SAVE YOUR ORANGE PEELS: How to “Candied Orange Peels”

candiedorangeslicesYou know those orange slices candies, the bagged ones that are bright orange and are sugar covered? These are the homemade, less awful for you version of those.
These are yes, covered in sugar. But not as bad for you as bagged candy and fun to create!
I used the granule kind, unbleached minimally processed.
First try to get the pith off as much as you can, the white part inside the peel. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Toss the rinds into a pot of boiling water and boil down for about 30-45 minutes on rolling boil.
On another burner have a pot with 3 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water coming to a boil.
After the rinds are nice and soggy from the boiling water, strain and toss them into some ice water! This helps avoid the bitterness taste of the peel.
I let these simmer in the sugar/water with a lid for about 30-40 minutes again.
Remove, let cool, and roll in sugar granules.
You can now lay these on a tray to dry further, eat them now all gummy like and sticky gooey (yum), OR do like I did and pop them in a dehydrator at 100 degrees for about 3 hours.
These are good for avoiding bagged candy cravings, and to top ice-cream.
THOUGHT: I figured these would be fun to save and use on desserts as garnish sometime, maybe even grated as a sugary orange zest!

Let me know how you like these and how you change up the recipe if you do!

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RAW FOOD GOODIES!

carobdippedfruit cheezeekale fruitrollhowto rawchesscake rawpumpkinpie

(carob dipped strawberries and bananas, pumpkin pie, avocado-coconut- lime cheesecake with raspberry sauce, fruit roll ups, cheezee kale chips)

Above I have just a few of the pictures I took from my Raw Food journey. I Really enjoyed making these, they weren’t hard at all and if you’re interested in making raw treats or foods, go for it! I am telling you, it’s really not that hard once you accumulate the basics of the raw food diet in your pantry or fridge.

Here’s what I ended up using most often:

Bananas

dates

virgin, unrefined coconut oil (organic)

nuts (pecans, cashews,walnuts)

maple syrup, agave, raw honey (all of which are very taboo in the Raw Food world about whether they are truly raw)

coconut flakes

avacados

oats

Now as you can see from my list, a lot of these fall under the high fat or high sugar category. It’s fine in moderation. The key is to make these things that taste like other bad things, but with whole ingredients. If you were going to eat a candy bar, a RAW version of that is definitely healthier and there will be some benefits nutritionally. So yeah it’s fattening to have a raw chocolate tart with a nut butter in it, but it’s not full of partially-hydrogenated oils, white sugar, animal by products, etc. You can customize this to your liking and that’s what I found so intriguing and down right fun! It’s also VERY CHALLENGING sometimes, which was fun for me but some people just find it frustrating.

Here are a list of some sites I’d visit regularly to spark ideas or grab recipes from. I even started coming up with my own after awhile. These people work very hard and are truly an inspiration in my life:

http://www.sweetlyraw.com/

http://rawdorable.blogspot.com/

http://ohsheglows.com/

Be sure to check them out for fun and creative ways to eat well and still have tasty treats 😉

 

https://www.facebook.com/supernaturalegal   I post recipes and green living tips as well on my Facebook so join me as well!

 

So as you can see, it’s a little challenging but can give you some really neat results just by having a little patience and the willingness to create.