Crock pot hot fruit salad is warm, full of cinnamon flavor and cooks in the crock pot. This fruit salad recipe can be made anytime of the year as it uses canned fruit so in season fruit is not required! Fully adaptable, you'll find this fruit salad to be a family favorite. Top it with ice cream if you want to!
A fruit salad with a twist is what I would call this Crock Pot Hot Fruit Salad recipe. Instead of a typical fruit salad recipe, like this Poppy Seed Fruit Salad, where you would serve it cold, this fruit salad is served warm.
It is delicious, too. Warm, flavorful fruit simmering in a crock pot on low for several hours all the while making your home smell like cinnamon.
What is not to like?!?
Usually fresh fruit is best for fruit salads, but I challenge that canned fruit is the way to go for this dish. The flavor is best if you use part of the juices from the cans to have the fruit simmer in.
If you use fresh fruit, the juice will be limited. Also, that is why this recipe is so great for the winter time when fresh fruit isn't as available. It can be made anytime of the year, even in the winter!
There are several variations of this hot fruit salad. Blueberries you have frozen would be good, but be mindful the fruit will be mostly blue. Pineapple is also a good option or canned fruit cocktail.
But wait! I thought I said, no fresh fruit. If the majority of the fruit in this salad is from a can and you want to add fresh blueberries or you happen to have fresh pineapple, that is fine. Most of the fruit in this salad should be canned for it to work right.
Should I use fruit in their own juices or heavy syrup?
I always buy fruit in their own juices. I don't want the added sugar. If you don't use the heavy syrup, this recipe is all natural sugar and no added sugar. You can certainly use whatever you can find in the stores (such as the cherries are rather hard to find in natural juices).
Just be mindful that the sugar content will vary greatly depending on what syrup the fruit is in.
Honey verses sugar
It is completely up to you what type, if any, sugar you want to add to the crock pot hot fruit salad. Some add brown sugar which is quite good. I want to limit my sugar intake so I add honey.
Honey has sugar, but it is a natural sugar. There are so many ways honey is good for you too.
All the spices
Cinnamon is the most obvious choice for this recipe. I add cinnamon to most dishes (not savory ones usually) and it is a favorite of mine. However, a little cloves or nutmeg would be great as well. Especially at Christmastime.
To make this fruit dish, it couldn't be more simple. Drain the canned fruit halfway and add it to the crock pot. I like using my smaller crock pot for this but any size will do.
Next, add butter, honey (or brown sugar) and cinnamon. Then cover and let cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring at least once. If you aren't home and can't stir it, it will be fine. Just give it a stir when you get home.
Yes! It is great plain, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.
Yes you can! It doubles or triples well. The cook time would remain about the same. You will need to stir it at least twice while cooking.
To store this, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The leftovers need to be refrigerated then to reheat, place in a microwave safe dish and reheat for 45 seconds, then stir. Repeat at 30 second intervals until desired temperature.
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Crock Pot Hot Fruit Salad
- 15 oz dark sweet cherries canned
- 30 oz peaches canned, in own juice
- 15.25 oz pears canned, in own juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon heaping
- 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons margarine or butter
- Drain ½ the juices from the canned fruit. I just use the lid of the canned fruit and drain about half of the liquid out.
- Add fruit to the crock pot.
- Add cinnamon, butter and honey. No need to stir.
- Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring after 2 hours.
- Serve while warm in heat proof bowls or cups. Can be served with ice cream on top or plain.
- You can use brown sugar in place of the honey if desired. Please note the sugar intake will be different if you do.
- In addition to cinnamon, you can also add ¼ teaspoon of cloves and nutmeg if desired.