Strawberry Chia Fruit Leather-based
Strawberry chia fruit leather is sweet, chewy and so delicious. The chia seeds give it the most amazing texture you will ever use on regular fruit leather again!
Is fruit leather healthy?
Not all fruit leathers are made equally. That said, if you are going to buy fruit leather from the store, be sure to read the ingredients before buying if you are concerned about what is in them. And if you're making it at home, be sure to find a recipe that has only ingredients your kids should eat.
Many commercial fruit leathers add sugar, corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to maintain the shelf life and texture of the end product.
Homemade fruit leather is usually just pureed fruit, and some recipes add lemon juice and some sweetener. This recipe for strawberry chia fruit leather is made from just strawberries and chia seeds. If your strawberries aren't very sweet, you might just want to add a little honey. My kids like it more tart and so I don't add any sweetener, but it's entirely up to your taste preferences!
To answer the question: is fruit leather healthy, the answer is yes if you do it yourself! It can be a great way to get kids to eat fruit and enjoy it in a shape that has a different texture and taste.
Chia seeds in fruit leather
White chia seeds, which are more beige than white, blend in much more seamlessly with baked goods, oatmeal, and fruit leather than the regular black ones. The subtle color means you may have less problems with little eaters trying to pick them out. Look for them at your local health food store or on Amazon.
My kids really love chia seeds and that's why I usually only use the black variety because they're a lot easier to find. The chia seeds give this fruit leather an amazing texture and make it thicker and smoother.
How to make fruit leather
Making fruit leather at home isn't difficult, but the method can be a little tricky to master. Here are some tips to ensure success:
- Spread the fruit puree evenly and don't let it thin around the edges as they tend to bake faster. You can even spread it a little thicker around the edges to ensure even baking.
- The mixture dries from the edges inwards. So, if you find that there is a 2-inch strip on the edge but it is still sticky to the touch, take the pan out of the oven and just cut it off with kitchen scissors. Let them rest on a wire rack while the rest of the fruit leather is done baking.
- You can tell that the fruit leather is done when it is fully cured, dry and easily peeling off the silicone mat. It will also look darker in color.
- If you're scaling the edges, just put these strips in a zippered plastic bag and let them sit at room temperature overnight. In the morning it should be softened!
How long does fruit leather last?
When you dry your fruit leather completely, you can store it in an airtight container for up to 1 month. In my experience, my fruit leather stayed good for up to 3 months.
You can also freeze your fruit leather for up to 1 year! When you want to eat it, just let it thaw on the counter. When I make fruit leather it usually doesn't stay longer than a week because my kids eat it so quickly!
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- 5 Cup Strawberries
- 2 tablespoon Chia seeds
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or silicone mat.
Wash and dry strawberries. Remove the stalks and roughly chop them. Put in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the chia seeds and legumes to combine.
Pour the mixture on the mat and use a spatula to evenly spread it to a thickness of about 1/4-inch. Make sure the mixture doesn't thin around the edges as it will cook faster than inside. Depending on the size of your baking sheet and Silpat, you may have to work in batches.
Bake for 3-4 hours or until mixture is completely dry. (Check it from 3 hours.) When you're done, cut it into strips with scissors and store in a zippered plastic bag or an airtight container.
Store for up to 1 month.
Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 16G | Protein: 2G | Fat: 2G | Sodium: 3mg | Fiber: 5G | Sugar: 9G