Things have been a bit busy in real life. You know, when life just keeps throwing things at you? My to-do list is overflowing. I’m sleep deprived. Everyday just seems like Groundhog Day… But somehow today I’ve got a spare few minutes to share this recipe with you guys!
I’ve had a huge watermelon growing in my garden over the summer. I’ve never successfully grown watermelons before, so I was really pleased to discover how well this plant was growing! Well, after weeks of wondering, “should I harvest it yet? Is it ready?”, I finally harvested it and oh boy. It was seriously the best, sweetest, juiciest watermelon I have ever had. There sure is something special about growing your own fruit and vegetables!
But after we had all had a fair share of juicy watermelon, I wondered how dehydrated watermelon would taste. I love dehydrated bananas, mangoes, apples, pears…the list could go on. But dried watermelon? It was an experiment!
Now it might seem counter-intuitive to dehydrate watermelon. I mean…WATERmelon…isn’t the whole appeal of a watermelon it’s juiciness? But once you remove all that water, you are left with super-sweet “watermelon chips”. I like to think of them as nature’s lollies :D
My kids inhaled these. Seriously. I think I had like 3 pieces, and I turned around and the rest was gone!
Now if you don’t have a dehydrator, you could try these in the oven on low, but I haven’t tried this out myself so I’m not sure about temperatures or times. If you do try it out, let me know in the comments!
- 2kg watermelon
- Cut the watermelon into 5-10mm (1/4") thin slices.
- Remove the rind and any black seeds.
- Spread the pieces on a mesh dehydrator tray.
- Dehydrate for 12 hours - flipping after about 6 hours will help prevent sticking to the mesh.
- Store in an airtight container.
Sharing these watermelon chips at Healthy Vegan Friday, Real Food Friday, Plant-based Potluck, Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck, Tasty Tuesday.