Tomorrow is liftoff day for this crazy, wild adventure. Although I’ve definitely been away from home more than 18 days (think sleepover camp..), twenty-five year old Alexandra has come a long way from sneaking Twizzlers and ramen noodles in her travel pillowcase. Yesterday I shared one of my all time favorite granola recipes: Ginger Spiced Banana Bread Buckwheat Granola, perfect for the traveler or snack-fiend who digs a good crunch- today we get even fancier.
Admittingly, I have a bit of an oral fixation- I’d like to blame it on my mother’s constant snacking/food picking & coffee sipping because I now do the exact same thing. If there is a cup of coffee (or 10) I will sip it (them), if there is something chewy, I will chew it. Andrew and I have made our way through packs on packs of gummy candies and fruit leather; we (I) just can not get enough. So how does this translate to travel? Before consciously withdrawing from the world of refined sugar, I was the traveler with the family sized package of Twizzlers dutifully nestled between my passport and iPod. I was also the traveler that stepped off the airplane with a sugar rush so high, jet lag couldn’t catch me.. until it did, hard. Still the avid chewer of all things chewy, today I am so excited to share what can only be describe as elevating and divine- my raw and vegan (and only naturally sweetened) Ginger & Cinnamon Spiced Dried Pears. These delicate and understated, yet intensely spiced pears, offer that chewy sweetness, are healthful and low-cal, and keep exceptionally well in a ziplock or paper bag for days and days- no, they don’t last that long.
Check back tomorrow for my comprehensive list of what’s going in my travel snack bag, xx
2 large ‘just ripe’ pears, sliced very thin
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Lightly coat your dehydrator trays (I needed 4) with coconut oil or cooking spray.
Arrange sliced pears on a dehydrator trays, being sure not to overlap.
Evenly, and lightly, sprinkle cinnamon and ginger over pears.
Set dehydrator to medium-heat and dehydrate for 4 hours, being sure to flip pears half-way through, until pears are dry but still pliable. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per serving= ~10 pear slices]
50 Calories, 14g Carbohydrates, 0g Fat, .5g Protein, 3g Fiber, 8.7g Sugar