Homemade Fruit Leather

Homemade Fruit Leather / Busy Mom's Helper

My family loves fruit, especially the kids. Not so big on the veggies, but that’s another story. It’s difficult, though, to keep fresh fruit for too long (you know how easily apples roll to the back of the fridge then get yucky?), plus then you have to cut it freshly which takes time. I don’t always have time before snack to get it ready….I just want it to go from cupboard to plate easy and quick! So dried fruit is a common snack at our home, but it is so EXPENSIVE! Plus, all of those additives that my kids really don’t need. Because of this, I’ve been dreaming of getting a dehydrator…..a dream that has yet to come true, but oh well! Now that I’ve learned how to make homemade fruit leather without a dehydrator, I can keep it more healthy AND easily stored and accessible. LOVE IT!

Ingredients:
Fruit – in this case I used 5 large Mangoes
Sweetener, such as honey, sugar or agave

Directions:
Preheat oven at 150 degrees, or as low as it will go.

Place good parchment paper or a baking mat on a baking sheet.

Cube or slice the fruit.

Place fruit and sweetener in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Pour mixture on baking sheet.

Bake for 6-8 hours. You can tell it’s done when the center of the mixture isn’t sticky.

Let cool, then gently remove from pan.

Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut it into strips (or squares, whatever you prefer). Roll up, if desired.

Store in an airtight container, up to a month (from what I’ve heard from others….ours is eaten within a couple weeks!)

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