Dehydrated Banana Fruit Leather

I absolutely love it when Aldi's has bananas on sale. I made an extra large amount of Peanut Butter and Banana Fruit Leather (my favorite), and I also made some Chocolate Banana Fruit Leather. They both turned out real yummy, although I will not try the "double chocolate" ones ever again! I tried sprinkling chocolate morsels (not melted) on top of the leather before dehydrating. That made flipping the leather a real pain in the you know what, and oh, what a mess on my dehydrator trays! Oh well, live and learn!!

 

blended bananas in bowl

 

Peanut Butter & Banana Fruit Leather

 

Bananas - 3

Applesauce - 1/4 cup

Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon

Peanut Butter - 1/4 cup

 

 

 

 

banana leather on traysChocolate Banana Fruit Leather

 

Bananas - 4

Cocoa Powder - 1 teaspoon

Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon

Applesauce - 1/4 cup

Corn Syrup - 1 Tablespoons

Chocolate Morsels - 1/4 cup (melted)

 

 

banana leather on trays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Peel and rough slice bananas.

2. Put all of the ingredients of one of the recipes above into a blender and blend well. I actually use an immersion blender. This works great for me, and is easier to clean up.

3. Lightly spray non stick oil on your dehydrator sheets. I usually spray a little all over the sheet, and then wipe it evenly with a paper towel.

4. Pour onto your trays. When making the Chocolate Banana Fruit Leathers, top leather with the melted chocolate morsels and use a toothpick to swirl chocolate into banana mixture. See photo below.

 

banana leather on sheet

 

5. I don't make full sheets of fruit leather. Smaller sheets are easier to handle, and easier to cut up. I bought some cheap ziploc bowls at the store and cut the bottoms out.

This is now my form that I use to make leathers. I have four of them and they fit perfectly on one of my trays. And I know the exact amount I need for each "square" of fruit leather.

 

 

 

 

6. Dehydrate fruit leather according to your dehydrator's directions.

7. Test... touch the leather to see if it is ready to be flipped. It should be tacky to the touch, but not wet. It should peel off fairly easily from the trays. Remove leathers and flip over onto your trays, no need to use the leather sheets now. Put it right on your mesh trays. Dry more until the leather is no longer wet, but still pliable.

8. Roll or cut the fruit leathers when done, and store in refrigerator or freezer. Adding oil by using the non stick spray will make these go rancid a lot sooner if you don't keep them in a cool place. I store mine in the freezer, and let come to room temperature before eating.

 

Some tips...

Add as much or as little corn syrup as you would like, just keep giving a taste test as you add. Keep in mind, dehydrating will concentrate all flavors.

If you use an Excalibur dehydrator, use the "flip trick". Place a tray on top of your fruit leather, flip both trays over, remove top tray, and then carefully peel away the teflex sheet. Your leathers are now ready to be put back into the dehydrator!