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Maple Peach Chia Fruit Chips / Leather

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These Maple Peach Chia Fruit Chips turned out terrific.  My first intention was to create a fruit leather but I dried them a tad to long and the sheet of fruit leather was in the in between stage.  Not pliable enough to roll, yet not crispy enough to be really crunchy.  So, I cut them into 1″ squares and made fruit chips out of them.  Got to love how versatile preparing raw foods can be.  So keep in mind, you can easily make this into a fruit leather as well, just don’t over dry it as I did.

Did you know that August is the national peach month?  I was excited to learn that after I had bought myself a large case of “canning peaches”.  What do I mean by canning peaches?  Yesterday, my dear friend Ruthie and I were out visiting the local fruit stands and I asked one of the attendants as to what they do with fruit that is overly ripe.  She told me back in to the cooler she had a few cases of peaches that were either overly ripe or had blemishes on them.  My eyes lit right up and I asked how much… $10 for a case, not just a flat.  SOLD!  I was just giddy with delight.

Here are some interesting facts that I learned about peaches;  it was peach month, that peaches were once known as Persian apples, and that there are over 700 varieties of peaches.  Peaches are also a good source of vitamins A, B and C.  A medium peach contains only 37 calories.

If you find yourself with some extra peaches on hand that you would like to make into fruit leathers but they aren’t quite ready, you can ripen peaches by placing them in a brown paper bag for two to three days.

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Ingredients: yields  4 cups of puree

Preparation:

Don’t you just love my new (to me) kitchen tool?!  It’s an old paper-cutter that worked beautifully to cut my strips into fruit chips.

 

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