Fruit Endurance Gel Blocks


MAKES 45 SQUARES

  • 1 cup light-colored natural cane sugar or granulated sugar

  • 1 cup organic 100% fruit juice or fruit nectar, pulp-free (e.g., apple, cherry, mango, or berry)

  • 1 3-ounce pouch liquid fruit pectin

  • 1/4 cup honey, agave nectar, or DIY Glucose Syrup (see below)

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1. Lightly spray a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. 2. In a medium saucepan, whisk the sugar, fruit juice, pectin, honey, and salt until thoroughly blended. 3. Bring mixture to a full boil over medium-high heat, whisking continuously. Reduce heat to medium and continue whisking for 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat and whisk in the lemon juice. Pour into the prepared pan. 4. Loosely cover the pan with a clean dish towel and let stand at least 12 hours until firm (do not refrigerate). 5. Invert the pan on a cutting board to release the gel. Using a sharp knife, cut into 1-inch squares.

TIP

  • Be sure to whisk constantly while boiling the fruit juice- pectin mixture or the pectin may form clumps.

STORAGE

These will remain gelled at room temperature so simply wrap in plastic wrap or place in a small zipper-top plastic bag when heading out for an adventure.

  • Room Temperature: 1 week.

  • Refrigerator: up to one month.

NUTRITIONAL INFO

  • Serving size: 5 squares

  • Calories: 130

  • Fat: 0 g, (Saturated 0 g)

  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

  • Sodium: 67 mg

  • Carbs: 33.7 g (Fiber 0.5 g, Sugars 32.9 g)

  • Protein: 0.1 g

VARIATIONS

  • Pomegranate Margarita Gels: Prepare as directed using cranberry-pomegranate juice as the fruit juice and 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice in place of the lemon juice.

  • Spirulina Gels: Add 2 teaspoons spirulina powder along with the lemon juice.

  • Super Citrus Gels: Prepare as directed using 1/2 cup pulp-free orange juice and 1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice.

  • Mango Mojo Gels: Prepare as directed using mango nectar as the fruit juice and 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice in place of the lemon juice.

  • Mocha-Motion Gels: Prepare as directed using apple juice as the fruit juice and adding 1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder and 1 tablespoon unsweetened, natural cocoa powder to the mixture before heating.

  • Bombastic Berry Gells: Prepare as directed using mixed berry juice as the fruit juice.

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