Natural Strawberry Frosting (no dyes, artificial colors, or artificial flavor)

‘Tis the season for cookies, and – although I didn’t grow up making or eating them – iced/frosted sugar cookies are a popular choice; too bad most frostings are laden with sugar and artificial ingredients.

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Well, I have a healthier alternative for you, and it starts with freeze dried fruit! For this recipe, I used Crunchies freeze dried strawberries, but you could use any fruit variety that you like (and Crunchies has a ton!).

What we’re doing is making freeze dried fruit powder, and it couldn’t be simper. Just toss the contents of a bag into a food processor or high-speed blender, and process/blend until the freeze dried fruit breaks down into a fine powder.

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Then you mix the fruit powder with softened cream cheese – and just a fraction of the powdered sugar called for in most frosting recipes – and you have a gorgeously-hued, extremely flavorful, healthier frosting! Everyone in our house sampled the frosting, and it received rave reviews… even from our resident three year old (almost 4 year old!) frosting connoisseur, Lily.

I do need to tell you that this frosting is best when used and consumed right away. It’s much easier to spread and/or pipe, and the texture stays light and fluffy, when it is still soft. When refrigerated, the frosting firms up and – although still delicious when eaten with a spoon (!!!) – proves to be difficult to use to frost cupcakes or ice cookies.

My favorite thing about this frosting (other than how easy and healthy it is) is its incredible strawberry flavor. Instead of an overly sweet frosting that tastes kinda sorta like strawberries, this frosting taste like perfectly sweet ripe summer strawberries.

I can’t wait to try another Crunchies freeze dried fruit next time!

*Disclaimer: I was provided free product in exchange for this post. All my opinions are my own.

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Natural Strawberry Frosting (no dyes, artificial colors, or artificial flavors)

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (1.2 oz) bag freeze dried strawberries (such as Crunchies)
  • 8 oz neufchâtel (1/3-less-fat) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Pour the freeze dried strawberries into a food processor or high-speed blender and process/blend until a fine powder forms. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed until well-combined.

Add in the vanilla extract and freeze dried strawberry powder and beat on medium speed until smooth.

Use immediately to frost cupcakes or to ice cookies. Best when eaten right away.

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