I’m slowly starting to introduce eggs back into my food. I thought when I made this batch of Freeze Dried Strawberry Banana Muffins, the two egg total was not a lot because it would take me a few days to eat through them…um…I’m already three deep into this dozen and it’s only been two hours. Needless to say, the rest are being stored away for the day because I think I could eat the whole dozen in a sitting. The bananas give it a great sweet taste and the strawberries kick it up another notch…like oh hot dang notch!
I always say nothing goes to waste in our house, right down to the brown bananas! I just can not throw away food because I see it as money down the drain. These muffins do freeze well if you have brown bananas but are not in the mood for muffins yet. I will freeze muffins and use them as ‘ice packs’ to aid in keeping my food cool until lunch and then when I’m hungry in the afternoon they are the perfect defrosted snack!
Freeze dried fruit is starting to become a common food on the shelves. I use to get mine at Trader Joe’s when we make a trip, but recently I’ve found it at Aldi and Costco. The freeze-dried strawberries in this recipe help to absorb the moisture and it is important you let the batter set for 10 minutes because it sets up differently and will help in the baking process…that said…don’t rush the setting process.
These strawberry bagels are off da chain! If you have followed along, awhile back I posted a recipe for bagels from the cookbook Without Grain by Hailey Barisa Ryczek. If you are new and the strawberry bagel recipe caught your eye, WELCOME!! I’ve taken Hailey’s recipe and added a simple ingredient to get amazing fruit flavored bagels. This simple ingredient is freeze-dried fruit. I have done it with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Each one has been a success (never done the fruit flavors together, always individualized).
These strawberry bagels are amazing alone, topped with butter or cream cheese. My husband and I have found they even make great breakfast sandwiches too! The fruit flavor adds a bit of sweetness to the bagel.
One silly thing, and yes I’ve done it too many times. I often get rushed and open up the bag of freeze-dried fruit, throw it in the blender, turn the switch on and then remember it has a ‘fresh’ packet in it. Needless to say, that powder quickly finds it way to the trash can. Make sure you remember to remove the packet prior to creating powder. And if you don’t, know you are not alone…been there, done that!