Like most kids, my kids love fruit rollups. What I don’t like is the added sugars and unnatural colours that come along with pre-packaged treats. Fruit leather is actually very easy to make and you don’t need a dehydrator to make it, although if you plan on dehydrating a lot, you will want to invest in one. I’m sharing my Cinnamon Apple Strawberry Fruit Leather with honey recipe today but you can add any of your favourite fruits (and veggies) into the recipe to make your own flavour combinations.
What I love most about making my own fruit leather is that I know exactly whats going into the mouths of my family. My kids love the fruit flavours but I secretly sneak in a few veggies to maximize on their vitamin and mineral intake. Sneaky; sneaky! You can also add slices of fruit before the dehydration process for a candied fruit texture. I’ve added strawberries in this one but banana slices would be a delicious addition.
We tried dehydrated kiwi’s and let me tell you did my mouth ever pucker; if you like sour candies, you will love dehydrated kiwi’s. If you are thinking about adding kiwi to your recipe, blended in with other sweet fruits would make all the difference.
*Tip: always use raw honey for the most health benefits. This recipe uses Cinnamon Bark essential oils however you can use cinnamon spice; I have added the conversion in the recipe.
- 3 ripe medium apples, peeled and cored
- 500 g ripe strawberries, stem removed
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 2 drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (or ¼ tsp of cinnamon spice)
- Preheat dehydrator to 135 degrees F. OR oven to 170 degrees F.
- In a blender, place all the ingredients and puree.
- If you are adding in Cinnamon Bark essential oil instead of cinnamon spice, put drops and stir into the mixture in a glass bowl to avoid the plastic of the blender jug taking on the scent of the oil.
- Pour onto a dehydrator tray with plastic wrap on top wrapping plastic around edges of tray. Pour mixture evenly over the tray about ¼ inch thick, thinner in the middle & thicker at the edges.
- Place in a dehydrator for 12 hours or until fruit leather has a pliable chewy leather texture but not hard and breakable. *If you're dehydrating in the oven, spread mixture over a plastic wrap lined baking pan (tape the edges down around the pan). Dehydrate in the oven for approximately 10 hours on 170 degrees F. in your oven or until fruit leather is a pliable chewy leather texture, as described above.
- Lift the plastic edges from the pan and cool completely before trying to peel it off the plastic. Once cooled, roll an wrap in plastic wrap.
- Make ahead and store at room temperature for up to 1 month, in the refrigerator for up to 3 months or in the freezer for up to 1 year. Warm to room temperature before serving.