Using Apple Peels
I prefer to peel my apples and pears prior to dehydrating them for a softer (more kid and tooth friendly) treat, but I hate to throw out the peels! Enter apple dirt. Rather than throwing out your peels*, dry them along with the apple slices and then pulse them in a blender until they resemble fine bread crumbs or "dirt". The end result is a natural sweetener full of vitamins and fiber. My two year old daughter agrees that this, combined with thawed frozen berries and almonds, is the perfect match for hot cooked oatmeal. I store left overs in an airtight container in the freezer.
* I typically only save Organic or lightly/never sprayed homegrown produce peels.
|Step 1: Dry the peels until crisp|
|Step 2: Pulse in blender until crumbly|