DIY Fruit Roll Ups – (AKA Fruit Leather)

Growing up, Fruit Roll Ups were a staple in my house. With five kids, my mom used it as a go-to snack. It was easy, cheap, and hey, it had the word “fruit” in it. That makes it healthy, right? Well, not so fast. Those delicious peeled snacks may have fruit but how much sugar was added in the process? Too much.

Now don’t get me wrong, we aren’t a no-sugar family by any means! You know I love myself some sweets but if I can cut out some sugar here and there for my kids, why not, right?!

When my sister-in-law told me I could make my own Fruit Rolls Ups, my ears perked right up. She told me people call it fruit leather and it’s pretty easy to make. Well, it’s easy but definitely not a fast process. Preparing the fruit leather is easy but waiting for it to dry out takes time. We are talking 6-8 hours of time! This is not a snack that you can whip up in 10 minutes and hand off to your child.

Good thing is that if you pre-plan and make enough for multiple snack times, it’s no problem at all. Even with the drying time, I love making this treat. I leave out the sugar (fruit has enough natural sugar anyway!) and my kids love it.

 Fruit Leather

DIY Fruit Roll Ups (AKA Fruit Leather)

 

Ingredients:

3 cups of frozen or fresh fruit

½ cup water

1-2 Tbsp sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

*I used frozen fruit to make my fruit leather but you can use fresh as well.

1. Preheat your oven to 170 – 200 degrees. Basically the lowest temperature your oven will go. Line a baking sheet (or jelly roll pan – it has to have sides) with parchment paper.

 

2. Place 3 cups of mixed berry fruit (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries) in a medium pot. Add ½ cup of water. On medium, heat the fruit for 5-7 minutes until it is soft and mushy. Remove from heat.

 fruit leather

3. With an immersion blender, food processor or blender (I used the Vitamix), pulse the fruit mixture until blended into a liquid.

Vitamix

4. Pour the fruit liquid into your prepared baking pan. Spread to all the sides.

 Fruit Leather

5. Cook the fruit in the oven for 6-8 hours. You will know it is done when the center is dried out. If the center is still wet, keep it in the oven.

Fruit Leather

6. Once the fruit is completely dry, remove from oven and let cool completely. Tear or cut strips or shapes out of the leather. Enjoy.

Fruit Leather

 Fruit leather

 

 

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DIY Fruit Roll Ups - (AKA Fruit Leather)
 
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Recipe type: Snack, dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of frozen or fresh fruit
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. *I used frozen fruit to make my fruit leather but you can use fresh as well.
  2. Preheat your oven to 170 - 200 degrees. Basically the lowest temperature your oven will go. Line a baking sheet (or jelly roll pan – it has to have sides) with parchment paper.
  3. Place 3 cups of mixed berry fruit (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries) in a medium pot. Add ½ cup of water. On medium, heat the fruit for 5-7 minutes until it is soft and mushy. You can add sugar to taste if you would like. I did not think it needed it. Remove from heat.
  4. With an immersion blender, food processor or blender (I used the Vitamix), pulse the fruit mixture until blended into a liquid.
  5. Pour the fruit liquid into your prepared baking pan. Spread to all the sides.
  6. Cook the fruit in the oven for 6-8 hours. You will know it is done when the center is dried out. If the center is still wet, keep it in the oven.
  7. Once the fruit is completely dry, remove from oven and let cool completely. Tear or cut strips or shapes out of the leather. Enjoy.
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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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Michelle
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Why add water? Doesn’t this just increase the time required to dehydrate the fruit?
Love the idea 🙂

Caitlyn
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Great idea! I’m going to make some this weekend for sure.

Kelly
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We love making fruit leather! My kids love eating it too!

Nicki Z.
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You can also make fruit leather using a food dehydrator, if you have one… we love drying our own fruit and making fruit leather at home!

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