RECIPE | Homemade Strawberry-Banana Fruit Leather

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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.

SILPAT for fruit leather

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.

strawberry banana fruit leather

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.

Homemade Strawberry-Banana Fruit Leather
 
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 12 rolls
Ingredients
  • 1 pound strawberries, diced
  • 3 bananas, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
  2. In blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into a baking sheet with a lip, lined with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
  4. Bake for 4-6 hours, until the surface is no longer sticky.
  5. 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.

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  1. Impressive! I’ve never tried this before, but it looks like something I can do. I wonder if a chocolate one would taste any good. Ha haaa!!!

  2. Argh, why didn’t I think of that?! I have a Silpat and I’ve never used it for fruit leather! I always spray the baking sheet–this would be so much easier.

  3. Your fruit leather looks so good! This reminds me so much of my grandma, she used to make fruit leather in here dehydrator every summer using the raspberry and blackberries from the back field. Then she would freeze them in these big long rolls. My cousins and I used to go over and beg her to let us have a roll and it was always torture waiting for it to thaw after she took one or two out of the deep freeze! Thanks for sharing this Cat!

  4. I keep saying I’m going to make some and haven’t yet. I really need to buy a Silpat, my mom says they are fabulous.

  5. I should so make this for my kids… a great healthy snack! Thanks for sharing this Cat!

  6. Oh wow, this looks delicious and much better than store bought fruit rollups. I wonder how this would work with my dehydrator. I love making fruit leather, but I’ve never made it very thick and yours looks so yummy.

  7. Eeeeek! I’ve NEVER seen a recipe for this before and I do LOVE fruit leathers :)
    My favorite is the Stretch Island as well, but I think I prefer the Strawberry. Or grape!

  8. Wow this looks incredible and I LOVE the pictures! I have this on my list of things to do.. I should DO IT lol

  9. Through Evan’s potty-training journey, gummie candies have been his reward currency of choice. Needless to say, he’s been eating way to many store-bought candies. Something like this would have to be healthier, and still give him his gummie-fix!

    • Definitely a healthier alternative to the store bought stuff. You could even use honey or some use a sweetener called Agave nectar, I haven’t used it personally but I’m sure it would work well.

  10. I love fruit rolls. YUM!!

    I have got to get me one of those mats. I’ve actually looked at local stores but gave up. I wonder if Bed Bath and Beyond may have it, or I need to find a kitchen store.

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