Strawberry banana fruit leather

Today’s post from Rachel just screams back to school to me. Fruit roll ups were one of the few “normal” kid snacks my mom actually bought for us. I might’ve been that kid with whole wheat sandwiches, fruit as “dessert” and carrot sticks on the side but occasionally, I did get fruit roll ups. Those were the days I didn’t have to hide my totally uncool lunch from friends and sit in the corner. Ok, slight exaggeration but carrot sticks were embarrassing. Seriously.

Rachel is a mom of three and her oldest just started kindergarten this year. With snacks like this coming out of her kitchen, I’m betting her kid is not the loser in the corner.

Happy snacking!

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fruit leather

Hi! I’m Rachel of Baked by Rachel. I’m happy to be here filling in for Gina while she’s away. Though to be completely honest, I’d rather be away on vacation too! When she mentioned her trip, I told her I wanted to hide in her suitcase. Maybe if I’m really nice she’ll bring me back a pair of stylish boots or a cute bag. A girl can dream, right?

So while she’s away… I really wanted to play and be naughty. I was *this* close to turning her online home into a greasy mess, full of fried amazingness. (Gina’s note: between Brandy’s post and this, I’m starting to feel like you all think I’m a health freak!) It’s like how the moment I leave the room, my kids are drawn to my phone and computer…things they know they’re not supposed to mess with. Instead, I made something healthy. Maybe Gina is rubbing off on me? I even just started working out again. Something is seriously wrong with me.

This is my third fruit leather to date and I can pretty much guarantee that there will be many more varieties to come. It all started off with cherry fruit leather which was probably a shock to Gina since I admitted to having never eaten or cooked with cherries prior to this summer. I know! Forgive me. But that led me to an even more amazing and totally out of this world apple variety. Seriously. Incredible. I wanted to hog it all to myself and not share a single bite with my kids.

But okay… one day my bananas were going bad. It happens and sometimes way faster than I’d like. I also had strawberries on the brink of death. It was meant to be. It required practically zero thinking. Fruit leather was a must. A quick save. The only change I’d make in the future is to add more strawberries and maybe strain out the seeds, but that’s not totally necessary. This tastes more like banana strawberry than strawberry banana but they’re both present. So long as you like bananas… and of course strawberries, you’ll love this. It’s simple to put together and make, requires little effort and best of all… it’s pretty healthy! A perfect snack or an addition to either your kids or your own lunch!

Strawberry banana fruit leather
 
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Recipe type: fruit leather, snacks
Serves: 2 sheets
Ingredients
  • 1¼C strawberries, hulled and chopped in half
  • ⅓C sugar
  • ¼C water
  • 2 bananas
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook strawberries, sugar and water until mixture is bubbly and strawberries are very soft.
  2. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor, along with bananas.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  5. Divide mixture between pans. Use an angled spatula to smooth out as best you can. It doesn't have to be perfect but the more even the mixture, the better.
  6. Place in oven for roughly 3 hours. Time will vary depending on the thickness. After each hour, rotate pans 180 degrees and switch racks.
  7. Leather should be slightly tacky when done, but not sticky or wet at all.
  8. Transfer to a cutting board, to cut into desired strips. Wrap in wax or parchment paper and store in an airtight container.

 

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  1. 6

    Christopher says

    I made the apple fruit leather from your blog this past weekend and it was amazing and so easy to make! Looking forward to trying out this strawberry banana variety in the coming weeks. Thanks for the wonderful posts!

    • 14

      says

      It never lasts long around here (aka we gobble it up) but I’ve read it can last a decent time – up to a month or more at room temp and possibly up to a year when frozen. I don’t personally have a definite tried and true answer though.

  2. 18

    Nichole says

    I was just wondering how long these last. I was thinking of making them for my sister-in-law going off to college.

    • 19

      says

      If you get some potassium sorbate, or Potasium Metabisulfite (used in making wine) or some citric or ascorbic acid and add as directed on the package they could last 6 months at room temp easy. If you didn’t add anything it would really depend on how they were stored. in a ziploc bag — 2weeks, in an airtight container 3 weeks. If you save those moisture controls things they put in pills and jerky they could last 6 months again. Moisture and Oxygen are your major things to fight off with dried fruit.

  3. 20

    Elizabeth says

    I’m dying to make these. I have a blend of fruits (Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, bananas), do you think the combo will be good in the leather?

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