There’s nothing better than sweet, chewy fruit leather. Shauna Sever, author of Real Sweet: More than 80 Crave-Worthy Treats Made with Natural Sugars shares her easy-to-make recipe for a version that is all-natural and super delicious.
Puree Your Fruit
Puree 12 ounces of very ripe fruit (that’s been peeled and chopped), 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor that is fitted with a steel blade until it is very smooth. Strain the seeds from the puree, if you want.
Bake the Fruit
Pour the fruit puree onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Try to use a baking sheet that’s about 12 by 17 inches in size. Bake the fruit in a preheated oven at the lowest temperature possible (170 degrees F is ideal, but you can bake the fruit at as high as 200 degrees F, if need be). Let the fruit bake for 2 to 5 hours, until it’s dry to the touch all over.
Cut and Roll the Fruit
After the baked fruit leather cools, use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut through it and the parchment. Roll the strips of fruit leather with the parchment paper facing out and tie them with a string. You can store them in an airtight container for up to one month.
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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.