Berry Fruit Leather Recipe
Last year, I bought a dehydrator out of curiosity, so I could make my own backpacking foods. When training for the John Muir Trail, (a 200-mile trek from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney), I wanted to prepare healthy foods that would be tasty and last for a few weeks. I turned to dehydrating beef for jerky and began experimenting with fruit dehydration. After some trial and error, I am proud to share a recipe that allows you to enjoy seasonal fruits in a lightweight and travel friendly form.
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 2 cups of strawberries
- ½ cup of applesauce
- ½ tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 TBS of maple syrup
NOTE: If you use frozen fruit, best to let it thaw for a smoother consistency when blended.
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend it until all ingredients are smooth.
- Pour out onto plastic trays and spread thin.
- Dry at 135 degrees for 12 hours.
- Peel off the non stick sheets and cut into strips.
- Use parchment paper to roll and tie with a string. Place in a sealed bag or mason jar for storage.
- Keeps up to a month when you place it in a dry and cool pantry or cabinet.
Commercial brands are laden with sugar and preservatives. Impress your friends and family with this easy recipe, which is all-natural and highlights the intensity of berries.The fruit leather won’t get crushed in a pack because it’s condensed into a lightweight form and an ideal snack for any outdoor adventure.