A SUPer HEALTHY on the go snack
This fruit leather is as healthy as it is tasty. I got the idea from my neighbor who brought over a version of this treat made with non fermented apple sauce.
It was beyond delicious, the sweetness, the crunch with a touch of savory from the olive oil.
I had to try it myself and I just happened to have some homemade probiotic apple sauce in the fridge. You can find the recipe here. The low temperature of the dehydrator keeps the probiotic content in tact, while high heat tends to kill beneficial bacteria.
You don’t need a dehydrator to make this snack, you can put it in the oven at 140 degrees. But a dehydrator is a great investment if you want an easy way to save money on healthy snacks.
I paid $60 for mine and it has at least saved me triple that in the first few months. Healthy store bought Paleo snacks are very pricy. Dehydrators come with fruit leather trays but if you are making it in an oven, I suggest lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
The touch of olive oil will make the fruit leather less likely to stick and the chia seed’s gelling property will keep everything stuck together.
It might be the healthiest snack I’ve ever made because the chia seeds provide soluble fiber, healthy fat, and a surprising amount of protein. They also add a slight crunch. The apples add some natural sweetness and if you use fermented apple sauce, gut healing probiotics.
If you’re making this with regular apple sauce, add a half teaspoon of salt to bring out the sweetness in the apples.
Sweet and Savory HIGH FIBER PROBIOTIC Fruit leather
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Mix the apple sauce and chia seeds and let stand for half an hour. The chia seeds will thicken and soften to a gel-like consistency.
Add in olive oil and mix. If you are using regular apple sauce instead of fermented apple sauce, add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Spread the mixture on the fruit leather tray of your dehydrator or on a parchment lined cookie sheet if it’s going in the oven.
Dehydrate for 5 hours at 140 degrees. You will know it’s done when you can easily lift a section of the fruit leather without it falling apart.
Cut fruit leather sheet into smaller pieces to make it easier to carry.