Fruit leather is one of our favorite snacks. We love enjoying the spring harvest of apricots or the final days of summer and it’s fresh peaches. From late spring to early fall there is so much delicious produce to enjoy, especially if you visit the farmer’s market, are lucky enough to have generous neighbors and even your own little garden or fruit trees.
Fresh seasonal fruit is delightful, but you can only eat so much and sometimes it seems to ripen faster than we can eat it. When that happens, I make fruit leather!
This is a super simple recipe without added sugars and the artificial stuff you’ll find in a Fruit Roll-Up.
These can be dehydrated in the oven or a food dryer. I have the Excalibur Food Dehydrator and love it.
3 Cups fruit- apricots, strawberries, peaches, etc.
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey, optional
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoon Unsweetened Applesauce
In a food processor or high powered blender add all the ingredients.
Process until mixture is smooth and pourable. If you need to you can add some water 1 tsp. at a time, don’t let the mixture get too thin.
Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. If using a food dehydrator use silicone mats.
Preheat the oven to lowest setting, usually 170 degrees.
Place in the oven and cook until no longer liquidy or sticky. This usually takes 3-5 hours depending on your oven. (Follow your dehydrator instructions for cooking times and temperatures.)
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Remove parchment paper from baking sheet and cut leather and parchment paper with kitchen shears into individual serving sizes, I like to make 2″ X 6″ strips.
Roll up leather and parchment paper together. Use a small piece of tape to keep them rolled.
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Refrigerate or freeze for longer storage times.
*Use your favorite green smoothie recipes to make fruit leather too! Just keep the water content low and follow the ratios in this recipe.