If you've never tried dehydrated kiwi chips, you should. These vibrantly colored little discs taste like sweet-and-sour candy and are an extremely healthy snack. They're Paleo, Whole30 and AIP-compliant.
Dehydrated Kiwi Is A Healthy Snack!
Let's first talk about health…
They have more Vitamin C than an orange, more potassium than a banana, and 2 of these little fruits contain more fiber than a bowl of bran cereal.
Tell THAT to your naysayer friends/doctor next time they say there is no fiber on the Paleo diet!
They are also low on the glycemic index so they don't jack up your blood sugar as some other fruits can.
See more about kiwis on the California Kiwifruit Commission page
How does dried kiwi taste?
Moving on to taste…
I first heard about kiwi chips from Cara at Health, Home & Happiness and she called them “Nature's Sweet and Sour Candy”.
I believe to be a correct assessment of these.
Sweet yet tart, making your mouth curl up a bit – so good!
My kids gobble these up like they are a super special forbidden treat all while I just secretly smile, grateful that they aren't eating Skittles like I did by the pound as a kid.
What is the texture of these dried kiwi chips?
The dried kiwi chips come out slightly chewy, unless you leave them in for a really long time. Then they might be crispy.
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How to Make Dehydrated Kiwi Chips
The kiwi chips themselves are really easy to make.
Do I need a dehydrator?
Nope – while a dehydrator certainly makes the process a bit less hands-off, you can use either your oven for these or a dehydrator.
I use the Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator, but we also dehydrate a lot of food for hiking and backpacking.
The Drying Process
Basically all you have to do is either peel the kiwi – OR DON'T (see below) – and slice into thin rounds.
Then place on a baking sheet or dehydrator tray and either dehydrate at 135 F for 6-12 hours or bake at the lowest temp in the oven for about 4-6 hours.
Do I need to peel the kiwi?
Actually, no, you don't.
Some people get a bit turned off by the brown fuzz on the outside, but the skin is edible and you don't really taste it.
Lately, I haven't even bothered to peel mine, and none of us have had any issues eating it that way.
So to save even MORE time, simply just slice these guys up and throw into dehydration mode!
Dehydrated Kiwi Chips Recipe
Dehydrated Kiwi Chips
- Peel the kiwis. I use a spoon inserted directly under the skin and I then turn the kiwi, keeping the spoon towards the surface of the skin (see the video for a demonstration). You can alternatively use a paring knife to slice the skin off or a vegetable peeler.
- Slice the peeled kiwis into 1/4 inch (6 mm) slices.
- Place on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 135°F (37°C) for 6-12 hours. If you do not have a dehydrator you can also place these on a cookie sheet in the oven at the lowest temperature, checking them after about 4 hours since an oven tends to be hotter. These should be slightly chewy when done.
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