Paleo “Skittles” – Taste the (Real Food) Rainbow

I made these slightly-chewy rainbowy snack “drops” for my kiddos using nothing but fruits, veggies, coconut butter, my trusty vitamix 750 (have I mentioned it yet? No? I LOVE it.), and my fantabulous Excalibur dehydrator.

Got veggies? Got a blender? Got a dehydrator (or possibly an oven on low temp, but I haven't tried that)? You too can have Paleo Skittles and taste the (real food) rainbow.

 

Right now, Tropical Traditions is having a sale on their coconut cream concentrate (which is the coconut butter I typically use), buy one get one free! 2 quarts for the price of 1. That's a fantastic deal and it's a great time to stock up so you can make your Paleo Skittles!

Where did this idea come from? Target sells happycreamies veggie and fruit snacks, which are melt-in-your-mouth (like the yogurt melt thingies) freeze-dried “drops.” While home freeze-drying isn't really easily accessible, using a dehydrator can make similarly delicious, although differently-textured, snacks.

My friend Heather texted me one day to tell me she had “done it.” She blended up sweet potatoes, coconut milk, and some fruits and veggies. Then she dehydrated it in little blobs, and her daughter happily gobbled them all.

Inspired by Heather, I whipped up a batch a few days later. Of course they weren't just like happycreamies, but that doesn't matter.

While the melty texture of the happycreamies is novel and fun, what our kiddos really crave is good foods that will make their bodies healthy and strong. And poppable drops makes them easy to store, transport, and snack on.

Because these are dried, they can be stored at room temperature for quite some time before going bad. I have a baggie of them in my purse, one in the car, and so forth. They're as convenient as raisins, without all of the sugar (natural sugar is still sugar).

The first “skittles” I made were the orange ones. I called them “Sweet Potato Sunshines” and the kids ate them as quickly as I could make them. After a couple of batches, I decided to try a green one. I really wanted to incorporate spinach into the mix, a veggie my kids like the flavor of but don't eat in any notable quantity on a regular basis yet.

And once I had orange and green, I thought to myself, “Self, there are SO many good veggies and fruits out there… a whole rainbow of them! Wouldn't it be fun to make snacks in every color?”

Besides the fun factor, if my kids were eating a rainbow confetti of these snacks, I would know they were getting a good variety of fruits and veggies with every snack, which is more useful to our bodies in general than eating only carrots for a week, then only beets for a week, and so forth. I also made them a bit more sustaining (and gave them a chewier texture) by adding fat to each one. Most flavors have coconut cream concentrate in them, while the green ones have avocado for added fat.

So my dehydrator was pretty much running constantly for aaages. Each color batch made about 4-5 trays worth of drops, so in my 9-tray Excalibur Dehydrator, I could do two colors at a time.

I had a couple of failed batches (ugly snacks when I tried to get fancy with the shapes, or just not quite right flavor), and some days I didn't have time to get a batch in the dehydrator in the morning, so it took me a couple of weeks to get all of the colors finished.

But it was worth it all to be able to give these snacks to my kiddos AND to share them with you! The lemon-honey yellow ones are my favorites, and the kids love the beet-cherry flavor the best (those are gone first when I give them a container full). But they're all happily gobbled on a regular basis around here.






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Soooo… are you ready for the recipes?

Every recipe has the same procedures.

  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Then make little blobs on fruit leather sheets on your dehydrator trays (parchment paper works great if you don't have the commercial ones). I used a quart size ziplock freezer bag (do NOT use the regular sandwich ones… they will pop) with a Wilton piping tip in it.
  3. Place the trays back into the dehydrator and dry at 130 degrees or so for about 4 hours.
  4. Flip the skittles over and dry for an additional couple of hours until they reach the consistency you want. (Less drying = chewier. More drying = crunchier.)
  5. Let cool 10 minutes before storing.

Tip: If you bake a bunch of white and orange sweet potatoes in the oven at once, you can put them in the fridge until you're ready to make the snacks.

