For those who need to gain weight, adding high-calorie fruit is a healthy way to go, as it also provides much-needed vitamins and minerals. Fruit can also be combined with other ingredients into milkshakes, smoothies, baked goods or other recipes to further increase the calorie total. Eat the most fattening varieties, and you can reach your goal quickly.
Avocados are actually fruits, not vegetables. They have the highest number of calories of any fruit — approximately 400 calories per medium avocado, with a high fat content. They also contain nearly 20 vitamins. Avocados can be made into guacamole and eaten with tortilla chips to increase the calorie intake even further, or they can be added to salads, a BLT, a hamburger or even a pineapple smoothie.
Bananas make delicious smoothies but are equally tasty all by themselves. Elvis Presley loved to eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches — a high-calorie treat. They also provide the essential base for a banana split, which is then topped with your favorite ice cream and chocolate sauce. If you enjoy baking, they can be made into banana bread, banana muffins or a banana cream pie. One medium banana has 105 calories.
Dates & Figs
Dates can also be helpful for gaining weight. Five dates equal 114 calories and can be eaten by the handful. Their close cousins, figs, have 111 calories in only three pieces, but they are somewhat larger. Both can be eaten as is or made into date nut bars or fig preserves.
Persimmons were known as the “fruits of the gods” in ancient Greece. They are bright orange and have a highly sweet apricot flavor with a jelly-like texture inside. They must be fully ripe to be eaten because when green they are too bitter. One persimmon has 118 calories and is high in vitamins, especially vitamins A and C.
Just ½ cup of raisins, either golden or seedless, contains 218 calories. Have them available as frequent between-meal snacks, make them into oatmeal raisin cookies, or make old-fashioned raisin bread pudding to add to the calorie count.
There are 245 calories in 100 g of dried pineapple — approximately 69 calories per piece. They make a great snack, especially when combined into a trail mix with raisins and nuts.