Make your own tropical fruit leather/fruit roll ups at home with this recipe, with star fruit, kiwi and mango. Get your dehydrator ready!
Get yourself a tropical mix of fruit together to make a homemade sweet snack. This combination brings me back to the beach. I've been making more and more of these lately. I've always loved sweets, but I'm more of the candy type rather than your typical desserts. I enjoy a handful of lemonheads over chocolate usually, which is why I'm drawn more to fruits when I want to snack on something.
Tropical fruit makes for some GREAT fruit leathers, aka Fruit Roll Ups. I'm sure you enjoyed them as a kid, those slightly sticky, sweet, chewy sheets of gooey fruit candy. This recipe is exactly that, though since we're making them at home, we're controlling everything we're putting into them.
Good thing, right?
Who needs all that added sugar and all those extra chemicals. We're making a much healthier homemade version of that favorite chilhood fruit leather / fruit roll up snack, and truly, these are better than those anyway!
So... it's time to bust out that dehydrator!
You DO have a dehydrator, right? As you know (possibly), I am the author of "The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook", so I can't recommend enough that you acquire one asap. You can create MANY MANY MANY interesting recipes, from homemade spice blends to jerky of all kinds to healthy snacks and yes, even homemade fruit leather.
You really don't need many ingredients to make a fruit leather. In this case, all you need is some tropical fruit, honey, lemon juice and a bit of water.
The process for making your own Tropical Fruit Leather is easy enough. Start by simmering all of the ingredients in a pot until the peppers soften and the fruits start to break down and release their juices. Process them in a food processor once it has cooled to form a thin jam-like consistency.
Spread the fruit mixture out over dehydrator sheets or leather trays, which should come with your dehydrator (if not, you can purchase them).
Finally, dehydrate the leathers for 6-8 hours, or until the leather has set and you can lift it off the trays easily enough. There should be no moisture left in the center, so be sure to check that. You may need a knife to separate the leather from the tray if it sticks a bit too much, but I usually do not have a problem.
Give it a try and let me know how you like your tropical fruit leather! -- Mike H.
Go Get a Dehydrator!
If you do not yet own a dehydrator, I urge you to order one up. I LOVE my dehydrators (yes, I own two) and use them all the time. They're essential for making leathers, jerky, spice blends, preserving in general and more. Here are links to the two that I personally own (Affiliate Links, my friends! FYI):
The Nesco is a smaller dehydrator that is perfect for general home use: Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, White
The Excalibur is a larger 9-tray dehydrator that is ideal for larger batches: Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black
I use and highly recommend both of these.
I hope you'll check out my cookbook! Here is the link: The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook, by Michael Hultquist.
Tropical Fruit Leather (Roll Ups) - Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 hours
Heat Level: MILD
- 1 cup chopped star fruit
- 1 cup chopped kiwi fruit
- 1 cup chopped mango
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- Add all of the ingredients to a pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the fruit starts to soften and break down. Cool the fruit mixture a bit, then add it to a food processor and process it until nice and smooth. Spread it over a dehydrator leather tray or drying sheet to ¼ inch thickness. I use a spoon to spread it out as evenly as possible, one cup per sheet. This will help it dehydrate more evenly.
- Dehydrate at 130°F for 6-8 hours, or until the leather peels away from the tray easily. You might need to use a knife to get along the edges, as it will be tacky, but it should not stick too much.
- Flip the fruit leather and continue dehydrating another 2 hours, or until it is completely dry and there aren’t any moist spots left.
- Cool it down a bit, then roll it up. You can enjoy your fruit leather now, or wrap in plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place. Keeps for 6 months or longer.
Makes 3 leathers.