Salads and smoothies have been our staple menu items. No need to turn on the stove! They are quick and easy and allow us to get back outside. I did have to pause our nature adventures to deal with my fig tree that has gone crazy this year. It is yielding way more figs than we can eat so I decided to use my dehydrator. I keep the dried figs in the freezer and will reconstitute them in the winter as needed in recipes.
Since these very ripe figs take two days to dehydrate, I took the opportunity tondo a few batches of other fruits to make some home made trail mix. I did bananas, pineapple, mangoes and apples. The process is so simple if you have a dehydrator: clean, slice, place on rack and wait! If you don’t like your fruit to be brown when dried you can dip the slices in lemon juice and water for a few seconds before placing on the rack. For the bananas, I sprayed them lightly with lemon juice.
This dried fruit tastes completely different than store bought. The pineapple was particularly amazing! Sweet, chewy and tangy. My bananas were very ripe when I put them in and the result are sweet chips that taste like banana bread – delicious! I divided the fruit into portion baggies, added some raw cashews and now we have lots of easy grab snacks ready.