Mixed Berry Fruit Leather

img_3536Phew! Anyone else exhausted (and still full) from Thanksgiving? *Raises hand* What a fun-filled, food-coma holiday, though! But if you’re like me, you’ve probably been chowing down on those healthy, crunchy greens and fruit since Sunday. That doesn’t mean we have to give up on our daily sweet treat, however. In an attempt to clear up some kitchen space (before holiday cookie season kicks into high gear) and satisfy her sweet tooth, my wife came up with this delicious recipe for to use up the extra fruit we had lying around. This updated, healthy version for fruit leather takes that childhood classic and combines frozen berries, a little honey, and fresh mint. Super easy, super healthy, and super portable!

Mixed Berry Fruit Leather

Yields 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups frozen berry mix (we used blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5-6 sprigs mint (about 1/3 cup)
  • juice and zest from 1 lime

Defrost the berries in the refrigerator overnight. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Spread mixture evenly on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place cookie sheet in a 170°F preheated oven for 7 hours, rotating tray after about 4 hours. The leather is ready to take out of the oven when the texture is firm to the touch, and not sticky. Cool completely. Cut leather in half, roll up, and cut strips. Tie the rolls with kitchen twine. Leather can be stored in an airtight container for about 1 week.

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