Vegetarian Quesadillas

These vegetarian quesadillas are the perfect 30-minute stew or midday recipe. Filled with sweet potatoes, black …

Nutritional snack bars are a popular consumer product - meeting the growing need for healthy snacks on the go. For manufacturers, improved dietary components such as no added sugar and high fruit and fiber content increase the lid and variety of snack bars on the market. But formulators face difficulties with fruits that are difficult to obtain, and with fruit formats that put restrictions. Usually, the requirement for high quality fruit filling ingredients cannot be matched with bake stability and low water activity, and manufacturers have had to take imitations and / or artificial products.

Fortunately today, the URC range of pieces and pastas provides grain bar manufacturers with a versatile and robust way to add real fruits to their products in a wide selection of fruit and flavor mixes. The unique formulation and design can provide one full serving of fruit per serving, as well as meeting the needs of manufacturing functionality for back stability and low water activity.

Baking stable fruit bar fillings has enhanced the integrity during the heat and will not boil up from the end of the bar during baking, preventing burning or caramelizing problems. Water activity levels below 0.65 ensure minimal moisture transfer to prevent spoilage and increase shelf stability. URC fruit filling pastes are a convenient alternative when superior fruit flavors and fruit content claims are critical.

Fillings of fruit bars are made via a proprietary Ultra Rapid Concentration process that reduces raw fruit materials to less than 10% moisture in less than 60 seconds. This means that the fruit ingredients experience minimal residence time and the quick cooling process preserves the fruit's taste, color and goodness - of course. Unlike freezer, saucer or sun-dried fruit, the structure remains soft and delicious - without using artificial additives or preservatives. Easy to use and available in pumpable drums. Ultra Rapid Concentration creates a new way to include real fruit toppings in snacks and baked bars.

URC fruit bar fillings can be used as a soft fruit center in a baked bar, as a paste to create a visible fruit layer, or as blend paste in shaped bars to reduce added sugar content and provide cleaner ingredient lists.