Berry Fruit Roll-Ups

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Fruit leather packs a sweet, tarty chew that’s ready at a moment’s notice. I used strawberries and raspberries for this fruit leather recipe, but you have a lot of options.

Roll-up closeup

You can use just about any kind of berry to make this fruit leather. Some fruits and berries work better than others on their own, however combining fruits in a fruit leather can bring the best of flavors and textures together, and create a new flavors.

In general, apple, apricots, berries with seeds, cherries, peaches, pears, nectarines, pineapple, and strawberries work well on their own as fruit leather. Blueberries are best combined with another fruit that works well, and the same goes for bananas, cranberries, grapes, and plums. But don’t let me hold you back. Explore. Especially if you have extra ripened fruit, or frozen fruit you’ve had around for a while.

Fruit liquid through strainer

You’ll want to take any pits out of the fruit before you start. For seeds, as in raspberries, I blend once, separate out the seeds, and then add any additions and blend again.

You can dry the fruit leather in a dehydrator, or an oven set at a low temperature (between 105°F/40°C and 120°F/50°C is good for about 8-10 hours, depending on your dehydrator or oven).

There seems to be some controversy about what is the best temperature to dry fruit leather so as not to denature the enzymes in the fruit. If you’re not worried about that, you can dry the fruit at up to 140°F/60°C, however I keep the temperature at about 105°F/40°C because I do want to retain as much of the fruit’s natural state (enzymes intact). I have an Excalibur dehydrator, so I found this post helpful in explaining how the temperature setting works for this brand. I’ve also found that 105°F/40°C for about 10 hours works well for fruit leather. And it’s really easy to place it in the oven or dehydrator overnight and then pull it out in the morning. To speed up the drying process, just increase the temperature.

Cut roll-up closeup

Whether you’re using a dehydrator or an oven, you’ll want to make sure your fruit is on top of a non-stick surface. You can use parchment paper, a non-stick bake mat, or the non-stick sheets that come with your dehydrator. And if you want to conserve energy, you can leave the fruit outside on a hot day, tented with cheesecloth or paper towel.

Berries and roll-ups

Some other nice additions to the recipe might be some vanilla, cinnamon, lavender, lemon zest, rosemary, or other spices and herbs. You can also add a bit of lemon juice if you’re concerned about the fruit darkening too much (especially with apples and pears).

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Posted in Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Low-Sugar, Nut-Free, Paleo, SCD, Snacks, Vegetarian, Wheat-free  |  11 Comments

11 Responses to Berry Fruit Roll-Ups

  1. Wow! these bring me right back to my brown bag lunch days at school! they look delicious! thanks for the recipe!

  2. Justine says:

    why do I get the feeling that my fruit roll ups aren’t going to look anywhere NEAR as beautiful as yours?? Can’t wait to try!

  3. Yuki says:

    These look delicious. If stored at room temperature how long do they last? Can they be frozen?

    • Erica says:

      I only keep them at room temperature if I know they’ll be eaten in the next day or so, so I’m not sure how long they will last. If they’ll be hanging around longer I refrigerate them. I think freezing would work, just seal them well.

  4. I’ll be trying these today! Thanks as always for sharing – I’m always up for new portable snacks for my kids!

  5. Nicole B says:

    If using other fruits, would you just simply use 2 lbs.?

    • Erica says:

      Yes, that will work. This is a very forgiving recipe – no need for exact weight, however the sweetness may vary, so adjust it according to your taste and the sweetness of the fruit you’re using.

  6. Roxy says:

    Hi. I LOVE your website!!! I have tried fruit roll ups before. and didnt work out so well but I never sieved out the seeds.

    Now I am trying them again. I own a new digital stove but the lowest temperature is 170. So ANNOYING!

    And my dehydrater doesn’t have any attachments for something liguid in it. {It has slotted trays).

    I looked into the price of attachments but it would cost me another home!!! LOL

    So now as we speak I am trying again at 170 in the oven but seeds sieved out and on a baking mat this time.

    I will let you know how it works out!!

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