Strawberries are sugar-sweet, irresistible, and omnipresent -- even if you can't pick your own, you'll find pints and quarts of them at roadside
The festive season is finally here, it's time to make some christmas sweets with your family or your friends. At Giving Tree, we want healthy sweets for Christmas. You wonder how freeze dried fruits can be used in baking? They can be baked in to the dough and batter or you can incorporated in to a biscuit filling. Sounds yummy?! See all the recipes below.
Strawberry Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup coconut palm sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup mashed banana (approx 2 large) 1/2 cup plain greek-style yogurt 1 cup Giving Tree freeze dried strawberries
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, coconut palm sugar, egg and vanilla extract until well-combined. Stir in the mashed banana, followed by half of the dry ingredient mixture. Stir in yogurt, followed by remaining dry ingredient mixture. Mix just until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Fold in strawberries and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the batter comes out clean and the bread springs back when lightly pressed. Allow loaf to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Strawberry chocolate Chip cookies
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup coconut palm sugar 1/2 cup butter, room temperature 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups Giving Tree freeze dried strawberries or Mango or Apple or Peach 1 cup Raw chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add eggs in one at a time and beat until fully incorporated. Stir in vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients, followed by freeze dried fruits and chocolate chips (don’t worry about breaking up freeze dried fruits; stir them vigorously!). Drop tablespoonfuls (1-inch balls) of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10-11 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown and are set. Bake an extra minute or two for a crisper cookie. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp CardamomPowder
- 1½ cups Mango Pulp or Puree
- ⅓ cup Canola Oil
- ⅔ cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) Vegan Butter like Earth Balance
- 8 tbsp Vegetable Shortening
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar
- ¼ cup Mango Pulp or Puree
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Giving Tree Freeze dried mango
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk just until you have a smooth batter. Do not overmix or overbeat.
- Divide the batter equally among 12 cups of a standard-sized muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Smooth down the tops with the back of a spoon or spatula or you will have a lumpy top.
- Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven about 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cream together the butter and shortening until they are fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Now add the mango puree and vanilla and half the sugar. Beat until mixed, then add the remaining sugar and beat until mixed. This should take no more than 2 minutes altogether.
- Frost the cupcakes after they’ve cooled completely.
- Sprinkle some Giving Tree mango crisps.
Low fat Ginger bread cookies
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup dark molasses
- 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
For the Icing
- 1 1/2 tbsp egg whites
- 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- pinch of cream of tartar
- Giving Tree, freeze dried fruits (mango, apple, peach, strawberry)
Homemade Chocolate bars
- 8 ounces good quality, dark chocolate (70-80%), very finely chopped
- 1 cup assorted Giving Tree freeze dried fruits, large pieces roughly chopped
There are many reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables. Freeze dried or fresh, it doesn't matter as long as they are prepared in a healthy