Fruit leather can be made from fresh or frozen fruit and dried in either the oven or a dehydrator. The beauty of homemade fruit leather is that it can be sweetened to taste and contains no artificial preservatives or flavors.
Red Raspberry Fruit Leather (Strawberry is equally delicious)
- 2 cups of fresh or thawed berries
- Optional: 1-3 tablespoons of maple syrup (Maple syrup has better health benefits than cane sugar when used in moderation)
- Blend ingredients until smooth with a stick blender or in a standard blender
- This yields approximately two trays of fruit leather twelve inches in diameter.
Use specially designed dehydrator solid trays with sides to avoid spillage. Use a non-stick coating (e.g. extra virgin coconut oil) on the trays. Pour fruit mixture onto trays about 1/4-inch thick. Set the dehydrator to 135°F for 8-12 hours or remove once fruit becomes leathery in texture. There should not be any liquid spots, and it is possible for some areas to become brittle.
Preheat oven to 200°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the fruit mixture onto the parchment paper to form an even layer about 1/4-inch thick. Bake 4 to 5 hours or until the layer is evenly dry. Remove from the oven and cool. Strips can be cut with the parchment paper backing left on to avoid sticking during storage. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
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