1 – Maroon Paleo dehydrator snacks

  • 2 cups white sweet potato, cooked
  • 1.5 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter

2 – Pink Paleo dehydrator snacks

  • 2 cups white sweet potato, cooked
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter

3 – Orange Paleo dehydrator snacks

  • 2 cups orange sweet potato, cooked
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped (raw)
  • 2 oranges, peeled and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter

4 – Yellow paleo dehydrator snacks

  • 1 cup white sweet potato, cooked
  • 2 cups parsnips, chopped (raw)
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 lemon, peeled and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1 Tbsp honey (optional)

5 – Green Paleo dehydrator snacks

  • 2 cups white sweet potato, cooked
  • 1 cup raw spinach, packed
  • 2 pears, cored
  • 2 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas (NOT canned)
  • 1 avocado, peeled and seed removed

6 – Indigo Paleo dehydrator snacks

  • 2 cups white sweet potatoes, cooked
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter

7 – Burgundy (almost Black!) Paleo dehydrator snacks

  • 1 cup orange sweet potato, cooked
  • 2 medium beets, peeled and chopped (raw)
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter

You don't have to make all 7 colors/flavors right away. Pick a few of your favorite-sounding combinations and give them a try! You can always add more later, and make up your own combinations too.

What flavor do you think your kids will enjoy the most? Would this be a snack you think you would eat too?

 

Right now, Tropical Traditions is having a sale on their coconut cream concentrate (which is the coconut butter I typically use, though sometimes I do use the Artisana linked above), buy one get one free! 2 quarts for the price of 1. That's a fantastic deal and it's a great time to stock up so you can make your Paleo Skittles!

 






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135 Comments

  1. Jac
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 13:20:29

    These are Brilliant!!! We’re on GAPS, so I tried squash instead of the sweet potato. (We also used pastured butter rather than coconut, but I doubt that makes a differenc? And added Great Lakes Collagen.) They turned out Delicious… but flat. In one batch (raspberry/strawberry) I used our yogurt for my fat, so I only dried them at 115 (to keep the probiotics.) Above you mentioned using more potato for stouter shapes, do you think that would be a solution for my batches’ flatness or do you think the temp difference (or butter?!) could be to blame? Thanks to your help and such an awwwwesome concept!!!

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Nov 15, 2014 @ 20:00:56

      Yes, I think it’s a mixture of those… maybe cook the squash a bit more to release steam and get rid of some of the moisture so it won’t be as thin. Also, keep in mind that coconut butter is I think about 70% fat and 30% fiber, so if you use butter, you’ll want to use less of it and add more fibers veggies to the mix. Or throw in some dried coconut along with the butter, unless you’re avoiding coconut.

      Hope those suggestions help! Anyway, I’m really glad you’re enjoying experimenting with them.

      Reply

  2. Alicia
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 21:39:22

    Thanks for this! Dumb question: how long can these be kept before going bad? Or do they not go bad because they’ve been dehydrated?

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Nov 15, 2014 @ 20:02:41

      I kept some of them a week or two at room temp before my kids ate them all. If you plan to make them much more ahead of time than that, I’d stick them in the fridge or freezer until you need them.

      Reply

  3. laura lewis
    Oct 07, 2014 @ 15:56:55

    I just put the orange/carrot/sweet potato ones in the dehydrator..i added a little vanilla, sea salt and dates..it tasted so yummy..i also used my food processor and did a double batch and it filled my eleven cup processor to the brim!!

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    • laura lewis
      Oct 08, 2014 @ 14:59:53

      Wow..those are amazing..i can’t wait to make the next batch. looks like my excalibur will be running nonstop now for awhile as i am making them for my 2 year old twin grandsons..thankyou so much for this recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Reply

      • Emily Chapelle
        Oct 10, 2014 @ 09:45:15

        I’m so glad your grandsons approve! :) What an awesome grandma you are, seriously! Have fun making them.

        Reply

  4. Lindsay
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 22:04:12

    Ok this is probably a dumb question but where do you find a white sweet potato? I’ve never seen one I don’t think. If I have, then I guess I didn’t know lol are they just called white sweet potato? And do you find them at any grocery? Thanks!

