Fruit Leather with Chia

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 to 4 hours
Servings 25 servings
Fruit leather, sometimes also known as fruit rolls, are a perfectly delicious and portable snack. And despite the long cooking time, they're surprisingly easy if you have a dehydrator. If you don't have one, fruit leather can be made in the oven, but the dehydrator is preferable, since it won't burn the fruit enzymes the way the heat from your oven might. Dehydrators are easier to find and cheaper than ever, which means that for about $60 you can have your own homemade veggie chips, fruit leathers, "raw" crackers, and any dried fruit and vegetable you can think of. If you want to try this delicious fruit leather before you get one, just make it on a low heat setting in your oven, keeping in mind that the cooking time will be doubled. You can make fruit leather from a variety of fruits without cooking them beforehand, from berries to apricots, citrus fruits, peaches, pears, melons, bananas, mangoes and pineapples. All you need to do is purée them first! Other harder, more fibrous fruits and vegetables (like apples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, beet, carrots, squash, etc.) will need to be cooked before you purée them.
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How it's Made:

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of raspberries (or mangoes, strawberries, pineapple or the fruit of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract or ground vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°F if you don't have a dehydrator. 
  2. Purée the fruit in the food processor. Add the chia seeds and the maple syrup and mix well. 
  3. Place a nonstick silicone pad like a silpat onto a baking sheet, and spread the fruit and chia purée evenly onto it. Either bake in the oven for 6 to 8 hours or dry in a dehydrator for 3 to 4 hours on the highest setting. Let cool completely. The texture should be dry, smooth, and similar to leather. 
  4. Remove the fruit leather from the silicone pad and place onto some parchment paper. Cut into strips and roll with the parchment paper to make individual, portable snacks.
Emilie Gaillet
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Emilie Gaillet

Emilie creates healthy, and tasty recipes for PRANA as well as her own blog, Murmures. Her passion lies in the creation of recipes - from the chopping and stirring to the presentation and styling of her dishes.

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