Frozen Peaches

Peach season is upon us! If you are like me, you want to enjoy that fresh peach flavor all year long. There’s one problem though, they get ripe – fast! Most people enjoy canning, and believe me, I’ve tried. I’ve gone to classes, watched tutorials, read the blogs, the books, and taken advice from the grandma next door. I even canned once, but I got so terrified that I did it wrong and I would send my entire family to the hospital from food poisoning that I dumped it out. I’ve tried dehydrating into fruit leather too, which was much easier to do, but for the amount of time you put into it, it sure disappears fast. My solution? FREEZING. Freezing is an excellent way to preserve your peaches with minimal nutritional and flavor loss. I prefer to peel my peaches, but you don’t even have to. All you have to do is wash, cut, peel if preferred, and lay them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Pop the peaches in the freezer for an hour or two, then transfer to a freezer bag, and you’re done! I mostly use these frozen peaches for smoothies (my favorite is frozen fruit, Red Barn apple juice, and a handful of spinach) but I wanted to share two other quick and delicious ways to use those frozen peaches. I promise it will please the masses!

Peach Frozen Yogurt

5-Minute Healthy Peach Frozen Yogurt

Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 5 min
Ingredients:

1 (16-oz.) bag frozen peaches or 4 cups fresh peaches, frozen solid
3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or whole)
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Add the frozen peaches, agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.

Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Photo and recipe from: Just a Taste

Peach Lemonade

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS
1-pound frozen peaches
12-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate
36 ounces water (fill the lemonade cup up three times)

INSTRUCTIONS
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth
Serve over ice
**Can also be made into a slush. Add ice to blender and only 1 can of water would be needed.

If you like a little fizz, you can also add 1/2 cup Sprite.

Photo and adapted recipe from: The Cookie Rookie

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