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High Energy Breakfast Fruit Chews

Today, I'm spending the day with my family at Capitol Reef, Utah.  Utah is know for having the most amazing slot canyons.  Millions of years of moving water has eroded rocks, creating large walls on either side of its path.  Walking through slot canyons is the best kind of hiking for kids because the terrain is generally flat, and the walls are filled with amazing colors and formations.  Here is a slot canyon we found last summer near Kodachrome:

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So, today we are exploring Capitol Reef for the first time.  Capitol Reef has two things I love- the slot canyons and a fruit orchard with trees that are over 100 years old. Right now the peaches are ready to pick, so we're headed there first! Rumor has it that you can also buy some fresh peach pie from a little shop inside the park! Mmmmm..  

I start the post this way for two reasons- 

  1. We dry food to make it easy to take on long day excursions.
  2. And, we dry food to preserve fruits, vegetables, and herbs we pick from a garden, or that we can find at good prices!

So, this week we are chatting about drying food!  Follow us over on facebook with the hashtag #dryproduce and we'll be rounding up all sorts of great ideas.

and I'm starting with a recipe we have been making from my favorite dehydrating book, Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook.  She calls them breakfast cookies, however if I try to call them breakfast cookies, the kids would be quite disappointed (expecting one thing and getting quite another). So, we call them High Energy Breakfast Chews- which is exactly what they are!

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 This recipe was simple.  We used

  • 1 cup fruit (we used mango!)
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Toppings of your choice- including chia seeds, millet, coconut, flax seeds- ANYTHING!

Blend in a blender. Drop by spoonful onto parchment paper or a silicone mat.  Top with a variety of toppings (this is where the kids can get creative and put what they want on their own chews). Place in dehydrator or low temperature oven until dried.

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The taste: Because of the orange juice they are a bit tangy.  The texture is like a fruit snack- more rubbery than dry like fruit leather.   We love the addition of chia seeds because it adds a component of fiber, protein, and fat!  

We have a bag of these for our trip today.  You can take these on the go if you miss breakfast. Or even send these to school in a lunch box.

Let us know if you try them and especially if you choose another fruit!

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Amazon Links for products Used:

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Mary Bells Complete Dehydrating Book

Silicone Mats

High Energy Breakfast Fruit Chews


Instructions

  • 1 cup mango pieces
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend until smooth.  Spoon out onto a silicone mat or parchment lined cookie sheet. Top with:

  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut
  • millet
  • flax seeds, etc.

Place mat into dehydrator and dry at 140 degrees for about 4 hours. Flip each "cookie", and dry for about 2 more hours.  

If you are drying in an oven, set at the lowest degree your oven can go (170 for most).  Cook for about 3-4 hours.  Flip if the tops are dry, and leave in for 3-4 more hours.

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Comments

Rachel
09/01/2014 8:02am
We have a milk allergy. What else could I use to replace the powdered milk?
Rachel
09/01/2014 8:03am
We have a milk allergy. What else could I use to replace the powdered milk?
Lisa
09/01/2014 8:28am
Wish I had a dehydrator! How big are those and what's the price tag? Unfortunately I don't have much room, but these sound like treats my kids would eat!
09/02/2014 5:06pm
Hi Lisa- you can get them for as little as $40!
Michele
09/01/2014 9:05am
Any suggestions for making these dairy free?
09/02/2014 5:05pm
Yes, try coconut milk powder! I saw some on Amazon @Michele & @Rachel
vidhi
09/01/2014 12:20pm
Can dis be done in a microwave with convection mode. . If yes at wat temp?? Can I add dry fruits as toppings.. do these need to be kept in the fridge or outside at room temp in air tight container. . Wats the shelf life??
09/02/2014 5:21pm
I'm not familiar with a convection mode on a microwave oven @vidhi. You can add dry fruit toppings. We keep these at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.
susan
09/02/2014 11:33pm
How long in the food dehydrator?
09/09/2014 7:46am
4 hours, then flip and two more- total 6

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