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Look for unsweetened varieties of dried fruit. Avoid dried fruits that have sugar or other sweeteners added to them. Avoid purchasing packages that are torn or have expired use-by dates.
Store for up to 6 months in an airtight container in the pantry or refrigerator.
The process of drying fruit removes most of the water but locks in the nutrients. As a result, dried fruits have many of the same nutrients as fresh ones.
A way to save money on dried fruit is to buy a bulk bag of dried fruit and put it in individual servings in small plastic containers or plastic zip bags! It’s a healthy snack for kids!
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1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup honey*
1 teaspoon almond, coconut OR vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats
Nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil of choice
½ cup sliced almonds
¾ cup dried tropical fruit bits
½ cup banana chips
¼ cup raisins
*Children under one year old should not eat honey or foods with honey in them.
Makes 5 servings. ¾ cup per serving.