This recipe makes you feel good about your snack choices!
🍓 3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
🍁 1 tbsp maple syrup or use sweetner of choice
🍋 1 tbsp lemon juice
You can make just about any fruit into fruit leather, including strawberries, mango, blueberries, raspberries, cherry, peach, nectarine, apricot, apple, pineapple, and watermelon. If using a combination of fruits, it should be 3 cups of total fruit for each baking sheet.
To a blender, add the strawberries, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. If you are using frozen strawberries, let them thaw in a colander before blending.
Spread the strawberry puree onto a lined baking sheet with parchment paper (you can also use a silicone baking mat). Dehydrate it in the oven at 170 degrees F (75 C) for 2-3 hours until the center is not sticky; remove it and let it completely cool before peeling it off. You can also dehydrate in direct sunlight. Place into the sunshine on a hot day. Bring in the fruit leather overnight and return in the morning into the sunlight. Use a pop-up mesh food cover to keep the bugs away. Putting it outside in the sun will take around 2-3 days to fully dry.
If you used parchment paper, don't peel it off; just cut the fruit leather into strips (the parchment paper keeps it from sticking together). For best storage, it will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two weeks or in the freezer for a few months. If there is any moisture in the fruit leather at all, it may mold when stored at room temperature.