How to Make Dried Orange Slices

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These dried orange slices are easy to make, are caramel-cinnamon flavored with a kick of sweetness and spice, and are perfect for the holidays. Enjoy them as a healthy snack, throw them in recipes as you would with other dried fruits or use them as a cocktail garnish.

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Cool 10 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
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stack of dehydrated orange slices.

These oven-dried orange slices are easy to make and can be used in many ways! They make the perfect snack, or you can throw them in recipes as you would with other dried fruits, dip them in melted chocolate for a sweet snack, or use them as a cocktail garnish or part of cake decoration. 

🍊 What is Dried Fruit? 

Dried fruit is when the fruit has almost all the water content removed through drying methods. The two most successful methods are using a dehydrator or an oven. Dried fruit can last longer than fresh fruit and is highly nutritious, making it a desirable healthy snack. When a recipe calls for sugar coating, the dried fruit is candied. 

In our recipe, we are making candied dried orange slices. We coat the orange slices with coconut sugar and add spices. The results are caramel-cinnamon flavored with a nice kick of sweetness and spice, which makes these orange slices perfect for the holidays. 

dried orange slices with spices on a baking sheet.

🍊🍊 Ingredients

You will need some citrusy fruit, sugar, and spices to make dried orange slices. You most likely have everything on hand to make these too. 

  • Oranges. Any variety work; make sure they are seedless. Also, keep in mind that different oranges will have different flavors, too, once they are dried. Our favorites are Naval Oranges, Blood Oranges, and Cara Cara Oranges. 
  • Coconut Sugar. To cut down on the sugar, use a granulated sugar-free substitute, plus coconut sugar adds a sweet hint of caramel flavor, which is perfect for the holidays.
  • Spices: Cinnamon & Ginger. These two spices add a warm and spicy kick to the sweet oranges.
  • Salt. It adds a nice balance to the sweetness and the spices. 
orange slices on a baking sheet.

🔪 Instructions

Making dried orange slices are super easy. The trick is thinly slicing the oranges, drying them at low heat, and ensuring they don’t brown. If they start to brown but don’t feel dry to touch, then you need to adjust your oven to a lower temperature. 

  • Thinly Slice Oranges. There are 2 ways to do this. Use a mandoline to make thinly sliced oranges or use a sharp knife. Keep in mind that you want to cut the oranges very thin (about ⅛ to ¼ inches thick) and roughly the same size or they won’t bake evenly. If the slices are too thick, they will take much longer to dry out, and the peel will have more of a bitter flavor.
  • Season Orange Slices. Toss the coconut sugar with the spices and salt in a medium bowl. Pat dry the orange slices to remove excess moisture, add them to the bowl, and generously toss everything together. 
  • Bake. Preheat the oven to 200°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay seasoned orange slices on the baking sheet leaving a little space between each one. Bake for 2-4 hours, flipping every 30 minutes to make sure the orange slices don’t burn.
  • Enjoy! Once the oranges are thoroughly dried, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely to room temperature before enjoying.
orange slices with spices pre-baking on a baking sheet.

❔ FAQs

How long do dried orange slices last?

Because these are on the candied side, they will last up to 6 months.

How to store dried orange slices?

They are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature. A ziplock bag works too.

Is dehydrated fruit the same as dried fruit?


Yes. Dehydrated fruit is essentially dried fruit, in which the fruit has almost all the water content removed through drying methods.

dehydrated orange slices post-baking on a baking sheet.

These oven dried orange slices are easy to make, are caramel-cinnamon flavored with a kick of sweetness and spice, and are perfect for the holidays. 

Enjoy them as a healthy snack, or you can throw them in recipes as you would with other dried fruits or use them as a cocktail garnish. Our favorite way to use these is by adding them to our Raspberry Champagne Cocktails! We hope you all love our recipe. Enjoy! ♡

Dried Orange Slice on a Champagne Cocktail.

How to Make Dried Orange Slices

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These dried orange slices are easy to make, are caramel-cinnamon flavored with a kick of sweetness and spice, and are perfect for the holidays. Enjoy them as a healthy snack, throw them in recipes as you would with other dried fruits or use them as a cocktail garnish.
a stack of dried orange slices.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Cool 10 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Yields 15 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 Oranges thinly sliced (about ⅛ to ¼ inches thick)
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ginger
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  • Thinly Slice Oranges. Use a mandoline to make thinly sliced oranges or use a sharp knife, about ⅛ to ¼ inches thick.
  • Season Orange Slices. Toss the coconut sugar with the spices and salt in a medium bowl.
    Pat dry the orange slices to remove excess moisture, add them to the bowl, and generously toss everything together. 
  • Bake. Preheat the oven to 200°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Lay seasoned orange slices flat on the baking sheet leaving a little space between each one.
    Bake for 2-4 hours, flipping every 30 minutes to make sure the orange slices don’t burn.
  • Enjoy! Once the oranges are thoroughly dried, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely to room temperature before enjoying.
Course: Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine: American-Inspired
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: cocktail garnishes, dehydrated oranges, dried orange slices

Nutrition Facts

Serving1gCalories14.03kcalCarbohydrates3.63gProtein0.17gFat0.02gSaturated Fat0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat0.005gMonounsaturated Fat0.004gSodium3.29mgPotassium32.47mgFiber0.49gSugar2.72gVitamin A39.69IUVitamin C9.3mgCalcium8.33mgIron0.03mg
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