12+ ways to turn leftover fruit into snacks

Leftover fruit makes great smoothies, but did you know that there are many other ways to ‘recycle’ fruit scraps? Waste no more food with these easy tips!

12+ ways to use fruit before it expires - Stay Alive and Cooking

First I share foolproof ways to use fruit scraps, and then I share 12 amazing recipes to turn your leftover fruit into snacks and dessert!

Leftover fruit

An apple a day… When I’m at the farmers market, I sometimes get overwhelmed by all the pretty colours and the huge variety of fruit and vegetables. So, sometimes I end up with fruit that is not that fresh anymore, and that needs to be used quickly!

I found many delicious recipes at other blogs: I found so many this post became way too long! So I decided to limit this post at 12 recipes, and then I’ll share the rest some other time. Are you ready?!


Of course, there are recipes that can be applied to any kind of fruit. You can always use leftover fruit for:

  • Smoothies
  • Dessert/breakfast crumbles
  • Jams
  • Breakfast bowls

And then, you can use pieces of leftover fruit to your pancakes (thanks My weird blogs for the tip!): Apple/cinnamon/raisins is a great combo for example, or banana and pecan. Try any fruit variety you like! Of course, you can also mash the fruit the way you do when you make banana pancakes.

This also applies to morning waffles! They’d taste great with mashed strawberries, blueberries or pear, just to name a few.


If you’d like to try something else and turn the leftover fruit into snacks, try the following recipes by some of my fellow foodbloggers. Desserts are below this section. Have fun! And let me know if you have a recipe that needs to be added 🙂

X Vivian
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Crispy orange chips from Just-making-noice {Add to your tea or nibble on as a snack)


Dehydrated mango slices by Queen Bee Coupons


Rainbow candied citrus peel by Live Eat Learn

Cinnamon Baked Apple Chips

Cinnamon sugar baked apple chips by Fifteen Spatulas

Homemade Natural Strawberry Lemonade Gummy Fruit Snacks

Strawberry lemonade gummy fruit snacks by Happiness is Home made

Best EVER Banana Bread recipe is the only one you will ever need! Brown butter, buttermilk, and roasted bananas give this bread the ultimate flavor and texture.

Banana bread by Baked by an introvert

Broiled Grapefruit with Honey

Broiled grapefruit by She wears many hats


While I normally would choose a chocolate/caramel/vanilla dessert over a fruity one any time, these look particularly good! A quick selection of leftover fruit desserts…

Thinly sliced apples that are dredged in a batter and then fried til golden brown

Fried apple rings by 365 days of baking and more

Apple oatmeal crumble by Stay Alive and Cooking 😉

Juicy, sweet summer peaches are stuffed with a cinnamon sugary oatmeal pecan streusel filling and topped with lots of fresh whipped cream for an ultimately easy summer dessert!

Baked peaches with oatmeal pecan streusel by Whole and heavenly oven

Strawberry cream cheese crescent danish by Mostly home made mom

Strawberry kiwi (leftover fruit) popsicles by Stay Alive and Cooking

More will follow later! Thanks for reading, please share & pin!

12+ ways to use fruit before it expires - Stay Alive and Cooking






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