Homemade Fruit Leather

Homemade Fruit Leather / Busy Mom's Helper

My family loves fruit, especially the kids. Not so big on the veggies, but that’s another story. It’s difficult, though, to keep fresh fruit for too long (you know how easily apples roll to the back of the fridge then get yucky?), plus then you have to cut it freshly which takes time. I don’t always have time before snack to get it ready….I just want it to go from cupboard to plate easy and quick! So dried fruit is a common snack at our home, but it is so EXPENSIVE! Plus, all of those additives that my kids really don’t need. Because of this, I’ve been dreaming of getting a dehydrator…..a dream that has yet to come true, but oh well! Now that I’ve learned how to make homemade fruit leather without a dehydrator, I can keep it more healthy AND easily stored and accessible. LOVE IT!

Ingredients:
Fruit – in this case I used 5 large Mangoes
Sweetener, such as honey, sugar or agave

Directions:
Preheat oven at 150 degrees, or as low as it will go.

Place good parchment paper or a baking mat on a baking sheet.

Cube or slice the fruit.

Place fruit and sweetener in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Pour mixture on baking sheet.

Bake for 6-8 hours. You can tell it’s done when the center of the mixture isn’t sticky.

Let cool, then gently remove from pan.

Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut it into strips (or squares, whatever you prefer). Roll up, if desired.

Store in an airtight container, up to a month (from what I’ve heard from others….ours is eaten within a couple weeks!)

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58 Responses to “Homemade Fruit Leather”

  • i have been dying to try one a fruit leather recipe out-seems so easy plus none of the crazy ingredients that the store bought ones have! can’t wait! thanks for sharing it!

    Amanda @ The Anti-Mom

    • I totally understand….that’s why I had to give it a try. And they travel so easy, if I take the kids to the park or something especially! Let me know how you like it, and if you try something different (I can add it to the post and link to yours, if you post on the change) 😀

  • These sound delicious! I just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award because I think you have a great blog. Check out the details on my blog at Create Imagine Dream

    • Awwww, you have no idea how much you just made my whole week! Thank you so so much! *hugs* Checked out your blog as well….so excited, new follower 😀

  • Danielle, your fruit leather looks delicious and so easy to make. You now have a new follower on FB.

    • Thanks so much Kendra! It really was easy….honestly, if I’d known it would be this easy I would’ve made it years ago 🙂 Funny how intimidating some things seem. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope your weekend is fantastic!

  • Oh wow…never realized how easy and simple making your own fruit leather could be! I definitely need to try this soon. I think baby girl (and mama!) would love these. 😉

    • I didn’t realize it, either, until I decided to just buck-up and try it! Made it tons since then, and bigger batches (so they can last longer with my family) 😀

  • These look like great alternatives to the store bought junk! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Jill! Ya, the store bought stuff just has too many unnecessary additives that my kids don’t need, so I much prefer this. Plus, much easier on the wallet! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Oh I never thought of using mango but this sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us at LWSL this week!

    • We LOVE mango….although I do hate cutting around the center of them. At least it’s worth it in the end! What’s your favorite dried fruit?

  • Yum! I love fruit leather! Love this and your blog! I would love to have you come and share this at my link party that is just up and going! Come join us! We would love to have you at greatastestuesdays.blogspot.com

    • Awww, thank you so much Kimberli! I LOVE the party, it’s one my list of regulars and I’ll definitely be visiting every time! 😀

    • Thanks so much Nancy! I’ve got it on my regular “have to visit” list 😀 By the way, that Sofia party is just DARLING!!! I can’t believe how talented you are 😀

    • Thanks for visiting, Stephanie! Let me know what fruit you try it with….LOVE hearing feedback 😀

  • COOL! I am totally trying this. I didn’t know you could do something like this without a dehydrator! Pinning.

    • I didn’t either until now….SOOO glad I found it, though! Thanks for visiting, and have a marvelous weekend!

    • Aw, you’re so sweet Krystie! I actually struggled with the photo of these, so you’re a doll for saying it turned out well 😀

    • As always, you’re so sweet! Let me know what fruit you try, if you get a chance…I’m curious if it’ll work with ANY fruit, or just certain types 😀

  • This looks so good! I will have to try this out! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

    • Thanks so much, Nicole! Following you on G+ and Pinterest 😀 LOVE the blog, and can’t wait to read more!

  • I’ve been wanting to do this but I didn’t know it could be so easy! Thanks for sharing – pinning!

    • I didn’t, either! If I’d known, I would’ve been doing this for years 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by, and hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    • Sorry it took so long to get to this, it’s been an insane month! Thank you so much for the invite! I’ve got it listed now to regularly come by and join in the fun 😀 Can’t wait!

  • This sounds great, I would love to make fruit leather for my kids, but also don’t have a dehydrator! Thank you so much for linking up at Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff!

  • Hmmm, my daughter love Mangoes. I wonder if she’d like this? Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

    • I bet she would….my kids LOVE mangoes, and devoured these so fast! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the visit Carolina! 😀 Have a marvelous weekend!

    • Oooh, perfect then! I have no idea when Mango is in season here (Texas)….seems like they’re always a bit on the pricey side 🙁 Still love them, though, so splurge when I can! Hope you have a great weekend Sue!

  • Yummy! Didn’t know it was this easy, I’m definitely not buying them anymore! You seem fun, I’m going to have to poke around your blog a bit more!

    Kristina@ mothersniche.com

    • I know, they’re so expensive at the store! I would’ve done it this way years ago if I’d know it was easy….guess I should’ve tried it sooner 😀 Thanks so much for visiting my little neck of the blog-o-sphere, hope to see you around more! Had to go check out your blog, and LOVE it…new follower!

  • Great recipe. It’s so much healthier and less expensive then the store bought stuff. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

    • Ya, it’s such a better option than the store stuff (at least in my opinion, I’m sure there are some that would argue, of course) 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting the blog hop every week – I love it!!!

    • TOTALLY made my weekend 😀 You often put a smile on my face, thank you so much Emily!!! I can’t wait for the next party this weekend….bet it’ll be amazing, as always!

    • Awwwww, thank you so much Linda! Thank YOU for hosting such a fun party – I love joining in!

  • This looks awesome. I have never tried this before, but will now! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” I hope you will be able to join us again this week. 🙂

    • Thanks, Lisa! Let me know how it turns out, especially if you try another fruit…I’m eager to see how flexible it is 😀 I’ll definitely be there again, no worries. Have a fantastic weekend!

  • What a great idea! I chose these as a feature from my last link party. Feel free to grab an “I’ve Been Featured” button from my Link Parties page. I’m glad you shared this!

    XO
    Angie

    • Thanks oh so much Angie! I’d LOVE to put the featured button on it! I can’t seem to find it, though….do you mind sending me a link to the parties page? I swear I’m blind….or it could be that it’s so late 🙂

  • Do you use parchment paper still? If so, how do you avoid the sticking of the leather to the paper?

    • I actually do still use parchment paper – I’ve really never had a problem with it sticking, just make sure the edges stick up more than the fruit. Have you had issues with it?

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