10 Fun Ways to Use Dried Fruit

Dried fruit, in its various forms, is often an ingredient that is left on the back of the pantry shelf. You bought it for a recipe that you once intended to make, or maybe you still have the leftovers from a recipe you once made.

Whatever the case, dried apricots, prunes, dates, figs, raisins, and sultanas can be used in lots of different recipes that go beyond the once-a-year fruit cake. Lots of holiday recipes call for dried fruits, and they make great ingredients in healthy granola bars and other energy snacks.

Dates are often used as a binder and make awesome vegan caramel. Dried fruit mixes are great as a simple sweet snack and can be tossed into trail mixes for a little natural sugar.

So, rescue those bags of dried fruit from the back of the cupboard and see what you can conjure up with these OGP recipes that celebrate the humble dried fruit.

1. Dried Fruit Compote

Dried Fruit Compote

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This Dried Fruit Compote by Sara Oliveira is a great spread to have during the winter months. This recipe is versatile and allows you to use whatever dried fruit you have on hand be it figs, apricots, or raisins. Cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg make it a festive condiment for toast, pancakes, and more.

2. Chickpea, Sweet Potato, Kale, Dried Fruit, and Cashew Tagine

Chickpea, Sweet Potato, Kale, Dried Fruit and Cashew Tagine

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This Chickpea, Sweet Potato, Kale, Dried Fruit, and Cashew Tagine by One Green Planet is a hearty, and stunning, dish that would work perfectly as a holiday dinner main or a cozy Sunday dinner at home. Figs, dates, and prunes add sweetness and bite to this veggie and herb-filled dish.

3. Chai Fruit Cake

Chai Fruit Cake

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Well, a fruit cake needed to here on the list somewhere, and we can’t go wrong with this Chai Fruit Cake by Harriet Porterfield. Get yourself a big slice of this moist chai-spiced cake and a cuppa. This cake is packed with apricots and sultanas and topped with creamy vanilla, cinnamon, and cashew icing. Let’s see if you can stop at one slice!

4. No-Bake Apricot Squares

No-Bake Apricot Squares

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These No-Bake Apricot Squares by Maria and Alyssa are sweet and simple to whip up and make a wonderful gluten-free snack. Oat or almond flour makes the no-bake crust and sweet sticky dried apricots blend to make the gooey topping.

5. Prune Marzipan Tart

Prune Marzipan Tart

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Six wholesome and clean ingredients come together to make this Prune Marzipan Tart by Mitra Shirmohammadi. This is another wonderful no-bake recipe that makes whipping up a dessert a cinch! Maple syrup, prunes, almonds, and oats make for a great gluten-free treat.

6. Vegan Pigs in Plums (Smoked Almond-Stuffed Dried Plums Rolled in Nutritional Yeast)

Vegan Pigs in Plums (Smoked Almond-Stuffed Dried Plums Rolled in Nutritional Yeast)

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Vegan Pigs in Plums by Betsy DiJulio seem like a great holiday snack or dessert. The plums are dried, yet succulent, prunes and the pigs are, in fact, smoked almonds. No animals are harmed here! To continue with the savory note started with the almonds, these prunes have been rolled in nutritional yeast for an extra umami layer.

7. Date Squares

Date Squares

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These Date Squares by Kris Dee make fantastic energy-boosting breakfasts or on-the-go snacks. Flour and oats make up the crust while dates, lemon juice, and maple syrup make the sweet and sticky topping. This recipe is versatile, and you can easily substitute the flour for a gluten-free option if needed.

8. Date and Walnut Banana Bread

Date and Walnut Banana Bread

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Here is a gluten-free sweet loaf that uses a classic combination of ingredients. This Date and Walnut Banana Bread by Hayley Canning uses buckwheat flour making it ideal for gluten-free guests. Have a slice as a sweet breakfast option or toast a piece to have with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

9. Cranberry Almond Green Beans

Cranberry Almond Green Beans

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Try this recipe for Cranberry Almond Green Beans by Gina Hoskins for your next holiday dinner. It is a very simple idea with a festive flare coming from dried cranberries and crunchy almond slices. This is a classy version of the classic green bean casserole.

10. Walnut and Fig Slices

Walnut and Fig Slices

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These Walnut and Fig Slices by Maja Brekalo are delicious and stunning. Sweet and sticky dried figs are a key component in the base, with beautiful fresh figs pressed into a cashew and vanilla cream frosting for the top. These would make a fancy treat for afternoon tea or a lovely holiday dinner dessert.

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