We are definitely a family of fruit lovers here, especially my little monster. He’s been known to eat through a box of fruit snacks in a few days flat. I try to buy the fruit leather, which is much healthier, but it can get pricey keeping up with his habit. So I thought I give the homemade kind a try. It’s beyond simple and about as healthy of a snack as it gets.
Measure about three cups of fruit and a half a cup of water into a small saucepan. I used frozen fruit I had taking up space in the freezer and it was perfect. Cook on medium until most of the liquid is evaporated and the fruit is mushy.
Use a blender or a food processor to blend the fruit until it’s mostly smooth. I use an immersion blender because it’s much easier to clean. If you are using fruit with seeds, you may want to strain the fruit through a fine sieve to remove seeds. Spread out evenly onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or a silpat. This is only two cups worth of fruit, three cups will make it thicker and much easier for little ones to eat.
Place in a 170°F oven. Bake for 1-3 hours. If you have a convection oven the dehydrating process will be faster. I used convection and mine took about 90 minutes. Cool slightly then peel from baking sheet.