15 fresh ideas for leftover fruit that will reduce your food waste

jars of colorful jams on a wood ledge

With 40 percent of America’s food going to the trash each
year, food waste has become a major factor in climate change,
because most of it ends up in landfills and then
releases methane
, a major greenhouse gas. If
you are looking for some creative ways to use the random leftover
fruit sitting in your kitchen, try some of these recipes.

We all have the best intentions when we make trips to the
grocery store, and the plan is never for the food to end up in the trash.
But many of us still find ourselves trying to figure out what to do
with food that is on the verge of spoiling, because life got in the
way and you didn’t have a chance to eat it. This is especially
true when it comes to fruit. You can make everything from healthy drinks to delicious
pies with your leftover fruit, so there is no reason for it to end
up in the trash ever again.

glasses of water infused with berries

Fruit-infused water

One of the best and easiest ways to use leftover fruit is to
infuse water with it.
You can use any kind of fruit you have sitting in the kitchen to
create all kinds of flavor combinations.

frozen fruit pops with raspberry and kiwi

Pure fruit ice pops

You can use your spoiling or overripe fruit to make ice pops or
fruit cubes with this recipe from Food
. The great thing about this idea is that you can
use any type of fruit, then add some frozen berries and puree it
all together before freezing.

Related: 8 of the best fruits and vegetables you can eat in their

candied orange peels on a rack

Candied orange peels

Make your very own orange candy with this recipe for candied
orange peels from Complete
. All you need is sugar, water and a few oranges, and
they take just an hour to make.

aerial view of purple smoothie near flowers and raspberries

Raspberry and pear smoothie

Don’t throw those ripe pears away! Instead, use them to make a
smoothie with this recipe from Neil’s
Healthy Meals
. Mix some yogurt, frozen raspberries, cranberry
juice and chopped pears together in a blender for this quick and
healthy breakfast
or snack.

jar of mango smoothie next to chopped mango

Mango orange banana sunrise smoothie

Do you have a mango, clementine and banana taking up space in
your kitchen? Then try this smoothie recipe from
Gimme Delicious
. Just add some yogurt and honey to your
fruit, and blend it
for a couple of minutes to get a delicious breakfast.

strawberry salad dressing in glass bottle next to salad

Creamy strawberry salad dressing

All you need are five ingredients to make this delicious, creamy
strawberry salad
dressing from
Montana Happy
. Salad and strawberries are a match made in
heaven, and a blender, some strawberries, raspberry vinegar, brown
sugar, olive oil and lemon juice will help you make it happen.

glass bowl of mixed berries

Berry fruit salad

If you have a bunch of
berries, then try this recipe from Gimme
Some Oven
and make a delicious fruit salad. This berry fruit
salad is quick and easy to make, and the honey, mint and lemon
juice give it a nice, refreshing taste.

Related: The Seasonal Food Guide helps you store, cook and enjoy
seasonal produce

small apple pie

Apple pie for one

Turn a lonely apple into a scrumptious dessert with this recipe
from One
Dish Kitchen
. You don’t need to bake an entire pie to use up
your leftover fruit, just try an apple pie for one.

peach and blackberry pie next to bowl of blackberries and peaches

Boozy peach-blackberry pie

Are you trying to figure out what do with your leftover peaches
and blackberries? Obviously, pie is the answer with this recipe
from My
Modern Cookery

glass jars of blueberry jam

Pressure cooker blueberry jam

Try making some homemade jam with leftover
blueberries by using this recipe from Simply
Happy Foodie
. Not only does it taste better than store-bought
jam, but it’s also cheaper.

glass jars of plum jam

Plum jam

Need to use up some plums before they go bad? Try making some
plum jam with this recipe from A Baker’s House. You
won’t usually find plum jam in stores, so making your own at home
will be a sweet treat that you can add to vanilla ice cream or as a
compliment to pork. Of course, it is also fantastic on a piece of

cheesecake topped with berry sauce and fresh berries

Mixed-berry dessert sauce

Give your pound cake, cheesecake or ice cream a little kick with
this mixed-berry dessert sauce recipe from
The Spruce Eats
. This is a great way to use up leftover
raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.

loaf of banana bread on a wood board

Banana bread

One of the best ways to use up ripe bananas is to make banana
bread. This recipe from Tastes
Better From Scratch
takes just a handful of ingredients and
about an hour to bake.

Related: 12 delicious and crowd-pleasing vegan brunch ideas

apple cinnamon bread with icing on a wood board

Apple cinnamon bread

All you need is one apple for this recipe from
The Happier Homemaker
. Just peel and finely chop the apple
before adding some cinnamon, sugar and a few other pantry staples.
In about an hour, you will have delicious apple cinnamon bread.

slices of fruit bread on white background

Leftover fruit bread

This is a great recipe for ripe bananas
and peaches, plus a few blueberries. It comes from
The Food Network
, and you can opt to bake an entire loaf or
make muffins. Either way, it will be delicious.

Next time you are thinking about throwing out some leftover
fruit, try one of these simple recipes instead and know that you
are helping the environment by reducing your food waste.

Images via Shanna
, Silviarita (1,

), Jodi
Ponce Photography
Sabine van Erp
, Marke1996,
, Marco
and Shutterstock

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
15 fresh ideas for leftover fruit that will reduce your food waste