This week we will be testing one of my FAVORITE Trail snacks, and it's my kids favorite TOO!
I like to call them "Strawberry Fruit Leather". Super healthy and full of fruit and veggies to keep you energized on the trail!
Strawberry Fruit Leather Recipe
Recipe Takes about 15 minutes to prep and cooks on 130˚ F for approx 6-8 hours
Container of fresh strawberries
one can of sliced beets (or fresh is fine, but cook them first to be soft)
half a bag of baby spinach (about 5oz of spinach)
Honey (1 - 2 TBSP depending on the sweetness you like)
lemon juice (1 - 2 TBSP)
You will also need:
Wash and dry all produce
In a blender add strawberries (if larger then cut them down to be about the size of a quarter)
Blend until smooth
Add the can of beets WITH the water in the can), blend until smooth
Please note that if you have a small blender you may want to pour each step above into a mixing bowl. This way after each time you blend you can them mix them together)
Add the half of a bag of spinach (about 5oz)
Add Honey & Lemon juice and blend until smooth
Once all the contents are completely mixed together you will want to grab your dehydrator sheets (the silicone sheets)
poor your ingredients into the silicone sheets and make sure they are as even as possible. Using the silicone spatula you can scrape all the contents out of the blender and smooth it over the silicone sheet.
I use multiple sheets since my blender is larger. If you can only do one sheet at a time just pour until the sheet is full but NOT overflowing and then put the rest of the mixture in the frig to do again the next day.
Put in dehydrator on 130˚F for 6 hours. Once the 6 hours has passed check on it. If it is still loose and watery in areas put it on for another 2-3 hours. Depending on how thick you pour the mixture on the sheet will depend on how long it takes to dehydrate.
Once it is firm but still sticky to touch pull out and let completely cool.
Once cool you can do one of two things. You can either, add parchment paper to the top and peal the entire piece from the sheet onto the parchment paper to cut into strips and roll up. Or, you can peel pieces and put them into small snack bags to have ready for the trail.
These snacks are perfect for a backpacking excursion and can last up to 2 weeks. You can even try it with other fruits and veggies.
Want your leather to be more of a chip? Just leave the same mixture in the dehydrator for 8-10 hours. It'll get hard and you can crack off pieces like a chip.
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