Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy
I’m sure you are trying to wrap your head around the idea of red and orange bell peppers being candy. They aren’t EXACTLY candy but they are very candy-like.
Only 2 ingredients, sweet, crunchy, healthy, full of nutrients, paleo and gluten-free. Holla!
I use red and orange bell peppers because they are naturally sweeter than the green ones. I hardly ever eat the green ones, I just prefer the flavor of the red, yellow or orange peppers better.
Once again I used my most favorite of all kitchen appliances, my trusty dehydrator. I love this thing. I not only like it because I can make all natural snacks like my dried citrus slices, but if you are a “prepper” in any capacity, the opportunity to dry and store food is there too.
This tasty snack is not only easy but is:
- High in vitamin C and vitamin A
- Contains a significant amount of vitamin B6
- Good source of fiber
- Low Calorie
- Good source of lycopene (has been shown to lower risk of certain cancers)
- Has antioxidants
- Contain lutein (a phytonutrient that has been proven to have a protective benefit against macular degeneration)
Those are pretty impressive stats for a simple snack. That’s the way good food should be.
Because dehydrating is done at such a low temperature, the foods dried retain most of their nutrients whereas food heated at high temperatures tend to lose a lot of nutrients.
Such a simple recipe packed with nutritional value. I can easily eat 2 bell peppers in one snacking episode. That’s a lot of nutrition in a crunchy sweet treat. Now that’s MY kind of snack.
I only had 2 bell peppers to use but my dehydrator could have easily dried 6 which would have given me a lot more snack inventory. You can adjust the recipe very easily to make as much as you would like.
If you have a lot of little hands in the house, make as many as you can because they are addicting and they will go fast.
- 1 organic red bell pepper
- 1 organic orange bell pepper
- 3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
- Wash bell peppers and slice into strips about ⅓ to ¼ inch.
- Place sliced peppers in a dish and pour maple syrup over it. Massage syrup into pepper strips.
- Cover and marinate in fridge for a couple of hours.
- Place strips on dehydrator trays without them touching each other and set temperature to 125 degrees for 24 hours.
- Check on them after about 20 hours by taking one out and letting it cool to see how dry it is. They should be crunchy and brittle, enough that someone else can hear it when you eat it. If they are not dried enough, the moisture trapped inside can go rancid so you want to make sure they are good and dried.
- If they aren't all the way dried, continue drying for as long as necessary. Mine took the whole 24 hours.