Homemade fruit leather is a breeze to make and is much healthier than store-bought versions. Roll individual strips in plastic for a convenient lunchbox snack.

Yield: Makes 14.



  • 4 cups diced peeled apples
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F on convection mode.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large non-reactive saucepan; cook, uncovered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Transfer mixture to a food processor; process until smooth.
  4. Spread mixture out into a 14x12 inch rectangle in a non-stick baking mat-lined or parchment paper-lined large rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Bake until mixture is dry and pliable, about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Cool completely in pan on a rack.
  6. Using the non-stick baking mat as an aid, lift fruit leather from pan and invert fruit leather onto a cutting board. Remove non-stick baking mat.
  7. Cut fruit leather in half lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 7 strips. Store, layered with parchment paper, in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month. May be frozen for up to 2 months.
Nutritional analysis per strip:

42 calories, 0.1 g fat, 0.2 g protein, 11.2 g carbohydrate, 0.7 g fibre, 1 mg sodium


As an alternative to drying the apple mixture in an oven, it may be dried in a food dehydrator according to the manufacturer’s instructions.