Fruitful Flavors

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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Watermelon Slushy

Watermelon smoothie

I tried a few different variations until I realized that, unless the melon is frozen, the texture is more of a slushy than a smoothie. But, to be sure, it is a very delicious slushy! The cool thing is that the pineapple and the watermelon combined are sweet enough so no extra sweetness is needed. The watermelon flavor is so pronounced and pure that it fuels my determination to never stoop to eating any “watermelon-flavored” creations again! Recipe contributed by Carrie Forrest, from Carrie on Vegan more→

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Composed Fresh Summer Fruit Platter

Fruit platter2

Fresh fruit platters are the best kind of dessert for summer evenings, with berries, melons, and other fruits at their peak. They can also be the main feature of a light brunch served with muffins or other baked goods. Here, quantities are given just as a guideline — they aren’t as  important as arrangement—and of course, the fruit should be ripe and luscious. Vary the kind of fruit used according to what’s available. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Carrot-Berry Salad with Peppery Cashew Dressing

Carrot Berry Salad with Cashew Dressing from Vasanthi Raghavan

This simple salad is a summer delight — sweet berries and a peppery cashew dressing combine with greens, carrots, and tomatoes. Recipe and photo contributed by Vasanthi Raghavan, from Mixed and Tossed. more→

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Simple Summer Fruit Medleys

Nectarines and blueberries

Summer desserts need not be fancy; in fact, when the short season of summer fruit is upon us, that’s the best dessert of all. These past few summers I’ve enjoyed teaming two or three fruits whose colors and flavors contrast and complement well. Honestly, you don’t need a formal recipe or even quantities, but I give some only as a guideline in the ideas that follow. Once fruit is washed and/or cut up, it should be eaten as soon as possible. You can serve any of these combinations on their own, or over nondairy ice cream or coconut yogurt. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Pear and Apple Crumble

Apple pear crumble recipe

If you’d like an alternative to pumpkin pie for fall celebrations like Thanksgiving, or everyday meals, this combination of pears and apples is a welcome dessert. It’s especially tasty served warm over vanilla nondairy ice cream. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Cookie Dough Smoothie

cookie dough smoothie by Julie Morris from Superfood SmoothiesEven though there’s no real cookie dough in this smoothie, it sure tastes like it! Caramel-like dates, rich and nutty pecans, and cacoa nibs with their hint of chocolate blend perfectly with lucuma powder — which has a natural “cookie-like” flavor — making this smoothie all kinds of fabulous. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies * © 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co. Photography by Julie Morris.


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Mint Chip Smoothie

mintchipsmoothieTucked beneath a very convincing ice cream-like flavor, a wealth of beneficial spinach awaits you in this smoothie. It’s so good it almost makes a person wonder why spinach isn’t used in all minty treats. I love how the cacao nibs provide a bit of dark-chocolate crunch without being overpowering. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies© 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris.


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