For a really quick breakfast or snack you can’t beat a bowl of homemade yogurt or kefir. Top with hearty toppings, such as dried fruit and nuts, for a filling and substantial meal.

Blended into Probiotic-Rich Smoothie

Most of us don’t think of dried fruit when we think of smoothies. The beauty of using dried fruit with probiotic bases such as kefir, yogurt, or cultured coconut, is that it adds just the right amount of sweetness. You could take it a step further and soak your dried fruit overnight in the cultured dairy or coconut base you will be using. This gives the fruit time to rehydrate before blending.

Chutneys and Fermented Fruit Butter

Chutneys are a great way to incorporate dried fruits. They add a boost of sweetness to vegetables or other fresh fruits. Combine them with peaches in this Lacto-fermented Peach-Raisin Chutney. Or, try this Lacto-fermented Crazy Raisin Chutney. You can also make fruit butter from dried fruit. In this recipe the ubiquitous apple butter is made from dehydrated apples you might have stored up from a previous harvest. Simply rehydrate the apples in water, blend, and culture.

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