by Carolynn Winterhalt
Fruit leather is the perfect way to get nutritional energy in a compact form and (bonus points) it’s super easy to throw together with locally grown ingredients. Adding nuts and vegetables to the mix will give you an extra boost during your next outdoor activity. To make this go-to snack, all you have to do is puree fruit and vegetables, add in a few extras and dehydrate it. I typically use a high-speed blender for this recipe but if you don’t have one I suggest steaming the fruits for about 15 minutes before adding them to a food processor or basic blender.
~ 4 small ripe pears (from your Farm Box or the market)
~ 1 1/4 cups packed spinach, kale and/or mixed greens (from your garden)
~ 1 large Tbsp local honey
~ Juice of half a lemon
~ 1/4 cup nuts soaked in water overnight and drained
~ 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
~ 2 Tbsp coconut
1. Wash and chop the pears and greens. Add to a high-speed blender along with the honey, lemon and soaked nuts. Puree until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture onto a large rimmed baking sheet lined with plastic, parchment paper or a Silpat, leaving about an inch of empty space around the perimeter.
3. Sprinkle the sesame seeds and coconut evenly over top.
4. Place the tray in the oven (or dehydrator) on the lowest temperature. Check frequently until you can easily peel the leather off the tray (about five hours).
6. Rip the leather into strips and roll, then pack ‘em on your next adventure!
Like this recipe? There’s more where that came from on Carolynn’s blog at realfoodcollective.com