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Jeanette Makes a Healthy “Black Licorice”

Robyn Openshaw - Aug 19, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

GreenSmoothieGirl reader Jeanette shared this experience and a recipe to go with it.

My kids asked me, “What is that kid eating?” I told them it was licorice, and then I went home and created it for them.  This is what I came up with and it is SO GOOD! You’ll never want that other stuff that we all grew up eating.

Jeanette’s Licorice


  • 10 very ripe persimmons
  • 10-20 anise seeds or several inches of fresh leaves cut


  1. Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour a thick layer onto dehydrator teflex sheet and dry overnight or until done at 105 degrees.
  3. Cut in 1-inch thick slices and enjoy like licorice.

Thanks Jeanette!


Posted in: Recipes, Whole Food

9 thoughts on “Jeanette Makes a Healthy “Black Licorice””

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  1. I attended the Green Smoothie Girl lecture in Atlanta and won the fantastic Blendtec!!!!!! My regular blender had just quit on me from trying to make all the wonderful green smoothie recipes so it was a blessing and a perfect time to win such an amazing machine!!! I want to thank Robyn for being so generous in offering us a chance to win something so awesome. Robyn, you are truly remarkable for all the research you have done helping others learn how to eat correctly again. Thank you Robyn! I think of you everyday as I use my machine and share your website for others to get informed about good health!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This sounds so yummy and healthy. I’m always looking for healthy “treats” for my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn, this isn’t related to this date’s topic but I was hoping you could provide a short answer if you could spare a moment: What is your reaction or response when someone who eats meat regularly, drinks soda daily, doesn’t drink water, and doesn’t exercise tells you that they think or know they’re healthy because they “never get sick” (colds, flus, ect) ? Does never getting colds or flu or feeling under the weather mean you are not developing disease or cancer? Thank you.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      That is a common thing people say, that they’re “healthy” despite a terrible diet, because they don’t get viruses. I know a couple of docs who say that’s a terrible sign, to never get a cold, because a cold is part of our detoxification system—it cleans us out once or twice a year. And like you said, just because you don’t sneeze and cough doesn’t mean cells aren’t mutating under the stress. You could never get the flu, but one day get diagnosed with cancer. Which is what you’re begging for eating a soda-and-meat diet.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks again Robyn. I know of someone who insists they are fine because the doctor said they were and did a blood test and everything. (What the blood test was specifically for, I don’t know). This person eats fast food twice a day, almost without fail, drinks soda with each meal (but says they never finish it entirely), doesn’t drink water, doesn’t exercise but believes they are just fine and says something like, ” I think a doctor would know better than you,” and says they never get sick. I hate to see anyone I know destroy their health and then one day get a surprise diagnosis when by then, the damage may be fatal. This person wants their cake and thinks it’s OK to eat it too without negative consequences. If only it were that easy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How do you know when the licorice is done? What does dry mean? Should it be chewy like licorice? Thanks!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Diane, dry it to whatever texture you like—like licorice, yes!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love licorice and making my own would be great…. however, persimmons are not available where I live. Is there something similar a person could use in place of the persimmons.

    1. Kate Jenkins says:

      ^^ this is what I would like to know…I just made my first batch- it’s drying now – and I think I’m going to want to make it year round… what else is like a persimmon? What can we swap out for the persimmon? TU!

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