How to make fruit leather in the oven (2023)

Fruit leather is a snack that combines a great fruity flavor with an incredible texture! It’s simple and SO delicious that your entire family will go crazy over it!

Many home chefs believe making these delightful delicacies without a dehydrator is impossible. To be honest, creating fruit rollups or leather is considerably faster and easier if you have a dehydrator.

Don’t worry!

All you need is our step-by-step instructions if you’ve ever wondered how to make fruit leather in the oven! This fruit leather recipe is straightforward and has no artificial chemicals.

How to Make Fruit Leather in a Oven

Fruit leather is a fun and easy method to preserve fresh seasonal fruit and your favorite treats to prepare for traveling, hiking, or school lunches.

This simple fruit leather recipe requires no dehydrator, only your oven! And you can use this to prepare almost any fruit combination you choose.

Fruit leather is a fun and easy method to preserve fresh seasonal fruit and your favorite treats to prepare for traveling, hiking, or school lunches.

This simple fruit leather recipe requires no dehydrator, only your oven! And you can use this to prepare almost any fruit combination you choose.

Pro tip: You have to experiment for yourself with this recipe. Everyone’s berries, puree thickness, and ovens are different, so there isn’t one definitive cooking time. My best advice is to spread the mixture as evenly as possible on the baking sheet and keep a close eye on the fruit while it’s cooking. Be prepared for a bit of trial and error and don’t lose your cool. Hopefully when you find your ideal cooking time, you’ll be knocking out batches of your own fruit leather with ease.

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Spoon or spatula

Ingredients

  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave, optional

Instructions

  • Remove the strawberries’ stems and toss them in a blender. To sweeten them up a little, drizzle with honey or agave. This is optional; if you like your berries as it is, you may avoid adding honey or sugar. Blend until completely smooth.
  • Place the strawberry puree on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the ingredients in an equal layer with a spoon or spatula. You don’t want the mixture to be too thin or too thick – here is where experimentation comes in handy!
  • Put the prepared pans on the two racks in the oven and set the oven to the lowest temperature it will go. Cooking times will vary according to your oven and how thickly you distribute the ingredients. When the fruit leather comes out of the oven, it will be firm. Mine lets me bake at temperatures as low as 170°F. The less is better.
  • Allow it to soften at room temperature for about 2 hours (I’ve gotten the most remarkable results by letting it soften overnight).
  • Cut the fruit leather into strips and roll it up while still on the parchment paper. You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for a few months.

Pro tip on making Fruit Leather or Fruit Rollups: You have to try this recipe out for yourself. Since everyone’s berries, the thickness of the puree, and ovens are different, there is no one set time for cooking. Spread the mixture out as evenly as possible on the baking sheet and keep tabs on the fruit while cooking. It is my number 1 tip to get the perfect texture in fruit strips or rollups.

Be ready to try things out, make mistakes, and don’t lose your cool. When you figure out the best time to cook, you should be able to make lots of fruit leather quickly.

Yield and Cooking Time

  • Serving: 1 fruit leather strip
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 77
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 20g
  • Vitamin C: 3mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Calcium 12mg
  • Iron: 1mg

How long can you keep homemade fruit leather?

Keep fruit leather somewhere cool, dry, and dark. Most likely, the fruit leather won’t last long enough to be put away. If it does, it can stay at room temperature for up to a month. Put rolls in the freezer in a tight package for up to a year.

What temperature should I dehydrate fruit leather at home in the oven?

140°F to 145°F is the ideal temperature for the perfect fruit leather. Fruit leather is made by drying thin layers of pureed fruit in the oven or dehydrator. Fruit leather dries in 4 to 10 hours at 140°F to 145°F.

Is homemade fruit leather healthy

Yes, homemade fruit leather made with fresh fruits without any preservatives is healthy. Fruit pulp-based fruit leathers are nutritious and organoleptically acceptable to nutrition experts & dieticians. DIY fruit leather contains substantial quantities of dietary fibers, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants (which remain constituents of the finished product)

Can you use parchment paper to make fruit leather?

Yes, you can use parchment paper to make fruit leather. However, they tend to get wrinkly from the fruit’s moisture, which won’t affect the result.

How do you know when fruit leather is done?

When your fruit leather is done, the top will be smooth and not sticky anymore. If you’re using parchment paper, removing the fruit leather is easiest while it’s still a little warm, so it doesn’t stick to the paper.

How can you make sure fruit leather doesn’t stick?

Coat your tray with a small amount of vegetable spray or oil to keep your fruit leather from sticking. Then add your pureed fruit.

Can you make fruit leather in the air fryer?

Absolutely. Fruit leather in an air fryer is as good as you make them in a dehydrator. Follow our recipe to make your own at home: How to Make Fruit Leather in an Air Fryer

I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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