Homemade Fruit Leather

Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe

Imagine making delicious fruit leather strips for your kiddos. No dyes, no preservatives. Just pure fruit, and a little sugar if you like. Sound good? It is also much simpler than you might think to make your own fruit roll ups at home.

Homemade fruit leader does take time though, but you can pop it in the oven at night when you go to bed or first thing in the morning and let it go while you take care of other things. While there isn’t a huge price difference between homemade and store bought the obvious benefit of controlling the ingredients in your child’s snack is priceless. Shop for and use fruit that’s in season to get your best tasting and least expensive.

I used a combination of raspberries and peaches for this batch.

Homemade Fruit Leather Ingredients

  • 4 cups, Fruit*
  • ½ cup, Water
  • 1 Tbsp, Lemon Juice
  • ¼- ½ cup, Sugar
  • ½ tsp, Cinnamon

You can use berries, peaches, pears, or apples.

Cutting Fruit Rollups

Homemade Fruit Leather Preparation

  1. Set oven to its lowest setting, 140-150° if possible (mine only goes to 170°)
  2. Wash your fruit well. If using pears or apples, peel fruit.
  3. Chop fruit into small pieces.
  4. Place fruit and water in a large saucepan, bring to a simmer. Cover pan and allow to cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes, until fruit begins breaking down.
  5. Taste your fruit to determine sweetness since you can avoid the sugar all together if the fruit is sweet enough. Add sugar, if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Add lemon juice.
  6. Simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  7. Puree mixture in a vented blender, food chopper, or food processor until completely smooth.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper in one solid sheet so that it overlaps up the sides, pour puree on middle of parchment paper and spread with a spatula to 1/8” thickness.
  9. Place pan in oven for 8-12 hours until fruit puree has dried out and formed fruit leather. It will be smooth and no longer sticky.
  10. Remove from oven and peel fruit from parchment paper.
  11. Cut into strips. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Fruit Leather

Easy recipe for homemade fruit leather, aka fruit roll-ups. These only use 5 ingredients.

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 4 cups, Fruit*
  • ½ cup, Water
  • 1 Tbsp, Lemon Juice
  • ¼- ½ cup, Sugar
  • ½ tsp, Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Set oven to its lowest setting, 140-150° if possible (mine only goes to 170°)
  2. Wash your fruit well. If using pears or apples, peel fruit.
  3. Chop fruit into small pieces.
  4. Place fruit and water in a large saucepan, bring to a simmer. Cover pan and allow to cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes, until fruit begins breaking down.
  5. Taste your fruit to determine sweetness since you can avoid the sugar all together if the fruit is sweet enough. Add sugar, if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Add lemon juice.
  6. Simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  7. Puree mixture in a vented blender, food chopper, or food processor until completely smooth.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper in one solid sheet so that it overlaps up the sides, pour puree on middle of parchment paper and spread with a spatula to 1/8” thickness.
  9. Place pan in oven for 8-12 hours until fruit puree has dried out and formed fruit leather. It will be smooth and no longer sticky.
  10. Remove from oven and peel fruit from parchment paper.
  11. Cut into strips. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

13 Comments

  1. Kat Ryan on January 14, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    These look wonderful!! What a healthier snack for the girls. Thanks

  2. Stephanie on January 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for this recipe, I am going to make this for my kids because it looks so much better than the junk that my kids are eating now.

  3. Ang on January 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I had no idea it was that easy!

  4. [email protected] Food Mom on a Budget on January 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve got to try this! I like that I don’t need a dehydrator to make these.

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Eva, that’s why I love this recipe too. We don’t have a dehydrator (yet) so it’s a great option without another appliance! Thanks for visiting!

  5. Aubri on January 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I really want to make fruit leather. And this might finally help me do it! Thank you for sharing !

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Aubri, thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the ease of this recipe as much as we do!

  6. Lauren @ I am THAT lady on January 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I am SO excited you linked this up to my linky this week! I have wanted to make this and had no idea! I have all the ingredients and am going to try this tomorrow!

  7. Britni @ Play. Party. Pin. on January 20, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    What a great idea. I love fruit roll-ups but these are so much healthier! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party, hope to see you again Thursday.

    Britni

  8. Diane @ Vintage Zest on January 21, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I love this! Thanks for sharing at Do Tell Tuesday, and I hope you have a chance to link up again this week! http://www.vintagezest.com/2014/01/do-tell-tuesday-7-with-features-co-host.html

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

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