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I created this fruit leather recipe as a way to increase the prunes in my son’s diet.  It turns out that both my son and daughter love it.

They are made only with fruit (no sweetener!), which aligns nicely with our nutritarian eating style.  (Read my post on FIMBY for more information about our eating style.)

Instead of reaching for a packaged snack on the way out the door, I can easily bring some fruit leather with us.

I use my dehydrator in this recipe, but you can use your oven at the lowest temperature (your fruit leather will not be considered raw when heated above 115 degrees).

kidoing! Homemade Fruit Leather (makes two 14″ X 14″ sheets)*

  • 10 dried prunes and soaking water (soak prunes in enough water to cover prunes for a couple hours until soft)
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen peaches
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen mango chunks

Place all ingredients into your blender or food processor.

Blend or process until creamy.

Pour onto parchment-lined or teflex-lined dehydrator trays and use an offset spatula to smooth out the puree (edges should be a little thicker than centers since the edges tend to dry faster).  If using an oven, pour onto parchment lined jelly roll pans.

Dehydrate at 105 degrees for about 4-5 hours, then flip and dehydrate for one hour more.  This is the low gloss sheen you will see when the leather is done.  It’s no longer sticky to the touch, but smooth.  (If using an oven, I would estimate it would take a little less time to dehydrate because of the higher temperature.  I would check it after two hours and go from there.)

Transfer to clean parchment or wax paper, roll and secure (I use a rubberband).

Once the roll is secure, you can cut it with kitchen shears at whatever width you desire.

This recipe uses fruits that I thought would complement each other, but feel free to experiment with different combinations.  I also have made strawberry banana, which is yummy.

Have you ever tried making homemade fruit leather? What is your favorite fruit combination?

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