This homemade recipe for fruit leather recipe needs just two ingredients! This healthy snack is easy to customize with tons of flavor options!
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What is fruit leather?
Fruit leather is an age-old recipe made by drying sheets of fruit pulp and makes a healthier sweet snack. It has a soft and rubbery texture. Also known as fruit roll-ups, It can be made with many fruits, such as mango, banana, apricot, and tamarind. You can also make fruit leather by mixing two or more fruits.
Why you’ll love this fruit leather recipe
- Uses real whole fruit. You only get 100% fruit in them with no artificial flavors, sugar, colorings, or preservatives (which cannot be said for store-bought ones!).
- Healthy. Like tanghulu, it’s low in fat and naturally sweetened, it’s a low-calorie way to satisfy the sweet tooth.
- Easy to customize. Similar to candy grapes, you can switch up the fruit used to whatever is in season.
- Quick and easy. There are just two ingredients, and the process of preparing it is minimal.
What we love about this recipe is how much they remind us of roll-ups! Growing up, they were an absolute treat, so it is fun to recreate them and enjoy this sweet as an adult (along with funnel cake!).
- Fruit. We used mango and strawberries for this recipe but any fruit works.
- Lime juice. Prevents darkening of fruit leather.
- Honey. Optional, but gives fruit leather a sweet flavor without adding sugar. Only add this if you want a sweeter fruit leather.
How to make fruit leather
- Puree the fruits. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until a smooth mixture forms.
- Bake the fruit leather. Take two lined baking sheets and spread the mixture over them. Use a rubber spatula to make the surface completely flat. Put the fruit leather in the oven for 2 ½ – 3 hours or until it becomes dry enough to touch.
- Cool then slice. Cut long strips using a pizza cutter and then roll them up.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Choose ripe fruits. Using riper fruits will yield a better tasting fruit leather, and have a chewier texture.
- Blend thoroughly. You don’t want clumps in your fruit leather, so make sure everything is smooth.
- Adjust the sweetness. Fruit leather is famous for being tart and tangy. If you prefer a sweeter fruit leather, add some honey or maple syrup.
- Line with parchment paper. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent all the sticking.
- Check for dryness. Fruit leather should be sticky and soft. If it’s coming a little too firm, remove it from the oven.
What fruits can be made into leather?
The beauty of this recipe is just how easy and versatile it is with a plethora of fruits. Here are some of our favorites:
To store: Leftovers last for a month if stored at room temperature. If you keep your rolls ups in the refrigerator, you can enjoy them for up to 6 months.
To freeze: Place portions of the fruit leather in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
More healthy snacks to try
Frequently Asked Questions
Made with no added sugar and high in fiber, these fruit snacks are healthy and delicious and a wholesome snack for both kids and adults.
These are often referred to as fruit rolls or fruit roll-ups.
Any citrus-based fruit or fruit with a low water content is best to use.
Fruit Leather Recipe
- 3 cups frozen fruit I used strawberries and mango
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey optional
- Preheat the oven to 175F/80C.
- Blend your fruit of choice in a food processor until smooth.
- Spread the mixtures onto individual lined baking sheets and spread it out using a rubber spatula until completely flat.
- Bake the fruit roll ups for 2 ½- 3 hours, or until it is dry enough to touch.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut long strips then roll up.
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