By Andrea, from It Takes Time
This kid-friendly snack is not only low in sugar, it offers a nice touch of protein. The fermentation process helps reduce natural sugars, and the addition of chia seeds not only adds protein but brain-boosting omega 3 fatty acids as well!
Once the fruit mixture is dried, simply cut into strips. Your kids will love this healthy version of the popular Fruit Roll-up!
Method for Fermented Fruit Leather with Protein Punch
Place 2-3 cups fresh or frozen fruit chunks in food processor (S blade) or high-powered blender.
Process until a smooth consistency. (Shortcut option: Use store-bought unsweetened organic applesauce.)
Add desired spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger) to taste.
Stir in 2 tablespoons whey, packaged culture starter or kombucha.
Add the fermentation starter.
Blend in the chia seeds.
Pour fruit mixture into mason jar.
Cap the jar and place on shelf away from direct sunlight for 24-48 hours.
Spread the fruit mixture on sheets of unbleached, lightly oiled parchment paper or ParaFlexx sheets.
Keep the mixture fairly thin. If the leather is too thick it will be difficult to roll.
Dehydrate for 8-15 hours at a setting of 100-115 degrees. You will know the leather is done when you can peel it off the sheets. If some parts are still soggy, put the trays back and dry longer.
This kid-friendly fruit leather is simple to package in parchment paper or snack bag. Add a note or tie with raffia or ribbon. Pack an extra for your kids to share with a friend or teacher!
- 2-3 cups fresh or frozen fruit chunks
- spices to taste such as ginger, cinnamon, and/or nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons whey, kombucha, or packaged culture starter
- ½-1/4 cup chia seeds
- Combine fruit chunks in food processor (S blade) or high-powered blender.
- Add spices to taste.
- Blend thoroughly.
- Add the whey, kombucha or packaged culture starter.
- Add the chia seeds.
- Pour fruit mixture into mason jar.
- Cap lightly and place on shelf away from direct sunlight for 24-48 hours.
- Spread the fruit mixture on sheets of unbleached, lightly oiled parchment paper or ParaFlexx sheets.
- Continue to spread the mixture until fairly thin. If the leather is too thick it will be difficult to roll.
- Dry at 100 degrees for 8-12 hours until smooth and no longer sticky.
- Package as desired and enjoy!
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