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Oct 02, 2014 @ 09:21:46

      It’s NOT a dumb question! Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they’re super hard to find on the east coast. They’re in every grocery store on the west coast, and I’m not sure about the rest of the United States.
      So weird, right?
      I just found some (I’m in Maryland right now) at our Amish market, and was SO EXCITED. I’m not sure why they aren’t in most groceries out here. Where are you located, Lindsay?

      Reply

  5. Sylvie Roy
    Sep 26, 2014 @ 20:05:30

    This is such a great idea! I know I always struggle trying to find paleo snacks that are easy and convenient to take along with me. People will say bring fruit or veggies, but you kind of get sick of carrying a bunch of fruit that goes to waste once you forget it in your purse. For a week. Plus this will give me a good excuse to use the Vitamix. :-)

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Sep 27, 2014 @ 15:10:31

      I hope you enjoy these!

      Reply

    • Lindsay
      Oct 02, 2014 @ 10:01:23

      I’m in southern kentucky, on the TN line. So about 30 min from Nashville. Surely they’ll have them at the Whole Foods there?!

      Reply

  6. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 15:14:11

    Hi Emily! I am new to your site, not one but TWO of my formed passed this recipe along to me…they knew I would love it and they wanted me to do all the work for their enjoyment!

    I made my first batch today with my friend, the orange/sweetpotato/carrot one and we are swooning! We zested the oranges for extra oomph, and added some stevia to assure kid approval, but we had a blast making them. Not hard at all, and so much fun! I love how these idea showcase the amazing natural colors in our foods, so beautiful! Thanks so much, we are excited to play around with more variations.

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 16:08:35

      You’ve got some great friends! Hehe.
      But seriously, I’m so glad you actually gave it a try. Adding the zest and a bit of stevia sounds like a great plan, and I’m so glad you’re all enjoying it. :) Let me know if you come across any other awesome combos!

      (Glad you found my blog, too. Welcome!)

      Reply

  7. quianna
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 08:44:00

    We are currently on the gaps diet so sweet potatoes are a no no. Do you think butternut squash would work? These look amazing and I need some more portable snacks for my little guy! Thanks!

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Sep 24, 2014 @ 10:32:51

      It might! It will have a different color than the white sweet potatoes end up with, of course, but the parsnips in the yellow one worked really well…maybe make it a bit parsnip-heavy and if you need to keep the white “base” color.

      Otherwise, start with the orange flavor. I bet that would be perfect with butternut instead of the sweet potatoes. Please let me know how it goes!

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Sep 24, 2014 @ 10:32:51

      It might! It will have a different color than the white sweet potatoes end up with, of course, but the parsnips in the yellow one worked really well…maybe make it a bit parsnip-heavy and if you need to keep the white “base” color.

      Otherwise, start with the orange flavor. I bet that would be perfect with butternut instead of the sweet potatoes. Please let me know how it goes!

      Reply

  8. Sally
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 02:05:54

    Hi! These look amazing! What number Wilton tip did you use? Also do you know if the tips will fit any piping bag?

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Sep 24, 2014 @ 10:33:56

      It’s the biggest star-shaped one, whatever that was… sorry I don’t know all of the fancy names. It really doesn’t matter what tip, as long as it’s a big enough hole. And I THINK all tips fit any bag, but the screw-on dealie is specific to each company. I could be wrong though… I just use a freezer bag as my piping bag.

      Reply

  9. Erin Lanza
    Sep 16, 2014 @ 11:34:34

    Hi!!
    I just love this idea and I going to be attempting to make these for my daughters first birthday!!! I was wondering if you have any ideas about making a peach flavored one? Thank you!!!

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 10:13:36

      I haven’t tried a peach one, but you could play with the other recipes and substitute peaches for something else. I bet they’d be awesome!

      Reply

  10. Tania
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 12:09:51

    How do you make these without frying your blender motor? I tried the green ones first and it is SO thick!! My motor was smoking and I had to stop. Thanks!

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Sep 03, 2014 @ 19:05:03

      Add a bit of water until the blender can handle it. :) And I have a Vitamix which is pretty powerful as far as blenders go too… but yeah, a little water (not enough to make it runny though) will help.

