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raw Banana Bread Fruit Leather served with tea on a barn wood table

~ raw, vegan, gluten-free ~

Oh lord have mercy on my lack of will-power soul!  When it comes to banana bread, my mouth immediately begins to water.  When I find myself in its presence, I linger, inhale deeply, my eyes roll back into my head, I get a little weak-kneed and I literally just stop to smell the bananas! (forget roses).

So, with that being said, when I created a recipe that tastes just like banana bread I have to lock it up in Fort Knox just to keep from eating it all in one sitting!

When I started out with this recipe, banana bread was not in my visions so once it came out of the dehydrator and I took a nibble to check the end result, well fiddlesticks, I was knocked back in time to the days of making homemade banana bread.

I am always one to drill into others the importance of eating ripe bananas. They are so much easier on your digestive system, and they taste much sweeter.  If you look at the photo below, I took a snapshot of the bananas that I use… they are heavily freckled in brown polka-dots.

When they get this ripe, and you can’t use them quick enough, peel them, wrap them in cling wrap and freeze.  They will keep for a long time in there and work beautifully in smoothies or in making banana ice cream.

I hope that you try this recipe and if you do, please let me know.  Blessings, amie sue

close up of raw Banana Bread Fruit Leather served with tea on a barn wood tableIngredients:

3 cups puree – 1 tray


  1. Select RIPE or slightly overripe bananas that have reached a peak in color, texture, and flavor. (use bananas with brown speckled peels)
  2. Puree the bananas,  lemon juice, vanilla bean seeds, and stevia, in the blender or food processor until smooth.
    • Taste and sweeten more if needed.  Keep in mind that flavors will intensify as they dehydrate.
    • When adding a sweetener do so a little at a time, and reblend, tasting until it is at the desired taste.
    • It is best to use a liquid type sweetener.  Don’t use granulated sugar because it tends to change the texture.  
  3. In the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, add the almonds and coconut crystals.  Pulse until the almonds are broken down into small pieces.
  4. Add almonds to the blender with the puree and hit the pulse button 2x, or just enough to mix everything together.
  5. Spread the fruit puree on teflex sheets that come with your dehydrator.  Pour the puree to create an even depth of 1/8 to 1/4 inch.  If you don’t have teflex sheets for the trays, you can line your trays with plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Do not use wax paper or aluminum foil.
    • Lightly coat the food dehydrator plastic sheets or wrap with a cooking spray, I use coconut oil that comes in a spray.
    • When spreading the puree on the liner, allow about an inch of space between the mixture and the outside edge.  The fruit leather mixture will spread out as it dries, so it needs a little room to allow for this expansion.
    • Be sure to spread the puree evenly on your drying tray.  When spreading the puree mixture, try tilting and shaking the tray to help it distribute more evenly.  Also, it is a good idea to rotate your trays throughout the drying period.  This will help assure that the leathers dry evenly.
  6. Dehydrate the fruit leather at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, reduce temp to 115 degrees (F) and continue drying for about 16 (+/-) hours.  Flip the leather over about halfway through, remove the teflex sheet, and continue drying on the mesh sheet.
    • Check for dark spots on top of the fruit leather.  If dark spots can be seen it is a sign that it is not completely dry.
    • Press down on the fruit leather with a finger.  If no indentation is visible or if it is no longer tacky to the touch, the fruit leather is dry and can be removed from the dehydrator.
    • Peel the leather from the dehydrator trays or parchment paper. If it peels away easily and holds its shape after peeling, it is dry. If it is still sticking or loses its shape after peeling, it needs further drying.
    • Under-dried fruit leather will not keep; it will mold.  Over-dried fruit leather will become hard and crack, although it will still be edible and will keep for a long time
  7. Storage: To store the finished fruit leather…
    • Allow the leather to cool before wrapping up to avoid moisture from forming, thus giving it a breeding ground for molds.
    • Roll them up and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. Click (here) to see photos of how I wrap them.
    • Place in an air-tight container, and store in a dry, dark place. (Light will cause the fruit leather to discolor.)
    • The fruit leather will keep at room temperature for one month, or in a freezer for up to one year.

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F)?  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients, it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).
  • Don’t own a dehydrator? Learn how to use your oven (here). I do however truly believe that it is a worthwhile investment. Click (here) to learn what I use.
 a stack of raw Banana Bread Fruit Leather served with tea on a barn wood table

6 thoughts on “Banana Bread Fruit Leather

  1. kathy says:

    Hi Amie Sue!!

    I am not usually one for recipes, but I stumbled on your site and have been having such fun with several of yours :)

    This banana bread fruit leather is so simple & delicious, my kind of food!!

    Thank you for all you share ~ hugs


    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Kathy,
      I too love simple and delicious! :) I try hard to keep most of the recipes simple. Some are more complex or appear that way if a technique is new to a person. Just like any form of food prep, there are basics to learn and once a person has those down… then it isn’t so complicated. I love banana bread so this fruit leather was a little godsend for me. Enjoy and thank you commenting. hugs, amie sue

  2. beverly lucas says:

    Dear Amie Sue,

    I’ve got 6 very ripe bananas on my counter, but a school that does not allow nuts.
    Have you made the fruit leather with JUST bananas?
    or what have you found is the best fruit mix – with strawberries?
    thanks! Beverly

    • amie-sue says:


      You can do just bananas, it makes a really pliable, rubbery type leather. I personally love them. But you could add any fruit with it. Strawberries or blueberries are very nice together banana. Good luck and enjoy!

  3. Anita Rennick says:


    I have just made this recipe with roasted almonds as that was all I had….it is so beautiful! Simple, healthy and yummy! Can’t wait to get the kids to try it after school today.

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