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)
Maple Pear Baked Oatmeal
Maple pear baked oatmeal. Because sometimes you just want something fancy for breakfast.
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Spray or brush a small ramekin with oil and set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
Transfer mixture to the ramekin and place in oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown and the middle is fully cooked.
Let cool for 5-7 minutes before eating (your mouth will thank you).
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 380
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 4.5g7%
- Saturated Fat 0.7g4%
- Sodium 203mg9%
- Potassium 561mg17%
- Total Carbohydrate 80.3g27%
- Dietary Fiber 11.4g46%
- Sugars 33g
- Protein 7.1g15%
* 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 (depending on oats), dairy free (depending on milk), nightshade free, soy free, egg free, and low salicylate. It is also vegetarian and vegan.