Cover chickpeas with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 - 12 hours. Drain and rinse.
Add 2 cups of water and chickpeas to a saucepan. Turn heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 90 minutes or until tender, checking occasionally to ensure there is enough water to keep chickpeas from scorching.
Drain any excess water and set chickpeas aside to cool.
While the chickpeas are cooking, preheat the oven to 400℉.
Cut greens off the beets, leaving 1” of the stem. Wash thoroughly, brush with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast until tender, 50-60 minutes.
Remove the beets from the oven and allow to cool. Peel the beet and cut it into cubes.
Combine chickpeas, beets, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil in a food processor. Pulse until smooth, adding additional olive oil as needed to achieve desired consistency. This step can also be done in batches using a blender.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 4 months.
Hack: Freeze in serving-sized portions for a great and easy snack. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before eating. If thawed hummus is grainy or lumpy after thawing, give it a quick spin in the blender or mini processor to smooth things out.
Hack: One 15 oz can of chickpeas can be substituted for the dried chickpeas. It is not necessary to soak or cook the canned chickpeas.
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3 pkgs (10 oz./300 g each) frozen, pitted sweet cherries, thawed and drained
2 tbsp (30 mL) agave or honey
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
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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Cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well combined. Mix in milk and eggs. Stir in baking powder and flour.
Add vanilla, apple butter, cinnamon and cloves. Mix until smooth. Drain raisins and dates and fold into batter.
Grease 18 muffin cups or line with muffin papers. Fill each cup half full with batter. Set aside.
Place all streusel ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. Using a spoon or your hands, mix all ingredients until the mixture is well combined and crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the tops of muffins.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 209℉. Remove from the oven but allow muffins to remain in the pan until streusel has set up about 15 minutes. Remove muffins to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before storing.
Serving size: 1 muffin, 325 calories per muffin
Hack: Muffins can be stored, tightly cover, at room temperature for 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
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