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Homemade Fruit Leather

By Fredrica Syren:

Of all the kids’ snacks you can buy, fruit leather must the biggest rip-off because making your own is so super easy. So forget those processed, sugary fruit leathers, and say hello to juicy fruit leathers bursting with natural flavors — and that contain only fruit. As a bonus, they are plastic wrap free.

Basically, fruit leather is a snack made by pureeing and dehydrating fruits and berries. My kids absolutely love these snacks, and it’s very easy for the kids to make, too. I like them because they are the perfect treat with no processed sugar. Once you make them, you can store them in an airtight container for a few weeks at least. They are small and light, so they are easy to bring along for a snack on the go or as a treat in a school lunch.

I always make my fruit leathers in a dehydrator because this way I don’t have to stay home and wait for them to be finished. But they also can be made in an oven in just a few hours.

Here are some of my favorite flavor combinations, but be adventurous and try out all kinds of fun combinations, or just use a single fruit or berry. I have heard that adding beets makes them very colorful and even more nutritional.

Banana and Raspberry

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup raspberries

Blueberry and Banana

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup ripe blueberries

Blueberry and Mint

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 TBS maple syrup
  • 1 drop of peppermint essential oil

Cinnamon Apple

  • 2 cups unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Peach

Strawberries

Apricots (Soak dried dark apricots for a few hours before pureeing them)

Combine fruit and/or berries in a blender or food processor, and blend until completely pureed.Pour fruit onto dehydration tray lined with reusable liner or parchment paper. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8-12 hours until firm and can be peeled off. Slice or cut strips with a knife or scissors. Roll up and store in a bag or airtight container. If you do not have a dehydrator, you can make fruit leather in the oven. Here is link showing how to do that. 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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