Introduction

You know when you dive into a bowl of granola and get a great, crunchy surprise from those little fruit pieces? Those are usually freeze dried fruits, the new ingredient taking breakfast and snack time by storm. How has freeze dried fruit come to be in granola?

What is Freeze Drying?

Process Overview

If you could capture a fruit’s freshness at the very moment before it could decay, what would it be? Say hello to freeze drying. The process works by putting frozen fruit in a vacuum, then letting the ice vapourise and leave the fruit behind as tasty, edible petals filled with most of the fruit’s nutritional value.

Benefits of Freeze Drying

Whereas drying food, such as wine grapes to create raisins, removes water and turns the fruit black, frangipani pink and the nutritional content a murky, brown mush, the process of freeze drying leaves everything – the colour, shape, but importantly, all taste and nutrients – intact. And, as anyone who has soaked a raisin knows, once the water is gone, the fruit lasts forever. It’s the answer to every desert-stricken prepper’s wet dreams.

Strawberry Granola

Why Freeze Dried Fruits?

Nutritional Value Retention

One of the big benefits of freeze drying? Almost 100 per cent nutrient retention. So that lone piece of freeze dried mango can still be high in vitamin A.

Longer Shelf Life

Throw away citrus? Impossible!vegetables? That can’t be right!We’ve all had to throw out a fruit or a veggie before because they turned bad. Freeze dried foods will last up to five years if stored properly, so you don’t have to waste food and you’ll always have fresh fruit on hand!

Popular Fruits for Freeze Drying

Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries

Ever eat freeze dried berries in your granola? They burst with flavour when you bite into them. You will taste the tangy sweetness with every bite.

Tropical Flavors: Mango, Pineapple

For a fruitier, tropical flavor, mango and pineapple bring all that sweet and sour zing.

Classic Choices: Apples, Bananas

These are the crunchy new snacks that give everyone a familiar taste they already love.

Making Granola with Freeze Dried Fruits

Steps in Preparing

Making granola is easy. Mix oats, nuts, sweetener, dried fruit, voilà! Add toasted, dried stuff and bake. Cool, bag: a healthy snack.

Flavor Combinations

Play around with combinations. Strawberries with almonds, or mango with macadamia. The possibilities are tantalisingly plentiful.

Benefits of Adding Freeze Dried Fruits to Granola

Boost of Antioxidants and Vitamins

beyond the snap, you are enjoying vitamins and antioxidants with every crunch – and taste and health make a great team.

Taste Enhancement

Flavour intensity in freeze dried fruits may also enhance your granola in general.

Texture Variance

With its chewy oats, toasty nuts, crisp fruits, this dessert promised a surprise with every spoonful.

Buying Guide: What to Look For

Quality Indicators

Ensure the fruits are vibrant, without added sugars or preservatives.

Price vs. Value

Freeze dried fruits are generally more expensive, but their longevity (and nutritional value) often makes them worth it.

Conclusion

Freeze dried fruits doesn’t just make granola taste and texturally phenomenal, those few little bits of fruit increase the nutritional profile of your granola too. Do you like berries? Tropical? Classics? There’s a fruity thing to expand your granola life.

FAQs

Can I freeze dry fruits at home?

Although homeowners can buy freeze-dryers for their homes, the process is more complicated and far more expensive than drying.

Do freeze dried fruits contain added sugars?

Well-made freeze-dried fruits don’t have sugar added, but always check the label anyway.

How should I store my freeze dried fruits?

Store them in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container.

Are there any fruits that can't be freeze dried?

You can pretty much freeze dry any type of fruit, though water-filled varieties, like watermelon, won’t come out as fuzzy as their fresh counterparts.

Can I use freeze dried fruits in recipes other than granola?

Absolutely! They're versatile and can be added to smoothies, desserts, or eaten as is.

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