After such a great response to my strawberry, blueberry pomegranate fruit leather I decided to try some creative leather recipes.
Since plums are sweet yet subtle, I boiled them down with some chai tea. I had never done this before, nor had I previously seen a recipe for it, but had a gut feeling they would pair effortlessly.
I absolutely loved the combination of the plum and subtle spice background. The color is a dark pink, which would explain why all my child taste testers were drawn towards its welcoming shade as opposed to its dark green kiwi counterpart.
Among my 17 taste testers, only one person was not convinced that the fruit leathers were effin' fabulous. Some enjoyed the kiwi more than the Plum Chai, but overall, the tallied votes ruled in favor of the herb spiced leather. The testers had no prior knowledge as to what flavors they were ingesting, and some had never heard of fruit leather. The parents were excited to hear the plum chai contains only 28 calories per serving, was made from fruit and sweetened with honey.
Now don't be mad at me for the calories in the kiwi leather!
Even without the measley tablespoon of sugar shared among nine (or if cut smaller more) people, it still contains about 74 calories. But I promise you it's not too sweet or overly tasting of kiwi. Moderation is key, and compared to other "healthy snacks" on the market, for the price, calorie count and taste, you can't beat it. ;)
A couple of shots from a fitness shoot I did in NYC this past weekend. Anita is a gorgeous woman, easy to work with and a total sweetheart. We were able to find this spot thanks to her knowledge of the NY area. I look forward to working with her more in the future. =]
1 Medium kiwi, without skin= 46 calories
1 fruit roll up= 104 calories (not to mention the chemicals on the label you can't pronounce)
Haribo Gummy Bears: 17 pieces = 140 calories
Nature Valley Granola Bar: 1 bar= 90 calories. (2 bars per individual packet)
Arizona 99 cent Grapeade: 100 calories per serving. 3 SERVINGS IN ONE CAN!!!
About $1.40 per lb of plums (6 plums= about 2lbs)= $2.80
16oz of honey costs $8.00= .25 cents tablespoon of honey
6 boxes of chai tea 20 ct packets cost $15= .13 cents per chai tea packet
3.18 for the entire batch
about .35 cents per serving!
Kiwis 4 for $1 (12 kiwis)= $3
$2 for 1 lb of sugar. 1 tablespoon of sugar= .08 cents
water = free?
3.08 for the entire batch!
about .34 cents per serving!
Plum Chai Tea Fruit Leather (per serving, makes 9 long strips)
.1 grams of fat
7.1 grams of carbs
.6 grams of fiber
6.3 grams of sugar
.3 grams of protein
7% Vitamin C
3% Vitamin A
6 ripe plums, peeled, seeded and rough chopped
1 tablespoon of honey
2 cups of chai tea (made with one tea packet)
Boil the chopped plums with the 2 cups of chai tea in a large sauce pot on medium- medium low heat until the liquid is almost evaporated. (This could take 30-45 minutes depending on your burners. Trust yourself!)
At this point you place the mixture in the blender and puree until smooth. Must have an apple sauce- like texture.
Place back in pot, add honey and continue to reduce for another almost 20 minutes on medium low until it takes a long time to slide off of your rubber spatula. A jam like consistency almost. Spread onto a 13x9 sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Feel free to swirl with the kiwi mixture. It should be about 1/4 inch thick, and be spread EVENLY to avoid wet spots and uneven cooking.
Place in 170 degree oven for 5-6 1/2 hours. If the leather is sticky it's not done yet. It should peel off easily. When ready it will be shiny, not sticky, the bottom will be smooth. Overcooked makes it almost impossible to chew.
Kiwi Fruit Leather (per serving, makes 9 long strips)
.5 grams of fat
19.5 grams of carbs
4.1 grams of fiber
1.4 grams of sugar
1.2 grams of protein
198.2% Vitamin C
6.8% Vitamin E
12 kiwis, peeled and rough chopped
1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 cup of water
Place kiwis and water in a medium sized sauce pot on medium low heat. Reduce the mixture until there is very little liquid (35+ minutes)Place in blender and puree until completely smooth. Transfer back into pot and continue to cook down on same temperature until it is a jam like consistency, no liquid pools on top.
Place mixture onto a 13x9 sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Feel free to swirl with the plum chai tea mixture, should be about 1/4 inch thick. Place in 170 degree oven for 5-6 1/2 hours.
When leathers are cool, cut strips of parchment and strips of the leather to roll together. Place in an air tight container to store.