Fruit Leather Snacks

These fruit leather snacks are a fun and easy way to get your kids to enjoy the wholesome nutrition of real fruit without a ton of added sugar!

Fruit Leather Snacks

Fruit Leather Snacks

(Courtesy Pampered Chef)
Course Snack

Instructions
 

5 Steps to Basic Fruit Leather

  • Add the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture into each well of the Deluxe Air Fryer Fruit Leather Trays. Spread the mixture out evenly, making sure the edges of the tray are clean.
  • Cook on DEHYDRATE according to the time listed below, rotating the trays halfway through.
  • Check for your desired doneness at the minimum time listed. The fruit leather is done when they’re no longer tacky. (Each tray might dry at a different rate.)
  • Cool completely before storing in airtight containers.

Favorite Flavor Combinations

    Strawberry

    • 2 pkgs (16 oz./454 g each) frozen whole strawberries, thawed and drained
    • 1 tbsp (15 mL) orange juice
    • 1 tbsp (15 mL) agave or honey
    • 12–15 hrs.

    Mango Pineapple

    • 1 pkg (16 oz./454 g) frozen chunked mango, thawed and drained
    • 1 pkg (16 oz./454 g) frozen chunked pineapple, thawed and drained
    • 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lime juice
    • 1½ tbsp (22 mL) agave or honey
    • 12–14 hrs.

    Cherry

    • 3 pkgs (10 oz./300 g each) frozen, pitted sweet cherries, thawed and drained
    • 2 tbsp (30 mL) agave or honey
    • 14–15 hrs.

    Peach Raspberry

    • 2 pkg (10 oz./300 g each) frozen peach slices, thawed and drained
    • 1 pkg (8 oz./250 g) frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
    • 2 tbsp (30 mL) agave or honey
    • 8–10 hrs.

    How to Choose Fruit For Your Homemade Fruit Leathers

    • You can use any fruit for your flavor combos. You can even add pureed cooked vegetables like carrots, beets, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes for more nutrients. Our Test Kitchen suggests considering these three things when deciding what fruit makes good fruit leather.

    1. Is it a Watery Fruit?

    • Cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, and raspberries take longer to dehydrate because they have more water content. You can use applesauce, bananas, ground chia, or flax seeds to thicken up your fruit purees.

    2. Is it a Pulpy Fruit?

    • Oranges, grapefruit, mangos, and passion fruit taste great but will give the leather a bumpier texture.

    3. Does the Fruit Turn Brown?

    • Fruits that oxidize quickly (turn brown) like apples, bananas, and pears turn out best when you add acidic fruit juice. Try adding lemon, lime, orange, or pineapple juice.
    • If you want to try using fresh fruit, you can get started with the Strawberry Fruit Leather recipe above and use 20 oz. (575 g) fresh whole strawberries with the stems removed. (That’s about 2 ¾ cups.) Then follow the recipe and dehydrate time as shown. 
    • Or try the Mango Pineapple recipe from above and use 10 oz. (300 g) fresh chunked mango (about 2 cups) and 10 oz. (300 g) fresh chunked pineapple (about 2 cups). You might be able to use a little less honey (about 1–1½ tbsp).
    • With fresh fruit that’s in season, you can enjoy excellent fruit leather but be prepared for a little bit more testing. Your fruit leathers might turn out different from batch to batch depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Fresh fruits and over-ripe fruits typically have more water and take longer to dehydrate.

    How to Store Fruit Leather

    • Once your fruit treats come out of the air fryer, let them cool completely. For easy eating, cut strips of parchment paper and place the fruit leathers on top. Then roll them from there. This way the fruit leather doesn’t stick to itself when it’s rolled up (and they look super cute!) 

    Why is My Fruit Leather Cracking?

    • As you roll up your fruit leathers they might break or crack. No worries. That batch just got a little too dry. They’re still perfectly good to eat. For the next batch, try reducing your dehydrate time.
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    Get your fruit leather trays here!

    Read my review of the Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer!

    Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    This easy cheesy buffalo chicken dip is a good solution for leftover chicken! While it’s great with chips, try dipping french fries or making grilled cheese!

    Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Course Appetizer, Snack
    Servings 4
    Calories 190 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • ½ cup cream cheese (2 oz)
    • ½ cup sour cream
    • 1 tsp sriracha or red pepper sauce (or to taste)
    • 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded

    Instructions
     

    • Heat cream cheese and sour cream in a small saucepan over medium until smooth and bubbly. 
    • Stir in chicken and hot sauce.  Continue stirring until the dop is heated through.
    • Serve warm with chips or bread.
    • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
    • Hack: To reheat this dip, microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring at each one, until heated through. Alternately, cover and heat in a 350℉ oven until heat through (about 15 minutes).
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    It’s safe to say that most people have strong feelings about spicy food.  You either love ’em or you hate ’em.  But did you know that eating spicy foods can benefit your heart health as well as boost metabolism and control your appetite?  Check it out here!

