Fruit Shoot inspired baking!

Fruit Shoot in one form or another had been around since 1823, isn’t that amazing? They have continually adapted and improved to meet the needs of kids and their juice now available in 3 different ranges and 25 different countries.

 

Fruit Shoot is made with real fruit.

And did you know there’s real fruit in every drop of Fruit Shoot and each and every one is filled with multi-vitamins. Fruit shoot don’t add any sugar, artificial colours or flavourings at all.

That’s pretty fabulous isn’t it!

It’s really nice to know that what we are giving our children to drink is healthy. As much as they like sweet treats we do have to make sure that they have a low sugar diet and that fruit and veg form a large part of that diet.

It is lovely to use natural ingredients when cooking for your kids and to know that you are filling them up with the good stuff.

Working with family recipe author and Great British Bake Off star, Holly  Bell, Fruit Shoot has created recipes inspired by the ingredients in Fruit Shoot core range and I have had a go at recreating these.

I made gorgeous apple and blackcurrant cupcakes inspired by the apple and blackcurrant Fruit Shoots.

Fruit Shoot inspired baking

 

 

Spiced apple & blackcurrant cupcakes

Makes 12

Ingredients:

  • 175mls oil (sunflower, groundnut, rapeseed – anything flavourless but beware extra virgin olive oil as it has a strong flavour and not everyone likes it in baked goods)
  • 180g muscavado sugar
  • 170g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 160g grated apple (cooking or eating)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinammon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 150g blackcurrants, fresh, dried or frozen

 

Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with large cupcake cases or muffin cases. Once the oven has preheated mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until there aren’t any lumps or traces of egg yolk visible. Pay particular attention to the sugar as it can sit in lumps. Stir through the blackcurrants carefully. Spoon into the cases evenly and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until well risen and a toothpick comes out of the middle of the centre cupcakes clean. Cool on a wire rack out of the tin.

 

I also made some fabulous raspberry and banana flapjacks from Holly’s recipe to celebrate the summer fruits fruit shoot.

 

 

Banana & raspberry no refined sugar flapjacks

Makes about 16, but depends how large you cut them

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 150g dates
  • 70mls boiling water
  • 85g dried figs
  • 40g dried apricots
  • 160g oats
  • 100g raspberries

 

Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 2 and pop the kettle on. Grease and line a 20cm x 20cm tin.

Peel the banana and break into pieces. Place in a jug with the dates and boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes and in the meantime chop the figs and apricots into 1/2 cm chunks using scissors. Use a stick blender to blitz the banana mixture to a fine purée, being careful not to spray yourself with boiling water.

Combine the puree, oats and chopped fruit in a bowl until well mixed, carefully stir through the raspberries, then press into the prepared tin. Bake for 30 minutes until the edges are starting to brown and the top feel firm. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack then cut with a very sharp knife once cool. Store in a tin for up to 5 days. Freeze, well wrapped for up to a month. Defrost at room temperature before serving.

 

It’s totally possible to eat well and have sweet treats that are healthy.

 

Let me tell you about the 3 different Fruit Shoot ranges:

Fruit Shoot core range contains no added sugar. Any sugars present are naturally occurring from the fruit juice from concentrate that is in every bottle. Each 275ml serving contains from 2g to a maximum of 2.5g of sugar (the equivalent of around ½ a teaspoon) depending on the flavour.

Fruit Shoot Hydro contains zero sugar.

Fruit Shoot My5 range contains no added sugar – sugars present are naturally occurring from the 75% real juice that is in every bottle.

 

It’s My Thing campaign

Earlier this year Fruit Shoot launched It’s My Thing, a campaign that celebrates real kids doing what they’re passionate about and champions their self-expression and individuality.  My daughter ‘thing’ is tennis.

And it so important she keeps hydrated when she plays.

Fruit Shoot supports parents who want their kids to have the freedom to discover and indulge in their passions (their ‘things’) and not feel pressured to follow an expected or set path. They want to celebrate kids who are doing their thing and encourage parents to let their kids have the freedom to express themselves. I love this video they produced.

It is so healthy for kids to do their own thing, have great nutrition and be active.

Great job Fruit Shoot!

 

 

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