Maple Glazed Pear Chips

pear-chipsI have a confession: I’m a snack-a-holic. I’m constantly looking for new tasty (and healthy) things to munch on and recently I’ve discovered fruit chips. They’re crispy, slightly sweet and completely customizable. For example, if you don’t have maple syrup, try agave or honey? Maybe a sprinkling of vanilla powder or cardamom?

I used a dehydrator to make these, but an oven on the lowest setting will work just as well. To keep things hassle free in the oven, use a silicon baking sheet or parchment paper.

Maple Glazed Pear Chips

A healthy, tasty alternative to potato chips.

Ingredients

  • a ripe pear
  • a little lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix 1 part lemon juice and 3 parts water. (You’ll be using this to prevent your pear from browning.)
  2. Thinly slice your pear. A mandolin slicer is perfect for this, but if you don’t have one, just slice the pear as thin as you can.
  3. Dunk the slices in the lemon water and place in your dehydrator or on a silicon baking sheet. Brush with maple syrup.  (or sprinkle vanilla powder, ground cardamom, etc…)
  4. Bake at 170 degrees F or dehydrate until crispy, about 3 hours, depending on how thinly you sliced the pear. If needed, flip over to make sure the underside is crispy as well.  Store in an airtight jar.

Per pear: Calories: 148, Fat: 0.2 g, Carbs: 36 g, Protein: 0.5 g, Fiber: 4.7 g

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