Decades ago, fruit leathers were often filled with questionable ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup. That’s why it’s especially exciting to see how a favorite childhood snack has come full circle, transforming into a more wholesome treat you won’t hesitate to give to your family. Most of the brands we stock take a fruit-forward approach, filling their fruit leathers with fruit purees and relying on the natural sweetness from the fruit itself rather than including added sugars. Another thing we’re excited about? Flavor upgrades. Tropical combos like pineapple and passionfruit or strawberry and banana make these snacks even more appealing.
DIY Strawberry Fruit Leather
We know how easy it is to grab a box of your favorite fruit leather and call it a day. But if you’re looking for a fun DIY project to do with your kids, try making a batch from scratch! Our blog has an easy recipe for Strawberry Fruit Leather that only uses two simple ingredients.
- 5 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- Preheat oven to 115°F or the lowest temperature. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place strawberries in a large pot set over medium heat and stir occasionally until the juices are released. Cook about 5 minutes more to reduce the mixture slightly. Stir in honey. Transfer to a heatproof blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment and process until smooth. Spread in an even, thin rectangle on prepared baking sheet, leaving about ½ inch on all sides.
- Bake for 3 to 8 hours until mixture is no longer sticky to the touch. A higher baking temperature will result in a faster cooking time. Let cool completely on baking sheet, peel fruit leather from parchment paper and cut into long, thin strips. Store covered in a cool, dry place.
Top Fruit Leathers Brands
These brands know what kids (and adults) love to eat.
Set sail for snack heaven with this brand that was founded in 1976 on Stretch Island, Washington. The brand quickly grew out of the small laundry room where it first operated and has been making simple fruit snacks for families ever since.
When the Veronica Lehman’s daughter announced she was becoming a vegetarian, Pure Organic was born. The family started cooking simple, organic meals together, and eventually developed its line of bars filled with nuts, whole grains, and fruit.
Mac and cheese isn’t the only product in Annie’s line (though it is one of the most popular). From ketchup to cheddar bunnies, and even fruit leathers, Annie’s has been creating affordable, organic snacks and meals since the late 1980s.
Best Fruit Leathers
You’ll love to bite into these all-start fruit leathers.
Stretch Island All-Natural Summer Strawberry Fruit Strips
It’s easy to get a daily serving of fruit when you munch on these sweet strawberry strips. They make a great dessert in packed lunches, and easily tuck into diaper bags and totes.
Clif Bar Clif Kid ZFruit Mixed Berry Snack
Kids will love this twisty and tangy snack that’ll help keep their energy levels running high. Made without artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup, there’s plenty of fresh fruit juice in every bite.
Pure Organic Pineapple and Passionfruit Layered Fruit Bars
Take your taste buds to the tropics when you bite into a triple-layer bar made with real fruit purées and juices and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives.
Organic Fruit Leathers
You can’t go wrong with any of these fresh flavor combinations.
Annie’s Organic Really Peely Fruit Tape Variety Pack
Twelve rolls, two flavors: strawberry or mixed berry. No matter which tape you choose, they’re both made with real fruit and fruit juice and free from the top eight allergens.
Pure Organic Wildberry Apple Layered Fruit Bars
Bite into the bright, juicy flavor of strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry. Balanced with a hint of apple, kids and adults alike will love this 24-pack of layered fruit bars.
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Back to School Basics
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