How to Make Homemade Fruit Leather
The ingredient list on a box of store-bought fruit leather is enough to make any health-conscious mom cringe. Highly processed sweeteners, trans fats, and no fruit in sight! As a registered dietitian, die-hard foodie, and mother of three young kids, I’ve got high hopes for the food my children eat. Since the cold, harsh world outside my kitchen will provide my little ones with plenty of junk, I try to make healthier versions of some of the worst offenders. This recipe does not disappoint with real fruit, a modest amount of added sweeteners, and nothing but recognizable ingredients.
Makes about 24 pieces
3 cups chopped fresh strawberries
¾ cup chopped fresh kiwi
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons clover honey
Preheat oven to 170 °F. Line a baking sheet with baking mat and set aside. Place strawberries and kiwi with honey and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes, then puree using an immersion blender. Continue to cook over medium-high heat for an additional 10 minutes or until thick and syrupy. Pour the fruit mixture onto the baking sheet and spread out evenly with a spatula; bake for 3 hours. Then, turn off the oven and allow pan to sit in oven overnight. The next morning, cut into strips with a pizza cutter (kids usually like to help out with this step), and roll up each section in a clean, pre-cut piece of parchment paper. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Nutrition info per piece: Calories: 21; Total Fat: 0 grams; Saturated Fat: 0 grams; Carbohydrate: 5 grams; Sugars: 4 grams; Protein: 0 grams; Sodium: 1 milligram; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Fiber: 1 gram
Recipe adapted from First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers by Dana Angelo White.