      Reply

  11. Sara Schneider
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 21:49:02

    Ok, seriously… mind BLOWN. It’s funny, I don’t really like skittles (or any non chocolate candy), but I LOVE any way to get more fruits and veggies into my diet. It’s pretty much a chewy green smoothie! I’m especially looking for a way to get beets into my diet (I HATE them with a passion). Does the orange flavor really come through on the orange ones? Is there a healthy way to make them sour? I will steal a few sour skittles from friends if they’re eating them lol. What about other flavors? Lemon?

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:24:20

      You can taste the citrus a bit in the orange ones but it’s not super strong. I bet if you put orange ZEST into them, you’d get more of that flavor though. :)

      Reply

  12. Rachel R.
    Aug 29, 2014 @ 17:42:29

    Those look so cool! For some reason this seems more fun than fruit leather (and our Excalibur hasn’t gotten enough use yet because I haven’t had the time/energy/inclination to experiment with it). My kids would enjoy these.

    Another option to cook the sweet potato, for those who wondered, is a pressure cooker.

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:25:10

      They are SUPER fun. But we love fruit leather too. hehe.
      Good call on the pressure cooker. That’s one toy I haven’t played with ever, but I hear the most amazing things about them!

      Reply

  13. Serena
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 18:25:21

    I have a coconut intolerance and the kiddos have a nut intolerance. What could I use instead of the coconut butter? Thank you awesome idea by the way

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:26:06

      You’re welcome for the idea. :) I bet you could use ghee (in about half the amount of the coconut butter, is what I’d try), but the flavor would be a bit different.

      Reply

  14. tara
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 19:39:35

    Do the green ones need coconut butter?

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 11, 2014 @ 08:09:28

      The green ones get their fat from Avocado, so I didn’t use coconut butter in them. You could add it if you wanted to though.

      Reply

  15. Lacey
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 14:52:44

    Love this post! I can’t wait to try them! My family has multiple allergies, and it is very hard to make treats that accommodates all of their restrictions. These recipes will give us quite a variety to enjoy. Thanks for your experimentation and pretty pictures!

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 11, 2014 @ 08:14:15

      I’m so glad to hear that you’ll try them and that they work with everyone’s allergies and restrictions. :) I hope you love them.

      Reply

  16. renate
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 17:51:52

    so how do they get their shape? the recipe says to make a fruitleather but once it’s dry you can’t make shapes? please help cause i love the idea

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 01, 2014 @ 08:48:25

      you can drop them with a spoon or use a piping bag with a tip like i did… I’m not sure where I said to make fruit leather in the post. Sorry it’s not clear!

      Reply

  17. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 14:03:23

    I LOVE this. I’m on an uber special diet and need some on the go snacks. I’m going to try some variations w /the foods I can have – thanks and pinning!

    Reply

  18. Katie Harding
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 08:29:44

    Sadly, I adore real skittles but I am trying to be better about NOT buying and having candy in our house so I am totally into trying these, thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:26:41

      You’re welcome. :) These are definitely not candy, but they’re colorful, flavorful, chewy, and fun. I hope you like them!

      Reply

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  20. Juanita
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 12:10:57

    What is coconut cream concentrate? How does it differ from coconut oil?
    Thank you

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Jun 11, 2014 @ 19:42:17

      It’s like peanut butter, but made out of coconut instead of peanuts. It has all the flesh and oil all blended up into a creamy thingy… coconut oil has none of the coconut “meat” in it. It’s also called coconut butter sometimes.

      Reply

  21. ANNE
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 18:58:48

    Can plain white or peeled red potatoes be used? Regular sweet potatoes I’m guessing will affect color but will there be textural differences between white sweet potatoes and a regular potato?

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Jun 11, 2014 @ 19:43:12

      non-sweet potatoes will give it a different texture for sure. sorry :(

      Reply

  22. RIchiE
    Jun 08, 2014 @ 20:46:54

    This may be a silly question, so I’ll post it as an assumption. I assume once you cook the sweet potatoes, you are removing the skin before blending. Is this correct?

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Jun 11, 2014 @ 19:43:35

      yes, that’s right.

      Reply

      • Sara Schneider
        Aug 31, 2014 @ 11:08:08

        Do you need to? That would be such a waste of nutrients!

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        • Emily Chapelle
          Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:27:16

          You wouldn’t have to if you don’t want to, but the color of the drops would be changed due to the brown of the skin. It’s up to you if you want to leave the skins in.

