I'm finally back with a new post today after a two-week break. I must admit that I was losing my motivation for blogging. When you work hard and you don't feel like you are seeing the results you were hoping for, it can be tough to forge ahead. But I don't want to quit and dreams don't come true overnight, so here I am. This pumpkin apple fruit leather is the perfect recipe to make a comeback with, I must say.
I have a recipe today that's perfect for adults and kids alike. You know my motto: when you can't find a clean version, make it yourself. I bet many lunch boxes contain Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot, or other fruit snacks. When I was a kid it was such a treat to have one included in my lunch. Unfortunately, like so many snacks today, these are made with processed sugars and preservatives.
The great news is that they are super easy to make yourself. It takes only a few ingredients and requires no special equipment. The flavors you can make are endless. You can even sneak some vegetable in for good measure (don’t tell the kids!). Puréed carrots, beets, or pumpkin work great. These are snacks you can feel good about eating and serving to your kids.
- 2 cups pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (try to get a brand made with just apples)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Mix everything in a blender until combined.
- On two full-size lined baking sheets divide the mixture.
- With an off-set spatula or the back of a spoon, even out the mixture to cover the sheet.
- The mixture should be thin, but not to the point where you can see the baking sheet through it.*
- Put the sheets on the low shelf of the oven for about 3- 4 hours. (Watch closely -- cooking time may vary depending on your oven.)
- The leather should be dry to the touch. Some thicker areas may be a bit stick, but should be ok once cooled.
- Cool the leather.
- Cut into strips with a pizza roller.
- Roll up and store in an airtight container.