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How to Make Mango Fruit Leather (Without a Dehydrator!)

How to Make Mango Fruit Leather

How to Make Mango Fruit LeatherIt’s been a while since I posted a fruit leather recipe here and since I get requests for them once in a while, I thought I’d post a new one today–mango! While I’m not one to discriminate when it comes to fruit leather, I think mango and banana are my two favorites because both can be made without any added sweetener. No sugar, no honey, no agave–just fruit.

I decided to do things a little bit differently this time and use parchment paper instead of spraying my baking sheet with oil. This has a few pros and cons. The biggest downside is that the fruit leather gets a little bit wrinkled as the moisture is baked out. Ugly fruit leather! But using parchment paper makes it much easier to remove the fruit leather from the baking sheet, the bottom of the fruit leather isn’t all oiled up, and if you’re planning on wrapping your fruit leather, you can just cut it into strips while it’s still attached to the parchment. Easy!

Here’s how to make mango fruit leather:

Mangoes for Fruit LeatherStart with two ripe mangoes. They need to be ripe, otherwise your fruit leather won’t be sweet.

Cutting Mangoes for Fruit LeatherCut the mangoes into chunks. Don’t know how to cut them? I have a mango cutting tutorial!

Mango Chunks in BlenderPlace the mango chunks in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Spreading Mango Puree onto Baking SheetLine a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mango puree onto it. Make sure it’s in an even layer–it’s hard to make it completely even, but do your best! I like sprinkling mine with a small amount of chipotle salt.

Mango Fruit Leather on Parchment PaperBake at 175ΒΊF for 3-4 hours. After about 2 hours, start checking on your fruit leather every 30 minutes or so. The fruit leather is done when it’s dry to the touch, but still pliable. Sometimes the edges will be finished before the center, in which case you can cut them off and continue baking the rest.

Mango Fruit LeatherWhen your fruit leather is done baking, let it cool and then cut it into strips or shapes with a pizza cutter or kitchen shears.

We always eat our fruit leather within a day of making it, but wrapped tightly in plastic and stored in a sealed container, it will last up to one month at room temperature or up to a year in the freezer.

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    Jennifer The Quirky Momma
    February 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I would save so much money if I made fruit leather at home! I always buy them when they are 3/1.00 but but kids eat dozens of them when we have them. Mango is a wonderful fruit!

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    a farmer in the dell
    February 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I have been eating SO many mangos recently. However, I should mix things up and make this fruit leather! yum!

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    Meghan @JaMonkey
    February 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I make this all the time at my house!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    February 19, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I will love this too. Used to eat some Chinese haw leather, but the ready made one is usually way too sweet for me. This is terrific!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    February 20, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Wow how easy is that, I must make some!

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    Aleks
    February 20, 2013 at 5:47 am

    wow. What an original idea πŸ™‚

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    Nat @ The Apple Diaries
    February 20, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I always hear you talk about fruit leather and never really knew what it was. I’m so surprised at how easy it looks! like a healthy roll up. I can see why it doesn’t last long πŸ˜‰

    Can you do this with most fruits or are there specific fruits that work and others don’t really have the same effect?

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      Kiersten
      February 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      You can make fruit leather with just about any fruit, although some work best when you cook them down on the stove first. But I’ve made fruit leather out of strawberries, bananas, peaches, and raspberries so far. The only one that didn’t work was pineapple–not sure why!

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    Carolyn
    February 20, 2013 at 6:37 am

    My kids adore fruit leather and I just really need to do this for them!

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    Balvinder
    February 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I never have enough mango to my heart’s content and this looks good. Bookmarking it to make soon.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    February 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    This is my favorite recipe I have seen in a while

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    Sheri
    February 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    That looks awesome! I want to try it.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    February 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    This is incredible, Kiersten! Such a fun and creative recipe to try. I love your addition of chipotle salt, too.

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    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up
    February 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I love how simple this is. Just mango. Going to save this for later :-).

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    February 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I am going to make this ASAP!!!! I love mango’s and fruit leather so I am really excited to make this.

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    Jeanette
    February 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I’d never think to make fruit leather in the oven – mango is one of our favorite fruits, so my kids would love it if I made this for them.

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    February 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Yum! I’ve only tried doing this once before and failed but definitely want to give this another try since mangos are on sale right now!

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    HilLesha
    February 21, 2013 at 12:24 am

    My son would probably love this. πŸ™‚

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    Kathy - Panini Happy
    February 21, 2013 at 1:26 am

    My kids are going to think this is so cool (and so do I)!

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    Brenda Williams
    February 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Another great idea. Love this recipe.

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    Diana @ Eating Made Easy
    February 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Easy, great recipe, I didn’t know it was that easy. Can you do this with most other fruits? I’m like a little kid and love this stuff!

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      Kiersten
      February 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Some fruits, like apples, are better when you cook them down on the stove first. But I’ve made fruit leather like this with raspberries, strawberries, bananas, peaches–there are so many possibilities! πŸ™‚

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    Kathy
    February 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Great recipe! Question…. I haven’t tried chipotle salt before, is it spicy?

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      Kiersten
      February 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      It is spicy, but in a mellow, smoky kind of way, if that makes sense. πŸ™‚

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    Genevieve
    February 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    This reminds me I still haven’t tried your banana fruit leather! I think I might this mango version even more, and I can’t get over how easy it is to make – it’s so unusual to see a recipe with only one ingredient!

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    [email protected]
    February 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I spent my early childhood in India and we spent all summer eating mangoes to the point we would get heat rashes from the natural sugars and Indian tropical heat. Mango leather are very popular snack, usually cooked in syrup. Your recipe is so much healthier, I’m going to make your recipe to remind me of my childhood:)
    I added a new recipe for no-cook tahini, dates, goji berry truffles on my blog, you might like:)

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    February 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Oh yum!! The kids and I love treats like this.

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    Shell Fruscione
    February 23, 2013 at 5:08 am

    That looks SO insanely good!

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