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.
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.
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.
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!
Come on, you know you did it!