Fruit leather is a good snack to put in lunchboxes, as well as a good substitute for sugary fruit roll-ups.
- Apple Berry Fruit Leather from the Public Health Cookbook by the Seattle & King County Department of Public Health—original source of recipe, government resource in the public domain
- Cook Time: 10 minutes prep, 4–6 hours baking
- Serves: 8
- 3 cups apples, cored and chopped
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 140 °F.
- Using a blender, blend 1 cup of apples, the raspberries and the orange juice concentrate until smooth.
- Add remaining apples and blend until smooth.
- Pour apple mixture in a medium sized bowl then stir in the honey, cinnamon and lemon juice.
- Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap and tape to edges.
- Do not use wax paper or aluminum foil since it's difficult to remove the fruit from these items.
- Pour apple mixture on the plastic lined baking sheet and spread with a rubber spatula until it's ⅛ inch thick.
- Leave about ½ inch of space open from edge of pan to allow fruit to expand while drying.
- Bake in oven for 4–6 hours.
- Fruit leather is done when it is no longer sticky to the touch.
- When done, roll the fruit with the plastic wrap the long way.
- Cut into 2-inch pieces.
- Store pieces in an airtight container.