This is such a delicious and helathy snack for both kids and adults. They are naturally very sweet and if you want to give your child a sweetie treat now and then this is a great alternative to your normal sweets. You and your children will absolutely love them. Fruit leathers are made best in a dehydrator. There are plenty ones on the market. A dehydrator makes sure vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients are still in the food when eating it. However a conventional oven would work fine as well.
What you need to do:
Cut up 3 cups of fruits and berries - Could be any fruits really. Its nice to use berries. Berries are full of antioxidants and slightly less sweet than most fruit. You can mix the berries with apples and bananas for example to keep the cost down. But any fruits are ok, like pears, kiwis, plums, or whatever you have at home. I also always put some greens in like spinach, kale, spirulina or similar. It will not alter the sweet yummy taste much. It might make a slightly greeny brown colour though.
Put the cut up fruit in a blender and blend until smooth. Then spread it out on a silicon or teflon sheet.
If you are doing this in the oven you need to preheat on the lowest heat. 140F or 50c. Put the plate on a low shelf and let it be in there for around 6-8 hours. It depends on your oven how long it will take exactly. When the leather is ready you should be able to peel it of the teflon sheet quite easily.
If you have a dehydrator just spread the mix onto a teflon sheet and put into dehydrator 42c for about 5 hours. Then you need to turn it over and dehyrate for another 3 or so hours.
Fruit leathers will keep for several weeks.
- Cut up 3 cups of your favourite fruit
- Blend it smooth in blender
- Spread on silicon or teflon sheet
- Put it in theoven on lowest heat on a low shelf for 6-8 hours
- When it's ready it is easy to peel off
- Cut into long ribbons and roll them up