This 3 ingredient fruit roll ups recipe is a simple and delicious way to make your own fruit leather (without any fancy equipment or ingredients!)
If you were anything like me as a kid, you probably used to think, “When I’m a grown up I can have ______ for dinner every night!” (insert: icecream, cookies, poptarts, cotton candy, all the sweets).
But now that I finally am a (sort of) grown up, I know I have to suppress my inner-child demands in. But I recently discovered a way to have my cake and eat it too. Well, fruit roll-ups anywho.
These homemade fruit roll ups are a healthy treat that satisfy that craving for sugar, but in a healthy, all-natural fruit kind of way! Let’s roll.
What do you need for natural fruit rolls ups?
You just need 3 ingredients: fruit, lemon juice, and something to sweeten it. You’ll blend it all up, spread thin on a lined baking sheet, then bake at a very low temperature for a few hours, until dried.
For The Fruit
You can use virtually any fruit for this homemade fruit roll ups recipe. I love using fresh berries, like strawberries or blueberries, but you could also do:
- Tropical: Make tropical fruit roll ups by using pineapple and mango.
- Forest Fruits: Try a blend of cherries, blueberries, and raspberries for a gorgeous color.
- Single Ingredient: Or go all in on a fruit, like strawberry! You’ll need about 3 cups total.
For The Acidity
Lemon juice keeps the bright color of the fruit. Feel free to use lime or orange juice instead!
For The Sweetness
The sweetness is really to your taste. You can use honey, sugar, or a sugar-substitute (like Stevia or Splenda).
How To Make Fruit Roll-Ups
These fruit rolls are stupid easy. Yes, the amount of time in the oven can seem a bit lengthy, but with only 15 minutes of actual hands-on time, these homemade fruit roll ups will be ready before you know it.
Step 1: Blend
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until it’s as smooth as can be.
Step 2: Spread
Next, line a baking pan or sheet with parchment paper. Pour the blended fruit mixture onto the lined pan, then spread it out with a spoon or spatula. It should be as thin as possible without forming holes, about ⅛ – ¼ inch thick.
Want even smoother fruit roll ups?
I like to use fresh fruit puree, which preserves more of the vitamins in the fruit (but that’s just my nutrition brain talking). To make fruit roll ups that look a bit more uniform, you can cook the fruit mixture on the stove, uncovered, until it becomes thick, then proceed with this recipe!
Step 3: Dehydrate
Dehydrate in your oven as low as the oven temperature will go (140 to 170°F) for 4 to 6 hours, or until the middle is not longer tacky. If your center is still tacky, it could be because the mixture is spread to thick. The edges may get too dry, in which case you can rehydrate them a bit by rubbing them with water.
Step 4: Cool
Allow the fruit leather to cool, then use clean scissors to trim off edges and cut into 1 inch wide strips. Roll each strip into a roll-up and enjoy!
How do you store homemade fruit leather?
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It will last even longer if you add a paper towel in the container, which will help absorb moisture.
Can you use frozen fruit?
You can use frozen fruit to make your own fruit roll ups! It’s important that you thaw the fruit completely before using, then drain off any water or moisture.
- 2-3 cups fruit 300 to 350 g
- 2-3 Tbsp honey can sub sugar or sugar-substitute
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice 30 mL
- Blend: Blend together all ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
- Spread: Pour into a pan lined with parchment paper then spread out ⅛ to ¼ inch thick.
- Dehydrate: Dehydrate in oven at 140 to 170°F (or as low as oven will go) for 4 to 6 hours, or until the middle is not longer tacky.
- Cool: Allow to cool, then use clean scissors to trim off edges and cut into 1 inch wide strips. Roll each strip into a roll-up and enjoy!