Mango fruit leather

Two-Ingredient Mango Fruit Leather

If it has been awhile since we’ve been to the grocery store, our snack options start running low. My kids LOVE snacks! When our food options are limited, I make them healthy snacks with what we have on hand. One of our favorites is this two ingredient mango fruit leather. We don’t have dehydrator, so we just make it in our oven.

We buy big bags of frozen, organic mango from Costco for about $10. When our fresh fruit runs out, we can go to the freezer for a healthy snack. But frozen mango doesn’t work so well on the go! These fruit strips are the perfect snack to put in a diaper bag: they’re quick, healthy, and not messy at all! I’ve tried about 15 different fruit leather recipes, and have had our share of crispy, sticky flops! This adaptation is by far our favorite!

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Prep

First, I thaw about two cups of the frozen mango in the microwave. My good intentions tell me to leave it out in the refrigerator overnight to let it thaw more slowly, but that never happens!

Mango Fruit Leather

Miss H puts the mango and 1 C. applesauce into the food processor, while E tries his very best to scoop it out. We have to work very quickly in this step! E goes running for cover as Miss H and I blend the mango and applesauce until it is smooth.

We spread the mixture out in a thin layer on an 18 X 13 inch cookie sheet topped with a silicone baking mat . I’ve tried this with wax paper, and it never turns out right! Miss H helps me with this step, too, and I usually have to go around and scrape the mango off the side of the pan. Those parts get really crispy!

 

My Super Untechnical Baking Process

To bake, I put them in the oven at 170 degrees. This is the lowest possible temperature for my oven. I leave them in there for about two hours, and then turn off the oven. After an hour of sitting in the oven without the heat on, I check to see how it looks. It’s pretty easy to spot any wet patches. They rise up a little and feel squishy to the touch. The mango usually is not done by this point, so I put them in the oven at 170 degrees for an hour again, and repeat the same process. For my latest batch, I put the mango in the oven, turned off the oven, and forgot about them overnight. They sat in the oven with the light on all night long. In the morning, I remembered, and the mango fruit leather was almost done. One more hour at 170 degrees, and they reached the perfect consistency.

I wish I could be more specific about this step, but every oven is different and you have to figure out what will work for you!

When the mango fruit leather is done, it peels off easily from the silicone baking sheet. The top side is a matte finish, but the bottom is shiny and delicious looking. I cut them into strips of about 1 1/2 inches wide, and 12 inches long (just shy of the width of the baking sheet.) Store in an airtight container. I’m not sure how long they last  because ours are usually gone within two days!

Recipe:

  • 2 C. frozen mango, thawed
  • 1 C applesauce
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees, or as low as it can go.
  2. Put thawed mango and the applesauce in a food processor. Process on medium until it is a smooth consistency similar to plain old applesauce.
  3. Top a 13 X 18 cookie sheet with a silicone baking sheet. Spread mango mixture on silicone sheet in a thin layer, careful not to touch the metal sides of the pan.
  4. Place in the oven. Let “bake” for 1 hour, then turn off the oven for another hour, letting the mango sit in the warmth. Repeat this process until the mango is dried into a flexible sheet. This usually takes 3 cycles, or 6 hours.
  5. Cut the mango into pieces, about 1 1/2 inches wide, and one foot long.
  6. Store in an air tight container up to one week.

Price break down:

16 oz of mango- $2.5o

1 C. applesauce- $0.55

Heating and cooling the oven several times- I don’t want to think about it 🙂

Total- about $3.05 for 10 organic, foot-long fruit rolls. (This is a little more than I predicted on Instagram! But this is about half of what I would pay for a similar quantity in a store.)

 

 

 

 

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