Homemade Fruit Leather
If you find yourself with an abundance of berries this season try this kid-friendly snack. Fruit leather is a healthy treat, and children will love that you can make fruit roll-ups right at home. We used strawberries in this recipe, but you can easily substitute another fruit.
4 cups strawberries, stems/leaves removed and chopped
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
Preheat the oven to 150-200 degrees. (Our oven’s lowest setting was 175 degrees, so we cooked at that temperature.)
Line a baking sheet (we used an 11-by-15 cookie sheet) with parchment paper.
In a blender or food processor, puree berries and honey until smooth.
Pour the berry mixture onto the parchment lined pan. Spread the mixture with a spatula to a thin, even layer.
Bake for about 5-6 hours, until leather peels away easily from the parchment. Set on a rack to fully cool down for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Use scissors to cut the parchment paper into strips. Roll to make fruit roll-ups.
Store fruit leather in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.
-When spreading the berry mixture, make sure the middle isn’t too thick. Also be careful not to spread it too thin, or your leather will be crispy.
-As ovens vary, you’ll want to check the fruit leather after about 3.5-4 hours of baking, and then every half hour or so.
-Do not use wax paper in place of parchment paper. It will melt into the fruit.