My kids love fruit leather. Whenever we head to Trader Joes they directly go to the wall filled with different fruit leathers and pick out their favorites, but darn it gets expensive. Did you know that you can make it for almost pennies? This time around I’m trying something new and using one of my favorite fruits – Rhubarb. I’ve been growing rhubarb in my garden for the last 5 years and I’ve make a dozen different recipes using rhubarb but never fruit leather.
One of my favorite fruits to pair with rhubarb is strawberries. The sweetness of the strawberries are such a great fit with the tartness of the rhubarb. This 3 ingredient strawberry rhubarb fruit leather is super easy, all you need is a little time. The prep time takes minutes but the baking time takes hours. When researching how to make fruit leathers I would see recipes with baking times of 2-3 hours. For me it was more like 6 hours. It all depends on your oven, so my suggestion is to make a few batches during the day when you are going to be home so you can keep a closer eye on it to see exactly how long it needs to bake for you. If you find it’s taking 5-6 hours then you might want to consider baking it throughout the night while you are sleeping.
If you’ve never handled rhubarb before it’s very tough to cut so if your child is cutting it make sure they use a sharp knife if they can handle it. If your child is too young then they can cut the strawberries and you can cut the rhubarb.
Cutting the strawberries were much easier for my mini chef!
Once all the rhubarb and strawberries have been cut then you can add it to the shock pot and drizzle with honey. Simmer, blend and cook…that’s about it. Within a few hours you will have a ton of fruit leather to enjoy.
We have a Blendtec which makes blending so easy and no need to strain the mixture before baking in the oven.
Once the fruit leather is fully cooked, let cool and with a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors cut into strips.
- 4 cups rhubarb (about 4 stalks) Cut leaves and bottoms off and dice as you would celery
- 1 pint diced strawberries
- 4 tablespoons honey
- Diced rhubarb and strawberries, then place into a large stock pot
- Add 3-4 tablespoons honey
- Simmer on medium low for 15 minutes or until the rhubarb is soft. It takes longer for the rhubarb to cook than strawberries
- Let cool for at least 30 minutes
- Place into a blender and blend until completely smooth
- Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 3-6 hours at 200 degrees. I know this seems like a big time difference but it all depends on your oven. I set the time for 1hr at a time to check the progress until I felt it was done.
- Let cool completely before cutting into strips.
Fruit leather is perfect for lunches or snacks. I like to keep it rolled with the parchment paper so it doesn’t stick together, and makes it very easy for the kids to handle. Looking for other healthy snacks? I’ve got some fun snack ideas for you that will be perfect for the summer months.
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