Oven dried orange slices. Slightly sweetened oven dried orange slices sprinkled with spices and coconut sugar. Paleo and Vegan friendly! Great with cocktails, garnishing, or adding to cereals. Easy to make with a few healthy ingredients.
Every time I see an orange I think of my dad. My mom often reminds me of the story of how strange she thought he was when they first met. He just so happened to be eating an orange. Not orange slices, an orange. Meaning he ate the whole orange peel and all! Now that is a first impression!
Well, today is similar but different. I’m making oven dried orange slices (with peel on) and thinking of my dad. But hopefully, these oven dried orange slices will leave you with a better first impression than that of my mom’s. Besides, my orange slices are extra sweet. Wink Wink!
Are you smiling yet? I’m going to assume yes. Okay, let’s talk oranges. Mmmm k?
You see, ever since I started dehydrating vegetables and fruits into “fruit snacks and veggie chips,” I’ve been hooked on testing out more. But I also realize that not everyone has 8 hours to wait and dehydrate food or even a dehydrator to begin with.
Side note: I need to write a post about way to use a dehydrator. –> REMIND ME! I use this trusty dehydrator!
Back to my point. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can STILL oven dry fruits and vegetables and STILL save money.
The key to making oven dried fruits is to find really FLAVORFUL or tart fruits and then lightly sweeten them. Today’s oven dried orange slices are no ordinary orange slices. They are BLOOD orange slices. Which, to me, stand out even more with tartness and sweetness, don’t you think? Also, they usually are naturally pitted so that saves a TON Of time in kitchen when preparing these.
All you need to do is sprinkle them with coconut sugar or brown sugar, add a touch of spice (like cinnamon and/or ginger), then dry/bake for a few hours at a low temperature.
Lightly Sweetened Oven Dried Orange Slices
- 2 large blood oranges or regular oranges (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- dash of ginger and sea salt
- Preheat oven to 200F
- Wash and dry oranges and cut very very thin if possible. Lay them flat on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix your spices and sugar.
- Sprinkle evenly over orange slices.
- Oven dry at 200F for 2 1/2 to 3hrs. If you sliced your oranges thicker they will take longer.
- Add more spices/sugar once dried if desired.
- Store in cool dry place. Ziplock works great!
NOTES for EATING –> to make sure the rinds don’t taste bitter, cut EXTRA thin and add sugar and/or spice to edges before baking
They are heavenly! And probably the easiest trick in the book when it comes to trying to be “Martha.” — > or Martha-esque.
After you sweetened and oven dried your orange slices, you can use them as a garnish for meals or fun cocktails! Or you can do what I did and mixed them in with muesli. And yes, you can eat the peel! I promise. It’s not odd, or maybe I am just being my father daughter. Haha.
How pretty does that look? Regardless of this presentation, my key point here is this.
Don’t underestimate the power of making your own food. You can pretty much make anything healthier these days and save a buck or two while you’re at it. All you need are a few tweaks with a few ingredients and you’re good to go!
Ever tried oven dried oranges or other fruits?
P.S. Was anybody else obsessed with the real orange slice candies growing up? Um, I was! In fact, every Christmas and Easter my mom would buy us a bag of our own as “treats”. Goodness, talk about a sugar rush. Thank goodness you can eat a bag of these orange slices and not get that same candy rush, amen?!
There must be something about oranges that runs in our family. I will do my best to keep it going.