My boys REALLY like gummy fruit snacks. I REALLY do not like all the additives and food dyes in them. There are more natural versions out there, but they are super pricey. So, I was very pleased to discover how simple it is to make our own fruit leather. I know exactly what is in it and it costs only the price of the fruit. It takes a while to bake, but otherwise it is super simple.
Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather
3 Cups sliced Strawberries
2 Cups peeled and chopped apples
2 Tbsp Honey or Agave (more or less to taste)
Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees. Toss all ingredients into a blender. Blend until very smooth and thoroughly mixed. Spread mixture evenly onto parchment paper on a 11×17 baking sheet. Place into the heated oven for 6-8 hours. You will know the fruit leather is done when it looks dry and matte. It is easiest to cut into strips while it is still on the parchment paper. I just use my kitchen shears and cut into equal sized strips. It cools very quickly, so you can cut it within a few minutes of removing from the oven. Store on the parchment paper and peel when ready to eat.
My kids usually eat them up in a couple of days, but I am sure they would store in an airtight container for a week or two. Pretty much any fresh or frozen fruit combination will work. It you use frozen, let it thaw a bit so it will blend smooth. Blessings! ~Kelly