          Reply

  23. PAM
    Jun 08, 2014 @ 14:27:00

    Any thoughts on how I can add a little bit of protein to these without compromising the texture? I’m thinking the gelatin might be just enough to round them out well. I’d love to give some of these to my sister in law and my friend for their little ones, especially when they aren’t well (like now) and not eating a good variety of foods – I love that they have the carbs and the fat. A touch of protein would make these perfect snacks for toddlers who are go go going even when they aren’t feeling great.

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Jun 11, 2014 @ 19:45:03

      Adding gelatin or collagen powder (pre-dissolve it before you blend it in) could be really neat! If you try it let me know please.

      Reply

  24. Kaia
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 02:43:14

    Gotta try these out! Genius.

    Reply

  25. Vanessa @ green Global Travel
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 15:35:56

    This only makes me want to get a dehydrator now and start making some! These paleo skittles are beautiful and really healthy. Thanks for sharing this!

    Reply

  26. Beryl
    Jun 02, 2014 @ 20:31:31

    I am sooo inspired about this. I just made two batches! I worked with what I had at home though so I made a blueberry/lemon/honey one with a bit of lucuma powder and a pineapple/orange/yellow carrot/yellow beet flavor! I can’t wait to try them and make more! I’m inspired to try a chocolate with green superfood powder and a vanilla/white chocolate flavor too! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Jun 11, 2014 @ 19:47:06

      oh my goodness the vanilla/white chocolate one sounds so good to me! I wish I could taste all of your variations!

      Reply

  27. Bernadette
    May 04, 2014 @ 22:53:41

    Backpacking treats!!

    Reply

  28. Kendall
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 14:05:09

    This is an awesome idea! Do they taste like coconut at all? Can’t stand the flavor. Thanks!

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:28:47

      They don’t to me. So many other things in them. :) Hope you try it!

      Reply

  29. Missy
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 17:52:21

    Do you have any suggestions when it comes to using your oven as your dehydrator? I love this idea but simply do not have the room for yet another appliance in my already overly loaded kitchen :) I have to cook for gluten intolerance and these sound heavenly with my upcoming diet too!

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:30:16

      use the lowest temperature your oven will allow, and some people will prop open the oven door just a tiny bit. If your oven has convection settings, that would be good for air flow, but otherwise you have to keep in mind that a dehydrator has a fan, while ovens don’t circulate the air AS MUCH, you know? But you can definitely use an oven … it might just take a different amount of time though.

      Reply

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  31. Debbie
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 15:45:32

    Do you run the berries through a food meal?

    Reply

  32. Alison
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:49:51

    Just put sweet potato, apple, pumpkin, orange, and cinnamon into the oven. Hope they turn out. The mix tastes delicious :)

    Reply

  33. MJ
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 07:37:58

    Some of the people say they made them too small. How big should the drops be before they are dehydrated? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Mar 28, 2014 @ 22:02:02

      Maybe a bit over an inch in diameter? Inch and 1/4 or so?

      Reply

  34. Corinne
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 10:32:12

    Can I use frozen fruit or would that be too watery?

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Mar 28, 2014 @ 22:03:15

      No reason not to try it! If it ends up more watery, it’ll just take longer to dehydrate and they’ll probably be flatter, but taste fine.

      Reply

  35. Kathy
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 19:49:35

    I just made these mine turned out really flat. Any suggestion ? They tasted awesome just flat nothing like your pictures . Any help would be appreciated

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Mar 28, 2014 @ 22:05:37

      Maybe add a bit more potato to yours next time, so the mixture will be thicker. They’ll be flatter if your batter is more runny … mine was pretty stiff for most of the flavors.

      Reply

  36. Chris
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 23:12:26

    Wanting to try but how do you cook the sweet potato?

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Mar 28, 2014 @ 22:08:28

      You can bake it in the oven or steam it in the microwave… if I’m doing a bunch I’ll do them in the oven. :)
      If you have a toaster oven, you can use that for one or two… but we got rid of ours, so I just do them in the microwave if I’m only making a couple.

