I love fruit snacks, but there is so much sugar and many questionable ingredients in them.
Through trial and error, I'm trying to learn how to make healthy fruit leather and fruit snacks. There's a certain finesse to making them; you have to spread the fruit thinly, but not too thin. I still have to master that skill. I made mango fruit leather the other day and parts were too dry and other parts were still gooey. I'll keep trying.
This recipe is very simple and tasty. I had pitted dates to use, but if you want a smoother texture, you might want to invest in some date paste. Also, I made mine in little dollops and longer fruit sticks. To be honest, the dollops/drops taste much better! The sticks taste okay, but their texture is more akin to beer jerky, haha.
If you don't have a food dehydrator, I really suggest that you purchase one. I got mine at Target for $40 and it's certainly not the nicest one you can buy. Some of them have fancy temperature settings and such. Mine - you just plug it in, haha. You can make delicious apple chips, kale chips, and these puppies.
2 c. pitted medjool dates, or date paste (for a smoother texture)
1/4 c. fresh or frozen strawberries, preferably organic
2-3 T. sweet wine or champagne
1 tsp. strawberry or raspberry extract
Combine the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
Fill a piping bag with the puree and make small dollops on parchment paper. Like I said, they taste better than the strips. Dehydrate the fruit snacks for about 24 hours. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can use your oven: bake the snacks for 24 hours at 115°.
These are fruit snacks that taste good, but you don't have to feel guilty about. Enjoy!