This homemade fruit leather would be a perfect addition to a school lunchbox or a great summertime treat to make with the kiddos!
Do you ever feel really domestic when you make something from scratch? I don’t know why it still amazes me the way it does since I grew up in a home where basically everything was homemade. My friends even joked in high school that we didn’t have any “food” in our pantry- it was all “ingredients”! Ha! We did have occasional store bought “treats”- like Fruit Roll-Ups and Little Debbie snacks; mostly because my mom was also master couponer- so if we had them in the house it was because the store pretty much paid her to take them haha. There are some things I’ll always make from scratch, like buttermilk biscuits and buttercream frosting, but it still amazes me when I learn new things in the kitchen.
I really didn’t know it was possible to make homemade fruit leather at home. I know I’ve seen recipes for it all over the internet, but I always assumed it was a) too much work or b) wouldn’t be as good as the store bought version we grew up with. Friends, let me tell you- this was SO easy. And my family gobbled it up! I love that in addition to being so easy, it can also be customized to whatever fruits you want. I had leftover raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries from my Mixed Berry Fruit Galette so I just tossed them all in to this recipe. I think it would also be fabulous with peaches in the summer!
- 2 cups mixed berries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan (a baking sheet with sides) with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
- Blend ingredients together until smooth. If desired, strain to remove seeds.
- Pour the mixture into the pan and use an offset spatula to create a thin, even layer.
- Bake for three hours (rotate pan half-way) or until the fruit leather is no longer sticky.
- Slice into desired size pieces. I used my kitchen cutting shears.
- Wrap in parchment or wax paper and store in an airtight container.