      Reply

  37. Danielle
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 16:38:44

    I am going to try making these with Coconut Oil because I was shocked to see how many Calories the Butter has in comparison. Over 300 in just a tsp vs half as much for a TBSP of the oil. One batch will be over 3,000 calories just from the butter alone. Did anyone else try the oil route yet?

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Feb 23, 2014 @ 21:24:04

      I’m not sure what nutrition information you’re looking at… coconut butter is roughly 70-80% fat, so it’s around 90 calories per Tablespoon… not 300 per teaspoon.

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  38. jackie
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 16:24:30

    Hey! i’m a terrible cook. but i am obsessed with skittles. is there anyway i could buy a “pack” from you? i live in philly

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Feb 23, 2014 @ 21:24:50

      Sorry! I’m not running a commercial kitchen or anything… could you get an awesome cook friend to make them for you in exchange for something else (babysitting, cleaning, whatever)?

      Reply

  39. FRAN
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 12:15:29

    This is genius, thanks for all the good info. Wish I had the Vitamix!
    I tried to subscribe by e-mail and it says I’m missing the fields for First Name, Last Name but there is only a space to enter my e-mail address. Hope you can get that fixed, I’d love to learn more tips from you. Have a good day.

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Feb 02, 2014 @ 11:23:34

      Oh no! That’s no good. I’ll let my web guru know. :) Hopefully she can fix it. Did you try in the sidebar or at the end of the post?

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  40. Becca
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 14:21:56

    Are you sure the carrots/turnips/beets are meant to be raw? I have a ninja blender and I don’t know if its just a blender thing, but it doesn’t seem like the raw veggies will be blended small enough….

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Jan 24, 2014 @ 20:35:37

      I did them raw, but I have a vitamix and it kind of pulverizes the hell out of whatever I put in there. :)

      Reply

  41. mICHELLe
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 21:18:38

    What is the purpose of the coconut concentrate? I can’t stand coconut even a little. If it’s texture based, what would you suggest using instead?

    Reply

    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:31:56

      The main purpose is to add some fat, because otherwise the drops will get rock hard and not so pleasant… and also because we try to get a lot of good fats into our diets (in my family).

      Reply

  42. Denise
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 19:52:18

    Out of curiosity, is there an alternate ingredient to use in place of the coconut butter for people who are allergic to coconuts?

    Reply

    • Sara Schneider
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 11:11:49

      Or who just don’t wish to put a crap load of fat and calories into their candy.

      Reply

      • Emily Chapelle
        Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:33:47

        These aren’t really meant to be candy… they’re meant to be food. Fun colorful tasty snacks that still provide a lot of nutrients – and yes, fat. My family eats a VERY high-fat diet and we don’t worry about calories, and somehow we aren’t all a billion pounds so that really isn’t a concern I have.

        But Denise, I would try a nut butter if you’re not allergic to that – maybe cashew butter would work well (and since it’s very light colored like coconut butter is, it wouldn’t affect the appearance so much) or even ghee might work.

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  43. Heather
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 09:36:54

    Has anyone tried them without the lemon juice? We have a citrus allergy in this house. Has anyone adjusted the recipies to because of food allergies? Can you us something other than coconut butter here it is $12+ a jar.

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    • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
      Jul 26, 2014 @ 14:02:38

      I hope it’s OK to share this. I make my own. wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/make-your-own-coconut-butter/

      LOVE this post.

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  44. April
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 00:13:16

    I can’t wait to try these. I am thinking these would be a great snack for my husband , whom is a truck driver and likes to snack while driving and of course me and my 12 yr old will enjoy them also. Thank you for sharing .

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  45. Vacuum under couches and beneath cushions » So Damn Domestic
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 03:23:19

    […] couch cushions after 3 months of storage was humbling. So much dust and dirt. So many raisins. Some paleo skittles. Dried peas. Good lord… we don’t vacuum in there nearly often enough. […]

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  46. TanyA m
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:10:16

    Really excited to try these out!! I am having a hard time finding coconut butter, do you think almond butter would work as well? Thanks

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:34:24

      I think almond butter would taste great, but it would make them all more brown… cashew butter might help preserve the color a bit since it’s so light in color.

