Need a simple snack that you can make out of real food at home? Homemade Fruit Roll Ups are so much easier to make than you can imagine! You only need a few things to put them together.
Homemade Fruit Roll Ups
Everyone loves a good fruit snack or fruit roll up right? Unfortunately, those “fruit” roll-ups from the store actually have very little fruit in them unless you count corn syrup as a fruit.
Lucky for us they are super easy to make! I’ve also heard that you can make them in the oven if your oven temp can go very low, but we just use our dehydrator.
First, start by finding some fruit. Fresh or frozen fruit will do. I used strawberries in this tutorial.
Add the strawberries or fruit to a stockpot and add in sweetener if .you feel like it needs it. (We do not add any) You can use honey or raw sugar if you’d like to add a sweetener.
Cook the fruit on the stove and mash it will you go. Cook until all the fruit is like a chunky sauce.
–Here are some Blueberry Gummies that you can make next!
Then pour into the blender and pulse until smooth. Be careful, the mixture will be hot!
For my homemade fruit roll ups, I added a banana into mine to make strawberry banana rolls. You can stick with whatever fruits you cooked down or can add more fruits at this point if they are easily pureed. You could even add veggies too. It’s a great way to “sneak” extra veggies into your kids’ diet!
Some dehydrators come with fruit leather sheets. You can use these or just lay down parchment paper in your machine. I used unbleached parchment paper from If You Care.
Spread the fruit in a layer on the sheet. The thickness only matters for the time cooked, the thing you want to be careful of is spreading the fruit all at the same thickness so it cooks evenly. I ended up spreading mine at about 1/4 inch thick so it wouldn’t get brittle. (I had to cook it overnight.)
Turn your dehydrator to 125F and dry the fruit for at least 6 to 8 hours depending on thickness. When it’s finished it should no longer be sticky or have sticky spots in it.
–These Strawberry Orange Gummies are so good too!
The roll ups are done when they are no longer sticky but still remain pliable. Roll them up to store. The nice thing about these is that you don’t need to refrigerate so they make a great road trip snack!
In case you were wondering I have a L’Equip FilterPro Food Dehydrator and I just love it! It’s awesome for those of us with allergies because it actually has an air purifier in it so it filters all the air it draws in to dry your food. Plus it’s super quiet, sometimes I forget it’s running!
Homemade Fruit Roll Ups Flavor Ideas
Need some ideas for fun flavor combinations? Here are a few that we enjoy:
- Strawberry and Blueberry
- Strawberry Peach
- Apple and Spinach
- Pumpkin and Apple
- Strawberry and Lemons
- Blueberry and Banana
- Peach and Raspberry
- Peach and Pear
- Sweet Potato and Apple
—Here are some more Frugal Healthy Snack Ideas that you might enjoy making!
Have you ever made Homemade Fruit Rolls Ups? What flavors does your family like?
This blog post for Homemade Fruit Roll Ups was originally posted on Little House Living in July 2010. It has been updated as of January 2019.