Dried Fruit 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, February 19, 2011

ellie krieger's kitchen sink cookies

During the winter, in-season fresh fruits are limited in many parts of the country. Luckily, we can turn to dried fruit with all its nutritional goodness.

Oatmeal raisin cookies are a classic but for a more colorful cookie, check out Ellie’s Kitchen Sink Cookies. This recipe uses pantry staples along with dried apricots and cherries.
RECIPE: Kitchen Sink Cookies

Top a hot cereal like porridge or oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of dried fruit. Remember, dried fruit are more concentrated in sugar and calories, so keep portions in check.
RECIPE: Whole Grain Breakfast Porridge

With Broccoli
Get out of the weeknight dinner slump by adding some dried cranberries to your broccoli side dish. Cranberries are packed with flavonoids which may help fight leukemia, lung, breast and colon cancer.
RECIPE: Garlic-Spiked Broccoli With Cranberries

Cook up dried fruits like apples, pears and apricots to create a warm and cozy dessert — perfect for those winter nights.
RECIPE: Sweet Dried Fruit Compote

Snack Bars
Instead of buying snack bars filled with sugar, calories and a laundry list of preservatives, make your own.
RECIPE: Apricot Oat Bars

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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Comments (2)

  1. How strange to put dried fruit with broccoli. I've never had that, and it doesn't really sound that appetizing . I love baking dried fruit into bread, or even tempering chocolate to make dried fruit chocolate bars.

  2. Albert says:

    Hi, there. I find all your posts interesting and informative. Have you tried adding dried fruits to yogurt? It tastes delicious and is nutritious as well. Since dried fruits are high in calories, stick to a limited amount.

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