In Which Jenn Cheats With Frozen Fruit

Grapefruit Mickey

This cheater’s recipe is also a cheaper recipe. Basically I want to talk to you about frozen fruit.

I know this is terrible sacrilege but I… don’t really like a lot of raw fruit. Apples? Bake them in a pie and come back to me. Pears? A little better but I’m still not super into it. Bananas? Talk to me after you’ve frozen them or topped them with peanut butter. I’m on board with raspberries and melons but they’re way more expensive and peaches seem to be truly in season for like three days in the summer at most. So – how can I get the nutrition of fruit without blowing my money on fruit that I’ll actually, willingly, y’know, eat?

I can assure you that Target didn’t pay me to say this: those Market Pantry giant bags of frozen strawberries and bananas are the BEST. They’re frequently on sale for $10 and you get 48 whole ounces. Awesome!

So what’s the cheater’s method of using this frozen fruit, you ask? (Besides smoothies, of course?) Why, to make killer breakfasts, of course! I give you the Non-Parfait (for when you need a hit of healthy protein) and its inbred cousin, the Oatmeal Mess (for when you need a hit of healthy carbs).

The Cheater’s Non-Parfait

You will need:

  • Plain Greek yogurt

  • Frozen fruit (I use the Market Pantry strawberry and banana mix, but you do whatever makes you happy)

  • Peanut butter

  • Honey

  1. Measure out a cup or so of frozen fruit into a microwave-safe bowl. Add a heaping spoonful of peanut butter and nuke for approximately two minutes, until the fruit is warm and the peanut butter is a little melty. Mix.

  2. Ladle several spoonfuls of Greek yogurt over top.

  3. Hit the whole thing with a big ol’ swirl of honey and mix.

  4. If you prefer the temperature to remain homogenous, stick it in the fridge and come back to a cooler treat in about an hour. If you like a little hot-and-cold contrast, dig in!

Unfortunately, the Non-Parfait isn’t very photogenic, so let’s skip now to the similar Oatmeal Mess.

The Cheater’s Oatmeal Mess

Ingredients are the same except swap out a serving of dry quick-cooking oatmeal.

  1. Measure out a cup or so of frozen fruit into a microwave-safe bowl (but hang on to your peanut butter for now) and nuke for about a minute, just to soften things up.
  2. In a separate bowl, microwave your oatmeal according to the directions on the package.
  3. Quickly stir in a heaping spoonful of peanut butter.
  4. Add your warm fruit, drizzle with honey, mix and enjoy!
Frozen fruit with oatmeal
Oatmeal Mess before mixing because it looks nicer that way.

What do you do with frozen fruit?

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