Homemade Fruit StripsApr 13 2011 by
Have you ever made your own fruit strips/leather? Until recently I hadn’t, mostly because it looked too complicated. It’s NOT! It’s so easy and the results are freaking delicious! I literally ate a whole batch in one sitting! How can you go wrong when only one ingredient can make something so delicious! Enjoy!
- fresh or frozen fruit of your choice (4 cups of fruit yield about one baking sheet of fruit leather)
- raw honey or coconut nectar, optional (you will only need to use a sweetener if your fruit is sour)
- Start by rinsing the fruit. If you’re using stone fruit, take out the pits and chop the fruit. If using apples or pears, peel and core them, then chop. If using grapes, de-stem them.
- Place fruit in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover and let the fruit cook on low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the fruit is cooked through.
- Uncover and stir then use a potato masher (or fork) to mash up the fruit in the pan. (If you are working with grapes – strain the juice out of the mashed grapes and use to make grape juice!)
- This is an optional step. If you want a smooth fruit leather then process the cooked fruit through a food mill or chinoise. I like all the bits and pieces so I skip this step.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with sturdy plastic wrap (the kind that is microwave safe). Pour the cooked fruit onto the lined baking sheet to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and heat to a low 140 degrees. If you have a convection setting, use it, it will speed up the process and help dry out the fruit.
- Let the fruit dry in the oven for as long as it takes to form fruit leather, usually about 8-12 hours. The fruit leather is ready when it is no longer sticky, but has a smooth surface.
- If you have a food dehydrator like I do this is a great use for it! Simply follow the directions on your dehydrator for drying fruit.
- When the fruit leather is ready, you can easily peel it up from the plastic wrap. Simply cut it into fruit strips and store by rolling it in its plastic wrap, put it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Nutritional info will vary depending on the fruit that is used.
You can mix and match the fruit to make an assortment of fun fruit leather flavors. Our favorites are raspberry/blueberry, peach/mango, apple/pear and strawberry!