It may seem too much of an effort to make every little edible kitchen item homemade, especially with many store-brought options available these days.
However, it wouldn't hurt to make at home those items that are usually laden with preservatives, additives and concealed sugars. It's never a bad idea to whip up yummy stuff right in your own kitchen, especially if it doesn't require that much effort anyway. Some food are just better homemade than bought from the grocery.
Fruit leather is one of the most underrated snacks that you can make right at home. It's as easy as pureeing a fruit or a combination of fruits and herbs, pouring the puree over a baking sheet, and baking it in the oven until all the moisture evaporates leaving a sweet snack bursting with fruity flavors.
Blackberry Mint Lime Fruit Leather (Steele House Kitchen)
This Blackberry Mint Lime Fruit Leather by Steele House Kitchen is a great example of a fruit leather that owes its divine flavors from a combination of fruit and herb. The rich berry sweetness of blackberry mingles perfectly with the tang of lime and the coolness of the mint. This is a great fruit leather with sophisticated flavors.
"Dark, sweet, and fresh, Blackberry Mint and Lime Fruit Leathers are the perfect summer treat."
- 3 cups blackberries
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- zest of 1 lime
- parchment paper
Homemade Fruit Leather (Two Peas & Their Pod)
The good thing about this Homemade Fruit Leather recipes from Two Peas & Their Pod is that it teaches us to use other sweetener than just plain old sugar. The recipe calls for any sweetener including maple or honey, and you can even use artificial sweeteners or natural ones like Stevia or Coco sugar. Of course, that all depends on the fruit that you're going to use. If your ripe fruit is sweet enough, then you can do away with the sweetener.
"Homemade fruit leather is so easy to make and is a great healthy snack! I used peaches for this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite fruit. Strawberries and raspberries are my other favorite fruits to use."
- 3 cups ripe chopped fruit (I used peaches this time)
- Sweetener, to taste (I use honey or maple syrup)
Watermelon Fruit Leather (Baked by Rachel)
Baked by Rachel's recipe for Watermelon Fruit Leather is a great one to pull off if you're looking for a fruit leather that's light and is naturally sweet. If the watermelon that you use is sweet enough, you may not need to add sweetener to the puree. If not, you can always use healthier sweeteners as alternative to white sugar.
"Easy homemade watermelon fruit leather. Just two ingredients! A great snack or addition to school lunches."
- 8C watermelon, cubed
- 2/3c granulated sugar
Use good quality silicone baking mats for making fruit leathers. They're non-stick, so getting the fruit leather off is a breeze.
Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.