Making fruit leathers (or fruit roll-ups) at home has never been easier! Cut the red dye, corn syrup and preservatives out of your favorite snack and make them the way nature intended: with fresh fruits!
Delicious fruit leathers can be made with plums, grapes, cherries, apples, bananas, strawberries, mangos and pretty much any other soft and sweet fruit! We're going to keep it simple and make a version using strawberries and bananas.
Note: Our dehydrator tray have 1/4" holes in them which are great for drying whole fruits and jerkies, but they need a little adaptation for fruit leather. You can use one of our silicone non-stick dehydrator sheets which are BPA and PTFE (Teflon) free and perfectly sized for our dehydrators. If you prefer, you can use parchment paper or waxed paper, you'll just have to cut the sheets to size.
Strawberry Banana Fruit Leathers (for about two trays):
- 2 Cups Fresh Strawberries (preferably organic), washed and tops removed
- 1-2 Bananas (preferably organic), peeled
- Combine the bananas and strawberries in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth.
Remove the trays from your dehydrator and line them with your choice of silicone sheet, parchment or waxed paper.
Establish a perimeter: Starting about two inches in from the edges of your sheet/tray, pour the outline of a circle with the puree. Once you've established your edges, fill in the circle with more puree. The circle should have a thickness of about 1/8".
Carefully insert the trays back into the dehydrator and dehydrate for for about 6 hours, keeping the temperature around 125°.
Once leathers are dry, but still pliable, remove and carefully cut them into long strips. Roll strips as you like. For short term storage place rolls in a paper bag to preserve the texture. For extended storage, use an air tight container.