Who doesn’t love fruit leather? Still, those little single packages that they sell at the grocery store are expensive. But making it at home can be expensive, too, because almost all of the recipes call for an expensive food dehydrator. There has to be a better and less expensive way, right?
Yes, in fact, there is! It is possible to make fruit leather at home without a food dehydrator. You can use your oven. You may be a little bit worried, as there are recipes out there saying it takes up 18 hours to make fruit leather in an oven, but we found that it took a little bit under 5 hours. Not too bad! Just cut the fruit leather into strips comparable in size to the kind sold in stores and you get about 16 of them – and at $4 for fruit for this recipe, that’s a big savings over what you would have paid for fruit leather at the grocery store.
- cooking spray or oil mister
- 2 ripe peaches pitted and cut into large chunks
- 6 oz. raspberries
- 1 tbsp. agave nectar or honey more if the peaches or raspberries are on the tart side
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients to food processor or blender and process until smooth. For seedless fruit leather, strain mixture through sieve. (I happen to love raspberry seeds!)
- Spread fruit evenly (this is really important!) onto baking sheet. Bake until fruit leather is dry, but still flexible. This is about 5 hours in my oven, but the cook time can vary, so keep an eye on your fruit leather as it cooks. Allow to cool and cut into strips using a pizza cutter or kitchen shears. Wrap each piece in wax paper and store in an airtight container or zip-top bag.