Peach Fruit Leather

This homemade Peach Fruit Leather recipe is a a healthy fruit snack reminiscent of the store-bought version, but so much more delicious and good-for-you. It’s made with only 2 ingredients and is a lot easier-t0-make than you think. It’s made without any refined sugars and will be loved by both adults and kids! This post is made in partnership with my friends at Ello.

Peach fruit leatherPeach Fruit Leather Recipe

This homemade peach fruit leather is a copy cat version of a fruit rollup, but SO MUCH BETTER. And, despite how complicated you think it is to make fruit leather at home, it’s actually so simple! It only takes 2 ingredients to make: fresh peach and a touch of honey. And actually, if your peaches are really sweet you can skip out on the honey if you want. To dehydrate the fruit leather you use the oven. Which means no fancy equipment is needed!

So how do you make it? Basically you just puree peaches and dry them out in the oven. It’s almost all hands-off cooking. The hardest part about making this fruit leather is that you’ll have to plan a time to be home for about 6 and 8 hours to let it dry out. You’ll also need to make sure your oven temperature can go as low as 170ºF. 

How to take the skin off peachesHow to Peel Peaches Easily

To make the peach leather you will first prepare the peaches. Make sure the peaches have no signs of mold and actually taste good. You’ll want to use ripe but firm peaches. If they are not ripe the skin will not peel off easily. Next you’ll need to take off the skin. To do this:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Score the bottom skin of the peaches with an “X”.
  2. Place peaces in boiling water for 30 seconds. You should start to see the skin curl back.
  3. Remove peaches and immediately place in an ice bath. 
  4. At this point the skin should easily rub off of the peach. Use a towel to help you hold on to the peach because it can be slippery.

How Long Does it Take to Dehydrate the Leather?

The fruit leather will take about 6-8 hours to dry at an oven temperature of 170º. If it goes even lower you can dry it out over a longer period of time. You’ll know it’s dry because the fruit leather changes colors and becomes darker when all of the moisture has evaporated. If you still aren’t sure whether it is done, you can lightly touch the peach mixture to see if it’s dry. If it’s still a bit wet let it go for an hour more at a time. It should take no longer than 8 hours.

Once it’s done cooking, let it sit at room temperate to cool completely and soften up. We like to let it sit for about 3-6 hours.

Peach puree on a baking sheetHow to Store it

Next you’ll place the whole mixture on a piece of parchment paper, roll it up and cut it into serving sizes. Store in an airtight container for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

I love to store everything, including this Peach Fruit Leather in my Ello DuraGlass Food Storage Containers. These containers are perfect for both on the go and at home use. I use glass containers for many reasons, including the obvious: plastics are bad for the environment and can contain harmful chemicals when coming in to contact with food.

These glass containers are awesome because they are free of harmful chemicals, they can be heated in the oven, are dishwasher safe and they don’t stain or have a funny smell. But what makes Ello Food Storage Containers different is the protective silicone sleeve. It prevents the glass from breaking or chipping, as can happen often if you are using glass containers regularly. Plus, you don’t have to take the silicone sleeve off to wash it.

Colored glass jars for storage

And my favorite part about these containers? I love the silicone covers because they grip well (perfect for stacking) and they are colored so I don’t loose my lids!

  • Mighty tough: Silicone sleeve protects glass from chips + scratches.
  • Everything tastes better in glass: Won’t stain or smell.
  • Nobody likes a lunch bag leak:  The clear air tight lids won’t leak.
  • Easy-to-pair color match lids: Because life’s already hard enough.
  • Wash away: All parts top rack dishwasher safe, sleeve and all. No need to remove sleeve for oven + cleaning!
  • Comes in all different sizes: For sides, mains, leftovers, and more!
  • Safe for cooking: Freezer safe, microwave safe without lid, and oven safe up to 450F without lid.
  • Free of: BPA, phthalates, PVC, lead and cadmium free.
  • Where I get mine: Available at Target and Amazon!

fruit leather on baking sheetTips for Successfully Making this Peach Fruit Leather

  1. Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you want to make sure this is spread to the correct consistency.
  2. Take care to spread the mixture evenly. If it is too thick in the middle and thin on the edges, the edges will burn before the middle has cooked through.
  3. The fruit leather will change color when it’s dehydrated enough. Instead of sticking your finger in the mixture prematurely and causing a hole in it (we may have done this a few times) look to check on the color of the fruit leather first. If it has darkened in color throughout, it is likely done and then you can double check by touching it to see if it’s dry. If the middle is a slightly lighter peach color than you can assume it’s still uncooked in the middle and you should place it back in the oven to continue to dry.

