Thursday, November 6, 2014

Not Too Sweet Fruit Leather

Ever look at the label of your favorite snack bar and wonder if you could make it yourself?  I do it all the time.  So a couple of weeks ago I decided to make a version of a fruit leather bar I had picked up while out ridng my bicycle.  It took a couple of trys to make what I wanted but the two recipes below turned out pretty darn well.  The best part is that the sweetness does not over power the flavors of the fruit.

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Tropical Ginger

2           – Apples (sliced and cored)
2 cups  – Chopped Dates
1/2        - Pineapple 
1           - Ripe Mango (cut flesh off the pit)
1/4 cup – Ground Flax Seeds
1/4 cup – Chia Seeds
1/4 cup – Raw Hemp Hearts
1/4 cup – Chopped Walnuts
1/4 cup – Chopped Peacans
1/4 cup – Chopped Cashews
2 TB     - Ground Ginger
2 TB     - Cocoa
1 tsp     - Cinnamon
1 tsp     - Nutmeg
1 cup    - Water


1. If you have a Vitamix, don't peel anything.  That's right, even the pineapple.  Just discard the top, cut into cubes and toss it in.
2. Blend the apples, dates and 1/2 cup of water until smooth.  Pour the mixture in a large bowl.
3. Next blend the 1/2 pineapple chunks and mango pieces with another 1/2 cup of water and add this to the apple/date mixture.
4. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until mixed completely.
5. Spread the mixture about 3/16" thick onto a dehydrator screens covered with a silicon baking sheets (parchment or plastic wrap will also work).
6. Dry at 125 degrees for about 6 hours.  Using a pizza cutter score the leather into strips.  Peel the baking sheets off the leather and return the leather to the dehydrator until the srips are a leathery texture. 



Chocolate Cherries

2           – Apples (sliced and cored)
2 cups  – Chopped Dates
3           - Ripe Bananas
1 cup    - Unsweetened Coconut
1 cup    - Dark Cherries 
1/4 cup – Ground Flax Seeds
1/4 cup – Chia Seeds
1/4 cup – Raw Hemp Hearts
1/4 cup – Chopped Walnuts
1/4 cup – Chopped Peacans
1/4 cup – Chopped Cashews
2 TB     - Ground Ginger
2 TB     - Cocoa
1 tsp     - Cinnamon
1 tsp     - Nutmeg
1 cup    - Water
1/2 cup - Bitter Sweet Chocolate Chips


1. Blend the apples, dates and 1/2 cup of water until smooth.  Pour the mixture in a large bowl.
2. Next blend the bananas, coconut and cherries with another 1/2 cup of water and add this to the apple/date mixture.
3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until mixed completely.
4. Spread the mixture about 3/16" thick onto a dehydrator screens covered with a silicon baking sheets (parchment or plastic wrap will also work).
5. Dry at 125 degrees for about 6 hours.  Using a pizza cutter score the leather into strips.  Peel the baking sheets off the leather and return the leather to the dehydrator until the srips are a leathery texture. 
6. The chocolate chips will melt during dehydration but will harden after the leather cools.