Recipe: Homemade Yogurt Fruit Leather
Let’s start today’s yogurt fruit leather recipe with a little story.
The other day I was on a quest to do something cool with my dehydrator that I got for Christmas. I wasn’t quite sure what the outcome would be, but I had read somewhere that you can dehydrate yogurt. Cool, right? I was told it would result in a sort of “taffy” texture. Well, I like taffy. And I like yogurt. So I went to town creating a raspberry yogurt taffy recipe.
When things don’t go as imagined
Well, it didn’t quite turn out as I thought. When my yogurt was finally all dried I certainly didn’t have this “oh it’s taffy!” moment. It was getting late, so I wrapped up my trays in some plastic, went to bed, and forgot all about them.
Two days later I walked into my kitchen to see my daughter and husband chowing down on my forgotten dehydrated yogurt experiment.
“These are great!” My husband said, as my little girl begged for more. “When did you make these homemade fruit roll ups?”
“Really?” I said, “You like them? I was kind of disappointed in the result.”
It took a good five minutes of the hubs to convince me that they were good. I just needed to changed my perspective of what I had intended them to be. Taffy? No. But a wholesome, delicious, and nourishing fruit leather? Yes. I could get behind that.
Yogurt fruit leather for the win!
There are a ton of fruit leather and fruit roll up recipes out there. And many of them are pretty great with simple ingredients: Fruit. But the reason why I love these yogurt fruit leathers is because it is a more complete package. You get a little fat, a little protein, some quality carbs, beneficial bacteria…. all rolled up into an easily portable yummy package.
Do you need a dehydrator for this?
Probably not, although I haven’t tried these in the oven. Just set your oven to the LOWEST temperature possible (maybe even crack the door a bit if it seems too hot). Although, if it’s in the funds, I’d highly recommend getting a dehydrator. They are such a great tool for making wholesome snacks.
Raspberry Yogurt Fruit Leather
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (preferably organic as berries are high in pesticides)
2 cups full fat yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 – 2 Tbs honey
1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor (love this one). Blend until smooth.
2. Cover your dehydrator trays with plastic wrap or unbleached parchment paper.
3. Spread the yogurt mixture thinly over 2 – 3 trays. (Mine took up two trays in my Excaliber Dehydrator.)
4. Dehydrate at 135 degress for 6 – 8 hours (I’d start checking around 4 hours, as humidity levels will change the time for everyone. Mine took about 7 hours.)
5. Cut up in strips and store in an air tight container.
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