How to cut peach fruit leather

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Peach Fruit Leather

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 06:00 Total Time 06:10 Yields 12 pieces

Ingredients

  • 6 peaches, peeled, pitted and diced
  • ¼ cup honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 170º degrees F, and position a baking rack to the center of the oven. Line a rimmed 18” x 13” sheet pan with a silicone baking mat, or silpat.
  2. Place peeled and pitted peaches in a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour peach puree into a large pot on the stove and add honey (if using) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour puree into the center of the prepared sheet pan and using a spatula spread the puree evenly almost to the edges of the baking mat.
  5. Bake in the oven for 6-8 hours, or until the fruit puree is completely dry to the touch. Let cool completely.
  6. Lay a sheet of parchment on top of the fruit leather. Invert the leather and gently peel off the mat. Roll up the entire sheet of fruit leather starting from the short side and then cut the leather with kitchen shears into 1” strips, or as desired. Store in an airtight container for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

  1. Check out the post for instructions on how to easily peel a peach.
  2. Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you want to make sure this is spread to the correct consistency.
  3. Take care to spread the mixture evenly. If it is too thick in the middle and thin on the edges, the edges will burn before the middle has cooked through.
  4. The peach fruit leather will change color when it’s dehydrated enough. Instead of sticking your finger in the mixture prematurely and causing a hole in it (we may have done this a few times) look to check on the color of the fruit leather first. If it has darkened in color throughout, it is likely done and then you can double check by touching it to see if it’s dry. If the middle is a slightly brighter orange color than you can assume it’s still uncooked in the middle and you should place it back in the oven to continue to dry.
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How to Make Maple Kettle Corn

If you’ve ever wondered How to Make Maple Kettle Corn we’re giving away all the details on how to make it at home, in under 10 minutes using just three ingredients! It’s so much better than anything you’ve ever purchased and will be your new favorite go-to treat. It’s whole grain and made without any refined sugars.

How to make kettle corn with maple syrupHow to Make Maple Kettle Corn

How good is that caramel-y kettle corn you buy at fairs, or in a bag at the grocery store? It’s crunchy, sweet and full-on addicting. Well this homemade kettle corn is SO MUCH BETTER, we promise! And it’s super easy to make! Using only three ingredients, 1 pan and 10 minutes of your time, you’re going to want to whip up this maple kettle corn recipe anytime you need a quick treat! If you’re looking for savory or plain popcorn, check out this post!

Maple syrup popcorn

A word on what popcorn to buy

We don’t always recommend buying organic everything, but corn crops in this country are often sprayed with harmful chemicals. We recommend buying an organic brand (and non-GMO) of popcorn, and there are many, and if possible choosing an heirloom variety. These are available in a lot of stores, and also on Amazon. We like the brand Tiny but Mighty and Arrowhead Mills.

How to make homemade kettle corn

There are a few key factors to making sure you are successful at making homemade popcorn:

  1. Use a heavy bottom pan. A heavy pan conducts heat evenly and will ensure all the kernels will pop and that you won’t burn any popcorn.
  2. Don’t skimp on the oil! This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons coconut oil. It make seem like a lot but it is needed in order to create enough steam and heat in the pot to pop all the popcorn.
  3. Give the pan a good shake once the kernels have started rapidly popping. This ensures all the kernel pops and the maple syrup doesn’t burn. When you are shaking the pan be careful of any hot caramel escaping from the pan, it could burn you.
  4. If at any point you see smoke–not steam, immediately turn down the heat. While this never happened during testing for us, if you accidentally cook it too high and the oil burns you’ll want to start over. This will flavor the the whole batch of popcorn like burnt.
  5. Keep the pan covered until the popping starts to slow down. Then you want to leave a small space to let the steam escape so you don’t get soggy popcorn.
  6. Pour the kettle corn on a parchment lined sheet pan to cool. Once it’s cool it will be nice and crunchy.
  7. Store in an air tight container for 2-3 days (it likely won’t last that long!)

