Don’t buy it- Make it: Fruit Leather and Cinnamon Apple Chips!

 Today for our Don’t Buy It- Make It series you can learn to make your own cinnamon apple chips and fruit leather!

Cinnamon Sugar Apple chips recipe

You will need:

  • 5-7 small apples
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • Cinnamon sugar*

*You can make your own cinnamon sugar by mixing cinnamon and sugar until desired taste is achieved.

Step 1: Wash and dry your apples, remove the wax with a clean towel.

Step 2: Slice your apples into uniform slices

Step 3: Soak sliced apples in a mixture of 6 cups to 2 tsp. of lemon juice (you can do this in batches) for 5 min.

Step 4: Remove core if desired and lay flat on a dehydrator trays or baking sheet*.

*If using a baking sheet you will need to bake on a pan with holes or cooling racks (pizza pans are often made with the holes).When baking apples in the oven be sure to check and flip them often, you may also need to remove some condensation they may of built up from the fruit juices.

Step 5: Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on apples.

Step 6: Dry or bake apples 7-14 hours on 135 degrees F until crunchy, let cool for 30 min.

Step 7: Place finished apples in air tight container, leaving them out too long will cause them to absorb the moisture in the air.

Fruit Leather Recipe

You will need:

  • 2 Cups of fresh or frozen fruit
  • 1 cup of apple sauce
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 of sugar *optional

Step 1: Place the 2 cups of fruit in a blender and puree

Step 2: Add applesauce, lemon juice and sugar and puree again

Step 3: Pour fruit puree on a greased fruit roll tray for the dehydrator or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread out evenly. Dehydrate in the dehydrator for 4-5 hours  at 135 degrees F until dry to touch but flexible. If dehydrating in the oven, bake at 200 degrees F for 5-6 hours, be careful to check often for burning.

This is what your looking for, dry enough to touch without being wet or sticky and still flexible to peel off with tear or breakage.

Step 4: Remove from trays and cut into desired shapes/slices.Let cool.

Step 5: Place in a air tight bag and store in your refrigerator.

I think these are such great ideas!!! And they are delicious!

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