I resisted keeping my freezer stocked with frozen fruit for a long time. First of all, my small freezer has limited space and I truly felt my favorite pint of ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey, in case you’re wondering) was more worthy of said space. I also figured fresh fruit was superior.
It turns out I was all wrong — about the fruit, not the Ben & Jerry’s. Frozen fruit is just as nutritionally packed as fresh fruit — as long as it’s not sweetened — since it’s picked and frozen at peak ripeness. Better still, it’s budget-friendly, and a great choice when you’re craving, say blueberries, in the middle of winter.
Speaking of blueberries, they’re now a regularly stocked item in my freezer. While tossing them into smoothies, baking them into muffins, or sprinkling them on my pancakes are my go-to’s, there are a whole lot more creative things you can do with a bag. Here are three:
1. Turn them into granita.
This Italian frozen dessert is as refreshing as it gets. Granita is a simple mix of fruit, sugar, and water, that results in something between slush and shaved ice. While it’s typically made with fresh fruit, you can just as easily use frozen fruit, so you can have blueberry granita for dessert no matter the season.
2. Whiz them into a frozen drink.
Why simply toss ice into the blender when making margaritas when you can toss frozen blueberries instead? Use frozen blueberries in place of or in combination with the usual ice in your favorite blender drink makes for a deep-blue margarita, frose, or daiquiri.
3. Make yogurt bites.
Perhaps I just haven’t been paying attention, because apparently yogurt blueberry bites are a “thing.” They usually involve dipping fresh blueberries into Greek yogurt, then freezing them until the yogurt solidifies, but the same technique can be applied to frozen blueberries. They’ll actually firm up quicker since you’re starting with something that is already frozen.