Clean eating kettle corn

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How to Make Maple Kettle Corn

Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 00:06 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:06 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the oil and two popcorn kernels and cover the pot.
  2. Once the popcorn has popped the oil is ready. Add the remaining popcorn kernels and return the cover. Remove the pot from the heat for 30 seconds. This ensures the oil doesn't overheat.
  3. Return the pan to heat. Give the pan a shake every few seconds as you wait for the popcorn to start popping. Once it starts popping, quickly add the maple syrup and salt and stir rapidly. Cover and give it a good shake every few seconds.
  4. Once the popping has slowed down, and let the steam vent by moving the cover on the pan slightly.
  5. Once all the popping has stopped, pour onto a large bowl parchment lined sheet pan and let cool.
  6. Serve once cool or store in an airtight container.
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Cooking for Others: A Guide to Home-Cooked Meals & Meal Train Ideas

I recently shared a few ideas about cooking for others (aka home-cooked meals and meal train ideas) and so many of you were looking for more ideas, had ideas to share, and were interested in seeing a guide about it and how I usually go about it!

Cooking for Others: A Guide to Home-Cooked Meals & Meal Train Ideas - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am really excited to share this post with you today because I truly think it is a useful tool and resource and filled with great recipes that will help you, help those in need! I’ve been cooking a lot lately for various families so before I jump into the recipes, here are a few tips I’ve gathered.

A few notes about delivering meals:

  • Dietary Restrictions: Always inquire about dietary restrictions before planning the meal! What do the kids hate? What are you hoping to get the kids to eat more of? Does everyone eat meat? Etc.
  • Delivery Time: Text/email/call the coordinator or the family to find out the best time to deliver dinner. Keep in mind that the family is dealing with an important issue (either good in the case of a new baby, or difficult in the case of illness) and may not want to visit with friends, so plan on dropping off on the porch.
  • Disposable Containers: I alway use disposable food containers/trays so the family doesn’t have to clean dishes for me to pick back up!
  • Make it Extra Special: If I have time and depending on the situation, I’ll add chocolates, wine, flowers, or something extra special. If the occasion is a newborn baby, something special for the big brother or sister, like a coloring book, stamps, stickers, or a little game is always a great idea to make them feel extra special. If  I know the person and am in communication with them, I’ll ask them if they need any groceries on my way (milk, etc.)
  • No time to cook? Look into local meal delivery services or restaurants and have a meal delivered! Chip in with friends and figure out a schedule that works.

P.S. Don’t know what a meal train is? Mealtrain.com is a crowdsourcing platform that helps organize home-made meal giving for a friend around a birth, surgery or illness also known as a Meal Train! It’s essentially just a website that helps you organize the process and allows people to sign up for different days, etc.

Breakfast:

  1. Granola
  2. Cut Up Fresh Fruit & Yogurt
  3. Frozen Smoothie Packs: Place smoothie ingredients for one serving in freezer-friendly Ziploc bags, label with an expiration date (about 6 months for frozen fruit), and store in the freezer until ready to use!
  4. Freezer Waffles: Pumpkin Waffles, Double Chocolate Banana Waffles, or the Best Ever Waffles in my Cookbook
  5. Freezer-Friendly Pancakes
  6. Frittata: Potato Leek and Chard Frittata, Sweet Potato BLT Frittata
  7. Quiche
  8. French Toast Cups
  9. Breakfast Burritos (freezer-friendly)
  10. Breakfast Parfaits in Mini Mason Jars
  11. Muffins: Cinnamon Bun, Banana Berry, Pumpkin Sticky Bun Muffins, Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins, Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins
  12. Breakfast Cookies
  13. On-The-Go Baked Egg Nests

