Yogurt Chia Fruit Roll Ups

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • Sweetener such as honey or maple syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Cover your dehydrator trays with unbleached parchment paper
  3. Pour your yogurt mixture onto the trays and spread out evenly at least 1/4 inch thick
  4. 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.
  5. Cut into strips and store in fridge or freezer in an airtight container

Helpful Tips

  • 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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