Did you know that eating something salty can curb a sweet tooth? I swear it works. I keep roasted pepitas on hand all the time for that very reason. If you don’t know what pepitas are, they are the inside part of a pumpkin seed. Roasted pepitas have such great flavor. Pepitas are also a great source of magnesium and omega 3 fatty acid. When made in this fashion, they can be quite addicting. My kids love them as well.
I can’t think of a single person that doesn’t like cashews or chocolate. Cashews are so buttery and delicious. When you pair cashews with salted chocolate, you really get a match made in heaven. These salted cashew chocolate clusters are so good. In fact, my husband ate most of them in about 2 days! Salty and sweet is the best combination. These salted cashew chocolate clusters can make a healthier snack alternative to unhealthy candy bars.
My kids love fruit leathers, but they are so expensive at the store. So now I make my own. It’s so easy and you can add in whatever fruits and spices you like. I have peach fruit leathers on my blog already, and now I can add these to the list.
The house smells amazing when these are cooking, kind of like when I make my crock pot applesauce. The best part is that you probably already have all the ingredients in your own cabinets! I used applesauce to make mine, but you can most certainly use real apples and puree them first. Think about it though. When your store has a sale on applesauce, you can stock up and make these. It would save a lot of money and make your kids happy too. I used a dehydrator to make mine, but you can certainly try this in the oven as well. You just need to keep an eye one them.
Apple Pie Fruit Leathers
If using an oven, preheat to the lowest setting or 135. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Line your baking sheets with parchment and spread the mixture out evenly. Bake for about 4-6 hours, depending on how low the temp your oven will go. If you are using a dehydrator, line the trays with parchment as well. You can use the dehydrator sheets as well, but I think parchment is much cheaper and works great. I baked mine in the dehydrator at 135 for about 6-7 hours. Once it feels tacky, it’s pretty much done. I got about 20 fruit leathers out of my batch. Enjoy!