Yogurt Chia Fruit Roll Ups
Fruit leathers are really great snacks for families on the go and I love to take them backpacking for a quick burst of energy if I’m feeling sluggish. I like adding the yogurt because it creates a nice creamy texture and adds a bit more calories, fat, and protein. Don’t worry if you don’t have a food dehydrator, you can always try using your oven on the lowest temperature. If you have a sweet tooth, like I do, this will hit the spot!
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit
- 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
- Sweetener such as honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. You want a medium consistency, like applesauce. Add the chia seeds after blending and then stir.
- Cover your dehydrator trays with unbleached parchment paper
- Pour your yogurt mixture onto the trays and spread out evenly at least 1/4 inch thick
- Dehydrate at 160° F for around 4-5 hours. I’d start checking it around 3 hours. Time can vary depending on your specific dehydrator and how thick your puree was.
- Cut into strips and store in fridge or freezer in an airtight container
- To get a chewy texture, use at least 1 fruit that is high in pectin. Examples of high pectin fruits are blueberries, apples, pears, pineapples, peaches, plums, and cranberries. Applesauce works great too!
- You want kind of a medium consistency puree so that it will not take too long to dry out. If its too thick, you can add a little water. If its too thin, then add a little more fruit.
- Adding applesauce is a great way to get the right texture fruit leather
- If you have fruit trees, this is a great way to preserve the fruit. Leathers will stay good in the fridge or freezer for several months.
- If you don’t have a food dehydrator, you can use your oven. Just be sure to put it on the lowest temperature.
- If you don’t already have a food dehydrator and are looking to buy one, I highly recommend Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Check out my review on the Excalibur EXC10EL.
Have you tried making fruit leathers? I would love to hear how yours turned out! Please leave a comment below.
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