Recently, I was staring at a box of peaches sitting on the counter and thinking about how can I get the kids to eat them without a fuss. My kids aren’t big on fruits and it is quite a struggle. I needed to come up with a plan before these smudged fruits became unsalvageable. That’s when I remembered fruit leather roll-ups.
I used to LOVE fruit roll-ups. Do you remember them? Those little packets of sugary fruit leather rolled up between a piece of wax paper. I remember all the different flavours and how my sister and I would gobble them up.
But I didn’t want all that sugar and artificial flavouring and all those preservatives going into their tummies. So I made some at home! These fruit roll-ups and better than anything store-bought.
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What Other Fruits Can Be Made Into Fruit Leather?
You can use strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, mango, pineapple and many other fruits. It’s just important to remember if using a very watery fruit, to cook the fruit pureé down so it thickens slightly.
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Why Is It Called Fruit Leather?
When it’s spread thin and dried out the fruit becomes firm when you touch it but still bendable, making it similar to the texture of leather.
Why You’ll Love These Fruit Roll-Ups
- Easy to make. This recipe is made with 3 simple ingredients and the kids can give you a hand with it.
- Made with real fruit
- Refined-sugar free. We have used a little maple syrup to sweeten it. But if your fruit is sweet and fresh you may not need any maple syrup in the recipe at all!
Let’s get cooking!
- 4 cups peaches, skin removed, stone removed and cut
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (can omit if your fruit is very sweet)
- Preheat the oven to your lowest temperature setting. For me, it is 100 C and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
- Pureé the peaches, lemon juice and maple syrup in a high-speed blender or food processor until smooth.
- Add the fruit pureé to a saucepan and cook on medium-high heat for about 10-15 minutes until the pureé begins to thicken.
- Pour the pureé onto the baking sheet and spread evenly to coat the silicone mat. Try to spread the mixture as evenly as possible.
- Bake for 4-5 hours, turning the pan halfway.
- You’ll know they are done when you touch them and it’s no longer sticky. If it’s still sticky put the fruit leather back in the oven for another 30-60 minutes.
- Let it cool completely before cutting into strips and rolling up. It could take up to 2 hours.
Things to remember:
- Cook time may vary depending on your oven. Check on the fruit leather every hour or so.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.
- Make sure to spread out the fruit pureé on the baking sheet as evenly as you can. If the fruit pureé isn’t even, it won’t cook evenly and may end up being soft in the centre. If anything it’s better to make it slightly thicker around the edges ad thinner in the centre as the edges tend to cook more quickly.