One of my all-time favorite snacks is the strips of Stretch Island Fruit Leather, particularly the Raspberry flavor. They’re like fruit snack gummies for adults only tastier. Buying these actually gets quite expensive especially when I have to share them with 4 other people that happen to like them as much as I do.
That’s why I set out to make my own. I hadn’t even realized you could make these yourself until I found this wonderful recipe for homemade strawberry-banana fruit leather at Oh My Veggies blog. Reading her directions made these sound super easy to make.
I’m not one to actually follow directions but I did get the general idea of mixing pureed fresh fruit with a sweetener and baking it.
I simply threw about a pound of diced strawberries, three large bananas and about 4 tablespoons of sugar into my blender and blended until it was smooth. The hard part was figuring out how to bake this mixture without it sticking to my pan. Some used parchment, some simply sprayed their baking sheet with a non-stick cooking spray while I chose the Silpat route.
The Silpat non-stick baking mat has quickly become my best friend when it comes to stick situations. It fits nicely int o my baking sheet and can be used with any sticky food with no additional additives to keep food from sticking.
This fruit leather peeled right off the mat with ease.
After using the Silpat mat, you just give it a quick rinse in the sink and it’s ready to use again whether you’re baking fruit leather, making caramel, fudge or dipping strawberries.
With the fruit leather sheet baked, I dropped it on a sheet of parchment paper, cut it into long strips with sharp scissors and rolled up each strip to create a fruit leather roll.
I’m not sure how long these fruit leather rolls can be kept but I’d suggest eating them up within a week, if they even last that long.
- 1 pound strawberries, diced
- 3 bananas, chopped
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
- In blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour mixture into a baking sheet with a lip, lined with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
- Bake for 4-6 hours, until the surface is no longer sticky.
- All the fruit leather to cool then place on parchment, cut into slices and roll for individual fruit snacks.
*Silpat provided me with the baking mat featured in this recipe.