How to make Low Carb Raisins out of Squash
I was thinking about trail mix the other day.
Or GORP, if you go in for acronyms. Good Old Peanuts and Raisins.
When you're on a low carb diet, you can eat the Peanuts, but the Raisins, not so much. Those little buggers have about 27g of carbohydrate per 1/4 cup serving, so they are a definite no-go. But without dried fruit, you have no GORP. All you've got is a handful of nuts.
So what to do?
If you are me, then you will make raisins out of squash.
It's not as crazy as it sounds. Low carb cooks have been making fake apples from zucchini for some time now. My recipe just takes these recipes one step further.
You'll need Yellow Squash, Sweetener, Ginger, Cinnamon & Lemon
Start by cutting out the seeds of the yellow squash. It's easiest to slice around the seeds like this. Dice the rest.
The next step is where the magic happens.
It's time to make a vegetable taste like a fruit. To do this, you'll need to infuse lemon, sweetener and spice into the squash. Saute the squash for about 5 minutes in oil. Then add the sweetener and spices and cook for another 5 minutes.
Now that you've got your fake fruit, all you need to do is dry it out. You can use your microwave for this. Arrange the squash on a plate and cook for 20 minutes on 30% cook strength. (Or the defrost setting, if you don't have the option of 30%.) Keep an eye on them for the last 5 minutes, in case the small pieces begin to burn. Then you've gone far enough.
So there you go: low carb raisins with 5g net carbs per 1/4 cup serving.
GORP all around!
Low Carb Squash Raisins
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 cup yellow squash, diced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 5 tablespoons Swerve or equivalent granulated sweetener
- 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1. Remove seeds from the squash and dice.
2. Saute in oil for 5 minutes
3. Add sweetener and spices and cook for another 5 minutes.
4. Microwave for 20 minutes at 30% power (or defrost setting) until dried and raisin-like.
PREP TIME: 10 MIN COOK TIME: 20 MIN
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Servings: 4 Serving size: 1/4 cup Calories 85 Total Fat 7 g Protein 3g Carbs 9g Fiber 4g Net Carbs 5g
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