It’s nearly strawberry season in Vermont, and my rhubarb plant is eagerly awaiting its summer counterpart! Strawberry rhubarb fruit leather is just one of the many ways we enjoy our rhubarb. I will also bake a pie (gf, sugar-free), I’ll likely whip up some diy gummy snacks, and I definitely plan on making strawberry rhubarb wine!! Mmm hmm! If you’d like to follow along in my wine adventure, be sure to follow me here, on Instagram, where I plan on sharing the process in my Insta stories! Anywho…
Fruit leather “roll-ups” are ridiculously simple, so tasty, and densely nutritious! They’re an amazing little snack for the kids, offering that essential homegrown & earthy love amongst all else. My kids even go so far as to call it candy! Ha, I’ll take it!
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In order to keep this snack as simple as possible, I chose to keep the fruit puree raw, although simmering the fruit is also an option to reduce the water content and thicken the puree before dehydrating. I use a Vitamix for pureeing, which is a high powered blender, and I LOVE it! The Vitamix pulverizes even the littlest seeds so you reap all the benefits without any crunchy little “things” left to bulk up your fruit leather or stick in your teeth. No straining necessary, just pour your mix straight out onto your trays and voila!
- 2 apples – chopped
- 2 cups chopped strawberries
- 2 cups chopped rhubarb
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- Puree all of the ingredients using a Vitamix or your preferred food processor.
- Spread evenly onto your dehydrator trays. I didn’t thin these out too much, but they still dehydrated into a very thin leather – something to keep in mind!
- Set the dehydrator to 135 and dehydrate for 5 – 12 hours. this time varies greatly depending on the thickness of your spread. You’ll know it’s ready when it can peel away easily and is tacky, but not squishy.
- Peel your leather off the tray and place it onto unbleached parchment paper. From here, you can roll it up and cut it up as you wish!
Alternatively, you can spread the puree over parchment paper on a baking sheet and “bake” at 150°, or your ovens lowest setting, for 5-6 hours, with the door cracked open. Disclaimer: I have not tried this method because I have little wee ones running around. I also have a beautiful and highly recommended Excalibur Dehydrator to play with this summer!