Fun Ideas for Dried Fruit
Whether you’re hitting the trails, catching a wave, gearing up for a road trip or just packing a lunch, dried fruit is a key snack to have on hand. It gives you a great energy boost, is light and easy to carry, and very versatile. Here’s our quick guide to Hawaii’s favorite dried fruits.
Banana Chips are loved by snackers for their slightly sweet flavor and delightful crunch. They can be enjoyed on their own and are also a superb topping. Jazz up boring oatmeal with a sprinkling of banana chips, cranberries, cinnamon and brown sugar. Or try swirling into yogurt with granola for a tasty pick-me-up snack.
Dried Pineapple Chunks are very sweet and bursting with pineapple flavor. Their bright yellow color is akin to the Hawaiian sunshine. Pineapple chunks make a great addition to trail mix where salty peanuts and other ingredients can balance out the sweetness. Dice up dried pineapples to make your own tropical shortbread cookies or add an extra zing to carrot cake.
Dried Mango is a standard snack in Hawaii. These chewy orange treats can come in full slices or in smaller piece, and are commonly coated in li hing powder to make for a sweet and salty taste sensation of li hing mango. To quickly and easily slice mango pieces, try lightly wiping the blade of your knife with vegetable oil. This will prevent the fruit from sticking.
Dried Coconut is a much more convenient way to get your coconut fix than cracking open a huge raw coconut! This pretty white treat is chewy, satisfying and fun to eat on its own. It can also be used in just about every dessert or more savory foods, as it compliments both sweet and salty flavors.