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Orange Julius Fruit Leather ~ Gourmet Edition ~

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The Power of Mesquite

Mesquite is of particularly great value to those looking to balance blood sugar levels. Mesquite flour adds a naturally sweet flavor to recipes, but its sugars are derived from fructose (which does not require insulin to digest and is readily metabolized).  Additionally, the flour is an excellent form of fiber – meeting almost a quarter of daily needs in just two tablespoons – which not only improves digestion but further benefits sugar metabolism. Mesquite also contains lysine (an amino acid), as well as notable quantities of digestible protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. As such a balanced food, it is easy to see why  Native American’s ancestors relied so heavily on mesquite as a staple form of delicious nourishment.

Mesquite flour is a very unique ingredient to add to recipes.  It carries a sweet, smoky flavor that is similar to carob, with caramel undertones.  Its rich taste and aroma pairs well with both vanilla and chocolate, and it lends a delightful maltiness when used in sweet treats.  It is an excellent addition to smoothies, and is fantastic when sprinkled into ice cream.  Exquisite malty chocolate can be concocted with this ingredient, and mesquite can also be used as an aromatic partial flour substitute. This is a wonderful food to experiment with. {source}

Ingredients: yields 3 1/2 cups puree



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2 thoughts on “Orange Julius Fruit Leather ~ Gourmet Edition ~

  1. Gay says:

    Hi Amie Sue, Can the protein powder be left out of this recipe without any negative side effects? Thanks!

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