Chocolate Banana Nut Leather

Chocolate Banana Nut LeatherSummertime means hitting the road. Traveling can pose limited options for healthy snacking so why not make your own before you go?  One way to prepare your own tasty snacks is by using a dehydrator.  There are many flavorful options that can be created in a relatively short amount of time including fruit leathers.  Fruit leathers do require a special thin tray that allows you to spread out the sauce so it will dry evenly.  Try making this delicious leather for your next adventure.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/8 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Oil a fruit leather tray.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, peanut butter, and applesauce until well blended.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Using a spatula, spread thinly over fruit leather tray.
  5. Dry overnight (10-12 hours) on fruit/vegetable setting (135◦F) or until leather is no longer moist and can be peeled from tray.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and bag or package to store/carry.

Yield: 1 tray of fruit leather

2 Responses to “Chocolate Banana Nut Leather”

  1. Thank you for your question. You can dry fruit leather in the oven. Using a solid silpat mat will definitely help. Some ovens will not go as low as 135 degrees Fahrenheit so be aware that the time will be reduced if the oven temperature is higher. You may need to experiment with this to get it to come out right. Happy drying!

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Meredith Hink MS, RD, CD

I am a Corporate Dietitian with a foodservice distribution company. My professional areas of interest include food safety and sanitation, food marketing, food law, and vegetarian nutrition. In my spare time I am an avid food photographer and enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs.

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