Paleo Candied Orange Peels (Gluten-Free)
Paleo Candied Orange Peels recipe. A sugar-free candied orange peel recipe where fresh orange peels are candied in honey. Perfect to snack on or to use in other recipes!
Have you ever tried a chocolate covered candied orange peel or a chocolate bar full of candied orange peels? It’s my new flavor combination obsession! And it inspired me to learn how to make Paleo Candied Orange Peels, which has been on my to-do list for a long time now.
And I do have to say, it’s really not that hard to do! 3 ingredients is all you need to make a refined sugar-free version of candied orange peels.
Once I got the hang of what I would need to do and how I could create a version with honey instead of sugar, I came up with this Paleo Candied Orange Peels recipe.
Ingredients needed to make these Paleo Candied Orange Peels
How to make candied orange peels without sugar:
Grab two fresh navel oranges.
Cut ¼ inch off from each end of each orange, and “score” the peel/ rind into quarters.
How to score the rind of an orange:
To score the peel, gently yet firmly press into the orange peel with a knife until you feel a bit of a pop and the knife goes through the white pith of the orange.
Don’t go deep enough to hit the fruit of the orange, though.
This process is much easier with oranges that have a thicker white part, or pith.
Then, peel off the rind section by section.
Since I cut each orange peel into quarters, I had 8 large pieces of orange peel.
Then, cut the peels into ¼ inch strips.
Next, fill a pan with water, put the strips of orange peels inside, and boil them for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, drain the orange peels and let them dry in a colander/ strainer.
Then, put 1 cup of water and 1 cup of honey into the pan and brought the mixture to a boil.
Let this cook for 5 minutes on medium-high heat and then 5 minutes on medium heat mixing often to keep the bubbles down. The result is a golden syrup of sorts.
Next, add the orange peels to the syrup and let everything simmer over low-medium heat for 45 minutes.
Cook the orange peels until they became translucent.
Then, remove the honey candied orange peels from the pan and let them dry on parchment paper for 10 minutes.
They dry surprisingly fast…. and are really so beautiful covered in the caramelized honey syrup which forms while these simmer.
I found it difficult to not try to eat them as soon as they were done!
Simple as that! And now I can’t wait to use these candied orange peels without sugar in them in muffins, granola, and of course, chocolate desserts!
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Other desserts with orange that you may enjoy:
These Chocolate Orange Fudgy Brownies (Paleo, Gluten-Free) are my favorite chocolate orange dessert. It’s fudgy brownie amazingness but with an orange zing!
I love these Paleo Orange Cranberry Muffins (Gluten-Free, Grain-free, Dairy-free). They are tart yet sweet and have a wonderful flavor.
Other candied citrus recipes worth checking out:
These Candied Lemon Slices from Running to the Kitchen are made with just 3 ingredients and look delish!
Paleo Candied Orange Peels (GF)
- 2 navel oranges
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup honey
- Cut ¼ inch off from each end of each orange. Then score the skin into quarters. Press gently yet firmly into the orange peels with a knife until there is a bit of a pop and you go through the white pith of the orange. Make sure to stop before hitting the orange fruit.
- Then, using your hands, remove the skin from the orange, including the pith (white part). You should have 8 larger pieces of orange peel.
- Cut the peels into ¼ inch strips.
- Put the strips of orange peels into a large pan, fill the pan with water and bring it all to a boil. Once the water is boiling, cook for 20 minutes, drain using a colander/strainer and set aside.
- Mix, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of honey in a large pan and heat on the stove top over high heat until the mixture boils ( about 1-1.5 min), then lower the heat to medium high and cook for 5 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 5 mins. Make sure to mix periodically at the start, and then to mix it often to keep the bubbles down. The result will be a golden syrup.
- Add the peels to the syrup and heat over low-medium. Let everything simmer for 45 minutes. (check regularly to make sure that there is always a little bit of syrup in there… if it runs out, it will burn)
- The candied orange peels are done when they are translucent.
- Remove the orange peels from the pan, and lay them out to dry on parchment paper for about 10 mins.
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