with different flavour combos!
2/ Raspberry & Coconut Ice-Cream can be made on a budget by buying a tub of cheap vanilla ice-cream, defrosting it on the bench for 20 minutes to 30 minutes, then mixing in frozen raspberries and coconut cube pieces. Put back in the freezer to harden. Alternatively try frozen mixed berries, which makes the ice-cream turn a pretty purple!
3/ Banana Ice-Cream is a favourite dessert in our house as it is healthy, quick to make and oh-so-delicious! When you have bananas that are about to go brown, slice them up and freeze them in containers in packs of two. When ready to make the ice-cream, add them to your high-powered food processor and pulse. When it starts to get stuck, add into the top 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter, a squirt of honey (to taste) and a tablespoon of milk. Blend until smooth and serve immediately. Get creative with other ingredients!
4/ Tropical Fruit Punch is a delicious cold drink on a hot summer's day, which every kid loves. Fill a pretty clear jug with tropical juice, add a splash of lemonade and add your favourite frozen fruits in top - frozen pineapple, grapes and strawberries are our top picks.
5/ Frozen Fruit Salad is a cold summer dessert made by combining frozen watermelon, mango, strawberries, grapes and raspberries in a bowl. Although this seems too cold for most adults, kids love it! My daughter will happily sit and eat a bowl of frozen raspberries and during summer, her canteen at school sells frozen grapes by the cup!
Mix up a frozen fruit salad, or just stick with your favourite!
9/ Trifle is a popular dessert dish that has been loved by many generations. For an easy kids version, simply make jelly to packet instructions and when it is set, cut it up into cubes and put them at the bottom of each glass dish. Alternate with layers of custard, frozen blueberries, cream, tinned peaches and top with sprinkles. Experiment with your favourite foods.
10/ Cheesecake recipes often use frozen fruit, as it is convenient and just as tasty as the fresh version. This recipe below, which also uses the mini muffin tin, is a rich treat that mum and dad will love too!
Baked Cheesecake Bites
210g cream cheese
200g Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 Tablespoons plain flour
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 160 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for frozen raspberries. Fold them in gently last. Spray a mini muffin tin with oil and spoon mixture into each hole to the top. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tray. Pop them out and enjoy! Makes approximately 20.
Why don't you try one of these ideas this weekend?