Welcome to Wellness Wednesday where I’ll be posting healthy recipes weekly. I’m always trying new and different things in the kitchen, so I decided to share with you the ones my family, more importantly the ones that have my kids seal of approval.
With school starting in just a few weeks I decided to get a head start on snacks. This week I decided to make fruit leather becuase let’s be real, you’re never to old to enjoy some good fruit leather. Store bought fruit leather is one of those things where you think it’s healthy, I’m mean it does say fruit right there in the name. While it may seem like a healthier alternative most brands are chalk full of added sugar. Here is my healthy alternative to these store bought snacks.
PEACH FRUIT LEATHER
- 6 ripe peaches
- 1 tablespoon raw organic honey
- Coconut oil
- Food processor or blender
- Food dehydrator and slip mats
- Parchment paper
Begin by washing your fruit. You can leave the peach skin on if you like, I prefer to take it off. Once you’ve done that simply cut up your peaches and remove the pits. Add them to your food processor or blender and blend everything until it is nice and smooth.
Add your raw organic honey, starting with 1 tablespoon. Before you go and add a lot more honey, keep in mind that as the fruit leather dries, it will concentrate the natural sugars in the fruit and it will become sweeter on its own.
Before I pour your mixture on to the slip mat, I like to grease it with a little bit of coconut oil. It will make life easier once it is dry. When you pour the mixture onto the mat make sure that is thick enough that you can’t see the mat underneath.
When you are ready turn the dehydrator to 130°F and bake for 4-6hrs. I like to check on it every couple of hours to see how it’s progressing. The fruit leather should feel dry and smooth when it’s finished.When the leather is finished remove the trays and let them cool. Once they have cooled, remove the leather from the slip mat, place it on parchment or wax paper and cut to desired size.
I like to place everything into zip lock bags and toss them into the freezer until I pack them into lunches. They keep longer this way and are ready to eat by lunch or snack time.
If you over bake the leather and it goes hard you can either eat delicious fruit chips or you can simply sprinkle water onto it and leave it over night so it softens.
Let’s try and be more aware of what we are putting into our bodies this week.
Until next Wednesday