Apple apple apple apple apple! Who doesn’t love apples? There are so many different things you can do with them. One of the most popular is apple fruit leathers. They’re sweet, fruity, and delicious. This recipe guide will show you how to create your fruit leather in a food dehydrator!
Apple fruit leathers are a healthy snack that you can enjoy any time of day. They’re made from apple puree, which means they have no added fat or cholesterol. Apples also help maintain good health by providing fiber (to keep you feeling fuller), potassium (for muscle strength) and vitamin C (to keep you healthy).
The puree that is used in apple fruit leathers can be made from any apple variety. However, the most popular type of apple to use for this recipe are Granny Smith apples, which have a tart taste and firm texture. They’re the perfect option if you want an apple-y flavor without adding extra sugar.
Apple Fruit Leather Recipe:
I love apple fruit leather. There is something so satisfying about the sweet-tart apple flavor and chewy texture of this healthy snack that just seems to satisfy my cravings in a way I can’t describe. This recipe is delicious, easy on your wallet, and takes only a few hours from start to finish!
- You’ll need a food dehydrator to make this recipe. You can buy one from Amazon, or you could use your oven if it has the capability for dry heat.
- A blender is also required to make the puree.
- Apple slices (I used four medium apples)
This recipe makes one dehydrator tray full of delicious apple leather. You can make more if you have multiple trays.
- Wash apples thoroughly, then peel them.
- Chop up the apples.
- Puree the chopped apple in a blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth.
- Mix the apple puree with cinnamon and lemon juice in the blender (optional).
- Spread apple mixture onto Teflex sheets on dehydrator trays. Dry at 135 degrees for 6- 12 hours to make apple fruit leather. It depends on how thick the mixture is and the performance of the dehydrator.
- Store the dehydrated apple leather in an airtight container for up to one month.
What Is Fruit Leather?
Fruit leathers can be made by pureeing fruit in a blender or food processor until it is smooth. It’s then poured into the dehydrator tray, where they dry out while turning to leathery sheets that can later be cut into strips. They have a chewy-like texture and are often used as a low-calorie substitute for candy bars. Fruit leathers can be made from apple, apricot, banana, blackberry, blueberry (boysenberries), cherry, cranberry, and pineapple slices.
Why You Should Eat It (Benefits)
Apple fruit leather has a high apple content, which provides plenty of vitamins and minerals.
Apple fruit leather is low in sugar compared to other desserts such as apple pie or apple crisp. This is because the apples are cooked down with some water until they become apple sauce before being mixed with honey for sweetness. This makes apple fruit leather an excellent dessert choice.
There are many benefits to dehydrating fruit, such as preserving it in the long term, increasing shelf life.
Dehydrated food is lighter weight than fresh produce so that you can take your favorite foods on the go.
Dehydrating apples will also reduce spoilage rates, so your batch of apple leather lasts longer than a fresh apple would.
How to Store It
Apple fruit leather is best stored in an airtight container and put into the fridge. You can also freeze them for long-term storage.
What It Tastes Like
Apple fruit leather tastes sweet and tangy with just enough apple flavor to remind you that this is what apple pies are made of!
Can You Make It In An Oven Or Microwave?
Yes, apple fruit leather can be made in an oven or microwave.
If you make it in an oven or microwave, be sure to keep a close eye on it while cooking because heating can quickly go wrong.
To get that same intense apple flavor, we recommend making them in a food dehydrator.
Food dehydrators are the best way to create apple fruit leather because the temperature and airflow are controlled so you can be sure it’s heated at an appropriate high temperature without burning.
In addition, they’re safer than ovens or microwaves as apple won’t overheat in them because of some models that have automatic temperature and timers.
I hope this post has been a helpful guide for you to make apple fruit leather in the food dehydrator. I will be making more fruit leathers soon, so keep an eye out for more recipes!
And as we mentioned, you can use any kind of apple for this recipe. So if your favorite is Granny Smiths or Honeycrisps, go ahead and make them. On the other hand, suppose you don’t have a dehydrator yet but want to try out making fruit leather yourself (or just find one on sale). Check out our article on choosing the top food dehydrators for your needs here. In that case, it will help guide you in what type to buy!