Easy Homemade Nutrition Packed Wild Blueberry Fruit Leathers

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Fruit leathers or fruit roll-ups are universally loved by kids—but a lot of parents don’t love what’s in the boxed kind, like artificial flavors, oils and multiple kinds of synthetic food dyes.

Luckily, making your own fruit leathers is fun and easy—and since you control what goes in them, you can make sure to pack them with nutrition. Wild Blueberries, with their intense blueberry flavor and double the antioxidant power of regular blueberries, are the perfect star ingredient. You can always have this great ingredient on hand because frozen fresh Wild Blueberries are available year-round in the freezer section of your store (right alongside the other frozen fruit).

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More good news: You don’t need a fancy food dehydrator to make fruit leather. All you need is an oven—and a few hours. Here are some pointers to help you get started:

1. Use a silicone baking mat. Some recipes call for using parchment in its place, but a silicone mat works best.
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2. Check frequently. Oven temperatures vary and dehydrating isn’t an exact science, so you’ll want to take frequent peeks at your fruit leather. If it comes off on your finger when you touch it lightly, it’s not done yet.
3. Remove the edges as it dries. Your fruit leather will dry from the edges inward. So when the edges are dry, remove the baking sheet from the oven, cut the edges off into strips (a pizza cutter works best) and set those aside, then return the sheet to the oven to continue baking.
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4. Sweeten to taste. You can make all-fruit leathers without added sweetener or you can add some honey or granulated sugar for more sweetness. Do what you prefer—it won’t affect the recipe or baking time.

Your kids will love seeing frozen fruit transformed into a chewy, sweet fruit leather. And you’ll love that they’re snacking on a homemade treat made with one of North America’s original superfoods instead of something highly-processed and packaged. So whip some up and add this special treat to your child’s lunchbox this month or as serve these as a fun afterschool snack.

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Wild Blueberry Fruit Leather

3 cups frozen Wild Blueberries
1 medium apple (red or green), chopped with skin left on
1-2 tablespoons honey

Measure out frozen Wild Blueberries and allow them to thaw for 1-2 hours (that will make blending easier).

Place Wild Blueberries in a high-speed blender along with the chopped apple and honey and process until smooth, scraping sides as needed.

Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat for 13 minutes, stirring occasionally at first, then constantly when mixture begins to really bubble. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 170 degrees (or close, depending on how low your oven will go) and line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (such as a Silpat).

Pour mixture onto baking mat and spread with a spatula. The mixture will probably be within an inch or so from the edges of the baking sheet (it should be thin but you should not be able to see the mat through the puree). Holding sheet on either end, tap the pan on the counter several times to distribute the mixture evenly across the mat and remove any air bubbles.

Place baking sheet in the oven and set timer for two hours. After two hours, check the leather, then continue to check on it every 15-20 minutes until it’s done. Your leather is done when it’s slightly dry to the touch and doesn’t come off on your fingers (the edges may be done first—see pointers above).

Cut leather into strips with a pizza cutter and roll, or place strips onto parchment paper cut to size, and roll.

5 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Nutrition Packed Wild Blueberry Fruit Leathers

  1. Holly

    I’m allergic to apples, which really really really sucks…Love blueberries, though. What would you suggest using instead of apples?

  2. Barbara Tindell

    I’m going to try this recipe, since I’m a diabetic and it would be a sweet treat, but it seems like it might be a lot of trouble in and out of the oven so many times, I love blueberries

  3. Lisa Hallman

    Holly,

    Apples are used because they don’t overtake the flavour much and add pectin. You could try banana or maybe strawberries, but then it won’t quite be as blueberry as much. You basically need a fiberous fruit that doesn’t have a huge water content.

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