This easy to make dried fruit compote is a good source of iron, potassium, antioxidants, and fiber. The dried fruits plump up nice and soft and the natural sugar in the fruit transforms the water into a rich sweet sauce. Delicious served hot or cold, it's a luscious and comforting treat in the midst of a long and dreary winter. I've included two of my favorite ways to enjoy it.
Spiced Winter Fruit
1 cup pitted prunes, cut in half
1/2 cup dried apricots, cut in half
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt
1 cinnamon stick
- Place dried fruit in a glass bowl or container.
- Add water to cover the fruit by at least 2 inches.
- Stir in nutmeg and salt.
- Add cinnamon stick.
- Cover and allow fruit to soak at room temp until nice and plump; about 24 hours.
- Store in a covered glass container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Eat as is, or in one of the following ways:
Cold with Greek Yogurt
- Place 1/2 cup non fat Greek yogurt and 2 T fruit compote juice in a bowl.
- Mix until smooth.
- Add 1/2 cup fruit compote.
- Sprinkle with coconut and/or walnuts if desired.
Warm with Brown Rice
- In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup brown rice with 1/2 cup fruit and 1/4 cup compote juice.
- Heat over low until hot.
Slym Cook says: Use any combination of dried fruit that you prefer or happen to have on hand. Be sure to include the prunes for the flavor, as well as the fiber. Although dried fruit is high in sugar and calories, I find this recipe to be an excellent way to satisfy my sweet tooth naturally; just be aware of your serving size.