My sweet tooth has been on overload lately. Luckily, I’ve had some pretty nutritious (and yummy) raw chocolate on hand–thanks Chocolita!
This past Tuesday I had the luxury of enjoying a snow day. When the snow prevents me from going to work I usually proclaim the day as “the best ever!” But, let me just be crystal clear, this recent snow day was by far the best ever. EVER.
Circa two and a half weeks ago I ordered a few new toys from Amazon (side note: I am obsessed with Amazon). First, a food dehydrator. Second, a spiralizer. I had been obsessively checking the package tracker ever since I received the “Shipment Confirmed” email the day after purchase. Both packages were scheduled to be delivered about a week after I ordered. I then started dreaming of the wonderful food I would make using these items (obviously).
Fast forward to the scheduled delivery date. WHERE ARE MY PACKAGES? The tracker says they’ve been out for delivery now for TWO DAYS. I imagine my poor packages stuck in the back of a cold FedEx truck (cue Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”). I was ravenous for a package at this point–those of you who are avid online shoppers will feel me on this one.
On MLK Day at 10 pm (how strange) I receive my first package: food dehydrator. It’s an MLK Day miracle! I rip that baby open and hold the pieces close to my heart. Without even reading the assembly direction (pssshh) I put it together. I immediately decide to dehydrate some spices. In 30 minutes, I have turned my one-day-away-from-going-bad fresh basil and rosemary into dried spices that grid up perfectly in my individual mini-grinders I was given for Christmas (thanks, Mom!).
The next day I went into work for four hours. A snow storm hit in the morning and school decided it would be best to let our early. Half day! When I got home I used this opportunity to dehydrate pretty much everything in my kitchen.
I dried apple rings sprinkled with cinnamon, sweet potato chips with rosemary, black pepper zucchini chips, chewy mango slices…but the best of all the food that I dehydrated was orange slices.
DEHYDRATED ORANGE SLICES. I kid you not, they are divine. I did not season them (although I was tempted to add cinnamon), I did not candy them (although I’m sure they would be amazing with some sugar). I sliced the orange, placed it on the dehydrator tray, and let the magic happen.
The next day I woke up to 10 inches of snow and another day off. The dehydration continued. I spent the day drying more fruits and veggies (I was compulsive at this point), but I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about my missing second package.
To keep myself occupied I decided to eat the whole batch of dried orange slices I made the night before.
I sat in front of the TV with my jar of oranges and began my binge. There’s a taste to these oranges that I just can’t describe. The dehydrator brings out a warmth in the flavor–almost like a molasses-y sweetness. Even now, the words just aren’t coming to me (which means you have to try these for yourself).
I decided it would be best to cover the oranges in chocolate (of course) and, I swear to God, the experience was euphoric. Now, I had run out of Chocolita a few days prior to this creation, so I was forced to make my own chocolate. If you didn’t see this post, you probably don’t know that raw chocolate is amazing and practically guilt-free. When you make your own, it can be placed in molds or even just spread flat on a baking sheet to make homemade raw chocolate bars…and the recipe couldn’t be easier (found below)!
Now, this alone would be cause to title this day “the best ever,” but it gets better.
Around 2 pm the doorbell rings. SECOND PACKAGE. Thank you USPS! I spent the rest of the afternoon spiralizing zucchini and sweet potatoes (zoodle recipe to come)…and eating these dried orange slices with raw chocolate drizzles :)
Dried Orange Slices with Raw Chocolate Drizzles
Yield: about 10 orange slices
- 1 orange
- 3-4 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder (the more chocolatey the better..at least for me)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon agave
- Slice orange and place slices on dehydrator
- Dehydrate orange slices and dry according to directions (6-8 hours)
- When oranges have dried, place slices on wax paper covered baking sheet
- Mix cocoa (or cacao), coconut oil, and agave.
- Drizzle chocolate on oranges
- Place in freezer for 20 minutes to harden.
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