Dried peach chews as named by the recipe on the Whole Foods website, provide an intense peach flavor and would be great as a lunch box dessert, after school snack or a sweet bite after dinner. Most of the food I share on this blog relates to desserts or baking of some type. Usually butter is involved and sugar and other ingredients that make food taste good but might not top the charts of the healthiest foods. And I am ok with that– this is not a health food blog nor do I suggest that you eat only desserts all of the time. Moderation is key for most things in life and sugary desserts are no different. Every now and then it is nice to find alternatives that still satisfy my sweet tooth but that sway to the healthier side of the scale. Fruits are an easy way to find this balance; you are still consuming sugar, don’t get me wrong, but there is no added sugar.
Making these fruit chews with local produce is an added bonus. Here in Colorado we are lucky to have fresh Palisade peaches now through early September. The season is quick and is not to be missed. These juicy, sweet peaches have found a home in the mountains where hot days and cool nights seem to be ideal growing conditions. There is even a Peach Festival coming up this weekend which I must make plans to attend some year. What is the local specialty at your Whole Foods this month?
Baking these fruit chews is easy. You’ll need to turn your oven on a low temperature and then bake them slowly for a few hours. This method serves a similar purpose to a food dehydrator. First cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Use a mandoline or a sharp knife to make even slices. Next you’ll soak the peaches in a lemon juice and water bath for about ten minutes before you pat them dry and lay the slices on a baking sheet. Use baking spray so that the slices do not stick. After 3 hours your fruit slices will be dried and chewy. Click here for the full description on the Whole Foods site.
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Please note that I participate in the Whole Foods Ambassador Program. The food for this post was provided to me at no charge and all opinions are my own.