Thursday, November 6, 2014

Homemade Fruit Leather Snacks

Homemade Fruit Leather Snacks

I'm always looking for new and healthy snacks for my whole family. In recent months, I've been working on replicating unhealthy (but often fun) snacks and make them into homemade healthy treats. I would never eat or give my family packaged fruit roll-ups/ fruit by the foot. If you read the ingredients, fruit is hardly even in them! Trying not to reinvent the wheel, I searched the internet and came upon this recipe. I made some modifications since the first batch was way to thin. It made some cool fruit crackers, but that wasn't going to fly ;). Here is what I came up with that worked out perfectly!

You will need:

  • 4 cups mixed berries (I used 2 cups strawberries & 1 cup each of blueberries & blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or water (I used water)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest {optional}
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or more depending on your taste)


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Chop up the strawberries. You can leave the other berries whole. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Simmer for 20 minutes on medium-high heat.

Transfer mixture to a blender and blend into smooth. The mixture will be hot, so be careful!

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Spread mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with a Silicone Baking Mat {make your life easier} or parchment paper.

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Spread evenly, but don't worry about it reaching all the sides of the pan or being even.

Bake in the oven for about 6-8 hours on 150 degrees. At some point, about 2/3 of my fruit leather was done. I simply tore off that part and let the rest bake for about an hour longer. The mixture is fairly thick when spread out, so it is hard to spread it out perfectly even.

If using the Silicone Baking Mat, peel the fruit leather off the mat and transfer to a piece of parchment paper if you'd like. Then cut the fruit into strips and roll up. I didn't bother with the parchment paper and simple tore into strips, rolled up and placed into a container. I haven't had any problems with them that way.

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Feel free to experiment with different combos and maybe some different seasonings added in as well. Should last for about a month stored.

Bridget Davet / Davet Designs

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