Oven dehydrated pears make for a nice snack or addition to salads if you’re hankering for something crunchy and sweet.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at dehydrating food for a while. The only problem is, I don’t have a dehydrator. I kind of figured it would be too hard to do in the oven or wouldn’t really work because the temperature couldn’t get low enough. Thankfully I was wrong because investing in another kitchen appliance is just NOT something I want to do.
My first go at dehydrating food was pear chips. As usual, I had a bunch of pears waiting to be used up and figured now was as good a time as any. So after I peeled them, I got out my mandolin slicer and protective glove (please please please use one when using a mandolin slicer to protect your fingers) and got to slicing. I then soaked the pears in cold water + citric acid to help them from browning too much.
I was able to get my oven to 170°F/76°C, so that was a fun surprise. At that temperature, the pears took around 3-4 hours to get to the point of crispiness I was looking for.
Two thoughts about the pear chips once they were done and I got to sample them:
- They were good not great. Not sure they are worth the effort and time it took to make them.
- They would probably be a nice treat for salad (reminiscent of my beloved Fuji Apple Chicken Salad from Panera)
Pear Oat Bars
Looking for a way to turn pears into something more … fun? These pear oat bars are a soft and sweet and a great way to fancy up our one and only fruity treat.
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease a 7 x 11 inch pan and set aside.
Combine shortening or butter and brown sugar and mix with a hand mixer on medium speed until fully incorporated. Add flour and baking soda and mix well. Stir in the oats and the water by hand. Press half of batter into the greased pan and set aside the rest.
In another bowl mix together the pears and 1/4 cup sugar. Spread the pears over the first layer of batter in pan. Top with remaining oat batter. Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into bars and serve.
Serving Size 1 bar
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 237kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 9.4g15%
- Saturated Fat 2.7g14%
- Sodium 56mg3%
- Total Carbohydrate 36g12%
- Dietary Fiber 2.3g10%
- Sugars 15.7g
- Protein 3.1g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
This recipe is FAILSAFE and RPAH Elimination Diet friendly. It is also gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free, soy free, and low salicylate.