As summer winds down, I am clinging to every last bit of the season that I can. I refuse to acknowledge it’s almost over. Keeping with the theme of healthy summer road trip snacks this Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Fruit Leather is the perfect way to take the sweet tastes of summer with you, wherever you go.
This fruit leather recipe calls for strawberries but you can use this as a guide to create fruit leather with whatever fruit you have an abundance of. Peaches, apricots, apples and so on. You can even create a blend of your favorite fruits.
Fruit leather gets a wrap for being a kids-only snack, but I can tell you, adults truly love the stuff, too. This could partially be the fact that it will instantly transport you to being a kid. It’s also great for travel and being on-the-go, just roll it up with a little parchment paper and pack it into your bag and you are ready to go. Sweet, summer berry goodness, wherever you are. Try out different berries or other seasonal fruit for additional variations. For a smoother leather, you can strain the seeds or any pulp before dehydrating, if you’d like. You can cook the fruit first if you’d like to intensify the flavor a bit.
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[print_this]Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Fruit Leather
- 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and washed well
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey (or other liquid sweetener)
Preheat oven to 170ºF or as low as it will go. Line one large (or two medium) baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
Add the strawberries with fresh lemon juice and honey to your high speed blender. Process until fully blended and smooth. Taste and adjust your sweeter and lemon juice, as needed.
Spread the mixture evenly onto the lined baking sheet (or sheets), about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.
Bake for 6-8 hours, until the leather is no longer sticky and it easily peels away from the parchment paper. Time can vary depending on your oven and it’s lowest temperature, so be sure to keep checking it so it doesn’t dry out.
Once cooled, peel the fruit leather off the mat and use scissors to cut the fruit leather into strips. Roll up to serve, and store in an airtight container. It will keep at least a week, longer if kept in the fridge or freezer.
You may want more or sweetener, depending on how sweet your fruit it. I suggest tasting the fruit first, adding a small amount of sweetener then adding more as necessary.
You can strain out the seeds, if you prefer.
You can also use a dehydrator rather than the oven, dehydrate according your dehydrator’s instructions.
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