Carrot Cake and Pumpkin Pie Fruit Leather

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Carrot Cake and Pumpkin Pie Fruit Leather

One of our family's favorite snacks for hiking is fruit leather.  Our two year old practically LIVES on fruit (and cheese), but bananas, berries and apples so often get squished and bruised bouncing around in a day pack or stepped on in the car before we even make it to the trailhead.  Fruit leather is the perfect way to bring fruit on the trail in a non messy way, plus it's so easy to whip up with a dehydrator.

My dehydrator is an Excalibur with a temperature control, but you can use any dehydrator in any price point for easy fruit leather.  You will need either a silicone or teflon sheet (or round ones if you have a nesco) to line your trays, or parchment paper (do not use wax paper- it will adhere to whatever you are trying to dehydrate!).

Fruit leather can be as simple as dumping a jar of applesauce on your dehydrator tray, spreading it around and dehydrating at 135*.  However applesauce is also a great mixer for ANY fruit- fresh or frozen.  I blend applesauce with whatever berries are on sale for cheap seasonal leather.  This past week, blackberries were .99 a pint, so applesauce blackberry leather went into the dehydrator overnight, and I woke up to six sheets of fresh leather. 
I love experimenting with different flavors, though, so two of our favorite recipes combine VEGETABLES with fruit and they turn out amazing.
Carrot Cake Fruit Leather
2 cups cooked carrots (you can also substitute carrot baby food, or drained canned carrots)
3 cups unsweetened applesauce
one small can drained mandarin oranges
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
one handful unsweetened coconut flakes

Blend all in a blender or food processor, spread on lined dehydrator sheets and then dehydrate at 135 until flexible, but not sticky.  Mine were done overnight.


And for an amazing autumn fruit leather try:

Pumpkin Pie Fruit Leather
1 can pumpkin
2 bananas
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. applesauce
1 whole orange or clementine (including peel)
juice of one lemon or lime

Blend all in a blender or food processor, spread on lined dehydrator sheets and then dehydrate at 135 until flexible, but not sticky. 

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1 comment

  • Aleacia

    I don’t make fruit leather enough, these sound delicious. Gonna try for sure!

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