Apple Pear Carrot Fruit Leather

Homemade Carrot Pear Apple Fruit LeatherAfter getting our batch of banana berry fruit leather in the oven, Gracen and I decided to give round two a go, this time with a different combination of ingredients…

IMG 4698We had a couple of bruised pears that I really wanted to use, and while digging in the fridge for an apple, Grae suggested carrots too (sure, why not?)  We added the other half of our lemon to the mix and called it good.

IMG 4700This batch took a wee bit more prep than the last one.  Grae peeled carrots {ever so cautiously}…

IMG 4703While I prepped the apples and pears (I peeled the apple, but not the pears).

IMG 4705When everything was ready to go, my little sous chef added the produce to a big pot…

IMG 4707And attempted to squeeze the juice from the lemon.  (Her exact words just before this shot was taken were, “Com’on, lemon… Why you not working??”)

IMG 4709Then she poured in some water (quite a bit more than with our first batch because carrots don’t produce their own juice while stewing).

IMG 4712Then we popped our pot on the oven, put a lid on it, and let everything simmer for about half an hour on medium heat.

IMG 4736It looked absolutely horrible when it was done cooking (like some kind of veggie stew gone terribly wrong), but smelled delicious.

IMG 4742During the stewing process, my little girl helper was replaced by this equally cute kitty helper.  Luckily, she likes to help just as much and saw to it that our mixture was pureed perfectly.

IMG 4743Then we poured it out onto a parchment-lined sheet.

IMG 4744This time we were a little more careful to make sure the mixture was an even thickness all over the base of the pan. Then it was into the oven on the lowest temperature.

IMG 4754After eight hours, we had a lovely sheet of fruit leather.

IMG 4757Once again using kitchen scissors, I cut the sheet into strips…

IMG 4764And rolled it up using strips of parchment paper and baker’s twine. 

IMG 4816And though our berry banana version is very tasty {despite being a tad over dried}, I think these are even better.  They’re sweet and flavourful and have just the perfect bit of tartness.
IMG 4819Gracen seems to agree.  She gobbled up this entire strip in 3 minutes flat and promptly asked for another. 

Carrot Pear Apple Fruit Leather
  • 2 Red Anjou pears
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup of water
Peel the carrots and peel and core the apple.  Put all of the produce into a large pot along with the water and the juice from the lemon.  Cover the pot and stew the fruit/veggies on medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool a while.
Pour the stewed fruit and veggies into a blender or food processor and puree.
Pour the pureed mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and use a spatula to evenly distribute  the mixture over the base of the pan.  Bake at 150 degrees for about 8 hours, removing it from the overn when the leather is no longer sticky to the touch.  
Peel away the parchment paper and cut into strips using kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter.
Enjoy immediately or roll using parchment strips and baker’s twine and store in an airtight jar.


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21 thoughts on “Apple Pear Carrot Fruit Leather

  1. pegges says:

    omg.. what a great idea! I will copy that. I’m sure it’s also great for kids that don’t want to eat fruit when it’s fresh/in whole, but they would chew on that.

  2. addercatter says:

    Mmm this looks purrrrfect 🙂 I must acquire a kitty sous chef! Kat

  3. upallhours says:

    Wow, this is a fantastic idea. Going to give it a go for sure. Thank you for sharing. Lovely lovely photos too. Sam

  4. jkossowan says:

    I don’t think so! Depending on the fruit, element temperature, etc. your puree may be thicker or thinner, in which case you would just have to adjust your drying time a wee bit. The only thing I would say is pop the pan in the oven and don’t worry about it for the first 7 hours or so… After that, check on it every 15 – 30 minutes and take it out as soon as the leather is all dry to the touch. I went a wee bit overboard on my cooking time with the first batch and the edges were definitely crispy… Not as yummy!

  5. travels with mary says:

    how have I never thought of making fruit leather myself?! thank you so much for the idea and recipe! adding this to my “to do” list….

  6. I have to try this! I ways assumed you needed a dehydrater to make leathers

  7. I am not a mom (yet), but your blog gives create creative ideas for games and creative foods, that I would love to try with my own(in the future). Thank you. This page is wonderful!

  8. Kerry says:

    I have been wanting to attempt fruit leather for a long time– maybe this summer when we have an abundance of fruit and veggies I will. This doesn’t sound quite as hard as I thought it was! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to the Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop! I hope to see you again next week.
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  9. Becca says:

    Oh wow, I have to pin this! That looks so good and so healthy! Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble. 🙂

  10. I was just thinking about trying out making our own fruit leathers! I think I will give this review a go. : ) Thanks! And your kitty helper is pretty cute!

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