Do you know what fruit leather is? Basically it’s the homemade version of a fruit roll-up. However, you get to control the ingredients and make it healthier! Today I’m going to share this delicious blueberry fruit leather recipe I recently made in my food dehydrator. I had plenty of blueberries on hand, and decided to give make fruit leather with them.
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Food Dehydrator Models
Now I don’t have a fancy dehydrator, just a basic Nesco model that I was gifted about maybe 9 years ago. I don’t think it’s even available anymore to buy. All I do is plug it into an outlet and let it do its thing. This *Nesco FD-37A model on Amazon looks the most similar to the deyhrator that I own. But the nicer models have adjustable settings. If you want to get a dehydrator, it might be better to spend a little more and get an upgraded model like the *Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator that has good reviews. I’ll take that one for Christmas if anyone wants to know. And if you have the funds for a more expensive one, you can also look into buying an *Excalibur dehydrator.
My basic Nesco/American Harvest dehydrator
Once you have chosen a food dehydrator, make sure it also has the solid fruit roll-up trays. Mine sit on top of the plastic mesh trays and I had to order them separately. If you have these items, let’s get started with the recipe!
Blueberry Fruit Leather Recipe
I wasn’t sure how blueberries would work in fruit leather because of their skins, so I decided to run mine thru the blender. I also consulted the handy-dandy Nesco Dehydrator and Jerky Maker Recipes & Instructions booklet included with my dehydrator for ideas on making my fruit leather. They had a recipe for a strawberry rhubarb fruit roll that included honey. It hadn’t even occurred to me that I could use honey for fruit leather. Another of their recipes for an applesauce fruit roll used lemon juice.
After a quick glance at their recipes, I decided to try my own variation. I used fresh blueberries, honey, and lime juice. This combination tasted great! I’ve actually made it twice. The first time, I poured it all on one tray, which ending up being too thick and doesn’t dry as well. You’ll need to use two solid trays and divide the puree between them.
Here’s the ingredients and amounts that I used:
- 3 cups of fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup bottled lime juice
- 1/4 cup honey
Plus coconut oil for greasing the trays.
Don’t forget to grease the trays first! (I tend to forget this step.) I used coconut oil to grease mine, but I’ve also used cooking spray at other times. Blend the 3 ingredients all up nicely in the blender, and pour onto the two trays. Try to spread it as evenly as possible. As I stated earlier, I just have to plug my deydrator in and simply moniter it. Check your manual for what settings to use. And for the length of time, this can vary, but mine took at least 8-9 hours. Even then parts of it weren’t fully done. So I left part of it in the dehydrator longer, and for whatever reason I still had some sticky, moist spots much later. But hey you can eat those first, rather than storing it!
You want the fruit leather to be fully dry, but yet still pliable. If you let it go too long, it will crack and that’s not what you want. (I’ve done that too.) But if you want to store it, you don’t want to have wet areas. If that happens though, you can freeze it for safer keeping.
So rather than fruit roll-ups this fall for your school kiddos, try making this tasty, healthier version to pack in their lunches. If they are enterprising, like one of my brothers was, they might have the other kids swapping for a taste. According to my mom, he was coming out ahead on those trading deals. At least until the higher powers shut him down anyway. Regardless, I hope you enjoy this DIY treat.
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- 3 cups fresh blueberries
- ¼ cup bottle lime juice
- ¼ cup honey
- Coconut oil for greasing tray
- Grease two solid fruit roll trays with coconut oil using a paper towel.
- Then blend blueberries, lime juice, and honey in blender to a puree.
- Spread the puree evenly between the two dehydrator trays.
- Use appropriate settings on dehydrator model for fruit rolls/leather.
- Remove from trays when no longer moist but still pliable ~8+ hours.
- Store in air-tight container.
References: Nesco/American Harvest Dehydrator & Jerky Maker Recipes and Instructions booklet used for a reference for making and storing fruit leather, as well as recipe ideas.