Applesauce Fruit Leather {no added sweeteners}

I’ve been on a dehydrating kick lately. When we had an overflow of peaches so I made fruit leather with them, as well as dehydrating slices (so good, by the way). The fruit leather was a hit with the kids, but I ran out of peaches, and wanted to use what I already had on hand.

Apple Fruit Leather {no sweeteners added}

In addition to using what we already had, I wanted it to be easy. Doesn’t get much easier than using already-pureed food. We purchase our applesauce in 4-packs from Costco. I’m a big fan of cost breakdown, and based on the current price of the TreeTop Applesauce, these fruit leathers come out to about $0.15/piece.

Apple Fruit Leather {no sweeteners added}

The best part is that you can flavor these with anything you want, or just leave them completely plain. Dehydrating brings out the apple flavor so it’s not bland, and it concentrates the sweetness so there is no need for extra sweeteners, just pure fruit.

Apple Fruit Leather {no sweeteners added}

Plus, they look adorable all stacked up in little rolls, just waiting for their place in a lunchbox.

Apple Fruit Leather {no sweeteners added}

Apple Fruit Leather {no sweeteners added}
Apple Fruit Leather {no sweeteners added}

Recipe: Applesauce Fruit Leather {no added sweeteners}

By Kendra Benson  , , ,   , ,

September 15, 2016

Perfectly flavored and soft, these applesauce fruit leathers are the perfect snack for kids and are so easy to make.

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  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 hrs

Ingredients

2 cup Unsweetened, Unflavored Applesauce

(optional) Flavoring of your choice (choose one):

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Seasoning

Directions

1If adding a flavoring, mix it in completely to the applesauce.

2Line 3-5 dehydrator trays with parchment paper (not wax paper or foil) or sheets specifically made for your dehydrator (this is preferred).

3With an offset spatula, spread the pureed mixture smoothly and evenly on the trays, leaving at least an inch all the way around. The puree should be about 1/4" thick (the thicker it is, the longer it will take to dehydrate, but the thicker your final product will be). Use the flat side of the spatula to create flat edges.

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5If your dehydrator has temperature settings, set to 110°F (or the lowest setting) and let dry for 8-12 hours. Check periodically after 8 hours. The edges will dry first. Rotate trays if needed to ensure even drying.

6When you are able to easily peel the fruit leather completely from the trays, remove from the dehydrator and place on a parchment sheet (or use the one from the dehydrator if you didn't have dehydrator sheets. Using kitchen shears or clean scissors, trim the edges and cut the fruit leather into 2" strips (while still attached to the parchment). Roll and secure with tape or twine.

7Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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