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.
Be sure to whisk constantly while boiling the fruit juice- pectin mixture or the pectin may form clumps.
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.
Serving size: 5 squares
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
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