Main Meals: Lunches & Dinners

  1. Freezer Burritos
  2. Pasta Dishes: Pesto Pasta Salad, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Sausage and Veggie Pasta, Mac and Cheese
  3. A Protein: Grilled Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Fish
  4. Meatballs: Thai Meatballs, Loaded Turkey Meatballs, Nanny’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  5. A batch of soup: Chicken and Kale SoupTurkey Chili, Game Day White Chicken Chili, Healthy Broccoli Soup, Green Chili Vegetable Soup, Feel Good Veggie Soup, Classic Chicken Soup, Butternut Squash Curry Soup, Tomato Basil Soup (with grilled cheese), Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (and send a loaf of bread)
  6. Chicken Nuggets: Zesty Chicken Bites, Pecan Popcorn Chicken
  7. Sheet Pan Dinners: Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken, Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies
  8. One Pan Meals: Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice, One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken & Cauliflower, One-Pan Fiesta Chicken
  9. DIY Taco Bar or Taco Salads
  10. Casseroles: Spaghetti Squash BakeCreamy Pumpkin Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole
  11. Slow Cooker Dishes: Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Thai Curry Chicken, Beef Barbacoa, Carne Asada, Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar
  12. Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
  13. Mason Jar Salads
  14. DIY Lunch Pinwheels
  15. Loaded Egg Salad
  16. Copy-Cat Chipotle Burrito Bowls
  17. Stir Fry
  18. Pre-Made & Wrapped Sandwiches
  19. A Tray of Lasagna

Side Dishes

  1. Tray of Roasted Vegetables: Maple Roasted Brussels SproutsSpiced Roasted Cauliflower, Perfect Roasted Veggies, Garlic Roasted Vegetables
  2. Salads: Arugula Salad with Mint Chia DressingSteak Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette, Grilled Caesar Salad
  3. Mexican Street Corn Salad
  4. Israeli Salad
  5. Pasta Salads: Antipasto Pasta SaladBLT Pasta SaladCold Asian Noodle Salad
  6. Sweet Potato Fries, Zucchini Fries, Eggplant Friesor Regular Fries
  7. Instant Pot Risotto
  8. Beet Slaw
  9. Greek 3-Bean Salad
  10. Potato Latkes (makes a lot)
  11. Mediterranean Fritters (makes a lot)

Snacks/Treats

  1. Cut up Veggies & Hummus or Other Dip: Tzatziki Sauce, Spanish Eggplant Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  2. Mini Meatloaves 
  3. Chips & Salsa
  4. Salad Roll-Ups
  5. Trail Mix (make a homemade blend of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, and chocolate chunks)
  6. Granola Bars
  7. No-Bake Energy Balls: Nut-Free Powerbites, Mint Chip Bites, Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites
  8. Cookies: Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut CookiesChocolate Chip Cookies, Chai Cookie BarsOatmeal Raisin Cookies
  9. Secret Ingredient Brownies (send a pint of ice cream, too)
  10. Cupcakes
  11. Chocolate Dessert Cups + Fresh Fruit
  12. Bowl of Fruit (pre-cut)

Misc.

  1. Cold Brew Ice Coffee
  2. A Pitcher of Iced Tea
  3. A Pitcher of Lemonade
  4. Chia Seed Jam
  5. Paleo Sandwich Bread or a Loaf of Bread
  6. DIY Chicken Rub
  7. Wine
  8. Chocolate
  9. Flowers
  10. Fresh Milk (or other groceries)
  11. Non food related: Chip in with friends and hiring a cleaning service!

Have other ideas? Leave them in the comments below!

Mint Chip Energy Bites

No Bake Mint Chip Bites - Lexi's Clean Kitchen & Quitter's Circle #ad

These Mint Chip Energy Bites are the perfect on-the-go snack. They’re easy to make, absolutely delicious, and require absolutely no cooking or baking.

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

I am so excited to be partnering with Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer, to bring you today’s recipe!

You all know how passionate I feel about helping you lead a healthier lifestyle. Since the day I started Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, that has always been my core mission. Whether it’s helping you on your clean eating journey, stocking your pantry, giving you tips to wake up feeling great, or giving you cleaner beauty and skincare ideas– I want you to be the best you!

Now, even though I’ve never personally been a smoker, I am so excited to partner with Quitter’s Circle, an online quit smoking community, to show you my favorite ways to fuel your body and mind with healthy tips and recipes to help set you up for success!

Having people in my family who smoke, I’ve seen firsthand the negative effects that can come from it. This has made me passionate about helping others – whether you smoke, or you know somebody you love that smokes – make positive, healthy changes to their lifestyle!

