What to do with those left-over pieces of fruit

Apples

Stewing apples in a little water is a great way of prolonging their life. Stewed apples can be used as a base for many meals and desserts, or frozen for future use:

  • Add them as a topping for your favourite breakfast cereal
  • Serve stewed apples with a dollop of yoghurt or custard for a healthy dessert
  • Add them to cakes or muffins for a delicious warm treat
  • Bake them with a crumble topping for a warming winter dessert
Apricots

Once apricots have lost their firmness they should be used immediately as they perish at a rapid rate. Some ideas for using apricots are:

  • Poach them to use as a dessert or on your favourite breakfast cereal
  • Stewed apricots will also add extra sweetness to stews and casseroles
  • You can use them in salads for colour and sweetness
  • Puree poached apricots to make a compote
  • Apricots can also be frozen for use later
Berries
  • Add to porridge, muesli or yoghurt
  • Blend in a smoothie
  • Make your own compote by simmering cut up fruits with the juice from oranges, and then mix through yoghurt or serve on top of porridge
  • Add to wholemeal muffins
Bananas

If they’re just ripe:

  • Snack on as they are
  • Grill on the BBQ
  • Slice and add to yoghurt as a dessert
  • Freeze on a stick as a healthy treat on a hot day
  • Chop up and add to fruit salad just before serving

If they’re over-ripe:

  • Mash and add to homemade wholemeal muffins or pancakes
  • Use in scones, muffins or a healthy banana loaf
  • Freeze for a day or two and then blend with cinnamon and possible nuts, to make a healthier “ice cream”