Banana Taffy Fruit Leather


Yogurt & Bananas Make a Delicious Taffy-Like Leather (with Vegan/Milk Allergy Option)


This recipe is delicious and easy to throw together when you have an abundance of bananas and get the sweet tooth and the munchies. Adding fruit to the yogurt acidifies it and allows for safe dehydration of these yummy snacks, however I still recommend refrigeration for food safety.

Fruit Fresh® is a Ball product that prevents your fresh produce from turning dark and is an excellent product for this recipe to keep the bright color of your banana leather. Although it is not necessary, it really does make a difference in keeping the color of the bananas. To purchase the bananas, you will need about 4 large bananas to get 2 cups of mashed bananas.

Vegan or Special Diet Options

If you are vegan or you may be lactose intolerant or have milk allergies, not to worry. This is the perfect recipe for you as well. Just replace the Plain Full-Fat Yogurt with your favorite brand of yogurt.

Tips:
For hacks to keep your leathers from sticking, see Food Stuck to Dehydrator Trays?
To make Fruit Leather in your oven, see Making Fruit Leathers in Your Oven.
To handle cracks and buckles in your Fruit Leathers, see Cracks in Your Fruit Leathers?
To read our best tips & tricks, see Fruit Leather Perfection Secrets.


Banana Taffy Fruit Leather

This recipe makes:
2 full fruit leather trays for Excalibur-type dehydrators (box-shaped) or
3 full 15-inch fruit leather trays for Nesco-type dehydrators (round-shaped)

Ingredients
2 cups full-fat plain Greek yogurt (See “Vegan or Special Diet Options” notes)
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons Fruit Fresh® (or you may use 1 teaspoon of vitamin C capsule)

Directions

  1. Select ripe or slightly overripe fruit. Wash bananas in cool water. Remove peel and cut fruit into chunks.
  2. Mix Fruit Fresh® or vitamin C into banana and mash thoroughly.
  3. Using blade attachment in the food processor, blend ingredients until fruit until is smooth (or use a high-powered blender, processing in batches).
  4. Fruit leathers can be poured into a single large sheet (13″ X 15″) or into several smaller sizes. Spread purée evenly, about 1/8-1/4 inch thick, onto solid drying tray or line rimmed bare trays with a good grade of parchment paper. An offset spatula will help with evenness. Tamp the trays lightly on the countertop to help even out as well.
  5. Avoid pouring purée too close to the edge of the trays. The larger fruit leathers take longer to dry. Approximate drying times are 6 to 8 hours in a dehydrator, up to 18 hours in an oven.
  6. Dry fruit leathers at 145°F/62-65°C. Flip the leathers halfway through to speed drying. Leather dries from the outside edge toward the center. Test for dryness by touching center of leather; no indentation should be evident.
  7. While warm, peel from trays and roll, allow to cool. Rewrap the roll in plastic or parchment after cutting with a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors. Cookie cutters are used to cut out shapes that children will enjoy.

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Storage Options

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Chances are the fruit leather will not last long enough for storage. If it does, it will keep up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

For storage up to 1 year, place tightly wrapped rolls in the freezer.


Bonus Recipes

Frozen Banana Pops

This exact recipe can also be frozen in Dixie bathroom cups or similar containers for a frozen, healthy treat!

Other Fruit Flavors

Bananas not your thing? You may use any fruit you’d like when making this recipe. Simply replace the 2 cups of bananas with your fruit and continue with the recipe. Some fruits may need additional sweetening, in which case I always add 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey or other liquid sweetener (like agave, corn syrup, or maple syrup).

Other Extracts/Flavorings

Try a nice almond extract with cherries or a LorAnn® Butter flavoring with your bananas!

Additions to Taffy Leather

To add interest to your taffy leather, try adding spices, flavorings or garnishes.

Spices–Allspice, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, mace, mint, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. Use sparingly, start with 1/8 teaspoon for each 2 cups of pureé.

Flavorings–Almond extract, lemon juice, lemon peel, lime juice, lime peel, orange extract, orange juice, orange peel or vanilla extract. Use sparingly, try 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon for each 2 cups of purée.

Other Additions–Shredded coconut, chopped dates, other dried chopped fruits, granola, miniature marshmallows, chopped nuts, chopped raisins, poppy seeds, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds.

Fillings–For a fantastic crunchy treat stuff your taffy leather when it is finished dehydrating. (Think Chocolate Hazelnut Pirouline Rolled Wafers.) Simply spread a thin layer and roll up each. MUST be refrigerated.

Melted chocolate, softened cream cheese, cheese spreads, jam, preserves, marmalade, marshmallow cream or peanut butter. Spread one or more of these on the leather after it is dried and then roll.


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