Homemade Dehydrated Strawberries in Oven – Healthy Dried Fruit Recipe!
Seriously, healthy snacks don’t get much easier than this. Slice fresh strawberries, bake slow and low for a few hours, and watch them dehydrate into a wholesome, chewy, fruity snack! Ripe strawberries will be naturally sweet, so NO added sugars or sweeteners are needed for these dehydrated strawberries!
How to Dehydrate Fruit in your Oven
Did you know you can dehydrate fruit (and other food) without a dehydrator? Really, all you need to make these dehydrated strawberries is an oven! Dehydrating just means removing the water, which typically requires a low heat and lengthy amount of time.
So, if you turn your oven down as low as it goes, and let it go for a good while, you can totally make your own dried fruit recipes, easy-peasy! Some ovens go down to 170°F, some only to 200°F, so just do what you can.
Granted, it will require that you keep an eye on your dehydrated strawberries, or any fruits you choose to use. (At least until you understand how your oven works with dehydrating since every machine is different.) But once you figure it out, you can make your own healthy dried fruit all the time!
A Spoonful of Sugar
Dried fruit can be a healthy snack. But, the main problem is that many store-bought varieties are loaded with sugar and/or preservatives.
When you dehydrate a fruit, the water is being removed and it condenses into a smaller size. And, that means the naturally occurring sugars are actually more concentrated in that small bite. My point: there’s no reason to add sugar to your dehydrated strawberries, or any dried fruit!
Seriously, it’s just not needed. And, if you want to make healthy snacks from fruit alone, this method of dehydrating is a great place to start!
You aren’t limited to this recipe for dehydrated strawberries when it comes to making your own healthy dried fruit. Of course, you can try out other berries and all sorts of fruits, too! Just cut the pieces into even sizes so they can all dehydrate at the same rate. Otherwise, you’ll end up with some pieces that are more or less shriveled than others.
Apples, peaches, pears, cherries, bananas, and apricots are all great options to try for your own dried fruit recipes! But, if you want to make cherries or apricots, I recommend doing them whole, rather than sliced. For the rest, remove any pits or cores, slice into pieces, and continue with the recipe just the same!
Granted, these dehydrated strawberries and dried fruit in general will require some waiting time. But, I know you won’t regret it once that delicious homemade sweetness is in your mouth!