Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups (Fruit Leather)

It’s very easy to make your own fruit roll-ups and in this post, I’m sharing my best tips for making them. Learn which fruit is the best to use for fruit leather and what equipment you need to make it (no dehydrator required!). Fruit roll-ups are a fun and healthy snack that are great for gifting, too.

overhead photo of four fruit roll-ups and fresh fruit

I love making homemade fruit roll-ups (also known as fruit leather). It’s a healthy snack, a great way to use up a lot of fruit, and it makes nice gifts too. It’s so simple to make and you know exactly what’s in it, unlike store-bought fruit roll-ups which have a lot of preservatives and other additives.

What is fruit leather?

Fruit leather is fruit that has been pureed and then dried until all of the moisture is removed. It’s dried in sheets so you can cut them into strips and roll them up, which is why they’re also called fruit roll-ups.

We’ve been frequenting the farmer’s markets on weekends quite often. I can’t resist those bargain deals at the end of the day, and I always end up with more fruit than we can finish. So that’s when I get out my blender to blend the overripe fruit and make fruit leather.

Some people think you need dehydrators or other fancy equipment to make fruit roll-ups but you don’t. All you need is a blender, a sheet pan with a silpat mat and an oven to make it.

It’s as simple as pureeing fruit, spreading it on a baking sheet and baking it at a very low temperature for six to eight hours. It’s a fun kitchen project.

photo of two rolls of fruit leather

What kind of fruit works best for fruit leather?

You can use just about any fruit. I like to do a mix. You want to make sure your fruit puree is not too thick and not too watery. Ideally, the thickness should be between a smoothie and a juice so it helps to mix a few fruits together. For this particular mix, I did grapes, apples, pears, and peaches.

For example, peaches don’t produce that much water. Grapes on the other hand, are quite watery. Here are some fruit options that you can mix and match to make fruit leather. It’s really fun to experiment with different flavor combinations. For best results use a mix of high-water content fruit with fruit that contains less water:

Fruit with High Water Content

  • Pineapple
  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Raspberries

Fruit with Lower Water Content

  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherries

How to Make Fruit Leather

  • I don’t usually add sugar to my fruit puree, but if your fruit isn’t as sweet, you can add some sugar when you puree the fruit. Keep in mind that when the fruit loses its moisture, it will concentrate the natural sweetness, so you may not need any added sugar.
  • First, wash and prep your fruit removing any stems, pits, or cores. To make things easier you will want to chop large pieces of fruit before blending. Puree all of the fruit in the blender until smooth. If your puree is too thick, add more fruit that contains more water. If it’s too thin, add some more fruit that has less water.
  • I recommend using silicone baking mats (like a silpat) to line your baking sheets so the fruit leather is easy to peel off when it’s done. Pour the fruit puree directly onto the mat and spread it into an even layer that is 1/8” thick.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°F. Place the sheet pan in the oven and bake the fruit puree for approximately six to eight hours.

photo of the unsliced fruit leather on a baking sheet

How do you know when fruit leather is done?

The best way to tell if fruit leather is done is to touch it. It should feel a little sticky or tacky, but dry to the touch and firm and solid.

Once it’s done, peel it off of the silicone baking mat. I like to place it on a cutting board and use a knife or pizza cutter to slice it into strips. Roll them up and you have homemade fruit roll-ups!

photo of fruit leather being removed from the baking sheet

How long do homemade fruit roll-ups last?

I like to wrap the fruit roll-ups with plastic and keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or, you can store them in a freezer bag and freeze them for up to a month. Just leave them out at room temperature to thaw.

overhead photo of four rolls of fruit leather

With no added sugar, homemade fruit roll-ups are a great healthy snack. I also love to give them as gifts and wrap them up with cute ribbons for friends and family. Here are more fruit leather recipes you might like, too!

 

Fruit Leather

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American

Homemade fruit leather is a healthy snack, a great way to use up a lot of fruit, and it makes nice gifts too. It's so simple to make and your homemade version doesn't need to have preservatives and other additives.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of chopped mixed fruit I used peaches, pears, apples, grapes
  • sugar to taste if needed I don't add any to mine and keep in mind that the fruit puree will get sweeter as it dries

Directions:

  1. Blend fruit and sugar (if using) in a blender until smooth. Make sure your puree is not too thick (i.e., it just sits and doesn't move when you pour it out) and not too thin (it just spreads out like water/juice). You want something in between. If you need to thicken or thin, add fruit with more pulp or more water.
  2. Set oven at lowest temperature setting (mine was at 170°F). Line two 13 x 18 baking sheet with Silpat mats.

  3. Pour fruit mixture onto Silpat mats and spread evenly with the back of a large spoon until the fruit mixture makes a sheet about a 1/8 inch thick across the surface of the Silpat.

  4. Place baking sheets in the oven and bake for 6-8 hours, until fruit is dry. When you touch it, it should be still a little sticky, but dry to the touch and solid.

  5. Let fruit leather cool. Once it is finished cooling, gently peel off the fruit leather from the Silpat. It should come off the mat easily. Cut into strips. If desired, you can roll them up with parchment paper. Store in airtight container in a cool space.
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