I make this fruit leather recipe with my 9-year-old grandson because he loves the fruity treats, and I am able to avoid processed sugar and artificial flavors and colors. Feel free to substitute other seasonal fruit for the strawberries. Light-colored fruits will benefit from a dash of lemon juice added to the mix to prevent darkening. If you use apples, try adding a little cinnamon and nutmeg, too.
• 4 cups strawberries, hulled, rinsed and chopped
• 1⁄2 cup water
• 2 tbsp honey, or to taste
1. Place strawberries and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, and then mash with a potato masher or purée in a food processor until smooth. Add honey to taste. Pour purée onto a nonstick dehydrator sheet or large baking pan lined with parchment paper.
2. Dry in a food dehydrator for 6 to 8 hours, or in your oven on its lowest temperature setting for 10 hours or more, until smooth and not sticky.
3. Cut fruit leather and parchment paper into strips of desired width. Roll up. Place in airtight bags or containers, and then store in fridge.