8/25/25 ChefElla's Fresh Fruit with Fruit Dip

While lunchtime at school is fun, it seems like you barely have enough time to eat your whole lunch.  With so little time at lunch, trying to eat a whole apple, banana, or orange can really slow you down.  The answer, cut fruit, but apples and pears brown so quickly after they are cut, and who wants to eat a banana or orange every day?  In my recipe for fresh fruit I will give you the secret to keeping apples and pears from turning brown, and even give you my secret fruit dip recipe to make you want to finish every last piece in your lunch.  Enjoy your lunch and have a great school year.

Wash your hands.

For this recipe you will need a stand or hand mixer, measuring cups and spoons, a rubber spatula, a knife, a cutting board, and a medium bowl.

If you are not allowed to use a knife or the mixer by yourself you can ask an adult to help.

ChefElla’s Fresh Fruit with Fruit Dip (Yield 2 Cups of Dip)

8 oz.         Cream Cheese, Light

6 oz.         Vanilla Yogurt

1 Cup         Powdered Sugar

½ tsp         Vanilla

Soaking Water

1 Cup         Water

1 Tbl          Lemon Juice

Fruit Options:

Sliced Apples, Pears, Bananas, Strawberries, Raspberries, Sliced Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Oranges, Grapes, or your favorite fruit.

Make sure you wash your fruit under running water before you cut it up for your lunch.

To prepare the apples or pears ahead of time:

1.     Mix water and lemon juice in a medium sized bowl.  The lemon water will keep the fruit from browning.

2.     Using a melon baller scoop out the stem and bottom of the fruit.  Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the seeds.

3.     Put the fruit on your cutting board flat side down.  Cut the halves into slices or wedges.  Let the fruit sit in the liquid for at least 20 minutes to keep it from browning.  Drain and put fruit into a serving container.  If you are making the fruit the night before let the fruit sit in the lemon water overnight, drain in the morning before school and put fruit into a serving container.

To prepare the Fruit Dip:

1.     Add cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla in your mixing bowl.

2.     Put the mixing bowl on the stand mixer, and mix on low speed until the powdered sugar is mixed into the wet ingredients.  When the powdered sugar is blended.  Mix on high speed for 30 -45 seconds.  Remove the mixing bowl from the stand.

3.     Scrape all of the ingredients together in the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure all of the ingredients are blended well.  Scrape the fruit dip into a bowl, cover, and store in the refrigerator. 

4.     Pack cut fruit and a small container of the fruit dip in your lunch.

You can also try other flavors in your fruit dip like almond extract instead of vanilla.  Try some orange or lemon juice, or you can even try some pureed strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries in your dip.

Enjoy,

ChefElla

Ella’s helpers can help in the kitchen by:

Scooping out the ends of the apples and bananas.

Washing the fruit.

Measuring out the ingredients.

Adding the ingredients to the bowl.

Measuring and mixing the soaking water.