DIY Fruit Leather: Natural and Delicious


Get ready to excite your kids with DIY Fruit Leather, a natural and delicious snack that's both fun to make and eat! This homemade version is free from artificial additives, letting the natural sweetness and flavor of the fruit shine. It's a perfect snack for lunchboxes, after-school treats, or anytime your little ones need a healthy pick-me-up.

DIY Fruit Leather: Natural and Delicious

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes (plus overnight for drying)
  • Cooking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Total Time: About 19 hours (including drying time)

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Makes about 10 strips
  • Serving Size: 1 strip
  • Ingredients:
  • Mixed fruits (like apples, berries, and mangoes), 450 grams (1 pound)
  • Honey or agave syrup (optional, for added sweetness), 2 tablespoons (1 ounce)
  • Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon (0.5 ounces)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Fruit: Wash, peel, and chop the fruits. Remove any pits or seeds.
  2. Cook the Fruit: In a saucepan, cook the fruits with a splash of water over medium heat until they are soft and mushy. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Blend: Puree the cooked fruit in a blender until smooth. If desired, add honey or agave syrup for extra sweetness.
  4. Add Lemon Juice: Stir in the lemon juice. This helps preserve color and adds a slight tang.
  5. Spread on Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the fruit puree evenly, about 1/8 inch thick.
  6. Dry in Oven: Preheat the oven to the lowest setting (about 140°F or 60°C). Place the baking sheet in the oven and let the fruit leather dry for 3-4 hours, or until it is no longer sticky.
  7. Cool and Cut: Allow the fruit leather to cool, then peel it off the parchment paper and cut into strips with kitchen scissors.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Consistency is Key: Ensure the puree is spread evenly for uniform drying.
  • Flavor Combinations: Experiment with different fruit combinations to discover your kids' favorites.
  • Keep an Eye on It: Oven temperatures may vary, so check the fruit leather occasionally to prevent over-drying.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I use frozen fruits for this recipe? Absolutely! Just thaw them first and drain any excess liquid.
  • How long does homemade fruit leather last? It can last for up to a month in an airtight container.
  • Can I make this without added sweeteners? Yes, if the fruits are naturally sweet, additional sweeteners are optional.