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Dehydrators are so fun to use in the kitchen because you can dehydrate all your fruit that is going bad and use them for healthy snacks at home or on the road. Just slice your fruit evenly and lay on the sheets to dehydrate for 5-10 hours. You can also make some healthy sprouted almonds or homemade fruit rolls! If you weren’t the lucky winner of our dehydrator giveaway and still want to get a dehydrator, click here to see our favorite! (affil.)
Sprouted Seasoned Almonds
(Sprouting increases the digestibility & nutrition of the almond. It also makes them really light, crispy & airy)
- Raw Almonds
- Seasoning salt or Sea Salt
- Onion powder
- Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb (or any other seasoning desired)
- Rinse raw almonds (with filtered water if available). Cover with water until almonds are covered with an inch of extra water over top. Let them soak overnight. In the morning, rinse them well and drain them in a colander.
- Transfer them to a bowl. Lightly sprinkle seasoning salt & onion powder over them until lightly covered with seasonings. Place in dehydrator with mesh trays and dehydrate on low (around 105 degrees) all day until dry. (6-10 hrs.)
- If you don’t have a dehydrator, spread on stainless steel baking sheet and bake at no more than 150 degrees for 12-24 hours until completely dry. Store in an airtight container or mason jar.
Healthy Homemade Fruit Rolls
- 1 lb. strawberries (1 lb. per dehydrator sheet)
- 1 tsp. lime juice
- 5-10 drops of Stevia as a sweetener
- (You can also use a Tbsp. of sugar or honey if you would like)
- Coconut oil spray
- Lightly coat your dehydrator tray with oil to keep the fruit from sticking to the sheet.
- Blend strawberries with lime juice and sweetener.
- Once fruit is pureed pour it evenly onto your fruit tray.
- Spread the fruit evenly with your favorite spatula.
- Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees and dehydrate for 4-8 hours or until it is leathery and pliable. If you want it really crispy like a chip, keep drying.
- Remove from the sheets and roll in parchment paper or plastic wrap. If it doesn’t come off easily, then you need to let it keep drying. I sometimes lift it off and turn it over to dry the bottom if I got too much oil on it. You can also cut them into strips & store them in an air tight container.
Sliced Fruit Tips
- If slicing fruit such as strawberries, kiwis or bananas, I recommend using a mushroom slicer to cut them evenly so they will dry at the same rate. Egg slicers or strawberry slicers are ok, but they tend to break easier than the mushroom ones. The mushroom slicer is pretty heavy duty and you can use them for all your fruits. Click here to see the one we used on our Studio 5 segment. (affl.)
- When slicing fruit to dehydrate, you also want to either brush them with some lemon juice or spray them with a mixture of 1/4 part lemon juice to 3/4 part water. That will prevent them from browning as well as giving them a fresh taste. You can also soak them in a solution of the 1:4 lemon juice to water concentrate in a bowl for a couple minutes if you don’t have a spray bottle to spray them.
- Each fruit takes a different amount of time to dry so just check times online or start with about 5 hours and go from there checking them about every hour or so until they’re the texture you want. Dry them a little longer if you want them to be really crispy!
- Store them in an air-tight container. If they are still moist and soft (because that’s the way you like them), I might store them in the refrigerator so they don’t grow bacteria. The really dried fruits are fine just stored in a baggie on your pantry though. If your family is like mine, we really don’t keep dried fruit around too long because they gobble it right up!!