Zero Waste Sweet Orange Skewers

Zero Waste Orange Peel Dessert | Naked Food Magazine

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From our conscious gastronomy masters, here is this zero-waste and delicious dessert.  That’s right, you use the peels for the recipe, the surplus can be composted, the juice is used for flavoring, and the seeds can be sown in your backyard. It’s also flavorful and healthful Enjoy!


  • 4 organic oranges
  • 5 Tbsp. date paste
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup borage leaves or flowers (optional)
  • ½ tsp. flaxseed powder
  • ½ tsp.  cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla (alcohol-free)
  • 4 skewer sticks


Slice the orange peel into 4 pieces and separate them from the pulp.   Soak the peels in 2 cups of water and set aside in the refrigerator for one day.

Remove the water.* Roll the orange peels and put them on skewer sticks.

Add the skewers and peels to a non-stick pan and cook on medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the remaining water.* Add another 2 cups of water and cook again for 30 minutes.

Blend the peeled oranges or squeeze the juice if desired. By blending you will also use the fiber. Add the juice and the rest of the ingredients except for the vanilla and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Add the vanilla, stir and serve.


When cooking the peels, taste a small piece and if you still notice some bitterness allow it to boil for a few extra minutes.

If you want your recipe a little sweeter, add more date paste and other spices such as cinnamon powder, vanilla to taste.

*Allow the boiled water to cool down and use it in your garden.  It is full of nutrients!