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. Continue reading “Maple Glazed Pear Chips”

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Banana Bread Chips

banana-chips1I had to call these “Banana Bread” chips, because calling them just “banana chips” would be doing them a disservice. I’ve had store-bought banana chips before and they were…ok, so I was totally amazed when I tried these and they tasted exactly like homemade banana bread with lemon glaze.

These are easy to make, there’s no sugar required and they vanish with shocking speed. 😀  I meant to bring some to work to get other people’s opinions… but they just didn’t last that long. Apologies to my co-workers – you guys missed out. 😉

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.

 

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Homemade Pet Treats

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Insert theme music from “Jaws” here.

My Kitchen Helper will be 19 years old next month. He’s turning into a sleepy old grump… except when there’s food. For treats, he’ll climb any leg, jump onto any sofa or run down any hallway to tackle, kill and eat whatever kibble dared attempt to escape.

Last week I decided to make liver treats for the grump. He said thank you by climbing my leg, gnawing my fingers, purring loudly and making sure I was completely coated in fur. Hey, it’s March and still kinda cold, so the provider-of-food should be kept warm so she can keep providing food.

Although this was made for my cat, this is a good treat for dogs too. It’s also much cheaper than the “fancy” liver treats you buy in the store, and you know for sure what’s in it. I keep any extra in the freezer so they last forever. To make sure they smell like treats, I warm them up either with the microwave for 5 seconds or between my palms. Continue reading “Homemade Pet Treats”

Pineapple Coconut Gum Drops

2016-12-05x-pineapple-gum-dropsI’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with dried fruit lately.  I bought a dehydrator a while ago, and it’s been used almost every week making fruit leather, tomato powder, jalapeno powder and a lot of other not-so-common ingredients.  Lately, I’ve been playing with making healthy gum drops.  The secret I’ve found, is to make them big enough to be chewy, and to use non-stick silicon mats.

This recipe includes parsnips.  Yes, that’s a weird ingredient, especially with pineapple and coconut, but it adds a gentle sweetness and some bulk.  Pineapple on its own tends to dehydrate to crispy nothingness, but add some parsnips, yogurt and corn starch, and they’re wonderful.  Store in a jar in the fridge.

I won’t tell the picky eaters that they’re eating parsnips if you won’t! Continue reading “Pineapple Coconut Gum Drops”