    Suggestion: Serve this with warm naan flatbread or oven-roasted french fries!

    Homemade Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

    What are you gonna do with that leftover whole berry cranberry sauce?  How about making this sweet-tart-but-with-a-kick cranberry jalapeño dip?

    Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

    Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

    (Courtesy: Penny Jacques)
    Course Appetizer, Snack
    Servings 2 tbsp
    Calories 71 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    Instructions
     

    • Put cranberry sauce in a colander and shake to remove as much jelly as possible, leaving just the sweetened cranberries.
    • Mix cranberries with cream cheese, sour cream and jalapeno pepper.  Refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to blend.
    • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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    Did you know? People call cranberries a superfood for good reason: They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits.

    Get the recipe for whole berry cranberry sauce here!

    Baked Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

    Baked cauliflower buffalo bites are a snack you can feel good about. Serve ‘em up with some ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce!

    Baked Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

    Baked Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

    Course Appetizer, Snack
    Servings 4
    Calories 190 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
    • ½ cup flour
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ tsp garlic powder
    • ¼ tsp onion powder
    • Dash hot, sriracha or wing sauce
    • ¼ tsp hot, sriracha or wing sauce
    • 3 tbsp butter, melted

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat the oven to 450℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
    • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, water, onion powder and garlic powder. Add a dash of hot sauce.
    • Add cauliflower to batter and toss to evenly coat. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet.
    • Bake for 20 minutes or until just beginning to brown. Remove from oven.
    • In a medium bowl, mix hot sauce and butter. Add cauliflower and toss to coat. Return to baking sheet.
    • Bake for an additional 5 minutes or to desired brownness.
    • Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
    • Hack: To reheat, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat at 375℉ until heated through, about 10 minutes
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    Did you know?  Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous collection of vegetables that are associated with lowering the risk of some types of cancer.

    Suggestion:  Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

    Super Easy Classic Deviled Eggs

    These easy classic deviled eggs are the perfect nutritious, low-carb solution for brunch, buffets, picnics or just a delicious snack!

    Easy Classic Deviled Eggs

    Easy Classic Deviled Eggs

    (Courtesy: Suzanne M. Woodworth)
    Course Appetizer, Snack
    Servings 3
    Calories 125 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 3 eggs
    • 4 tsp mayonnaise
    • ½ tsp spicy brown mustard
    • ½ tsp honey
    • Paprika (optional)

    Instructions
     

    • Put eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Cover the pan and bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and let the pan sit, still covered, for 15 minutes.
    • After 15 minutes, drain hot water from the pan and fill it with cold water and ice to cool. Peel the eggs.
    • Cut each egg in half lengthwise and gently squeeze white to pop yolks out into a small bowl.
    • Mix mayonnaise, mustard and honey with yolks. Scoop the filling back into whites. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired
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    Did you know?  Despite the negative press that eggs have received in the past, they can absolutely be a part of a healthy diet!

    Hard-boiled eggs keep in the refrigerator for one week so consider making a few extra while you’ve got the water boiling! They make a great snack alone, pickled or in egg salad.

    Heavenly Bacon Wrapped Crackers

    Bacon wrapped crackers are sprinkled with brown sugar or parmesan cheese, covered in bacon and baked until crunchy. A warning: These are addictive!

    Bacon Wrapped Crackers

    Bacon Wrapped Crackers

    Course Snack
    Servings 2
    Calories 170 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 8 Keebler Club crackers
    • 4 slices bacon, cut in half
    • 8 tsp brown sugar OR grated Parmesan cheese

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat oven to 250°F.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put a wire rack on top of parchment paper.
    • Arrange crackers on the rack in a single layer and place one teaspoon brown sugar OR Parmesan cheese on the cracker (or do 4 brown sugar and 4 Parmesan cheese).
    • Carefully wrap ½ slice of bacon lengthwise on the cracker over sugar/Parmesan, tucking ends under cracker.
      Bacon Wrapped Crackers
    • Bake in the oven for 2 hours or until bacon is well done. Serve warm.
    • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
    • Hack #2: Separate any remaining uncooked bacon slices and roll them into individual pinwheels. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer to freeze. Place in a sealable freezer bag or container. The frozen slices can then be thawed in the portions desired.
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    Have you ever wondered where the phrase  “bringing home the bacon” comes from?  Click here to find out and read some other interesting facts about bacon!

    If you find it hard to resist things that are wrapped in bacon, try brown sugar bacon-wrapped chicken or bacon-wrapped hot dogs!

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