Fruit leather is Nature’s candy! Unless, of course, it is made with corn syrup and food coloring… then it’s really just candy. It’s surprisingly pretty easy to make at home with nothing more than fruit and a little honey though. And the really good news is that this might as well have been candy as far as my 2 year old was concerned. She begged for it and even declared the homemade version was her favorite over a similar store bought product. There’s nothing like her approval to make me feel like I’ve had real recipe success!
This recipe also makes a naturally sweet Valentine treat when wrapped in unbleached parchment paper and tied with baker’s twine. Download these free printable tags to complete the adorable packages pictured below.
Strawberry Banana Fruit Leather
Yield: 8 rolls
1 pound of fresh strawberries, washed and trimmed
3 Tablespoons honey
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat (I used my Silpat)
- Place all ingredients in the blender (I used my Vitamix) and process until smooth
- Pour the fruit puree onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it into an even layer.
- Bake for 4 to 6 hours. Start checking at 4 hours to see if the surface is sticky. When it’s no longer sticky, try to peel it up to ensure that the underside is also dry. When it starts to peel cleanly off of the parchment/silpat it’s done. Mine took the full 6 hours, but times will vary depending on ovens and the moisture in your fruit.
- When the fruit leather has fully cooled, line it with parchment if necessary and use kitchen scissors to cut it widthwise into 8 strips. Roll each strip up and secure with a little piece of tape.
adapted slightly from Food Family & Finds