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  47. Lauren
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 19:35:22

    What could I use instead of coconut butter? Applesauce? We deal with quite a few food allergies and this would be cheaper than buying puffs all the time. Feel free to email me :)

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:35:34

      Lauren, I’d try something else with fat … that’s the main purpose of the coconut butter in this recipe. Without the fat, these tend to dry rock hard and be not so pleasant to eat. So I’d try another nut butter if you can, like cashew butter (light in color so it wouldn’t affect the appearance much) or ghee.

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      • Lauren
        Aug 31, 2014 @ 23:53:42

        We can’t do either of those options unfortunately.. Our options would have to be bacon grease or something like that.

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        • Emily Chapelle
          Sep 06, 2014 @ 22:03:22

          Bacon grease would definitely have a different flavor. haha. I’m not opposed to you trying ;) Let me know if you do!

          But what about palm shortening? Do you ever use that?

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  48. Erin
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 20:59:08

    These are amazing! Have you found any new flavors?

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Nov 07, 2013 @ 22:20:09

      Someone tweeted to me that they made a pumpkin pie version with pureed pumpkin, sweet potato, coconut butter, and pumpkin pie spices! That sounds AWESOME.

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      • Sara Schneider
        Aug 31, 2014 @ 11:14:27

        This post needs to be updated with more flavors. These are the ones I’ve thought of: grape, plum, banana, lime, mango, apple, pear, rhubarb, pineapple, coconut, mango, watermelon, grapefruit.

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        • Emily Chapelle
          Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:36:27

          Sara, I hope you try some of those! Let me know if you do, okay? They sound awesome. :) I’ve made similar treats with banana before and the kids went crazy for them.

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  49. Tracey
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 23:20:05

    Wondering if there is a difference between coconut butter and coconut oil? Would coconut oil work in the recipe?

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:38:00

      You’d need to use less coconut oil, but yes… the main purpose of the coconut butter in this recipe is for the fat content. Coconut butter is all of the coconut “meat” ground up into a creamy texture (as the oil releases) just like peanut butter or almond butter, but coconut instead. Coconut oil is ONLY the fat from the coconut, so none of the fiber. It’s up to you… if you decide to try it, I’d use half or so of the amount.

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  50. Nicole
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 23:35:10

    Love this idea, thanks a bunch. Do you think for the out of season fruit/berries that frozen can be used after being thawed?

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  51. Christy
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 20:38:34

    These look absolutely fabulous! One question though. Is there a fat you can recommend to substitute for the coconut? My little one can’t have anything in the tree nut/coconut/peanut categories. I’m thinking I could use avocado in the darker varieties or if I didn’t really care about getting all the colors right…any ideas to keep the colors true though?

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Oct 08, 2013 @ 12:56:25

      I’m not sure… could you do ghee? Try a small batch and see how it turns out?

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  52. Christy
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 20:21:10

    These look absolutely fantastic and so fun for little ones to eat! Can anyone recommend a fat that might work other than coconut? My little one can’t have any foods in the coconut or tree nut/peanut category. Maybe butter???

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    • Sara Schneider
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 11:16:25

      A lot of people are asking this without much reply. Any way to actually cut down on the fat instead of just using a different fat. I did some number crunching and a batch of the maroon ones have about 900 calories and 40 grams of fat. Too much for me!

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      • Emily Chapelle
        Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:41:05

        As I mentioned in another comment, my family doesn’t worry about fat content (except to prioritize it as a source of energy, as long as it’s from good sources) or calorie count at ALL. If that’s a concern of yours, you’re probably right that these aren’t just for you. (But you also would NOT eat an entire batch in one sitting.)

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:39:31

      I would try ghee if you can’t have any sort of nut or coconut.

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  53. New Goals | Running Wild(er)Running Wild(er)
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 08:56:04

    […] of baking.  I’ll post about that whole process later.  Let’s just say for now, these Paleo Skittles are very good but WOW, what a process to […]

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  54. Lydia
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 05:45:25

    I love this. I am a huge “snacker” and this will be perfect on my paleo quest. I just bought the coconut butter and can’t wait to make these.

