Fruity Yogurt Fruit Leather Recipe
Fruit leather is a great way to use fruit that is on its way out, or for kids who have texture issues. It is a great snack for kids with common allergies, because the only ingredient is fruit! We have a few different recipes and techniques for fruit leather and roll-ups on the blog. There are two basic ways to make it: in the oven or in the dehydrator. Both methods can work really well, if you follow a few rules.
Tips for Successful Fruit Leather
1) Choose fruits with higher pectin content. Pectin helps fruit leather remain pliable and not crunchy or crumbly.
High pectin fruits: apples, apricots, blueberries, cranberries, figs, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums.
Low pectin fruits: cherries, citrus fruits, melons, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries.
2) Be aware of sugar content in your fruit. The higher the sugar content of your fruit, the longer it will take to dry. If you add sweetener, then plan on it taking even longer.
3) Create the desirable consistency and thickness of fruit puree. The best consistency that will dry in a reasonable amount of time and give you a pliable fruit leather is that of applesauce. If your fruit puree is too thick, add a little water. If it is too thin, add more fruit.
You can refrigerate or freeze fruit leather for up to 1 year!
If your fruit leather is stuck to the tray, put it in the freezer just until frozen, then try peeling it off.
Always spread your leathers to at least 1/4 inch thick.
Putting yogurt in your fruit leather adds protein, a creamy flavor and makes this a great quick energy snack! It is super simple to make. Blend 1 cup fruit with 1 cup plain Greek yogurt. Pour onto your tray, and then put in your oven or dehydrator. If you are drying in your oven, check out this post here. If you are drying in a dehydrator, set to 160 degrees and dry for 3 -5 hours depending on how thick your puree is, and your specific dehydrator.
We tried 2 different flavors.
The first is just applesauce and yogurt. Delicious. The second flavor we tried is Raspberry, peach, applesauce and yogurt. That was a winner! You can do any variety of fruit you want, just make sure you do a 1:1 ratio of fruit to yogurt. The secret to great fruit leather is making sure you have a fruit with high pectin content. If you don’t have any – you can add applesauce to any fruit leather! It is typically inexpensive, naturally sweet and makes your fruit leather amazing every time!