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Homemade Fruit Leather & Fruit Roll Ups

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A simple recipe for homemade fruit leather and homemade fruit roll-ups. No sugar added and no dehydrator needed. Perfect for a snack or packed school lunch!



For Fruit Roll Ups

  • 3 cups fresh fruit, washed and dried, pitted (if necessary) and chopped into approx 1″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice (optional, if using light-colored fruits)

For Fruit Leather

  • 4 cups fresh fruit, washed and dried, pitted (if necessary) and chopped into approx 1″ pieces
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (optional, if using light-colored fruits)


  1. Puree foods in a blender or food processor until smooth. If the fruit contains seeds (like strawberries or blackberries), you can press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove them.
  2. Line a baking sheet with either plastic wrap, parchment paper or a silpat mat. If you’re using plastic wrap or parchment paper, allow just enough to overhang so the roll-up is easy to remove later.
  3. Pour fruit puree on a lined baking sheet to about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thickness for fruit roll-ups OR 1/4″ to 3/8″ thickness for fruit leather. Gently tap the sides a few times to remove the air bubbles and ensure the mixture is level.
  4. Place in the oven and turn the heat to approximately 140-150F. If your oven doesn’t have a setting this low, see additional recipe tips below.
  5. Allow fruit puree to dry for 4-12 hours, checking every 4 hours for doneness. The fruit leather is done when it is dry and smooth to the touch, not tacky and set in the center, and easy to remove from the wraps or mat.
  6. Remove the fruit roll up and using a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut into strips about 4-6″ in length and 1″ in width.
  7. Store fruit leather in the refrigerator for up to one month.


Use a meat thermometer (traditional, not instant-read) to help you gauge the temperature of the oven. 

  • If your oven is digital, set the temperature to the lowest setting, and crack open the door.
  • If your oven is not digital, turn the nob until it turns on.
  • In both cases, check the thermometer every 15 minutes or so until you’re close to 140F.
  • You might have to open the door/close the door to try to maintain the temperature, so it’s best to do this at home when you don’t need the oven for anything else.

Mix/match fruit according to what you have on hand. If two fruits taste good together fresh, then they’ll likely taste good together dried. I’m thinking mixed berries, coconut mango, cinnamon apple, peach raspberry.


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