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  55. Shelley delayne
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 11:55:13

    I am so hooked on these!!! My first batch turned out tiny, because I didn’t account for shrinkage in the dehydrating process, but my second and third batches turned out beautifully. These are so delicious and we have been gobbling them up as fast as I can make them!

    One little piece of advice to anyone trying these: don’t do what I did the first time and make the puree the night before, planning to make them in the morning. The coconut butter gets really, really hard overnight in the fridge and softening it again changes the texture for some reason. Better to make the puree and then make them immediately!

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    • Chris
      Feb 24, 2014 @ 23:10:59

      Wow thanks for your comment I was just going to do that. Guess I’ll wait.

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  56. 20 Chore Tuesday | Our Homegrown Adventures
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 17:42:03

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  57. Delora
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 21:56:13

    Do you think these would work with butternut squash instead of the sweet potato? I have a friend who follows SCD for colitis and can’t eat sweet potato, but can have squash. I think these would be a fun gift.

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:42:59

      YES probably! I’d give it a try. That’s an awesome idea.

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  58. Bento Sam
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 13:29:31

    These look amazing!!! I would definitely gobble up the maroon ones – blackberries and raspberries yum! And the colours are so vibrant

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  59. Henni
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:38:35

    Oh my goodness, these look amazing!! Gorgeous pictures, too :-)… I’m planning on trying to make some in the oven… I’ll let you know how it goes! Thank you for sharing the recipes!

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    • Henni
      Aug 19, 2013 @ 20:33:13

      Update: made these in the oven the other day! worked perfectly fine :-) I set it to 170 (that’s as low as our oven goes) and let them “bake” for about 5 hours. For part of the time I let the oven door open a bit so that the moisture could escape. Oh, and I should also add that my skittles were TINY… They shrink quite a bit while drying, which I didn’t take into account… but they are still delicious! Next time, I will definitely make them a little bigger – which probably means another hour or two added to the drying time… We shall see!

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      • Lydia
        Sep 25, 2013 @ 05:42:36

        Oops…just saw your follow up…sorry! Thanks for the update though. I can’t wait to try!

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    • Lydia
      Sep 25, 2013 @ 05:41:29

      Did you ever try these using the oven? I don’t have a dehydrator but want to try in the oven and wondered if anyone did it and had success/failure.

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  60. mEGAN
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:13:15

    I don’t have kids, but those look amazing. I think I’m going to make some for myself (I’m a snacker). I also love the pictures that you took. Fabulous woprk, girl!

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    • Megan
      Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:14:18

      I meant work. And I meant to spell my name correctly, not in a weird opposite yell / caps effect. My bad!

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  61. Lori
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 09:38:57

    Just bought the coconut butter- looking forward to trying a few this weekend! And I don’t even have kids at home!

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  62. Katrina
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 17:24:44

    These look awesome! I haven’t been able to find white fleshed sweet potatoes where I live; could I substitute the orange fleshed for some of the other colors?

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  63. MEghan
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 15:11:05

    The colors all combined on one plate remind me of Halloween! What a great, amazingly healthy treat they would make in place of the typical sugar overload that is typically offered.

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  64. Karen
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 13:33:14

    Genius!! I need to buy a dehydrator ASAP! Thank you so much!!!!

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  65. Johanna @ Mama Chocolate
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 10:23:44

    This is brilliant!! Can’t wait to try it out!

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  66. RJ
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:56:29

    Try adding.Great Lakes gelatin, gives it a chewier texture! Awesome work!

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    • Karrie
      Apr 19, 2014 @ 08:55:18

      How much did you add?

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      • Sara Schneider
        Aug 31, 2014 @ 11:19:13

        I’m wondering the same thing. I’d put too much and ruin them lol.

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  67. Rachel Duclos
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:17:41

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I’ve been waiting for this post!!! I love the name you chose too. Your pictures come out beautiful as well. There look amazing and I can NOT wait to try them.

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  68. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 06:46:48

    Wow…you put some serious time into this! I’ve been thinking about this for a long time (along with homemade “puffs”) and I never had any time to put it into action in the kitchen, plus I don’t have a Vitamix (Although I’d give my left arm for one.) Thanks so much for all the time and effort you put into such a fabulous post. I might try to do something similar with what I have. I KNOW they’d be a big hit!

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