Who is ready for some fruity fun? Oh good, me too. I made these fruit leathers after receiving some mangoes from the Mango Council. They have great tips on their website for purchasing fresh mangoes and even this great tutorial about how to cut a mango. I enjoy using mangoes, just a tid bit of info, did you know mangoes are in fact the most popular fruit in the world!?! It’s true! They are super juicy, really nutrient dense and pack a ton of flavor. I love using them to mellow out red onions, they are great with avocados and pair wonderfully with fish.
For this post I channeled my inner kiddo and made a homemade, clean version of fruit roll ups. I love these for snacking at work. You can substitute any fruit really, do whatever you like! I used coconut oil because I think it adds a wonderful flavor and makes these mangoes all the more tropical. You can substitute honey, agave, granulated sugar, really whatever sweetener suits your fancy. But trust, the coconut oil smells divine when cooking and transports you right to the beach. So I root for the coconut oil if you have it!
For this recipe you’ll need:
4 cups chopped mangoes (or whatever fruit you choose!)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or other sweetner)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Begin by peeling and chopping the mango. You can use the tutorial above or this one I did here.
In a food processor, combine mangoes with water and lemon juice until completely smooth.
Pour puree into a pot.
Add coconut oil and heat over medium flame until it reduces down by half. Stir frequently and be sure not to burn it. If you need to, lower the heat. This should take about 10 minutes or so depending on your stove, etc.
Cover a large baking pan with parchment paper or use a silpat. Smooth the puree about an 1/8 of inch thick. You should be able to almost see through the puree. Bake at 200 degrees for four to five hours.
You’ll know when it is done because the fruit leather will be smooth and not sticky. Let cool completely before cutting.
Use a pizza cutter to slice into strips. You can roll them up with strips of parchment paper for easy storing. I ate mine so fast that part didn’t really matter.
What are some of your favorite fruit roll up flavors?
Besides this mango fruit leather, some of my favorite mango recipes are Coconut Mango Jerk Chicken, Coconut Mango Lassi and Grilled Portabella Mushrooms with Strawberry Mango Salad! It’s mango mania!