Dried Pear and Apple Chips : a great simple little noshPosted by November 25, 2017
Try a great substitute for crackers or an addition to the cheese and cracker party: oven dried fruit. Low in calorie, non fat, no added sugar. Pears especially are abundant this time of year and with apples, make a healthy and really delicious addition with cheese or nut butters, added to cereal or a quick snack as is.
Realize by drying there are concentrated sugars naturally in the fruit, so even though they shrink and seem innocent to eat a lot (they are delicious) ..the serving of 5 slices of apple or pear is still a 1 1/2 carbohydrate exchange for Diabetics (25 grams) .
This recipe is a throw in the oven and forget it. Set the timer for 1 1/2 hours and then turn them over for another 1 hour approx. No mixer, no multiple ingredients, no stirring and NO mess! The fruit becomes sweet without the added sugar and may take only 1 hour on each side.
5 slices of dried apple:
80 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrate per serving and oven dried.
4- 5 slices of Pear 92 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrate per serving.
2 apples sliced crosswise ( Pink Lady, Braeburn, Golden Delicious)
2 Bosc pears sliced lengthwise
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2 tablespoons of coconut or granulated sugar (optional and will raise calorie count.)
Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, slice pears lengthwise and apples sliced crosswise into thin 1/4 inch slices. Remove the seeds. Lightly coat in granulated sugar or coconut sugar (optional). Place on parchment lined cookies sheets and bake for 1 to 1/2 hours and flip over for another 1 hour . Fruit should be golden and slightly crisp. Remove from the oven. Will continue to crisp. Cool on wire racks for several hours and can be stored in a plastic container 4-5 days.