I have shared a tip before about having fruit strips on hand for those mornings that you realize that the fruit in the fruit basket has gone bad but you still need the health benefits of fruit in the lunch box. Dried fruits retain most of the nutritional value of fresh fruits and so are included with fresh fruit in dietary recommendations by U.S., according to MyPyramid.gov.
I used this recipe for these Triple Berry Fruit Leather. The kids love them. I love them. Husband does too.
Triple Berry Fruit Leather
- 1 cup strawberries, stems removed, sliced
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/8 cup 100% fruit juice
Add berries to blender with fruit juice and blend until smooth. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap (I tried parchment paper and it does not work) and spread puree evenly over plastic wrap, staying away from the edge. Set oven to the very lowest setting. Remember, you are not baking the fruit, just drying it out. Leave in oven for 6-8 hours. (fruit leather will peel easily and cleanly off plastic when it's dry) When cool, use pizza cutter to slice. Keep stored in air-tight container or zip lock bag.