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Homemade Fruit Leather

Last week I tweeted that I was making homemade fruit leather. Well, I guess lots of people want to know how to make homemade fruit leather because I received several tweets and emails asking for the recipe. So today, I am sharing a simple recipe on how to make homemade fruit leather or fruit roll-ups. It is the same recipe-the only difference is if you roll up the final product up or cut into squares:)

Fruit leather can be pricey to buy at the store, but making it at home is cheaper and so easy. I love making it because I feel all domestic. Plus, I love eating it! It is a great healthy snack!

We are still swimming in peaches so I made homemade peach fruit leather, but you can use any fruit you like. Strawberry and raspberry are two of our other favorite fruit flavors. You can also mix fruits! Peach raspberry fruit leather is delish! I try to use whatever fruits are in season.

To make peach fruit leather, I removed the skins and pits of the peaches and gave them a rough chop. I threw them in my Blendtec blender and added a little agave. Our peaches were ripe and super juicy so they only needed a little bit of agave. Taste your fruit and add sweetener according to the sweetness of the fruit. You can also use honey or granulated sugar.

Blend the fruit until smooth. Pour the fruit mixture onto a baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat and smooth with a spatula. If you don’t have a Silpat, you can use parchment paper or plastic wrap, but Silpats work the best, in my opinion:)

Put the baking sheet in the oven for 6-8 hours, or until the fruit leather is set and the center is not tacky. Your house will smell delicious while the fruit leather is drying in the oven.

When the fruit leather is finished, pull it out of the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Peel back the fruit leather from the Silpat baking mat. It should peel right off. You can cut the fruit leather into squares or long strips if you want to make fruit-roll ups. If you want to make fruit roll-ups, cut a long strip of parchment paper and roll the fruit leather up! It’s that easy!

Store the fruit leather and fruit roll-ups in an air-tight container for up to a month. We always eat it pretty quickly:) You can make a few pans at once. We have double ovens and sometimes I will do four pans at the same time. We love homemade fruit leather.

Give Homemade Fruit Leather a go! It is easy and is a great healthy snack for road trips, lunch boxes, hikes, and every day snacking. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to enter our Blendtec Blender Giveaway! We love using our Blendtec to make fruit leather! Good luck!

Homemade Fruit Leather

Yield: 1 pan fruit leather-about 10 fruit roll-ups

Homemade fruit leather is so easy to make and is a great healthy snack! I used peaches for this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite fruit. Strawberries and raspberries are my other favorite fruits to use.

Ingredients:

3 cups ripe chopped fruit (I used peaches this time)
Sweetener, to taste (I use agave or honey. Granulated sugar is fine too)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees F or the lowest temperature your oven will go. Line a 11 x 17 baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.

2. Puree the peaches and sweetener of your choice in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour fruit mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread to about a 1/8″ thick. I always pound the baking sheet on the counter a few times to make sure the fruit mixture is evenly distributed.

3. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 6-8 hours, until pan is set and the center is not tacky. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Gently peel off the fruit leather from the Silpat. Cut into squares or strips using a pizza cutter, knife, or scissors. If you want to make fruit roll-ups, roll the strips in parchment paper. Store in an air-tight container.

Note-if you don't have a Silpat baking mat, you can line the baking sheet with plastic wrap or parchment paper. The plastic wrap will not melt in the oven because the temperature is so low. I prefer to use a Silpat though. Get creative and use your favorite fruits, you can also mix fruits! The fruit leather will keep up to a month in an air-tight container.

 

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126 Responses to “Homemade Fruit Leather”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 12, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    This post makes me want to dust off my dehydrator and make some fruit leather! An excuse to use that thing (or just make it in the oven like you did!)

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    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — September 12, 2012 @ 6:01 am

    This looks like the perfect snack, and easy to make too!

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    Candace Holmes — September 12, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    This is going to be a dumb question (and I will expose myself for being awkward in the kitchen) but what if your Silpat baking mats don’t fit your baking pans? I just looked them up online and I don’t know if I have baking pans that size and I’m a bit anal about things like that…ha!

    • Two Peas replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 9:23 am

      Not dumb at all:) You can use parchment paper or plastic wrap if you don’t have a Silpat….or you can always use this as an excuse to buy new pans:)

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    What a fabulous and healthy treat! I LOVE it!! I have to try this!!

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    Sues — September 12, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Beautiful! I always wanted to do this, but assumed I needed a dehydrator. What a great snack!

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    Lori — September 12, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Can this be made without adding any sugar?

    • Two Peas replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 9:22 am

      Yes, if you feel the fruit is sweet enough you don’t have to add sugar. I really don’t add much at all, just a smidge of agave or honey. Enjoy!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — September 12, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    This is hilarious, I made fruit leather yesterday as well! Great minds think alike.

