Easy Homemade Apple Fruit Leather

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It’s Summer!!!! And that means so many activities on the go. For Avery, that includes Summer Camp!!  My girl has been really enjoying her camp experiences this summer. I have so many fond memories of my own camp experiences and I’m so glad I’ve been able to share this with her! She’s making new friends, learning new things, facing new challenges, and having so much fun.

While her camp is only half day, she still has to pack a lunch and snacks. Her camp is “nut free” so we look for snacks she enjoys, that are safe for the other campers, and options that are nutritious.

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I let Avery help choose her snacks (with guidance and veto power, of course). Giving her options has helped her feel like she has more control of her food which in turn, eliminates some mealtime battles, and it gives me the chance to help teach her about making smart snack choices for nutritious habits!!

In the snack aisle at Target she was immediately drawn to the Mott’s® Applesauce products featuring The Secret Life of Pets. (To say that she is OUT OF HER MIND EXCITED about this movie would be an understatement.) “Can we PLEASE get these pouches? PUH-LEASE!!!” she begged in the aisle. I let her beg a little, but inside I was thinking “MOM WIN!!” She wasn’t asking for cookies and candy, she was choosing a more nutritious option. And a brand that I trust, and grew up with in my own lunch box!

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I let her choose a few items, and she grabbed the Mott’s Applesauce Snack and Go 4 Packs in Original & Cinnamon and Mott’s Applesauce 6PK Sauce Cups also Original & Cinnamon flavors. We also picked up a pack of Mott’s 100% Juice 8oz Single Serve Apple Juice!

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Our lunch box snack mission was almost complete, but I felt like she needed something else.  Avery often asks for fruit snacks or rolls, and I very rarely say yes. But, I wanted something else to have on hand for snack, so I decided to try making fruit leather at home!

It is EASY, and you really only need one ingredient! Applesauce!! (You can add in any other pureed fruit you’d like!)

Here’s what you need:

Applesauce – I used 4 Mott’s Applesauce Snack and Go pouches (two cinnamon and two natural)

Baking sheet/pan

Silicone mat (This is optional–if you don’t have one, you can line your baking sheet with parchment paper)

Parchment paper

Kitchen Shears

Tape (To seal the rolls)

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Step 1: Spread your applesauce out on your silicone mat. You want to make sure it is even, and about 1/4 in thick.

Step 2: Set your oven to 150*F and put the pan in to dehydrate for 6-10 hours

Step 3: Remove from oven when the top is no longer tacky.

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Step 4: Allow the fruit leather to cool, and then slowly peel it off the mat, and place on a sheet of parchment paper

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Step 5: Using kitchen shears, cut your fruit leather into long strips (At this time, you could also use a small cookie cutter to cut shapes into the leather!)

Step 6: Roll up, and seal with tape (I used washi tape, for a fun look)

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Eat & Enjoy!!! I store ours in a sealed container in the fridge.

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Since it takes such a long time for the applesauce to dehydrate, I’d recommend making as many batches as you can, at one time.

Avery LOVED the fruit leather, and so did I! We’re already planning our next batch. We’re going to use the Mott’s Applesauce in Mixed Berry and Mango Peach!!

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OK, now that we’ve got our snack situation under control, let’s talk about the movie!! As I mentioned, Avery is excited to see The Secret Life of Pets (If we’re being honest, I am super excited, too!!) Well, you know what is even more exciting??  Getting those movie tickets for FREE!  Yup! I said free movie tickets!!

When you purchase any 3 Mott’s Juices or Applesauce you can receive a Free Child’s Ticket*(Mott’s on pack offer) for The Secret Life of Pets from Fandango (*$9 child admission, restrictions apply)!!  Amazing, right??  But wait, there’s more!!

If you purchase 5 Mott’s Juices or Applesauce not only will you receive the Free Child’s Ticket, but you’ll also get an additional $8 movie voucher!! The process to redeem your ticket/voucher is SIMPLE.

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Just take a photo of your receipt, and go to MottsMovieOffer.com. There, you’ll enter in your info and upload the receipt photo. THAT’S IT! Within 48 hours you’ll receive your voucher info. Simple!

I cannot wait to get our vouchers, and head to the theater!

Looking for more great Mott’s recipes, and info on this amazing offer? Click HERE.

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2 comments

  1. Jen says:

    With my bariatric food restrictions, I’m always looking for something new to snack on. This is a great switch-up and will be great to give me something chewable. Thanks so much!!

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