Dried fruit is a childhood favorite, but many of the commercial versions are packed with added sugar. This is the perfect recipe for letting your kids play around with combining their favorite fruits and turning their school snacks into a fun culinary adventure. There’s no end to what you can do with a little imagination. If the fruit is too crisp when it first comes out of the oven, let it sit at room temperature for a bit to soften.
Drying fruit puree to perfection might seem daunting at first, but it’s easy to get the hang of. If you overdry the fruit, no worries—just let it sit out to soften. Cut it into fun shapes with cookie cutters or roll it up for a healthier mimicry of popular prepared fruit snacks.
Servings: 20 (46 g )
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 3 hours
- 2 apples
- 2 pears
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 175ºF.
- Process together all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Spread mixture evenly on a 10″x15″ baking sheet. Place in oven, leaving door ajar, until fruit is dried, turning once (3-4 hours).
- Cut into 20 strips and cover each with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Stack or roll up tight and store in an airtight container.