Fruit Leather is a huge favourite with my son Ted. He loves it and he always asks me when I will be making it. Ted likes to put in his orders before the new batch I’ve made runs out. I normally make an apple, mango, ginger and lime leather as he seems to eat all of it. However, I wanted to try a new flavour and I thought, as they are in season, strawberries would make a refreshing change.
Ted does not normally like strawberries nor banana so I was hoping that this batch would be for me! OK, and my husband, Howard too! Sadly for Howard and I, Ted seems to love the new flavour. Howard informed me while I was at yoga one evening my son had lots of the new batch. Although Howard and I will have less leather to eat at least I’m getting my son to eat strawberries and banana. For me, this has been a great way to get Ted to try new foods and it’s now one I know he enjoys too.
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Baking trays x 2
- Plastic brush
- Grease proof paper
- Strawberries x 500g
- Bananas x 4
- Cinnamon x 2 tsps
- Lemon x 1/2 juice
- Water x 30mls
- Oil for the baking trays.
- Start by inserting the small knife into the top of the strawberry near the green leafs.
- Using the knife, cut around the outside and back to the start.
- Put the knife down.
- Twist the top of the strawberry and you should remove the green leaves and the stem inside.
- Quarter the strawberries and put them into the small saucepan.
- Once all strawberries are hulled, add to the saucepan the cinnamon, lemon and water.
- Put the pan on a high heat on the hob.
- Bring the ingredients to the boil and then turn the heat down to low.
- Leave to simmer.
- When the strawberries start to soften remove the pan from the heat.
- Then leave the ingredients to cool. .
- Preheat the oven to 80°.
- Once the strawberries have cooled, pour them into the nutribullet or blender.
- Peel the bananas, break the fruit up with your hands and put these into the nutribullet.
- You may need to do this in two batches depending on the size of your blender or nutribullet.
- Blend all of these ingredients together.
- Next pour the oil onto the baking tray and spread with the plastic brush.
- Cut a sheet of grease proof paper bigger than the baking tray and place on top.
- Then, once all the ingredients are smooth, pour the mixture onto the baking tray.
- Now try to spread the mixture as evenly as you can.
- I occasionally use two baking trays with grease proof paper if I want the mixture to go further.
- Once spread evenly across the base of the tray, put it into the oven for 8 hours.
- You may need longer depending on the thickness of the fruit leather.
- Once cooked, the fruit leather will be completely dry and will resemble a piece of, you’ve guessed it, leather.
- Leave to cool and then cut into strips and roll up.
- Eat and enjoy!
Banana, Strawberry and Cinnamon Fruit Leather is a quick and simple snack. It’s great to make with and feed to the kids too. Plus it’s a portable snack that fits in nicely into a packed lunch box. It does take a long time to cook but I feel it’s worth the effort. I put my batches in the oven over night so it feels like the fairies have cooked it. However you decide to eat this snack, as always, enjoy. xxx
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