17 Desserts to Make With Frozen Fruit
Nothing is more perishable than fragrant, fresh fruit. But why should we wait until May to enjoy a ripe, scarlet strawberry, or August to sink our teeth into a sweet, juicy peach? That's the great thing about the freezer. It's the most effective way to preserve fruit's peak season freshness, so you can continue to enjoy it all throughout the year.
It'll also seriously up your dessert game. Because when you've always got baggies of flash-frozen fruit on hand, you're only minutes away from bakery-worthy pies, cakes, and cobblers. These desserts made with frozen fruit will show you that fresh isn't always best.
This towering, English-inspired layered trifle looks fussy and fancy, but it couldn’t be easier to prepare. The only prep involved is layering chunks of cake, dollops of instant pudding, and frozen strawberries and whipped topping into a tall glass dish — then digging right in with an extra-large spoon!
Frozen Fruit Salad
What could be more refreshing than fruit salad in warmer weather? How about this frozen fruit salad, sliced like a cake for a dessert-worthy presentation? Each slice is brimming with glittering, jewel-like pieces of juicy, icy fruit.
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Ideal for special occasions, or just because you decided you deserve a truly spectacular treat, this elegant cheesecake is drizzled with ribbons of ruby red raspberry sauce.
Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler
Frozen berries and pancake-like batter join forces for a dessert that takes just minutes. "Short of serving store-bought ice cream, you won’t find a simpler dessert than this fruit cobbler," says creator Ben S.
Cherry Blueberry Pie
Believe it or not, there are frozen blueberries in this double crusted, blue ribbon-worthy pie. They're folded into a velvety filling of plump canned cherries.
Strawberry Cake and Frosting
This pleasingly pink cake is positively bursting with full-on strawberry flavor, including berries right in the batter. It is topped with peaks of creamy frosting. If you have fresh berries on hand, use them for a beautiful decoration.
Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake
A favorite in D. Newman’s family for over 30 years, this blueberry-studded baked treat makes for "one really delicious and really unhealthy Sunday coffee cake." And when better than the weekend to give yourself a break from calorie counting?
Five Minute Ice Cream
This is perhaps the ultimate in easy and fast froze fruit desserts. It requires just three minutes and a blender or food processor. Enjoy it right away for a velvety frozen treat, or pop it in the freezer for an incredibly good dessert down the road.
Egg White Crepes
Made with whole-wheat flour, skim milk, and egg whites, these lighter-than-air crepes are more health conscious than your basic pancakes. But you'll hardly feel like you're missing out, especially when you dip your fork into the berry-filled centers, sweetened with powdered sugar.
Perfect Berry Shortcakes
Does making shortcakes sound complicated? These crumbly, buttery biscuits don't require a food processor, pastry cutter, cookie cutter, or rolling pin, and they are the perfect vehicle for clouds of whipped cream and spoonfuls of crushed, frozen fruit.
Raspberry Icebox Cake
If ever there was a dessert made for a hot day, it would be this icebox cake. Frozen raspberries are congealed in a layer of Jell-O. A marshmallow topping comes together quickly to create a fluffy, sweet companion to the tart gelatin layer. Keep this one ice cold. It'll quench your thirst for something cooling and something sweet.
Cranberry Upside Down Sour Cream Cake
Have a bag of cranberries that have been hanging out in the freezer since Thanksgiving? No need to hold onto them for a year in order to make sauce. This upside down, sour cream-enriched cake is incredibly festive, no matter what month you decide to bake it.
White Chocolate Ganache with Frozen Berries
As gloriously simple as berries with whipped cream, but with the added benefit of rich rivers of chocolate ganache, which can perform double duty as an icing for cake.
It’ll feel like Christmas in springtime, when the house fills with the spicy, molasses-rich aroma of freshly baked gingerbread. The loaf is dotted with the unexpected, lively addition of tender frozen blueberries.
Mango Peach Banana Smoothie
Drink your dessert by blending up a batch of silky smoothies, thickened with tropical mango, sweet peach, and creamy chunks of banana.
Very Best Blueberry Cobbler!
A cakey crust floats atop juicy, sweet blueberries that have been baked until they've released all their flavor and sweet juices into a syrupy mixture. Grab that pack of frozen blueberries from the freezer, and give yourself a taste of summer no matter the calendar month.