3-Ingredient Strawberry Fruit Leather
Who else grew up totally addicted to fruit leather? I remember being a kid and getting to choose one as a treat every time my brother and I went grocery shopping with my mom and dad.
If I'm really being honest, I never really grew out of my love of fruit leather. But now as an adult, and as a mom, I want to have a healthier version as opposed to the processed, refined sugar-laden fruit leathers available in most stores.
So I came up with a low-sugar, all natural strawberry fruit leather recipe that brings back all those nostalgic feelings without the chemicals, carcinogenic dyes or preservatives. As an added benefit, it makes your house smell delicious while it's dehydrating.
Read on below for the easy recipe.
A package and a half of fresh strawberries (about 24 ounces)
3 tablespoons raw sugar or agave (adjust to taste)
juice of half a lemon
Remove stems from strawberries.
Add strawberries, sugar and lemon juice to a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
Put parchment paper or a silicone mat on a dehydrator tray (you may need two trays.)
*Slowly* pour strawberry mixture onto mat, stop periodically to spread it around evenly and to make sure you don't have so much on there that it spills over the side.
Set dehydrator to 140 degrees, place trays inside and dehydrate for 4-12 hours. Time will vary based on several factors, including how thick you spread your strawberry mixture. It will be done when it's totally dried out and slightly tacky.
When fruit leather is done, remove from trays and cut into strips if desired. Store in an airtight container.
NOTE: To make this fruit leather in the oven, preheat to 150 degrees. Put strawberry mixture on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Leave the oven door partially open and bake for 3-6 hours until dried out and slightly tacky.
If you can't get enough of this delicious fruit, try my yummy, kid-approved Strawberry Vanilla Oat Milk, healthier Chocolate Covered Strawberries, or Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles, featured in Thrive Magazine!
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