Raspberry Leather

The last few weeks, our raspberry bush has been abundant with fruit. So, I decided to make raspberry leather that is delicious and way healthier than Fruit by the Foot.
Here’s the recipe:
– 1 cup fresh raspberries (you could use strawberries or mixed berries)
– 1/2 cup chopped organic Gala or McIntosh or Golden Delicious apple (or a different apple that’s sweet so you don’t have to add too much sugar)
– 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
– Optional: 1-2 tbsp organic brown or coconut sugar.
– Cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper (or nothing) OR a lined dehydrator tray. I made it in a round baking pan since my cookie sheet is MIA (see picture).
Option 1:
Throw the raspberries, apple, lemon juice, and sugar into a blender, blend until smooth, (taste to see if you want to adjust anything,) and pour the mixture onto your cookie sheet. If you don’t want seeds in your leather, then put the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer before pouring it on to your sheet. Spread the mixture so that it’s approximately 1/8″ thick. Place in the oven that’s been preheating to 170F and leave it in for 3-4 hours – you want it to not be wet and sticky. Once it’s done, cool it off, cut it into strips and roll with parchment paper.
Option 2:
Add your ingredients to a saucepan, pour in 1/2 cup water, and slightly cooked the mixture for 10 minutes. Then follow the blending instructions from option 1. I found that this way takes slightly longer (because of the water) – approximately 5 hours in the oven. The leather comes out darker in colour (see picture) and less fruity in flavour this way so I prefer option 1.
If you have a dehydrator, you can use that to make your leather.

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