I prefer to peel my apples and pears prior to dehydrating them for a softer (more kid and tooth friendly) treat. Until 2 years ago I dreaded the pile of unused and nutrient dense peels, but then I came across a brilliant idea on the internet for apple dirt! Rather than throwing out your apple (and pear) peels, dry them along with the apple slices and then blend them for a natural sweetener full of vitamins and fiber. My two year old daughter will attest that this, combined with thawed frozen berries and almonds, is the perfect match for hot cooked oatmeal. Make sure to store unused apple dirt in an airtight container preferably in the freezer.
|Step 1: Dry the peels until crisp|
|Step 2: Blend until crumbly|