Fun Things Friday: Homemade Fruit Leather

Today we tried making fruit leather for the first time. We made many different flavors and even used some yogurt in two of them. Some of them are good, some… need work. We’ll try again soon on those!

Here are the flavors we tried:

  • Yogurt with blueberry preserves and honey
  • Yogurt with raspberry preserves and honey
  • Strawberries, banana and honey (some with bilberry powder for color and vitamins!)
  • Pumpkin with maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg
  • Mango, banana and lime juice

Here’s what we did for each kind:

  1. Puree the ingredients until very smooth
  2. Pour the puree onto a special fruit leather mat for your dehydrator (or you can put parchment paper on a cookie sheet if you’re using an oven)
  3. Use the back of a spoon to spread the puree to 1/8 inch, except for the edges, which should be 1/4 inch
  4. Dry in the dehydrator at 135 degrees, or in an oven on it’s lowest setting
  5. Check after four hours (three, if your oven is over 135 degrees) to see if it is ready. You’ll know it’s ready when the edges can be peeled up and there are no liquid areas.
  6. Peel the fruit leather up, put it on a piece of plastic wrap and roll it up. Store in an air-tight container and keep in a cool, dry place.

Optional: You can also do small dots and keep them in a jar to snack on.

For the strawberry/banana fruit leather, I added bilberry to some of it to give it that gorgeous color, instead of the plain tan color that it naturally turns.

Next time, I’m going to be much more careful about getting the thickness just right. Some places were too thick and some were too thin. I will also rotate the trays ever two hours too help them dry more evenly. Other than that, we are pretty happy with the results. This will be a great way to use up fresh fruit if it’s in danger of getting over-ripe!

Have you ever made fruit/yogurt leather?

*This post is linked-up at Little Natural Cottage and A Delightful Home!

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8 comments to Fun Things Friday: Homemade Fruit Leather

  • I’m so excited!!! I have an excalibur dehydrator and I haven’t gotten to play with it yet….but I am SO doing this during strawberry season! :-)

    • We’re having quite a bit of fun with our excalibur! It makes the thickest yogurt and next week we’re going to try drying fruit! :-)

  • I’m trying to decided on an Excalibur. It’s SOOOOOOO expensive… If I ever buy a dehydrator it will be that! I am thinking of at least making a solar dehydrator for the summer and just doing all my drying then.

    Which flavors did you like, which ones did you NOT like?

    • A solar dehydrator could be a ton of fun! We really liked all of the flavors except that I wasn’t crazy about the pumpkin. Everybody else liked it, but I just didn’t get enough spices in it for my taste. Next time I’m going to try acorn squash with those spices, because I think I’ll like it better. Thanks for the comment, Debra! :-)

  • I’m pinning this. I don’t have a food dehydrator but I’d like to experiment with making some in the over.

  • Alicia

    How much fruit and honey should you use?