4 Moms’ favorite fruit recipes {linky}

Who doesn’t love fruit?  I’ll be honest: my favorite fruit recipe is one where you pick up a piece of fruit, peel/wash as necessary, and eat.  Can you really improve on God’s design?

But by that line of reasoning, we would never have apple pie, banana bread, or even strawberry shortcake.  We love our fruit in almost any form!

Some of our favorite ways to eat fruit besides au naturel:

Peach cobbler, a family recipe.  Don’t be afraid of the vinegar in this recipe: it blends in very well, just adding a nice tang.

Apple pie.  Don’t be jealous, but my Megan thinks nothing of tossing together an apple pie or two whenever we have enough apples.  We don’t really use a recipe – just peel and slice plenty of apples, then add enough sugar (white or brown), lemon juice and cinnamon to make it taste good.  Stir in about 1/4 cup of flour to thicken the juices, heap it all in the pie pan, and top with another crust, making it as pretty as you can.  We don’t keep shortening on hand, so our pie crust is always made with butter.

Stewed apples. You could call this apple pie filling, but then you’d have to feel guilty about serving it as a side dish at dinner.  Same as above, but never mind about the crust.  You can cover and cook in the microwave, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft.

Banana bread, nearly always topped with peanut butter, butter, and/or cream cheese.  I like mine with walnuts but most of the kids object, so if I’m doing the cooking I chop them very finely and add when they’re not looking.  The walnuts, I mean.  I don’t add finely chopped children to my banana bread.

Peanut butter/banana smoothies, our fallback lunch in hot weather when nothing else sounds good.

  • 3 bananas (I peel ripe ones and pop them in the freezer in a gallon sized bag)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (you’re not actually going to measure that, are you?)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • a little honey if you like your smoothies sweeter
  • 1 tray ice cubes
  • milk, yogurt, or kefir to fill blender pitcher

Blend til smooth and holler for the troops.

Fruit Dip is too easy to be so delicious.  You won’t believe it.  Dip apples, or get fancy and use it with a whole assortment of fruit.

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Use a spoon or fork to stir softened cream cheese until smooth.  Stir in sugar and vanilla, and serve.

Fruit pizza!  All pizza is good, and fruit pizza is no exception.  Just make your favorite shortbread or sugar cookie recipe, shaping and baking it in a single huge, pizza-sized cookie on a pizza pan.  Cool and top with fruit dip, above.  Arrange sliced fruit on top in concentric circles, because food tastes better when it’s neat and symmetrical.  If using fruits that are prone to turn brown (apples, bananas, peaches, pears, etc), brush first with diluted lemon juice.

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  1. Lisa Leemgraven says:

    I loved having a peanut butter and banana smoothie for a snack during my last pregnancy. I had gestational diabetes so my choices were very limited, but I could have a smoothie with one banana, peanut butter mixed with plain yogurt, ice cubes, and almond milk. Just make sure you choose a low carb almond milk. I also would put in a half a packet of Stevia sometimes, but you can leave that out if you want. I was very careful about using it as little as possible because I wasn’t overly confident about it’s safety during pregnancy.

  2. Ooh I am spoiled too, my oldest son (14) makes apple pie from scratch including the crust – you’re so right on about the butter. People who taste his pie say it’s the best they’ve ever had. I simply cannot eat a store bought pie anymore!

  3. My fruit intake is limited now due to watching my blood sugar. But one way to eat an apple without too much of a blood sugar rise, is it dip it in a cream cheese/cinnamon dip or a peanut butter/coconut oil mix. The fats in the cream cheese or peanut butter and coconut oil help to curb the carb uptake. The apple/cream cheese/cinnamon treat is my pseudo apple pie ; )

  4. My favorite fruit dip is cream cheese and then an equal amount or a little more marshmallow fluff! (I just eyeball it.) It’s so delicious!!

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