If your kids love those sugary fruit rolls, they're really going to love when you make them homemade fruit leather. I'm going to show you how to make fruit leather that will delight your kids!
Why make fruit leather?
It's no secret that my little guy will not eat fruits or veggies in their natural form. Give him a puree pouch and he's good to go, but fresh fruits and vegetables - no way. I've been trying to get more creative with incorporating produce into his diet and found myself purchasing organic fruit snacks and dehydrated fruit bites for big bucks. That's when I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own fruit leather. These are just like those delicious fruit rolls I ate as a child, but with only three ingredients - all of which I can pronounce (score!).
How to make fruit leather
All you'll need is 4 cups of the fruit of your choice (I choose strawberries), half a lemon, and ⅓ cup of sugar. The lemon brightens up the flavor of the fruit, and the sugar adds a bit of sweetness. You can add more or less depending on your preference.
After you wash and hull your berries, you'll just need to drop it into your food processor or blender, along with the sugar and the juice from ½ the lemon. I just adore the Blendtec and it's definitely my blender of choice. Just blend until smooth.
Pour your mixture onto a silicone baking mat (placed on a jelly pan) and spread evenly. I've read that you can use parchment paper instead, so I tried that and it did not work at all (although after reading the comments below, I think I might have used wax paper?! I don't have the box anymore so I'm not sure). The silicone baking mat worked perfectly. I saw Silpat mats were available for $25+ per mat and just couldn't bare to pay that, but found a 2 pack of Tanors silicone mats on Amazon for $13.99 and they're fantastic. This recipe will make enough for 2 mats.
Bake at the lowest setting of your oven for 6-8 hours. At 170 degrees it took about 7 hours for my fruit leather to finish. You'll want it so it's just ever so slightly tacky to the touch (not wet at all). It's a good idea to rotate your pans 180 degrees and swap racks every few hours.
Once it's done, just cut it into strips and roll it with parchment paper to prevent it from sticking. You can store them in an airtight container but ours never seem to last very long. They are so yummy!
Instead of those fruit rolls that are loaded with preservatives, make a batch of your own fruit leather.
- 4 cups Fruit (pick any fruit you like)
- ½ Juice of a lemon
- 1.3 cup Sugar
Blend all ingredients in a blender.
Pour mixture onto sheet pan (onto silicone baking mat preferably)
Bake at the lowest setting of your oven for 6-8 hours. At 170 degrees it took about 7 hours for my fruit leather to finish. You’ll want it so it’s just ever so slightly tacky to the touch (not wet at all). It’s a good idea to rotate your pans 180 degrees and swap racks every few hours.
Once it’s done, just cut it into strips and roll it with parchment paper to prevent it from sticking.
I hope you enjoy this fruit leather recipe!
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