#Cranberry sauce fruit leather is so easy to make! Use your #holiday leftovers.

Cranberry Sauce Fruit Leather With Holiday Leftovers

Two of my favorite ways to save money on groceries are to make things from scratch, and use up what you have. This cranberry fruit leather recipe does both! We had Thanksgiving with my sister-in-law’s family this year. Since we are both knee deep in baby-raising, we decided it would be best to order a meal from Whole Foods.  The dinner was delicious, and not having too much to prep and clean up made the day so enjoyable for everyone! The meal came with two containers of cranberry sauce. Guess who’s the only person in both families that likes cranberry sauce? Ding ding ding- this girl! I left Thanksgiving dinner with all the sauce, and no idea how I’d use it.

I thought back to my trusty mango fruit leather recipe and thought, “Why wouldn’t that work with cranberry sauce?” After a little blending and oven-finagling, I had delicious cranberry fruit leather strips. Miss H loved them, and to my surprise, so did my picky-eating two year old.

This recipe would probably work with your plain old canned cranberry sauce, but the oranges and spices in the Whole Foods version made these healthy treats even better. You can add a dash or two of spices or orange zest if you’d like.

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Cranberry Sauce Fruit Leather

First, blend the applesauce and cranberry sauce in the food processor. Unless you have a super fancy blender, you will probably get little string-like things that are impossible to blend out. That’s okay.

Next, stir in honey. We added one tablespoon, and these were pretty tart. A little extra honey might be good for little ones!

The cranberry sauce and applesauce blended together made the prettiest color.

Pour the mixture onto a silicone baking mat over a cookie sheet, and spread it out really evenly. Fight your toddler tooth and nail to make sure he doesn’t put his hands in the cranberry sauce and make creepy red hand prints all over the walls.

Ready for my super fancy dehydrating directions? Dehydrate in the oven at 170 degrees (or as low as your oven goes) for an hour. Turn the oven off, and let the cranberry sauce mixture sit in there for another hour. Check to see how they’re doing. If they’re still mushy (ok, they will still be mushy!) turn the oven back on and let them sit in it for another hour. Repeat this process until you have a nice, fruit-leathery texture (no wet spots.) This usually takes me three cycles, or six hours total, but I’m in high altitude so don’t trust my oven.

When they’re done, cut them into pieces with kitchen scissors. I made my pieces about 1 1/2 inches wide and 6 inches in length. You could make them longer and roll them up for a fun lunch-box treat.

Never have I ever had fruit leather turn out this well. I was able to pull it all off in a single sheet before slicing it.

What are your favorite ways to use Holiday leftovers? 

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Cranberry Fruit Leather

Make this healthy snack with leftover cranberry sauce. 

Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • dash orange zest (optional)
  • dash cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Add applesauce and cranberry sauce to a food processor. Process for two minutes, or until smooth. Their may be small bits of cranberries that don't process, and that's okay. Add orange zest and cinnamon at this time if desired. 

    2. Add honey, to taste. For sweeter fruit leather, add more than two tablespoons. Process on low until blended in. 

    3. Set the oven to 170 degrees, or its lowest heat. Spread the mixture evenly over a silicone baking sheet, and let it dehydrate in the oven for an hour. Turn the oven off, letting the pan sit there for another hour. Turn the oven on to its lowest heat again, and repeat this step again until the fruit leather is firm. 

    4. Cut the fruit leather into about 16 pieces. Enjoy!

#Cranberry sauce fruit leather is so easy to make! Use your #holiday leftovers.

 

12 Comments

  • April j November 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Wow, this not only looks amazing but it is a great way to use those extra ingredients. Thank you and I can’t wait to try this out.

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    • leahbmartin December 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      I hate letting food go to waste 🙂

      Reply
  • Candy November 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    You know, we have a dehydrator and I really want to make these. Do you think these will be appealing using blueberry juice and cranberry sauce?

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    • leahbmartin December 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      I think blueberry and cranberry would be a good combination! About how long does it take in the dehydrator?

      Reply
  • Elaine December 1, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I’ve never made these leathers before. Sounds simple enough! Thanks for sharing.

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    • leahbmartin December 4, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      They are so easy but so delicious!

      Reply
  • magen December 1, 2017 at 10:08 am

    We recently started using a similar recipe for fruit roll ups. I will have to give this one a try too.

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    • leahbmartin December 4, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Fruit roll ups sound fun!

      Reply
  • Bianca December 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Love cranberries! I’ve never heard of fruit leathers before. This recipe looks easy. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • leahbmartin December 4, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Cranberries are something that I need to eat more of year round! They are so good and so healthy!

      Reply
  • Jim Allen December 18, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Great way to use cranberry left over from the holidays. I like the idea of using honey as the sweetener. I’m going to try this after Christmas.
    Thanks

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    • leahbmartin December 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Fruit leather is one of our staples! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

      Reply

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