If you've never tried dehydrated kiwis, you should. These vibrantly colored little discs taste like sweet-and-sour candy and are an extremely 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 fruit 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 like some other fruits can. (see more about kiwis on the California Kiwifruit Commission page)
Moving on to taste… I first heard about kiwi chips from Cara at Health, Home & Happiness (one of my grain-free heroes and probably THE reason I decided to finally jump in and try a grain-free diet) and she called them “Nature's Sweet and Sour Candy”, which I believe to be a correct assessment of these. 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.
The chips themselves are really easy to make. Watch the quick video tutorial below for the method (and watch how I use a spoon to peel them – it is SOOOOO much easier and wastes so much less than using a paring knife). You can use your oven for these or a dehydrator. (I use the Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator)
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.