Caramelized Orange Chia Zucchini Boats
Author: Urban Paleo Chef
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Perfect for any time of the day, these Caramelized Orange Peel Zucchini Boats are certain to thrill all guests!
  • Caramelized Orange Peels Recipe:
  • 3 medium Oranges, peeled (definitely organic, if possible; you're going to be eating the skin)
  • 2 of the above 3 Oranges, sliced (you can eat the third - it's not necessary for the Caramelized Orange Peel recipe)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Caramelized Orange Chia Sauce:
  • 1 cup Caramelized Orange Peels, cooled (above recipe makes about 2 - 2.5 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Butter (or use shredded coconut, and grind it in a coffee grinder - go with about 1 cup of the shredded coconut)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Zucchini Boats:
  • 4-6 small Zucchini, halved and hollowed (will work with "baby zucchini" as well; but you may want to use more of them, and pre-bake them to soften them)
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook and Prep time (Caramelized Orange Peels): 90 minutes + cooling time (a day? several hours?)
  • Cook and Prep time (Caramelized Orange Chia Sauce): 10 minutes (unless you watch the pot... ;) )
  • Cook and Prep time (Zucchini Boats): 30 minutes (plus extra prep if you're using "baby zucchini")
  1. Make the Caramelized Orange Peels (Recipe below)
  2. Make the Caramelized Orange Chia Sauce (Recipe below)
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 425.
  4. Cut open the zucchinis and create a hollowed space so that the sauce can sit in the zucchini boats.
  5. Spoon enough of the Caramelized Orange Chia Sauce into each of the zucchini boats so that there is a little bit of the sauce mounded up on top of the zucchini.
  6. On a lightly oiled baking sheet (or with parchment paper) carefully place the now-filled Caramelized Orange Chia Zucchini Boats to bake.
  7. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.
  8. Let these cool for 5-10 minutes, then serve and enjoy!
The cook time for this particular meal assumes that you've pre-made the Caramelized Orange Peels. I make these regularly, and keep some in the refrigerator almost all the time, just in case!
For the Caramelized Orange Peels:
Dice the orange peels; Cook the peels in the coconut oil for 60 minutes on low heat; Stir occasionally - about every 10 minutes; Add the sliced oranges after 60 minutes and continue to cook on low heat; Continue to stir occasionally, about every 10 minutes; Store in the refrigerator for future use (can be stored for more than a week without any loss of flavor)
For the Caramelized Orange Peel Chia Sauce:
Take out the cooled Caramelized Orange Peels; Set the water to boil; Add the chia and coconut butter to the Caramelized Orange Peels in a mixing bowl; Pour the water in slowly while stirring; Stir thoroughly; Let sit for 5 minutes, stirring every 60 seconds or so; Add sea salt to taste
Recipe by Urban Paleo Chef at