This recipe has been sat in my “to publish” folder for so long that I can’t even believe it. Seriously – we’re talking about over one year here. But with the ever-approaching bikini season creeping up on us, I thought you guys might appreciate a healthy homemade snack recipe – and here it is! Easy to make, packed full of nutrients, totally portable and unbelievably delicious – what else could you want?
Although I’ve never been a fan of the store-bought version, homemade fruit leather is incredible addictive for me. When I first made these last year, I could not stop picking at them. Every time I went to the fridge, I simply had to have another fruity rollup! Which is really saying something, seeing as how I’m not a big fruit lover. Honestly – I’d rather have a cup of steamed broccoli than a handful of strawberries. Weird, right?
Although I’d love to take credit for this recipe, I can’t – it was inspired by this healthy homemade mango fruit roll ups recipe from Just a Taste. When I saw how easy it was to make my own fruit leather at home, I just had to give it a go – and I’m so glad I did! If you’re not 100% convinced about a fruit leather recipe which only includes one ingredient (how can a recipe only include one ingredient?!) put your reservations to one side and just give it a go!
I’m sure you can follow this recipe and use any fruit at all – you don’t have to stick to mango or raspberry. Strawberry, apple, possibly even banana? Not totally sure on the last one, but I’d give it a go anyway. Just keep one thing in mind, if you make this homemade fruit leather with raspberries or strawberries, the resulting healthy snack will be packed full of pips – unless you’ve got the patience to pick them all out!
What fruit do you plan on using to make your homemade fruit leather?
- 4 cups diced mango or raspberries fresh or defrosted
- Preheat the oven to 175F/80C and line one large baking tray with parchment paper or a non-stick mat.
- Place the fruit of your choice into a food processor and blend for 2-3 minutes until completely smooth.
- Spread the blended fruit into the lined pan using a spatula. Try and get it as thin as you can.
- Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 3-4 hours, until the blended fruit is dry and you can bend it. If the underside of the fruit is wet or tacky, flip the whole fruity layer over and bake on the other side until dry.
- Remove the fruity rollups from the oven and place a clean sheet of wax paper on top. Pull off the parchment paper and roll the fruity rollups and wax paper together into one long sausage.
- Slice the fruity rollup into thin spirals and enjoy.
To store, place these fruity rollups inside a sealed container and keep in the fridge for up to one week.
Recipe from Just a Taste
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