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Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe

Our 4-year-old is begging for sweet snacks these days, so we set out to make a homemade fruit leather (like a fruit roll-up), made with real fruit and no added sugars.

We pulled from what we had on hand–some blackberries picked from our own backyard and frozen last summer, some peaches from a nearby farm, a bit of juice we had in the fridge. We put it together, cooked it for a while, and there we had it: fruit leather.

Rolling up the fruit leather
Rolling up our homemade fruit roll-ups
Cutting our homemade fruit roll-ups

It took a bit of trial and error on the oven temperature and the first batch took a lot longer than the next, but we have a pretty effective, easy recipe for you!

It gets a huge thumbs up from our preschooler!

This recipe gets a thumbs up from our preschooler!

Do your kids come home from school asking for all the highly processed snacks they see their friends bring? How do you handle it? We’re just starting to navigate this territory with our daughter. In general, we cook from scratch and lean toward nutritious, real/whole foods. Though we’re by no means strict!

What do you do for kid-approved snacks that don’t cost a fortune and aren’t filled with corn syrup? We would love to hear your ideas!

And if you try our fruit leather recipe, let us know what you think below.

Fruit Leather

Homemade fruit leather with NO added sugars.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fruit, Fruit Leather, Fruit Roll Up
Author: Barefoot Homestead

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Applesauce Homemade no sugar added is best!
  • 2 cups Blackberries Washed
  • 1 cup Peaches Sliced and skinned
  • Apple Juice As needed to sweeten

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients in large sauce pot on stove over medium heat
  • Cook until fresh fruit is incorporated into applesauce
  • Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth
  • Pour onto plastic wrap-lined sheet pan, approximately 1/4" thick
  • Place in oven at lowest temperature (140-170 degrees) (on convection if available) for 8-12 hours or until mixture is no longer tacky to the touch
  • Unpeel from plastic wrap onto parchment
  • Roll parchment up, tape into place, and cut into strips of desired width
  • Refrigerate until eaten

See more recipes from Our Barefoot Homestead!

By BarefootMama, March 2, 2020
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