One of my neighbours down the street has a massive apple tree in her backyard, and this year she got a tremendous yield. I’ve never met her, but she was nice enough to go around and ask if anyone would like a big box of apples. Although they were quite ripe, I took one box and quickly came up with a plan. I decided to make apple fruit leathers.
I peeled and chopped the apples and filled my blender to its capacity level. I made several variations of leathers, some just plain apples, another with apples and mangoes, and one with apples and pears. I only added one tablespoon of cinnamon to each batch and the flavors are fabulous.
After the apples are blending to a smooth consistency, I spread the mixture with a spatula on a dehydrator sheet as evenly as possible to about 1/4 inch thick. I found this thickness works the best for me.
It took about eleven hours on 115 degrees to dehydrate them enough to create the right texture for fruit leathers. They peeled off easily from the non-stick dehydrator sheets. I rolled the whole sheet at one big fruit leather and then cut them into smaller rolls.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and here’s why. They are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Apple fruit leathers are naturally sweet and kids love them. They’re delicious, chewy, and good for them.