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    icakepops — September 12, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    What a great way to sneak in some fruits throughout the day! Love that it’s all homemade.

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies — September 12, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Yum this looks delicious. I have wanted to make fruit leather forever… I think I need to make some this weekend. Could you make it with apples or pears you think?
    PS I just came across your blog and I am insanely happy to have found you. SO many wonderful recipes!

    • Two Peas replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 9:21 am

      So happy you found us too:) If you want to do apple or pears, I would cook them on the stove until tender. I would add a little lemon juice so they don’t turn brown too. Then you can blend them and make the fruit leather. Enjoy!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — September 12, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I need to try this. I’m always buying the Stretch Island.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — September 12, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I love how easy this is!! I had no idea…totally going to try this one!

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    Lynn — September 12, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    My mom made fruit leather all the time when I was growing up. She used all kinds of fruit for it during the summer and early fall. It was so good. Your post was a fun reminder of it this morning.

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — September 12, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    We don’t normally buy this, but now I want to make it!

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    Jennifer — September 12, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Wow! What a cool idea. I had no idea you could make homemade fruit leather.

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    Karen — September 12, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Would be it possible to make with frozen fruit at all? I have a lot left over from when I was making baby food in the winter, and wondered if I could use it for this…? Thanks!

    • Two Peas replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 11:15 am

      You can use frozen fruit, just heat it on the stove until it is soft. Let cool to room temperature and then blend it. Enjoy!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 12, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    OMG I’m only freaking out a little bit.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — September 12, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    This is so smart, Maria! And I bet that peach version is SO yummy!

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    carrian — September 12, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    So delicious. Totally reminds me of being a kid!

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    Cookbook Queen — September 12, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Fruit Roll – Ups are one of my all time favorite things!! This looks FABULOUS!!!!

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    HeatherChristo — September 12, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I am making this with my daughter coco and all of my ripe peaches today! You make it look SO easy :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 12, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I love homemade fruit leather!

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    Crystal @ Crystal's Cozy Kitchen — September 12, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    This makes me wish I had gotten a box of peaches that I could have this week. I can almost taste the fruit leather in my mouth right now!

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    Bri — September 12, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Cuh-razy about this. I will definitely be making a pile of this very soon!

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    Erica — September 12, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    I MUST make this for Kay when she gets a little older! She is a fruit aholic and would love this snack :)

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    Super easy, and so great to make whatever flavor you want!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 12, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    I keep seeing homemade fruit leather on the internets – I guess it’s a sign that it’s time to make some. Especially, if it looks so yummy!

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    Mai-Lis — September 12, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    This looks awesome, can’t wait to try this! As a kid, fruit leather was the closest thing I ever got to fruit roll-ups all the other kids had so I kind of resented them but I think I’d be ready to allow them back into my life :)

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — September 12, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Wow, I didn’t realise this was so easy to make! I thought it would be difficult, whoops. I have to make this soon, will be good to snack on after I work out :)

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    Nicole — September 12, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Wow! I would have never thought that! I am going to have to try it for sure. This is a good idea if you have kids too.

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    marla — September 12, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Fabulous ans so much more economical than the store bought stuff!

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    Tiffany Marshall — September 12, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    If you do not own a Silpat mat, is there another alternative??

    • Two Peas replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

      Yes, look at the recipe, I made a note. You can use parchment paper or plastic wrap if you don’t have a Silpat. Enjoy!

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    Juli — September 12, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    Yum! These look great! And I love how they are way more natural than the ones you can buy in the store.

    I just wanted to mention that I made your Banana Cream Pie pudding cookies last week and they are FANTASTIC! I wasn’t sure about a banana flavored cookie at first, but they were so good and actually stayed soft for a few days after baking too. My husband also really loved them. They are definitely becoming a permanent recipe in our cookie rotation! :-)

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — September 12, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    Oh, I’ve got to try this! It looks like it would be fun to make and turns out so well!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 12, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Sounds great for a healthy snack!!!

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    Karly — September 12, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    This looks amazing and so simple! Love it!

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    Asmita — September 12, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    I definitely need to make this. My daughter will love it!

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    Vita @ Juicer Depot — September 12, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    There is so much die in fruit roll ups that you buy at the store. This so much healthier for everyone.

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    Laura Adams — September 12, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    I am always wanting to do this and have seen so many recipes, but the thought of keeping my oven on for 6-8 hours in Texas and what my electric bill will look like makes me hesitate. Maybe one day!

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    Katlyn Schroeder — September 12, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    I keep re-reading your post but I’m not seeing what temp the oven should be? Super low, I assume?

    • Two Peas replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

      If you look at step 1 it will tell you the temperature:) 150 degrees F or as low as your oven will go.

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    Katlyn Schroeder — September 12, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    Never mind, it’s at the very bottom! I blame my children and distraction!!!

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