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How to Make Healthy Strawberry Fruit Leather

Strawberries are perfect for making fruit leather! This is the perfect delicious snack, whether for kids or adults, and a great way to get the benefits of strawberries weeks or months after harvesting or purchasing them!

how to make homemade strawberry fruit leatherIngredients for Basic Strawberry Leather (Makes 2 fruit leather sheets)
4 cups strawberries
2 Tbsp honey (optional)

Other Optional Ingredients
Unsweetened flaked coconut
Vanilla extract
Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Wash and hull your fresh strawberries. Add strawberries and honey (if using) to a blender. Add optional ingredients such as vanilla extract or greek yogurt. Blend on high speed until the strawberries turn into a smooth puree.
  2. Place a non-stick dehydrator sheet over your mesh dehydrator tray. If you are using a dehydrator sheet that is not non-stick, lightly oil it. Pour strawberry puree onto the dehydrator sheet and spread until it is about 1 inch away from the edges on all sides, and about ¼ inch thick.how to make healthy strawberry fruit leather
  3. Sprinkle any optional ingredients such as flaked coconut on top of puree.
  4. Place the dehydrator sheet into the dehydrator at 135 degrees F for about 8-10 hours, until it has completely dried, but is still soft enough to bend and fold into a fruit roll. When it has dried sufficiently, it will look like this and roll up easily.how to make homemade strawberry fruit leather with protein, how to preserve strawberries
  5. HOW TO STORE FRUIT LEATHER: Remove the leather from the dehydrator sheet (it should come off easily if using a non-stick sheet or if the sheet was properly greased). Place the fruit leather on plastic wrap or wax paper, and starting from one of the corners, roll the leather into a fruit roll. Place the leather into an airtight container for storage, and label with the date. Fruit leather will store well for 1-2 months in the pantry, several months in the refrigerator, and up to one year in the freezer.Strawberry fruit rolls

HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE VARIATIONS OF STRAWBERRY LEATHER!

Coconut Strawberry Leather

In Step 3, after spreading the puree over the dehydrator sheet, sprinkle unsweetened flaked coconut evenly over the puree. Follow remaining directions to create a delicious leather! Your puree will look like this before you dry it.how to preserve strawberries, how to make healthy homemade fruit leather

This is what it will look like after it has dried. It should easily roll up like this.how to make homemade strawberry fruit leather with protein, how to preserve strawberriesStrawberry Yogurt Fruit Leather

  1. In Step 1, use 3 cups fresh strawberries instead of 4. Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup plain greek yogurt to the blender, along with the strawberries and honey. This is a great option if you are wanting to make a healthy snack with more protein.
  2. Follow remaining directions. Your poured puree will look like this (yes, a little bubble gum pink!)how to make homemade strawberry fruit leather with protein, how to preserve strawberries

Coconut-Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Leather (my personal favorite!!)

  1. In Step 1, use 3 cups fresh strawberries instead of 4. Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup plain greek yogurt to the blender, along with the strawberries and honey. I love this version because it is delicious and has some added protein compared to regular fruit leather.
  2. In Step 3, sprinkle unsweetened flaked coconut evenly over puree.
  3. Follow remaining directions. Here is what your puree will look like.how to make homemade strawberry fruit leather with protein, how to preserve strawberries

TIPS FOR SUCCESS WHEN MAKING HOMEMADE FRUIT LEATHER
Here are some things I have learned in the process, that really help to have success with this, that I will share with you!

  1. Checking for dryness: When you check your fruit leather to see if it is done, be sure to check the middle for dryness, since fruit leathers tend to dry starting at the edges and dry in the middle last. The leather should easily peel off the dehydrator sheet when it is sufficiently dry, and should feel slightly sticky, but not wet or moist. Do not over dry it, or the leather will become brittle and will be difficult to fold onto itself without breaking.
  2. Roll up your dried fruit leather while it is still warm, and it should roll up easily. If you wait for the leather to cool, it becomes difficult to roll up without breaking.
  3. This is delicious, so keep it out of reach of your kids (and yourself!) if you want it to last more than a day!!!

Healthy Ways to Preserve Strawberries

Healthy ways to preserve strawberries, how to preserve strawberriesStrawberries are in season in the spring or summer, so that is a great time to think about buying some in bulk, or even better, harvesting them from your own garden! So what are the benefits of strawberries, and how can they be preserved for later use?

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF STRAWBERRIES
Strawberries are a nutritional powerhouse,  best known for being high in Vitamin C, with one cup providing more than the recommended daily intake for vitamin C. They are also full of antioxidants, low in calories, and a natural source of fiber and folate, among other nutrients. So they can provide a delicious, healthy snack or sweet treat!

HEALTHY WAYS TO PRESERVE STRAWBERRIES
In the refrigerator, strawberries normally stay fresh for only a few days, often needing to be eaten within 3 days. So if you have too many to eat in 3 days, and want to enjoy them later, here are some delicious ideas below!

Strawberry Fruit Leather

Sources:

  1. Ohio State University Extension. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Strawberries. http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/HYG-5531 accessed on 8/10/16
  2. Fruits & veggies more matters. Strawberries. Nutrition. Selection. Storage. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/strawberries accessed on 8/10/16