Showing posts with label cocoanut. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cocoanut. Show all posts

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Creativity in making fruit leathers

Here are a variety of things you can do with fruit leathers: 

These suggestions come from the University of Utah Cooperative Extension Service.

  • Different fruits can be blended together.
  • Seasonings such as
    • cinnamon can be added
    • or powdered drink mixes or
    • Flavored gelatin products.
    • Season to taste, but remember it will be more concentrated when the water has been removed.
  • Add undiluted, thawed frozen juice concentrates to add flavor.
  • Sprinkle puree with
    • shredded coconut
    • chopped dates
    • other dried chopped fruit
    • granola
    • miniature marshmallows
    • chopped nuts
    • chopped raisins
    • poppy seeds
    • sesame seeds
    • sunflower seeds
  • Make a fruit leather, then lightly frost it with cream cheese. Roll it up and slice it for a pinwheel effect.
  • Applesauce makes a convenient leather base to which other flavors may be added. One example is Christmas Leather. Grape juice, orange, and berry frozen concentrates are possible variations.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


OK, I’ve made crackers from flax seeds and got really interested in flax in our diet.  Some time ago I had watched the cutest video of little three-year-old Zion making cookies from flax seed, sunflower seeds, bananas, and cinnamon. In case you missed the last post, here it is again!  Too cute to miss!

So I decided to try it.  Zoe’s recipe called for 1 tbsp flax seeds, 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, 2 bananas,  golden raisins, and 1/ 4 tsp cinnamon.  They were OK, but for my taste, they needed a little zip…

After playing around with various combinations, this is what I found worked really well for us.  The beauty of this recipe is that it’s so simple, if little Zion can do it, anyone can do it.

It satisfies that sweet tooth with no refined sugar. It’s a great way to expand a banana and use up odds and ends of nuts and seeds. Great way to introduce whole raw seeds into your kid’s diets. And when you have a hankering for cookies but it’s too hot to crank up the oven, these definitely fit the bill!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Banana Tips and Tricks

First, know that home dehydrated bananas will not turn out like the store-bought ones. The commercially prepared ones are sulfured.

There are several ways to prepare your bananas. Usually they need to be treated with lemon juice or ascorbic acid (Fruit Fresh) to keep them from turning brown. This is purely aesthetic and does not affect the taste in any way.

I’ve tried several ways of treating them, but the easiest is with a pump bottle. 

Get a bottle of lemon juice, any brand will do. Remove the cap and replace it with a pump bottle sprayer. You will use the lemon spray on all fruits to keep them from turning brown. The mist is so fine, that it will not affect the taste at all.  

Little Round Pieces: