Pure, unembellished fresh fruit makes a quality snack. However, healthy snackers looking for a bit of adventure and creativity might not be satisfied with this simplicity. Luckily fresh fruit can be chopped, arranged, mixed, and manipulated into a variety of creative and healthy fruit snacks that give even the pickiest snackers something equal parts delicious and stimulating.
This collection of healthy fruit snacks goes above and beyond a simple apple or banana mentality. These snacks make eating fruit as exciting as snacking on any intricate pastry, cupcake, or artisanal chocolate bar.
Special thanks to Bake It Right for creating a flavor chart that inspired many of these ideas!
Grilled Pineapple with Chili Powder
Grilling pineapple tones down the fruit’s acidity and enriches its sweetness, making it a perfect contrast to spicy seasonings and powders. If you don’t have a grill, or you don’t want to take the time to fire it up, then you can easily grill pineapple on the stove with a grill pan.
Kiwi “Crackers” with Lavender and Orange Blossom Yogurt
Make yourself an incredibly fancy, fast, and healthy fruit snack by peeling and slicing a kiwi into rounds. Mix Greek yogurt with a few flowers of culinary lavender and a dash of orange blossom water. If you’re having a hard time finding culinary lavender or orange blossom water, then simply mix some honey (orange blossom or plain) into your yogurt.
Lemon Dressed Blueberries with Fresh Sage
Perk up a bowl of blueberries with a healthy squirt of fresh lemon juice and a few fresh sage leaves, chopped and massaged to bring out the flavor.
Turn strawberries into chips to create a completely fresh perspective on the fruit.
Cucumber Rounds with Avocado, Pomegranate, and Pineapple
Stir diced pineapple and pomegranate seeds into some mashed avocado to make a fresh and colorful spread that looks and tastes good on rounds of freshly sliced cucumber. The crisp cucumber and the slightly crunchy pomegranate seeds give this snack the satisfying snap you might find in a cracker.
This healthy fruit snack brings flavors of apple, pear, elderberry, and raspberry together in a handy strip that’s easy to munch on the go.
Banana “Truffles” with Toasted Sesame Seeds
This simple snack has as much rewarding flavor as any real truffle, but these fruity truffles are much easier to make than the real thing. To make banana truffles, slice up a ripe banana into 1-inch pieces. Now press the banana pieces into a plate covered in sesame seeds. Press hard enough that the seeds sink into the banana, but don’t press so hard that you destroy the banana rounds.
This quirky snack features organic baobab fruit powder and sweet pomegranate juice. These chewy bites have plenty of fiber and lots of flavor.
The Nuts.com retail page lists the following customer review:
“Chewy fruit bites are just the right size to mix in with trail mix, or to pop in your mouth when you need a little something sweet. The pomegranate flavor really comes through, and they aren’t overly sweet. I will be mixing them with nuts, dark chocolate, and… coconut flakes, and eating this mix in the afternoon when I usually go cubicle stalking for candy.”
Raw Apple Crumble in a Mug
Scoop some no-sugar-added applesauce into a mug. (You could also use simple chopped apples.) Top the apple sauce with a mixture of oatmeal, chopped pecans, raisins, and fresh ginger. Don’t even think about baking it. It’s perfect as is.
Carob Strawberry Salad
You’ll love the surprising flavor combinations of chocolatey carob, sweet basil, and juicy strawberries. Chop the basil and the strawberries before tossing both ingredients in a bowl with a handful of carob pieces.
Inspired by the classic turtle candies, these healthy fruit snacks have far more nutritional value than your average piece of candy. To make apricot “turtles,” spread about 1/2 teaspoon of mascarpone cheese on a dried apricot. Press a whole walnut into the cheese, and voilà—you’ve got a healthy (and fancy) snack.
Not-too-sweet watermelon make a delicious base for some sophisticated fruit snacks. Plus, made with only a few recognizable ingredients, including lemon juice, honey, and watermelon, these snacks keep the funny business you might see in other fruity gummies to a minimum.
Cinnamon and Cocoa Dusted Oranges
Add a bit more goodness to the classic Moroccan combination of cinnamon and orange slices by adding a generous dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder to your slices. Cocoa powder adds only a few calories, and a lot of flavor, to the oranges.
Elevate an average orange to new heights by broiling it. You can skip the added sugar if you want; broiling brings out the already sweet fruit’s refreshing sugary notes. You can also broil other citrus fruits, including grapefruit and lemons.
A banana’s texture is similar to that of an avocado. Mash up a ripe banana and spread it on whole-wheat toast to make fruity versions of everyone’s favorite avocado toasts.
Try these flavor combinations on your toast:
- Banana, hazelnuts, and cardamom
- Banana, chopped dates, and granola
- Banana, sliced figs, and chopped macadamia nuts
- Banana, fresh blueberries, and grated dark chocolate
- Banana, diced apricots, chopped pecans, and honey
- Banana, diced cherries, maple syrup, and a sprinkle of ground coffee
These healthy fruit snacks have no preservatives or artificial colors and flavors. The snacks simply do what nature would want them to do, namely highlight the real-fruit flavors of tangerine, strawberry, kiwi, mango, pink grapefruit, and pineapple.
Chocolate-covered kiwi slices make delightfully refreshing popsicles. These pops are easy to make, and they stay snack-ready in the freezer for months.
Bare turns classic apples into a crunchy snacking experience. Baked to crispy perfection and dusted with just the right amount of cinnamon, these chips have no preservatives or added sugar, and they don’t even have any oil; the apples bake perfectly without any extra fat at all.
Cover strawberries in yogurt instead of chocolate to make a healthy fruit snack full of good-for-you nutrients. Plus, you don’t have to spend time melting chocolate to make these snacks; the yogurt comes ready to dip.
Hollow Kiwi Bowls with Cherry-Apple Salsa
Transform halved kiwis into perfectly presentable fruit snacks that will impress anyone you decide to share them with. To make this snack, slice kiwi in half. (This will work both vertically and horizontally.) Now scoop out some of the kiwi to create a generous well for your fruit salsa. Set your kiwi bowls aside and make your fruit salsa. Toss diced cherries and apples together with some fresh citrus juice; orange, lemon, or lime will do. Now spoon your salsa into the kiwi bowls and enjoy.
Slice some fresh apricots and toss them on a grill pan over medium heat. Cook apricots on each side until they start getting those delicious grill marks. Enjoy the grilled apricots alone or with a drizzle of fresh honey and a dollop of yogurt.
Chia seeds plump up to give any milk the texture of fresh pudding, a pudding rich with omega-3 fatty acids. Use the pudding as a base for a variety of healthy fruit snacks. This strawberry chia pudding incorporates coconut milk, vanilla, and of course, fresh strawberries.
This invigorating salad showcase several delicious shades of green. Chop all the ingredients together and toss them in a mug for a healthy fruit salad with nuance and crunch. The pistachios provide a healthy dose of protein, and the mint offers an energizing jolt.
This snack will please anyone who loves tart, sour flavors. Skip the sour gummies and opt for this healthy fruit snack instead. Since cranberries have a low sugar content by nature, unsweetened dried cranberries have almost zero sugar—far less than any packaged fruit snack and many other dried fruits.
These healthy fruit snacks feature mangoes, dates, and apricots. They also have sunflower seeds, brown-rice crisps, and crispy quinoa. Everything comes together to make a treat that’s full of fruity goodness and nutty, grainy energy.
Gummy bears can be better for you when they’re made with organic fruit juice and other wholesome ingredients. These bars skip the corn syrup and artificial colors, but they have plenty of vitamin C.
Make your own healthy fruit snacks using orange juice, beet juice, agar agar powder, and other real-food ingredients. Get your gummy fix without the guilt.
Make a fruit-forward salad that incorporates an amazing range of flavors you might usually find in a restaurant.
Roasting plums brings out the fruit’s deep natural flavors and juices. When the fruit is done cooking, spoon each half with a dollop of protein-rich yogurt. Warm roasted plums make a satisfying snack or a light dessert to share with friends.
Cut a cross into the top of a fig and then peel back the petals slightly to open up the fruit. Spoon low-sugar granola into each fig to make a fruity and crunchy snack with fiber and big flavor.
Instead of mixing almonds with dried fruit, try mixing them with fresh fruit. This combination creates a freshened up version of trail mix that is still easy to take on the road when you pack it up in individual sandwich bags.
Blend together 1/2 cup of blackberries, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 cup of milk, and 1/4 cup of oats to make an incredibly hearty smoothie that will fill you up better than most snacks. The smooth, comforting flavors or oatmeal and vanilla make this smoothie equally pleasing in winter and in summer.
Dates, nuts, and sour cherries comes together to make energizing snack balls you’ll want to eat every time you need a pick-me-up snack.
Grapefruit, Cilantro, and Avocado Salad
Toss grapefruit segments together with a few slices of avocado and a handful of cilantro. This snack is sweet and salty at the same time. It’s a versatile snack that never disappoints and always satisfies, no matter what type of craving you’re having. Plus, creamy avocado and acidic grapefruit compliment each other perfectly.
Peach, Ginger, and Coconut Smoothie
Blend one peach, 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut, 1/4 teaspoon of ginger, and 1 cup of coconut milk to make this bold smoothie. The zingy ginger and smooth coconut will counteract the deep sweetness of the peach to make a mild concoction that will be an all-time favorite in your smoothie repertoire.
Pineapple Sticks with Slivered Almonds and Blue Cheese
Slice a pineapple into super-thick sticks. Use a small spoon to scoop some pineapple flesh from the middle of each stick to create boats. Fill the boats with blue cheese and slivered almonds. The acidic, sweet pineapple makes the perfect platform for heady blue cheese.
The unusual combination of hummus and grapes may be unexpected, but it’s incredibly pleasing. These fresh wraps incorporate turkey, raw grapes, and savory hummus. The snack captures the basic appeal of chicken salad, with its fresh grapes and wholesome turkey.
You can pickle more than just vegetables. Dark sweet cherries take on a bold new personality when they’re soaked in apple cider vinegar with black pepper and thyme.
If you need more evidence that fruit is the most versatile snack ever, then seeing it turn into soup should do the job. This creative cantaloupe soup incorporates yogurt, honey, and mint to make a refreshing soup that’s perfect for satisfying snacking in between meals.
What’s your favorite go-to fruit snack? Are you a purist who likes to eat the raw pieces whole or do you like to slice and dice your fruit into brilliant arrangements?
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