Strawberry Fruit Leather

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Who remembers the good ole days when life was simple and fruit roll-ups were made to be wrapped around your finger and eaten (we alll know you did it so stop denying)?  Those little cavity creators were the best.  Of course they are not the healthiest things out there for kids (or adults).  I came across a homemade healthy version of fruit roll-ups years ago.  Fruit leather is was called.  I can’t even remember where the recipe came from.  Boy it was unbelievably good and so very easy to make.  Hence, the reason I can’t remember where the recipe came from.  You literally have to remember four things.  Two ingredients, an oven temp and cooking time.  BOOM!

Preheat your oven to 200°F. Line an 11-by-17 cookie sheet with a Silpat baking mat. If you don’t have one, use parchment paper, although a Silpat will give better results.  DO NOT USE WAX PAPER!  Wax paper is not made to be heated.  Please do not use it.  You won’t enjoy the results.

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You start with 4 cups of fresh strawberries.  Really 4 cups of any fruit you like would work.  I have done blueberry-strawberry, cherry raspberry strawberry and a peach one but I wasn’t a huge fan of that.  I have also only used fresh fruit.  I have no idea how it would turn out if you used frozen.  I think it would require more time to cook out all the liquid but I’m not sure.  If you try, let me know.

To the 4 cups of fruit add 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey.  Now depending on the sweetness of your fruit, you can add up to two tablespoons of honey.  Fruit that is in season generally won’t need as much.  Puree the fruit and honey till there are no chunks.

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Slowly pour the pureed fruit onto the prepared pan. Use the back of a spoon or spatula to spread it out evenly.  This is the only tricky part.  You want to make sure you have it even because the thinner parts are going to bake faster and get hard and crispy.

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Bake in the oven for 3-4 hours or until the leather is no longer sticky/tacky to the touch.  I would start checking around 3 hours.  If you notice the edges are getting done faster, you can remove the leather from the oven and careful cut the edges off and cool on a rack while the rest continues to cook.

Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool.  When it has cooled, peel off the silpat mat and either cut into strips or you can place it on wax paper and cut it into strips that way!

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Come on, you know you did it!

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Serving Size: 2 Strips

Strawberry Fruit Leather

5 minPrep Time:

4 hrCook Time:

4 hr, 5 Total Time:

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups of strawberries
  • 1-2 Tbsps of raw honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper.
  2. Wash and dry the strawberries. Remove the stems and chop.
  3. Place into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add the honey and pulse to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture onto the mat and use a spatula to spread evenly to about 1/4-inch thick.
  5. Make sure that the mixture does not get thinner at the edges since they will cook faster than the interior.
  6. Bake for 3-4 hours or until the mixture has dried completely. (Check it starting at 3 hours.)
  7. When done, cut with scissors into strips and store in a zip top plastic bag or an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Notes

Helpful Tips:

Spread the fruit puree evenly, and don’t let it thin out at the edges since they bake faster.

The mixture will dry from the edges inward, so if you notice that done around the perimeter but the interior is still tacky to the touch, remove your pan from the oven and simply cut it off the edges with kitchen shears. Let them rest on a wire rack while the rest of the fruit leather finishes baking.

You can tell that the fruit leather is done when it’s completely set and dry and it peels off easily from the mat.

If you happen to over-bake the edges, simply place those strips into a zip top plastic bag and let sit overnight at room temperature. In the morning, it should be softened up!

21 Day Fix: 1/2 Purple

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Chunky Monkey Overnight Protein Oats

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Refrigerated overnight oats.  Sounds disgusting, right?  Totally not true!

These oats have the same sweet banana, nutty, chocolate flavors as Ben & Jerry’s beloved ice cream but no added sugar and none of the guilt—and just wait until you see how much protein is in them!

For those of you unfamiliar with overnight oats, it’s just a different make-ahead method of oatmeal. You simply mix together the oats with some liquid ingredients and set them in the refrigerator overnight. This softens the oats. And to make things even easier, breakfast is ready as soon as you wake up–the overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold!  Might sound disgusting but it actually is very yummy!

I started doing 22 Minute Hard Corp military boot camp workouts every morning so I need something that will stick with me and fill me up, plus give me the protein to help my muscles repair themselves. Enter over night oats. They have protein, carbs and fruit in one neat little mason jar!

To start, you’ll need a mason jar or any container that seals tightly and oats.  I use old-fashioned oats (gluten free is fine), but instant oats will work as well. Do not substitute steel-cut oats because they will not soften without cooking them.  You don’t want tough overnight oats. Blah!

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Next comes the Greek yogurt and almond milk! Plain non fat Greek yogurt is a great way to sneak in protein in the mornings.  20 grams of protein!  How awesome is that?!? I like to buy the big tubs of Wegman’s Greek yogurt since I use it so much (It’s way cheaper!). If I want it flavored, I add fruit, zest or vanilla beans.  Go ahead and add that unsweetened Almond milk (or non fat milk or cashew in my case) to the jar with the oats and yogurt.

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And now for the fun ingredients… chocolate, banana and nuts! Here is the unsweetened cacao powder I use. Now you can either add walnuts here or before you eat the oats (to make it just like Ben & Jerry’s) OR you can add some peanut flour.  Yes, I said peanut flour.

To shave off some calories, use peanut flour instead of jarred peanut butter or PB2. Peanut flour is made from finely ground peanuts only. Protein Plus and Jif both make one you can purchase from Amazon (they have everything) but basically you want one that the only ingredients are peanuts and salt. PB2 contains sugar, which defeats the clean eating, but if that’s all you have, it will still work.

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I also add half of a half of banana’s that I chunk into small pieces.  I save the rest of the half to slice and put on the top of my oats the next morning.

The last ingredient you add is 1 tsp of raw honey or 1/2 a packet of Stevia. For those that do not know what Stevia is, it is a plant-based, no-calorie sweetener that’s clean eating friendly. AND it’s very concentrated.  I use SweetLeaf.

Once all of these are in the jar, screw the lid on tightly and use those arm muscles to shake the jar vigorously for about 45 seconds.  You can also stir it all together but what fun is that?!?

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Throw it in the refrigerator overnight and the next morning when you’re running behind, breakfast is already done!

Top with walnuts (optional), the rest of the banana (also optional), grab a spoon (don’t forget this) and go!  You can eat it right out of the jar!

Life is good!

Serving Size: 1 Jar

Chunky Monkey Overnight Protein Oats

Protein packed Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats makes a healthy breakfast quick and easy!

5 minPrep Time:

8 hrCook Time:

8 hr, 5 Total Time:

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats or instant oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (non fat milk is fine)
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts OR 1 tbsp peanut flour
  • 1/2 a banana, chopped
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cacoa powder
  • 1 tsp honey or 1/2 packet of Stevia

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a glass jar or container with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Shake or stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or 8 hours.

Notes

***Cook time reflects overnight time in the Refrigerator.***

Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, straight from the refrigerator!

Instant oats may be substituted for the old-fashioned oats but do not substitute steel-cut oats; they will not soften.

21 Day Fix: 1P, 1R, 1Y, 1B (if using walnuts), 2 TSP (if using PB flour and honey)

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