Funky Monkey Freeze-Dried Fruit Snacks

Easily take your fruit wherever you go with Funky Monkey snacks.

Funky Monkey snacks - freeze-dried fruit
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Funky Monkey snacks are a convenient, portable way to add fruit to your family's diet. These snacks come in six flavors and are made from freeze-dried, organic fruit only (plus cinnamon, in some flavors). So they are full of fruit's vitamins but free of gluten, wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and other common allergens.

These fruit snacks contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. And they're kosher, vegan, raw, and GMO-free, in case any of those are important for you.

The six flavors are apple with cinnamon, banana with cinnamon, banana pineapple papaya apple, mango with orange juice, pineapple with guava, and pineapple with lime. Buy from Amazon


  • Three servings of fruit in one single-size, one-ounce serving package
  • Kid-pleasing flavor combinations
  • Ingredients you recognize: No added sugar, preservatives, coloring or flavoring
  • Large pieces of fruit that don't crush in the package
  • Freeze-drying process preserves taste, nutrients, and crunch


  • More expensive than whole fresh fruit ($1 to $2 per package)
  • Fruit is naturally high in sugar, and so these snacks are too
  • Single-serve packaging means more waste

Funky Monkey Snacks - Review

Happily, my children are pleased to eat fruit almost any time. But I admit there are times I turn to other grab-and-go snacks. While it's easy to wash an apple and throw it in a lunch bag, many other fruits don't travel well, or require advance prep: washing, peeling, cutting, and so on.

(And when a child is missing a few front teeth or is sporting an orthodontic appliance, forget about that whole apple!) Dried fruits can be a tasty alternative, but they are sticky and cling tenaciously to kids' teeth—and those orthodontic appliances too.

Another option is freeze-dried fruit. Freeze-drying removes water and oxygen from fruits, leaving flavor and nutrients intact.

You're left with crunchy, tasty, ready-to-eat, portable fruit pieces, and no need to add sugar, flavors, or colors.

My family and I tested Funky Monkey Snacks, freeze-dried fruits that come in flavor combos ranging from familiar (apple with cinnamon) to fairly exotic ("Carnaval Mix": banana, pineapple, apple, and papaya). We enjoyed them plain, although you could also try them with cereal or to top your yogurt.

The verdict: Delicious. While my kids (ages 5 and 8) didn't care for every flavor, I didn't even get to sample all of them because my children gobbled them up so fast. It's nice to find a kid-friendly, portable snack choice that doesn't include any questionable ingredients—just fruit, fruit juice, and cinnamon, depending on the flavor. Funky Monkey snacks are also a good option for families with food allergies, because the snacks are free of the 8 most common allergens, and are made on dedicated equipment so there is no cross-contamination.

The single-serving foil pouches are very lightweight. They allow for portion control and convenience, not to mention sibling harmony. However, the trade-off is cost as well as increased waste.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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