Quitter’s Circle is a fabulous resource that provides motivational tips and a variety of information ranging from how much money you can save from quitting smoking, to articles on why you need a quit smoking support squad, and I am so excited to bring you even more ways to be confident, feel great and glow from within!

 

These no bake energy bites are the perfect mid-day snack that you can grab in your hand and munch on. Easy peas-y, and gives you something to distract your hands and mouth on your work break!

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

Mint Chip Energy Bites

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:10 Yields 15 balls

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add dates to your food processor and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.
  2. Add in coconut flakes, walnuts, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Process until well-combined. Mixture should come together into a large ball.
  4. Roll the mixture into 15 roughly 1-inch balls.
  5. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes before storing in the refrigerator for up to one month.
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Healthy Avocado Boats: 5 Ways

Ever wonder how to make a healthy snack that’s low carb and packed with healthy fats? These easy avocado boats are a great and easy lunch or snack to make. These avocado boats are gluten-free, keto, and customizable with 5 different filling options! 

The Benefits of Avocados

Healthy Avocado Boats

I want to talk about some serious brain food. AVOCADOS. Avocado is a super healthy fat. That’s right. By now you know I am all about healthy fats in my diet! I think we’re almost over the low-fat fad, right? Good! Avocados fill me up and are loaded with nutrition that I want daily.

You are going to love these avocado boats. Craving a BLT? Got you covered. Want something refreshing? Tropical Salsa coming right at you! How about in the mood for breakfast food? Baked egg is calling your name. See where I’m going with this? Avocado heaven: five ways.

Avocado BoatsAvocado boats: the easiest way to snack {for two people}. Cut an avocado in half, the long way. Remove the pit. Get creative and stuff with your favorite salad, cuisine, or an egg. WA-LA. A snack for two. One for you, and one for some lucky individual.

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Avocado Boats

Let’s break it down: Serves 2

  • Pico De Gallo: Chopped 1/4 cup tomato, 1 tablespoon red onion, 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules, 1/2 jalapeño diced, 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped, fine sea salt, and a pinch lime juice.
  • Turkey BLT: 1/4 cup off the bone turkey breast, 1 strip crispy nitrate-free bacon, 1/4 cup chopped tomato, 1/4 cup fresh spinach.
  • Israeli Salad: A household favorite! Find it here.
  • Baked Egg: Crack an egg into the center of your avocado half. Bake on 350 for 20 minutes until egg whites are opaque.
  • Tropical Salsa: Delicious and refreshing. It’s also delicious on top of fish! Recipe.

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What’s your favorite way to eat avocado?

No-Bake & Nut-free Powerbites

Happy Healthy Food Friday, my friends! We’re at the mid-way through August mark and ready or not, school is just around the corner (one week for us here in Boston). For the next number of weeks I’m going to be focusing on back-to-school treats for you or your kiddos that are packed with brain foods to keep you going throughout the day. I’ll also be focusing on easy weeknight dinner options including one-pot, make-ahead, and crock-pot meals. I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments below of specifics you are looking for!

 

Let’s start with an easy breezy no-bake snack that is loaded with healthy whole ingredients and of course, healthy fats, protein, and carbs. Sunflower seeds are a powerhouse and contain awesome health benefits. They also make for a nut-free option to bring to schools that don’t allow nuts! 

The Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

 

So what do we have going on here?  Easy, no-bake, nut-free, deliciousand packed with nutrients to fuel you up mid-day.

 

No-Bake & Nut-free Powerbites

 

No-Bake & Nut-free Powerbites

 

 

No Bake Nut-Free Powerbites
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  2. 1/4 cup ground flax
  3. 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  4. 1/3 cup sunbutter (homemade or store-bought)
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 tsp chia seeds
  7. 1 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
  8. 1/2 cup mix of dried craneberries, golden raisins, and dark chocolate chips (these or these are great)
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well
  2. Roll into balls and let chill, you can perfect the shape further once they chill in the refrigerator
  3. Remove and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I like to store them in the refrigerator
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No-Bake & Nut-free Powerbites

 

No-Bake & Nut-free Powerbites

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What back-to-school foods do you want to see? Easy weeknight dinners, lunchbox snacks- you name it!