How to Make Homemade DIY Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit Leather – Easy Recipe
Fruit roll-ups or fruit leather is an awesome snack for kids! But we either find 2 major problems…. many fruits roll-ups or leather contain food dyes and high fructose corn syrup, to name two ingredients that our family tries to avoid…. or you try to buy natural fruit roll-ups or fruit leather and they are so incredibly expensive.
So we learned a long time ago how to make our own. It is cheaper, especially when you can make it with seasonal fruits, and quite easy. In fact, before we learned this a while back, we hadn’t realized just how incredibly simple this is! This is just yet another recipe to add to our collection of recipes to replace a store-bought product!
You can follow this same recipe for pretty much any fruit (except citrus – we haven’t tried that)! We are going to demonstrate with our latest batch from the cheap strawberries and blueberries that we grabbed in season recently.
Strawberry fruit roll-ups are a favorite flavor in our house. Which is a good thing as this is also the most popular. I made strawberry, blueberry and a mixture of strawberry/blueberry in this round of fruit roll-ups.
Recipe for Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit Leather
- 3 Cups of Fresh Fruit
- 1 TBSP of Honey (we use local raw honey)
*If this is for pregnant mothers or infants, we would recommend using sugar or maple syrup instead of honey.
How to Make:
- Wash the fruit, cut out stems, seeds, etc.
- Stick in a blender or food processor
- Then add your sweetener
- Blend until it is slushy like.
- Line your pan(s) with parchment paper. You will need to use parchment paper. It will not work with wax paper, or right on the pan. Sorry! Shortcuts here means your batch is ruined.
- Pour the slushy fruit mixture right onto the pan of parchment paper.
- Then, using a rubber spatula, spread the mixture evenly and push the mixture to the edges. Make as smooth as possible. It’s important to make sure that the center does not “pool” with the mixture and the edges be “thin.” If this is the case, the edges will over-crisp while the center stays soft.
- Bake/dry out in a 200 degree oven for 2-4 hours. You will know it is done when you touch it and it does not stick to you, but is “leather” like.
- The reason why the time is so broad is because each oven and each fruit will take a different amount of time. In some cases, some fruits may be thicker and we have found that turning up the oven to 225 or 250 was needed. Just check on it periodically.
- Then, pull it out of the oven, you can let it cool in the pan overnight or take it out and let it set on the parchment paper overnight.
- The next day, you will see a nice leathery fruit feel and it will even lift easily from the parchment paper.
- Cut the fruit roll-ups and fruit leather into strips.
Strawberry sheet of fruit leather
Strawberry, Blueberry and Mixed Berry Leather Strips
- Then “roll it up” for fruit leather, or cut strips in half for fruit leather. We store ours in the fridge and they stay for a couple of weeks.
Yummy! They slide right off the paper, just like the classic fruit roll-ups!
They are great snack additions to our homemade, allergy-friendly Trail Mix recipe too!
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