We have the sweetest little 3 year old in our life, but he is one fussy eater. So, I’m always looking for ways to get vegetables into him when he comes to spend the day. This sweet potato and apple fruit leather is perfect, and he loves it.
All about Fruit Leather?
Fruit leather is a great treat that is simple to make. It is pureed fruit (and/or vegetables) that is spread thin and dehydrated until leathery. Sometimes a sweetener is added, depending on the sweetness of the fruit or vegetables you are using.
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It’s a perfect snack for anytime, but especially when you are on the go. Since they’re dehydrated, there’s no need for refrigeration.
I prefer homemade fruit leather since I can control the ingredients. It’s true, there are some good ones available commercially, but homemade is so much less expensive.
Using organic fruit and vegetables in my sweet potato and apple fruit leather is important to me. Since dehydrating the fruit concentrates it, using product with pesticides means that those will be more concentrated in the final product as well. (Yes, one apple will have the same amount of pesticides as one apple’s worth of fruit leather, but we tend to eat more of the fruit leather so we are getting more pesticide).
More Than Just Sweet Potato and Apple
The combinations you can turn into fruit leather are only as limited as your imagination. My mind has been spinning with combinations that add vegetables. Pear and spinach. Strawberry and beet. Or how about apricot and butternut squash? Yum!
Here are few more you might like to try, all from Chris at Joybilee Farm: