We all know fruit’s one of those healthy food groups. But that doesn’t mean we can only eat it au natural! Here are 31 fruit-filled snacks to make your daily dose of fruit a bit more interesting.
1. Chocolate-Covered Kiwi Pops
This chocolate-fruit combo isn’t as classic as strawberries and chocolate, but it’s just as good! Slice kiwi crosswise into ½-inch thick slices. Pat dry (so the chocolate sticks), and dip in melted chocolate. Lay flat and freeze.
2. Frozen Fruit with Chocolate Drizzle
Pick your favorite fruits, dice ‘em up, and skewer ‘em. Drizzle with melted dark chocolate, pop them in the freezer for a few hours, and you have yourself a cool, sweet treat with minimal work.
3. Greek Yogurt-Covered Frozen Strawberries
Here’s one of our super-simple faves. Trim strawberries, roll them in Greek yogurt, and freeze. This one’s customizable, too — you can choose whichever yogurt flavor you like. We’re fans of Chobani’s Vanilla Chocolate Chunk, or a mixture of plain yogurt and a drizzle of honey.
4. ABS (Almond Butter, Banana, Strawberry) Sandwich
Here’s one way to take the PBJ to a whole new level: swap in almond butter, and add some sliced strawberries! The whole-grain bread and strawberries offer a great dose of heart-healthy fiber, the almond butter is rich in protein, and the banana’s packed with potassium and the perfect amount of sweetness.
5. Banana-Only “Ice Cream”
Yes, you can have your ice cream and watch your calories, too (as long as you define “ice cream” pretty loosely). Simply peel a few bananas, stick them in the freezer, and let them hang out for a few hours, or until solid. Put the frozen ‘nanners in the bowl of a food processor, and process until smooth. Finally, add in your choice of mix-ins if you like! Dark chocolate chips, diced strawberries, or a PB swirl are Greatist favorites.
6. Papaya Smoothie
This fruit, yogurt, ice, and honey smoothie is a cup of frozen perfection! It’s loaded with papaya, a tropical fruit with tons of flavor and fiber that’s relatively low in sugar compared to other fruits, at just 8 grams per cup.
7. Tropical Kiwi Strawberry Spring Rolls
Who knew spring rolls could taste this sweet? This inventive take on the sushi restaurant favorite fills classic rice wraps with fresh fruit for a simple, slightly sweet (and super fun) snack.
8. Nutella and Strawberry Toast
Strawberries and Nutella: a classic combo. Give this treat a healthier twist by adding in a slice of toasted whole-grain bread for a fiber-rich, filling snack.
9. Mini Lemon-Berry Popsicles
When your belly’s not hungry for a whole popsicle, try making mini-pops in an ice cube tray! Drizzle honey in the bottom of each cube, fill with lemonade, and pop a few small berries (or diced larger ones) into each hole. Cover with foil, and insert a popsicle or lollipop stick into each hole. Freeze for a few hours, or until solid, and enjoy!
10. Frozen Yogurt-Filled Berries
It can’t get much more simple than this. (Well, unless you just eat plan berries.) Pick your favorite berry — raspberries and strawberries work well — and fill the center with Greek yogurt. Lay the filled berries flat on a plate or cookie sheet and freeze for about an hour, or until mostly solid. Enjoy!
11. Fruit Salad In A Cone
One way to make fruit salad a bit more interesting? Serve it in an ice cream cone! Be sure to dice fruit into small cubes or use small berries (like raspberries or strawberries) so you can fit as much fruit as possible into the cone!
12. Frozen Nutty Banana Bites
Three of our favorite foods take center stage in this recipe: bananas, nut butter, and Greek yogurt. Mash up a banana with the yogurt and peanut butter, and then slice the other bananas. Make little “sandwiches” by spreading the PB-banana-yogurt filling between two banana slices, and freeze for about two hours, or until semi-solid. Start nibbling!
13. Frozen Grapes
It’s simple: remove grapes from vine. Freeze. Get snackin’. This easy, naturally sweetened treat is perfect to keep in the freezer for when that sweet tooth comes calling.
14. Frozen Yogurt-Covered Blueberry Kebabs
Who doesn’t love healthy foods on a stick? This one’s easy, too. Stack a handful of blueberries on a wooden skewer, and then roll the skewer through a bowl of Greek yogurt. Lay on a flat surface, and freeze until the yogurt is solid.
15. Pineapple Salad with Mint and Honey
Here’s a simple, refreshing salad to try. Simply dice fresh pineapple (none of the canned stuff — it just doesn’t taste the same!) and let it marinate in a simple mixture of fresh mint leaves and a touch of honey.
16. Healthier Cherries Jubilee
A dessert classic, this sweet, syrupy cherry sauce is delish served over vanilla ice cream. We recommend making it a bit healthier by using fresh cherries (not canned), cutting back on the sugar (and/or substituting honey), and serving it with frozen yogurt or Greek yogurt instead of regular ice cream. Get ready to jump for joy!
