As families grow and life stages evolve, so do the meal habits of today’s consumers. It’s no secret that portability and snackability are a growing trend while the traditional three square meals a day mentality is slowly losing steam. People are eating whenever and wherever, so brands are jumping at the opportunity to meet this demand. In the breakfast category, morning and energy bars, sandwiches, mixes, and ready-to-eat meals are driving forces in this convenience-centric trend.

Here at Mercer Foods, our freeze-dried foods successfully integrate with recipes to deliver unique breakfast offerings. Freeze-dried food leaves more nutrients intact in fruits and vegetables than any other preservation method while maintaining flavor and color.

Our custom services allow for unbridled creativity. If you want to create a kale-oatmeal-acai breakfast mix, we will help you get there.

Let’s take a look at how our freeze-dried foods work well in breakfast products while adding flavor and interest to your everyday or seasonal assortment.

Vegetables for breakfast

Freeze-dried corn is an excellent addition to corn muffins and savory morning starters. A corn meal mix with freeze-dried corn and blueberries brings artisan flavor to the breakfast table in the form of pancakes, muffins, and even waffles.

Often overlooked, freeze-dried sweet potatoes can be integrated into pancakes and baked foods. Whether used in chunks or slices, or ground to a powder, not only do they provide a sweet root vegetable taste, the color is vibrant and irresistible. With the farm-to-table trend here to stay, a sweet potato and apple dry mix utilizing freeze-dried ingredients for pancakes and waffles could easily emulate a fresh-from-the garden morning meal.

For camping, backpacking, or anytime an MRE is desired, using freeze-dried spices and vegetables such as peppers, potatoes, and corn, can cut down on weight and waste while still providing flavor and variety in egg dishes and other savory options.

 Sweet potato pancakes from a mix.

Using freeze-dried vegetables in breakfast foods adds nutrition and variety.

Fruit in the morning

Fruit is ubiquitous with breakfast and freeze-dried selections are no exception. While the traditional freeze-dried bananas, strawberries, and blueberries integrate into almost any meal, more exotic fruits can ignite the morning meal with zest and flavor.

Freeze-dried peaches enhance cereals and scone mixes as an elevated choice for many busy households. As fresh peaches have such a short availability window, freeze-dried peaches provide just-picked flavor in a shelf-stable application — even in the middle of winter!

Fresh pineapple can be tricky to work with, but the freeze-dried version is a winner for breakfast. For instance, pineapple bran muffin and pancake mixes are unexpected, with easy flavor profiles that can take a landlocked breakfast table to a tropical brunch in moments.

Muffins made with freeze-dried fruit.

Freeze-dried fruit makes muffins easy in the morning.

Smooth(ie) moves

The smoothie movement is going full steam ahead with consumers using the blended food for meal replacements and hearty snacks. Packaged smoothie mixes and starters remove the labor of food prep for the customer, making it easy and fast to pour, enhance, press, mix, and enjoy.

One of the best features of freeze-dried foods is the versatility. Smoothie mixes take advantage of that. How else could you keep vegetables, fruits, and even protein like milk or soy milk together and shelf stable with no spoilage? On-the-go smoothie starters are also a great grab-and-go snack to keep in a bag, at the office, or in the car.

Smoothies made with freeze-dried food.

Freeze-dried ingredients make smoothies pop.

Freeze-dried foods have so many uses and applications, the possibilities are endless. If you are ready to integrate freeze-dried foods into breakfast products, reach out and connect with us or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.