Plum Chai Tea & Kiwi Fruit Leathers

As sweet cravings continue to haunt me, I look for ways to keep healthy desserts interesting. I stay away from unhealthy snacks by comparing their jaw dropping calorie count to what I could be having instead. So I thought I might try it with you guys. When you scroll down you'll see... Oh yes, I also share the cost of making fruit leather at home. You might be surprised at just how cheap healthy eats can be. =]

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. =]


Interesting facts:
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!!!


Cost 
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! 

Nutrition Facts
Plum Chai Tea Fruit Leather (per serving, makes 9 long strips)
28 calories 
.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

Recipe:
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. 

Nutrition Facts
Kiwi Fruit Leather (per serving, makes 9 long strips)
79 calories 
.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
11.5% folate
9.6% copper
9.2% magnesium
6.8% Vitamin E

Recipe:
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. 

27 comments:

  1. wow...truly a very helpful post...we generally prepare this with ripe mangoes !!!!!!urs look great...loved the idea of making with plums!!!looks very delicious !!!!

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  2. Ooh,plum chai fruit leather--that sounds so good! Much better than the fruit roll-ups I remember!

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  3. What a yummy, creative way to fulfill your sweet tooth! Hope you're doing well, my friend...I was WAY overdue for a visit to your fabulous blog :)

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  4. Hi Ky,
    I'm a huge fan of fruit leathers. I would much prefer to eat them over a candy bar, specially on a hot summer day. The recipe sounds great. Thanks for sharing:)

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  5. Delicious-looking recipe and gorgeous shots!

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  6. I'm not a big candy guy, but making rollups might be something nice to do for my nephews (3 & 5). Thanks.

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  7. Love this Kym! You have the most delicious sounding fruit leathers I have ever heard of! I love that you don't need a dehydrator for this, which means I can make it! Btw...i would much rather have this than gummy bears, I have never really been a fan of them ;)!

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  8. Both of these look just awesome! I really want that chai one though!

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  9. I saw these on the top 9, congrats! These look better than most fruit leathers, more like healthy fruit by the foot.

    Who were the testers?

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  10. Congratulations on Top9!! Well deserved for these fantastic fruit rollups!! They sound and look awesome. :)

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  11. These look great! How do you know when they are done cooking?

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    1. Thank you! It's done when you can run your fingers over the top and it's not sticky. Should be shiny on the top, smooth on the other side. =]

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  12. Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

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  13. Never thought to make this as my daughter loves the store bought stuff. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

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  14. Oh wow I've always wanted to make fruit leathers but never came across a post as straightforward as yours! Love the price comparisons and thanks for these great recipes! These look fantastic :)

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  15. Very cool! And nice shots from your shoot, too!

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  16. I love that you made this fruit leather - and the flavor sounds awesome. I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and always excited to see what you'll create next…

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  17. My children love leather. I didn't grow up here so I had no idea what it was when they said they want it. I didn't know we can make it at home too! This is a fantastic recipe I'd love to make, maybe with the kids!

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  18. Just found you on foodbuzz - great blog! I adore fruit leather, it's one of those things that are just great to have around as a healthy sweet snack. These recipes both look delicious, I love the idea of incorporating the chai!

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  19. I've never had fruit leather before but seeing how easy it is to make and how delicious it looks here, I can't wait to try out your recipe!

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  20. My kids love this stuff. This is such a lovely post. Love the flavour!

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  21. Fruit leathers are a fantastic way to celebrate the gifts of summer in a healthy and fun medium. These look texturally superb - which is key for this kind of treat. Beautiful work!

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  22. I love all the different fruit leathers you do, very cool. Cheers, Tara

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  23. I LOVE kiwifruit, but never would have thought of it in these dishes, thanks for sharing :)

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