17. Stone Fruit Compote
This one’s easy to put together, and customizable, too. Simply combine 3-4 cups of chopped stone fruit (that’s anything with a pit, such as peaches, nectarines, plums, etc.) with a bit of honey, water, cinnamon, and salt, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all the fruit is soft. If you want to venture away from stone fruit, feel free to add apples, berries, or cherries, too. This is great served with yogurt, oatmeal, or a bit of ice cream!
18. Fruit Sushi
Time to play with your food! This is a super fun snack recipe. Stuff trimmed and thinly sliced honeydew and cantaloupe with matchsticked pineapple, and dip the whole thing in honey sauce for a fruit-tastic version of classic sushi. Of course, feel free to improvise — sliced strawberries, mango, or apple would make good fillers, too!
19. Melon Balls
No matter your age, making melon balls is always fun. Take your handy dandy melon baller (use a round measuring spoon if you don’t have a melon baller), and start digging away at the fruit’s flesh. Due to the shape of the melon baller or measuring spoon, when you start scooping (like you would ice cream), the flesh of the melon rolls into a nice sphere! Cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon — any melon will work! Serve plain, or dress with a little honey or some chopped mint.
20. Berry-Granola Yogurt Pops
Who doesn’t like popsicles? These pops have some actual nutritional value, too — their base is protein-rich Greek yogurt, and they’re filled with fresh berries and whole-grain granola. (This treat could even pass as a wholesome breakfast!)
21. Fruit Smoothie with Greek Yogurt
Any combination of Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and a little juice or milk is a winner in our book! Greek yogurt offers a hefty dose of protein, while the fruit offers fiber, vitamins, and minerals (of course, this will vary depending on what types you choose). Go classic with strawberries and banana, or choose the less traditional route with tropical fruits like papaya, mango, and guava.
22. Roasted or Grilled Fruit
Especially in cooler weather, roasted or grilled fruit can make a comforting yet refreshing and healthy snack (or breakfast, or dessert). It’s simple, too: just brush with a little oil and roast or grill at medium-high heat until the fruit is tender. Throw it on top of yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream and enjoy.
23. Berry Protein Mug Cake
Here’s one way to get protein, berries, and carbohydrates all at the same time. Made with a protein powder and Greek yogurt base and filled with fresh blackberries, this easy, microwavable cake is the perfect breakfast or on-the-go snack. Plus, it has that perfect protein-fiber combo to keep you full for hours.
24. Tropical Fruit Parfait with Greek Yogurt and Pistachios
Another use for our favorite star ingredient: Greek yogurt! Any combo of fruit and nuts on top of this creamy treat is great, but topical fruits make it just a little bit more interesting — a strawberry, guava, pineapple combo is a total win. Throw on some chopped pistachios (or any other nut) for some added crunch.
25. Raspberry Applesauce
Regular old applesauce? Boring. Bright red raspberry applesauce? Now that’s a bit more interesting. It’s simple, too: just combine apples, raspberries, water, lemon juice, and some cinnamon or ginger, and simmer together until soft. Do a little mashing, and voila — raspberry applesauce.
26. Strawberries Stuffed with Goat Cheese or Feta
Here’s an interesting way to pair salty and sweet: Instead of filling strawberries with chocolate or yogurt, try stuffing hulled strawberries with some salty, tangy goat or feta cheese. One of our favorite superfoods, strawberries are filled with fiber and vitamin C, making them a healthy, low-calorie addition to any snack.
27. Watermelon with Feta
This sweet-and-salty combo makes for a great midday snack. Dice a hunk of watermelon and some feta (aim for about two parts watermelon, one part feta), and toss to combine. Watermelon’s a healthier choice because it’s relatively low in calories per cup, it’s low in sugar, and it’s packed with vitamins A and C, as well as the amino acid citruline, which could help lower blood pressure, and lycopene, which has been shown to protect the body from UV rays Effects of watermelon supplementation on aortic blood pressure and wave reflection in individuals with prehypertension: a pilot study. Figueroa, A., Sanches-Gonzalez, M.A., Perkins-Veazie, P.M., et al. Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, Florida State Univewrsity, Tallahassee, FL. American Journal of Hypertension. 2011 Jan; 24(1): 40-44..
28. Fresh Figs and Prosciutto
Fresh figs — does it get any better? Well, when you wrap a fresh fig in a slice of cured pig, we think it does.
30. Avocado-Mango Salsa with Chips
This two-fruit salsa (yes, avocado is a fruit) is a great way to give sweet flavors a savory twist when served alongside classic tortilla chips. Avocados (a superfood!) are packed with healthy monounsaturated fat, and tons of vitamins including vitamins E and B6.
31. Cantaloupe and Prosciutto
Here’s another sweet-and-salty combo to die for. Peel and slice a cantaloupe, then wrap the slices with a piece of prosciutto, and enjoy!
What’s your favorite way to snack on fruit? Share with us in the comments below!