Fruit is so expensive these days and my children eat a lot of it, so I hate to see any go to waste. But from time to time we do get to the point where we have some that needs using up, so I have decided to look at ways to keep it a bit longer. I know some fruits freeze very well. I have some rhubarb in my freezer and there is definitely a pot of chopped banana waiting to be made into ice cream any day now. But on a cold day, you want something warm and comforting – that is still a good breakfast.
So the other day, I decided to chop up my last tired looking apples and grapes and throw them in a pan with a bit of banana and some dried fruits to see what happened. I did have a go at this the other week, when I made my porridge and the end result was a great porridge topping. What I made this time was even better and actually could double up as a pie or sweet pancake filling.
It only took minutes to make. I made too much – as usual, and I kept what was left in the fridge and it was still very good the next day. I just reheated it in the microwave. So I am pleased to say, that this dish is good for the purse too, as it means less waste and yet another way to use up some ‘tired’ ingredients.
half a banana – peeled and sliced
1 whole chopped apple – I used a braeburn
handful of sultanas, chopped apricots and dried cranberries
handful of chopped seedless red grapes
a blob of Pure dairy free spread
a blob of agave syrup
a splash of apple juice
a sprinkle of cinnamon and a sprinkle of grated nutmeg
Chop and slice the fruit. Heat up a small pan and add the blob of dairy free spread. Once it is melted throw in the fruit, add the squirt of syrup, splash of juice, cinnamon and nutmeg and heat it gently until the hard fruits are soft. That’s it. Just add it to your favourite breakfast – on top of gluten free porridge or pancakes, or even eat it on its own. You could also whizz this up in a food processor if you have a really little one who is enjoying a bit of fruit puree – to be honest this is the best way for me to get my children to try it. As much as they love ‘fixed’ apples, as Zac calls them when they are not chopped, they are both suspicious of ‘cooked fruit’.
Just one word of warning, the banana was not so good on day two. It had gone quite black and hard, so if you are making this to keep for more than one day, I would leave it out and perhaps replace with some chopped pear which I imagine would be delicious.