Sweetened with just a wink of honey this treat will suit both kids and grown-ups. It's GAPS-friendly. The spices can be modified just a bit for it to be AIP. And since everyone loves pumpkin, it's a treat most people will enjoy.

Winter Squash “Fruit” Leather

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 21 Comments

Those of us on whole food diets always appreciate a grab-and-go snack that’s super healthy, yields energy and isn’t necessarily fruit-based.  This vegetable leather is just the snack.

Winter squash fruit leathers are perfect for little ones, lunches and even for grown-ups. They’re a novelty, yet they’re familiar and delicious.

Sweetened with just a wink of honey this treat is even GAPS-friendly. The spices can be modified just a bit for it to be AIP.  And since everyone loves pumpkin, it’s a treat most people will enjoy.

Those of us on whole food diets always appreciate a grab-and-go snack that's super healthy, yields energy and isn't necessarily fruit-based. This vegetable leather is just the snack. It's a vitamin A party in your pocket!

Quick to whip up, pretty to wrap up and fun to eat up! Winter Squash Fruit Leather!

Winter Squash Fruit Leathers

Winter Squash "Fruit" Leathers
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If you don't have leftover winter squash, bake a whole kabocha or butternut on a cookie sheet at 375 degrees for an hour and a half, depending on its size, or until a knife slides through the flesh easily. Poke a sharp knife through one side before baking to allow steam to escape.
Servings Prep Time
8 rolls 10 minutes
Passive Time
6-10 hours (baking the squash and dehydrating the leathers included)
Servings Prep Time
8 rolls 10 minutes
Passive Time
6-10 hours (baking the squash and dehydrating the leathers included)
Winter Squash "Fruit" Leathers
Yum
Print Recipe
If you don't have leftover winter squash, bake a whole kabocha or butternut on a cookie sheet at 375 degrees for an hour and a half, depending on its size, or until a knife slides through the flesh easily. Poke a sharp knife through one side before baking to allow steam to escape.
Servings Prep Time
8 rolls 10 minutes
Passive Time
6-10 hours (baking the squash and dehydrating the leathers included)
Servings Prep Time
8 rolls 10 minutes
Passive Time
6-10 hours (baking the squash and dehydrating the leathers included)
Ingredients
Servings: rolls
Instructions
  1. Place the cooked, cooled winter squash into a high-powered blender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on low speed for 30-50 seconds, until the puree is smooth and the ingredients are evenly combined.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour the puree into the center of the paper.
  4. Use an offset spatula to spread the puree out to 1/4" thickness.
  5. Dehydrate between 95 and 145 degrees for 4-8 hours, depending on your dehydrator. The leather is done when it is tacky but no longer wet at all in the center. The leather should be pliable, not brittle.
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  • This is a great idea! Can you make these in an oven if you don’t have a dehydrator? My oven only goes down to 175 degrees.

  • Megan Stevens

    You can try, if you have a way of propping the oven door open just slightly to release the moisture. Most dehydrating is done at 145 degrees or lower. If you don’t mind the open oven door then 175 may work. I’m sorry I can’t say for sure. 😉

  • Thanks, propping the door open is a good idea. It’s worth a shot!

  • Barb

    Do you have to bake your squash or could you maybe cube and boil it?

  • Megan Stevens

    Great question. This would increase the water content of the squash. It’s possible all would be made right again when it gets dehydrated. But that’s the risk: the overly watery beginning would tweak the ratio of ingredients by adding water and taking away actual measurable squash. It’s worth a try if you don’t mind the risk.

  • Bet Sobon

    Don’t boil the squash, you will lose a lot of the nutrients and natural sweetness of it.

  • Totally trying these tomorrow!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, so glad!! 🙂

  • linda spiker

    I am going to make these for the grand babies:)

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, very fun!

  • Jessica from SimplyHealthyHome

    I am going to try this soon. My guys love fruit leather. This is so simple too. Thank you.

  • Megan Stevens

    So glad! Yes, so simple! 🙂

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I love this recipe! I would love to make these.

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Emily! I hope that you get to and that your family loves them as much as our family does! 🙂

  • naturalfitfoodie

    I would love to try and make this but I don’t have a dehydrator. Might give it a go in the oven. Thanks for sharing Megan!

  • Megan Stevens

    Great! Just prop the door open for ventilation, if you try the oven. 😉 …unless your oven goes down to 145 degrees or lower.

  • Renee Kohley

    I would love to make this for the girls. I am going to get that on the homeschool list to make with my 3 year old next week.

  • What a great tutotial for a kid-friendly healthy snack.. I want to make some!

  • Megan Stevens

    Very fun!

  • Megan Stevens

    🙂

  • Chloe

    Great idea! This looks like it would be really good.