Homemade Fruit Leather aka Fruit Roll-ups

Last updated 05/8/2020 |

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Natural strawberry fruit leather is a big improvement over the packaged version! Make it in the oven or dehydrator.

It's strawberry-palooza time! Thanks to a great price at the roadside fruit stand, this weekend I made strawberry jam, strawberry pancake syrup, and strawberry fruit roll-ups.

homemade strawberry fruit leather in bowl

This homemade strawberry fruit leather recipe is so easy, you won't believe it. The idea and technique come from the fantastic book, Healthy Snacks to Go. Remember those delicious homemade granola bars? Yep, same book!

Tools Used to Make Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe

Blender: my favorite tool for quick and perfectly blended and smooth strawberries

Nesco dehydrator: it dries food at low temperatures, helping preserve the enyzmes from the fruit and honey

Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe

Ingredients:
Blender full of strawberries, washed and hulls trimmed (about 4 cups)
1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)

Plop the strawberries in the blender and add the honey. Don't add any water! Just smoosh the berries down a bit so they'll engage with the blades.
strawberries in blender

Give extra strawberries to your supervisor to flavor test while you're working.
baby in high chair eating strawberries

Blend the berries until they become a smooth liquid.
strawberry puree in blender

Now you're ready to go! Either pour the liquid onto a Silpat and bake at 200 F for about 3 hours, or use a dehydrator. I tested out my sister-in-law's Nesco American Harvest machine for this. Because it dries food at very low temperatures, it preserves the enzymes of the fruit and raw honey.

Pour a layer about 1/4 inch thick on the fruit leather tray. Set the dehydrator to 135 F and let 'er rip.
strawberry puree in dehydrator

Since it's cooking at such a low temp, it will take a while to be ready. I checked it after 3 hours. See the cracks near my finger? It's drying, but isn't ready yet. You can tell because touching it leaves pokey-finger-dents (that's a technical term).

strawberry fruit leather in dehydrator

After 6 hours, it was finally ready. It peeled up in a nice, even sheet and sliced it into ribbons with a pizza cutter. They kind of look like strawberry roses!
homemade strawberry fruit leather

Oh, and let me show you something. This is right from General Mills' website.

fruit roll ups label

Hey, Betty! Betty Crocker! You forgot the strawberries.

Want more easy, super-healthy snack recipes? Check out the expanded second edition of Healthy Snacks to Go. This is an 85-page book full of tips and recipes for 45 different snacks like:

  • 15 different "Larabar" recipes
  • Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
  • Peanut Butter Kisses
  • and of course, granola bars and fruit roll-ups.

Give it a try—we've loved every recipe we've made from it!

Homemade Fruit Leather

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups strawberries, washed and hulls trimmed
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Instructions

  1. Plop the strawberries in the blender and add the honey. Don’t add any water! Just smoosh the berries down a bit so they’ll engage with the blades.
  2. Blend the berries until they become a smooth liquid.
  3. Now you’re ready to go! Either pour the liquid onto a Silpat and bake at 200 F for about 3 hours, or use a dehydrator. I used a dehydrator because it dries food at very low temperatures, it preserves the enzymes of the fruit and raw honey.
  4. Pour a layer about 1/4 inch thick on the fruit leather tray. Set the dehydrator to 135 F and let ‘er rip.
  5. Since it’s cooking at such a low temp, it will take a while to be ready. I checked it after 3 hours. See the cracks near my finger? It’s drying, but isn’t ready yet. You can tell because touching it leaves pokey-finger-dents (that’s a technical term).
  6. After 6 hours, it was finally ready. It peeled up in a nice, even sheet and sliced it into ribbons with a pizza cutter. They kind of look like strawberry roses!

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12 Comments

  1. Vivian Witbracht on June 9, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Pam a great way to do fruit leather. I would use a sheet pan with about what portions you used and covered it all with cheese cloth or one of those insect food tents. Set in the sun and wha laa may take longer to dry but certainly energy efficient.
    I am now living in central Oregon and catching the sun is a bit trickier than The Sacto area but it is available. Talk about a short growing season….We have it here in Prineville.
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  2. odomamo on July 21, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I’m wondering how long of a shelf life these have?

  3. Amee Livingston on September 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    My daughter is loving you for this recipe!!! 🙂

  4. Jenn on September 6, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Thank you for linking up at Thrifty Thursday! I love your recipe and it sounds absolutely delicious and so much healthier and more affordable than buying them from the store. Your post is featured this week at our link-up, hope to see you back again!

  5. Jacqueline@ Deeprootsathome.com on September 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

    What an amazing comparison!! Wow! I love your recipe…thanks for sharing such a useful idea…I suppose you can do this with about any fruit. I must get a mat like that, but my dehydrator is square…Hmmm

    I so appreciate and am glad you are linking up your wonderful ideas! Keep ’em coming!

    • Elaine on May 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      I was able to get silicon baking mats from amazon which are great in a square Excalibur dehydrator; just need to measure your trays and order the correct size 🙂

  6. Carrie @ young living oil lady on September 2, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Ok, that settles it… I am getting a dehydrator! I have wanted one for over a year now! Love it! Thank you for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesdays!

  7. K.hess on August 29, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Yea! Glad you used the dehydrator. I think I need to sample them…. Yum.

  8. April on August 29, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Those look so good, and so easy. What a great idea to add a bit of honey. Thanks for sharing! Popping over from Raising Arrows link up.

  9. Ashley Ditto on August 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I am new to your blog and really love it!

  10. Rachel @ day2day joys on August 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    It’s crazy how food labelers market items without the things that is supposed to be in it in the first place.. crazy how the FDA allows that! (false marketing huh)

    This is such a simple recipe, I have been wanting to make my own fruit leather this would be great! I always thought I needed a dehydrator!

    I would love for you to link this post up at Healthy 2day Wednesdays this week (up until Saturday afternoon) and other posts each week!

  11. Melanie on August 28, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Who’d have though this was so easy! I’m definitely going to need to make it.

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