Today’s post is a process rather than a strict recipe. It is adaptable to any type of fruit. Use what is fresh, local, and in season. These are great for kids (or kids’ at heart). There are a lot of fruit leather recipes which require a dehydrator. While this is a great way to make it, it is not accessible to everyone. If you have a dehydrator, feel free to dehydrate these babies until pliable. You can also use an oven, set at it’s lowest setting for a few hours….but that’s no fun 🙂 My method is part cooking class, part science experiment. Get your kids involved in making this. Let them pick the flavours and be part of the process. Experiment with different kinds of fruits or combinations of fruits. I have noticed that kids are naturally very interested in cooking and I love to encourage that curiosity.
All Natural Fruit Leather:
– 5 cups fruit
Blend your fruit in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add sweetener of choice (I use raw honey, but you can use coconut sugar, stevia, or whatever you prefer) to taste. How much you need to add will depend on the sweetness of the fruit. I used about 3T honey for 5 cups of raspberries, but this will vary for everyone. Taste and adjust sweetness for your taste buds. At this point you can add additional spices or herbs if desired. Get out your baking pan (cookie sheet) and line it with a silpat if you have one. If not, you can use plastic wrap (I did). Pour the blended fruit onto the lined baking pan and smooth to an even thickness. Make sure it goes right to the edges. Place outside in direct sunlight (I use my deck). There are many factors that determine how long it will take to dry. Mine took 12 hours on a 30 degree C (90 degree F) day. The best thing you can do is check on it every few hours (or when you remember). Involve your kids! When the sun moves, move the tray so that it is always in the sun. Once fruit leather is dried, but still pliable, bring the tray back inside. The colour will have darken drastically. Peel leather from silpat or plastic wrap. Roll up and slice in pieces. Eat! If you need to store them, wrap in parchment or wax paper and store in an air tight container.
Enjoy ❤ ❤