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How to Make SCOBY Fruit Leather (Recipe)

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We’ve been brewing kombucha on our kitchen counter for years, long before it was available in grocery stores. It turns out you can do more with kombucha than just drink it… you can turn it into a favorite kids’ snack that they won’t even know is good for them!

This SCOBY fruit leather recipe doesn’t require any special equipment and gets all of its yummy flavor from fresh fruit.

SCOBY Fruit Leather Made From Kombucha

If you’ve brewed kombucha you know that with each new batch the brewing culture, called a SCOBY (which stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast), creates a “baby” or daughter culture that can be used to brew its own batch.

While this is an awesome way to continue the procreation of the kombucha species, these baby SCOBYs can add up and a new kombucha brewer may wonder what to do with them all!

When I first started getting into making kombucha, I tried to pass on these baby SCOBYs to friends and family so they could brew their own kombucha as well. Truth be told, I only had a few friends who were interested in trying it, so I eventually ended up composting most of my SCOBYs because I didn’t have another use for them.

Fast forward a few years and I met Hannah and Alex (who my kids call “The Kombuchas”) at a health conference. They own Kombucha Kamp and are the authors of the fantastic book The Big Book of Kombucha, which is a gorgeous and informative encyclopedia of everything about this delicious fermented drink.

Hannah and Alex gave me a sample of a delicious treat that they make: fruit leather with leftover SCOBYs! I thought it was a brilliant way to use excess SCOBYs and get the benefits of the enzymes and probiotic cultures it contains.

SCOBY Fruit Leather Recipe

This recipe is similar to my original fruit leather recipe, but has the added benefits of the kombucha cultures. It is so simple to make and my kids love these as snacks or an after dinner treat.

You can easily make this in a dehydrator or oven and it is the perfect way to use up extra kombucha SCOBYs. If you brew kombucha, give these a try!

If you’ve never made kombucha… what are you waiting for? Use this simple tutorial to get started (or this one for a continuous brew) and save your extra baby cultures for this recipe.

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SCOBY Fruit Leather Recipe

Our family loves this healthy probiotic-rich treat. When dehydrated at a low temperature, the SCOBY maintains its healthy acids and bacterial activity. Kids will never suspect this delicious snack is healthy for them!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 day 12 hours
Total Time 1 day 12 hours 20 minutes
Calories 31kcal
Author Katie Wells

Servings

10 -12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the fruit and sugar in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the fruit and sugar are thoroughly broken down and combined, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the fruit mixture and SCOBY puree to a blender, along with the spices if using, and pulse until the mixture has the texture of applesauce and all the ingredients are combined.
  • Spread the mixture onto wax paper, parchment paper, or silicone dehydrator sheets in a layer about ¼ inch thick.
  • Dehydrate for 12 to 36 hours. If you’re using a dehydrator, use the lowest setting (95–110°F  or 35– 43°C). If you’re dehydrating in an oven, set it to its lowest temperature and prop the door open.
  • Once the mixture is dried and no longer sticky, gently remove from the wax paper. If the leather is difficult to remove from the wax paper, stick it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes; then peel off.
  • Cut the leather into strips. These can be rolled up or cut into bite-size pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature; they will keep indefinitely but might dry out over time.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
SCOBY Fruit Leather Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Carbohydrates 7.9g3%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 6.6g7%
Protein 0.2g0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Play with the spices and fruits to come up with your favorite kind — the combinations are endless! 

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Recipe excerpted from The Big Book of Kombucha © Hannah Crum © Alex LaGory. Photographs by © Matt Armendariz. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

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61 responses to “How to Make SCOBY Fruit Leather (Recipe)”

  1. Hibber Avatar

    5 stars
    Came out perfectly for me. Used a dehydrator with the special dehydrator sheets. Used erythritol instead of sugar.

4.37 from 22 votes (9 ratings without comment)

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