Fruitful Flavors

Chocolate-Drizzled Apples or Pears with Date “Caramel” Sauce

Chocolate drizzled apples or pears

Two or three crisp apples or firm pears plus vegan chocolate chips add up to a seriously good dessert. And if you have a few dates on hand (and a machine to blend them up with) you can make a caramel-y sauce to dip them into, though this is entirely optional. 
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Spinach and Apple Smoothie

Spinach and apple smoothie recipe

This refreshing smoothie of spinach, apple, and cucumber is among my favorites, as I like smoothies that are more juicy and not too thick.   more→

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Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler (aka Hangover Helper)

Watermelon Juice

I haven’t been on a bender since well before I had kids. But sometimes I’ll get “over served” at an event, or a new cocktail might leave me a bit more bleary-eyed than I’d like. That’s when I turn to this refreshing concoction. The melon and cucumber help to hydrate you, while the salt and mint aid in settling your stomach. Recipe contributed from Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family* ©2014 by Frances Largeman-Roth.  more→

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Classic Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Strawberry-banana smoothie

If you’re looking for just one fruit smoothie combo to fall in love with, this strawberry and banana is a classic for good reason! more→

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Juicy Pineapple-Cucumber Smoothie

Juicy pineapple smoothie recipe

A cleansing fruit and veggie duo — pineapple and cucumber — combine in a light, ultra-refreshing cross between a smoothie and a juice. This goes down easy, so I’ve devised this recipe to yield about a quart. Share it, or sip it down slowly when you need a day to have more liquid and less food. more→

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Skillet Peach Crisp

Skillet peach crumble detail

Peaches are at their best from mid- to late summer. Make sure to get them already almost or perfectly ripe. Rock-hard peach that have traveled a great distance never seem to develop much flavor as they ripen, and often go to mush. This quick dessert can be enjoyed shortly after you make it — no baking or chilling required! Out of season, frozen organic peaches are a good alternative to fresh. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Skillet Berry-Apple Crumble

Skillet apple-berry crumble

Berries and apples are my favorite fruit combination in crumbles and cobblers. I try to have blueberries and cranberries as often as possible for their powerful antioxidant goodness. Here’s a way to enjoy a delectable crumble, minus the 30 minute baking time usually required. The twist here is that it’s made on the stovetop rather than baked in the oven. This recipe originally appeared in Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Chunky or Smooth Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce with cinnamon

Homemade applesauce is the perfect thing to make after you’ve gone apple-picking, or to celebrate the first crop of apples at local farmers’ markets. Kids of all ages will love this. Please, use organic apples! This freezes well. I suggest freezing it in 1-cup capacity BPA-free plastic storage containers. Serve on its own or in recipes calling for applesauce. more→

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