From a small serving of dried fruit we get a large amount of nutrients needed to enjoy good health and preserve energy throughout the day. In addition to eating it natural, we suggest you prepare homemade spreads with which you can prepare delicious toast, sandwiches and snacks.
Find out in this article which spreads you can prepare with dried fruit and how to do it. What is the best dried fruit to use We have a large variety of dried fruit to choose from. However, the three most common are as follows:
Spreadable creams with walnuts
Walnut is a delicious fruit that is excellent for preventing cardiovascular disease, improving our mood and fighting states of nervousness, stress and depression. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce joint pain.
Hazelnut stands out for its ability to regulate blood sugar levels. Hazelnuts are rich in folic acid and fiber, so they are recommended for pregnant women and those suffering from constipation. It is one of the best flavors for our delicious dried fruit spreads.
Spreadable creams with almond
Almond prevents the appearance of kidney stones and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s. It also reduces cholesterol levels and is therefore a staple food.
Known for its high calcium content, it is a good remedy for osteoporosis. It is an excellent food for athletes and also for pregnant women, for which, moreover, it favors breastfeeding.
The secret of dried fruit spreads
The dried fruit will release its fat as we prepare the cream. However, to facilitate its preparation and also to make the recipe creamier, we can add a little oil to the dough. One of the best oils we can use is extra virgin coconut oil, which has a mild and delicious flavor and provides the body with lots of healthy fats.
The touch of flavor
Another way to enjoy these creams is to combine their ingredients and add more to try new surprising flavors. In this way we could stay healthy and enjoy the flavor of these creams.
- Cocoa, vanilla or cinnamon always give results that everyone likes.
- For example, the combination of hazelnuts (toasted) and cocoa will remind us of the famous Nutella.
- We can also decide if we like sweet or savory butters more.
The kitchen robot
To prepare the cream we need a food processor that has the ability to crush the dried fruit and continue to work the ingredients for several minutes without getting too tired.
Although other similar machines can also serve this purpose, such as mixers or blenders, we should have more patience and continue to check that they do not burn, as it will ruin our spreads.
Basic recipe for spreads
- 4 cups of dried fruit (whatever you prefer) plain (400 g)
- ½ cup of extra virgin coconut oil (90 g)
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt (10 g)
- Essences and powders to add flavor (vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa)
- Sweetener to taste (honey, agave syrup)
Note: It is important to prepare the cream with a large amount of dried fruit so that the food processor works properly.
- First of all, we must prepare the dried fruit, making it more digestible, putting it to macerate for a few hours before crushing it. The ideal would be to let it soak for 8 hours.
- As an option, we could also toast the dried fruit in the oven.
- Place the drained dried fruit in the food processor together with the oil and salt.
- Work for 10 minutes. At first the fruit will be ground into a fine flour which will slowly release the fat.
- Stop the food processor to prevent it from burning (if we notice that it needs it) and also to push the dough that remains on the edges of the container towards the blades.
- The result will be a very thick cream, to which we can add, if we wish, the essences and sweeteners.
- Keep the cream obtained in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Do you want to enjoy your dried fruit creams even more?
- Use them to fill dates or plums.
- Try them spread on slices of fruit, such as pineapple, banana or apple.
- Enrich your sandwiches.
- Stuffed cookies or muffins.
- Multiply the benefits of your smoothies and yogurt.