Homemade fruit leathers (or roll ups). I love the abundance of summer and all it offers. Tomatoes and cucumbers galore and so much fresh fruit.
We strive to eat seasonally, especially fruit. It bothers me to see berries being sold at the grocery store in November and December …t hat is taxing on the environment, expensive food miles, and nutritionally depleted food.
One of the benefits of so much fruit in the summer is you find creative ways to use it. These roll ups are a mix of blackberries and lemon juice—that’s it. No artificial colors, no added sugars, no artificial preservatives. They were so simple to make and a fun treat and alternative to the fake stuff.
- 1 cup of fruit of your choice
- ½ cup of filtered water
- 1 Tbl of lemon or lime juice
- Place fruit, water and lemon juice in a saucepan and boil for 5-10 minutes. Cook the fruit until it becomes soft and breaks down.
- Pour all the contents into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Optional — strain the liquid to remove seeds or skin.
- If using the oven, pour the liquid onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If using dehydrator, line the tray with parchment paper. Use spatula to smooth it out into a large square shape.
- Dehydrate the fruit liquid in the oven at 170 degrees or dehydrator for 3 to 4 hours or until hardened.
- Once hardened, take scissors and cut the parchment paper together with the fruit leather into long strips. Roll the strips up and use tape to secure. Enjoy your treat!