This fruit leather recipe is loved by kids and adults alike! Just 4 simple, whole food ingredients, make this fun, kid-approved treat. Follow my how to steps for the perfect weekend at home or school snack.
Preheat oven to lowest setting (150-175 degrees F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, allowing it to come up the sides a bit.
Blend fruit and elderberry syrup together on high speed until smooth. Pour evenly over the parchment lined tray. Sprinkle chia seeds evenly over top.
Transfer tray to oven and bake for 3 hours. Check every so often until center isn't sticky when touched. In my electric convection oven, the lowest temp is 175 degrees F and it took about 4.5 hours total. If it cooks too long, it will become dry and brittle, so keep an eye on it.
Remove from oven and allow to cool once completely baked.
Once cooled, transfer fruit leather on parchment to a cutting board and cut into strips using a pizza cutter. The edge pieces may be crisper than the inside pieces.
Use the parchment to roll the strips up.
Store in an air-tight container until ready to eat.
If you have a convection oven, I suggest using it to speed up the drying time.
Fresh fruit works best. If you use frozen, use 3 cups total and make sure to defrost first, then drain some excess fluid before blending.
You can use a silpat instead of parchment.
I leave the skin on my peaches for extra fiber + nutrients
Elderberry syrup is used as natural immunity support + sweetener. Swap out for honey or maple syrup, to taste.