How To Make Fruit Roll Ups

How To Make Fruit Roll Ups |

Growing up, whenever we visited my Grandmommy, she always had fruit roll ups for all the grandchildren.

You know those super sweet roll ups that have little to no actual fruit in them?

We adored them.

Once I grew up a little bit, and started learning more about health and nutrition, I ditched the packaged “fruit” roll ups at Grandmommy’s house, and switched over to having real fruit leather for an occasional snack.

There are some great all-fruit brands on the market, but being the independent person that I am, I had to find a way to make them myself.

I found that they are incredibly easy to make in my dehydrator (and incidentally much more economical as well)!

All you need is a dehydrator, non-stick dehydrator sheets, some applesauce, and an optional 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit for flavor.

Puree 4 cups of applesauce with 1 cup of whatever fresh or frozen fruit you want to flavor your roll ups with.

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Applesauce makes a great fruit roll up on it’s own, but it has a very mild flavor, so it can be easily influenced by just a small amount of a more expensive fruit.

Some of our favorites are:

  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Peach
  • Pear

Play around, and mix and match the different flavors to find which ones you like best!

This one is has strawberries mixed in with the applesauce.

Spread the pureed fruit on the non-stick sheets on the dehydrator trays. Spread it more thinly in the middle so that it will dry evenly without creating crispy edges.

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This recipe usually fills up 5 trays of my dehydrator.

Dehydrate on 135-145 degrees for several hours, or until the moisture is gone from the roll ups, but they are still pliable and soft.

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Peel the fruit leather off the non-stick sheets and cut into 3 strips.

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Roll up the strips, and store in a glass jar.

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You may need to hide these from your family, and dole them out at snack time, or they may mysteriously disappear in a couple of days. Ahem. This may have happened to the last batch I made…

How to make fruit leather | areturntosimplicity.comThese fruit roll ups are delicious and healthy, but I think my favorite feature is that they are stored at room temperature, so they can be easily thrown into my purse or a kid’s backpack without needing to be insulated!

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Fruit Roll Ups
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Serves: 15
  • 4 cups of unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup of fruit for additional flavor (optional)
  1. Puree the fruit and applesauce together in a food processor or blender.
  2. Spread the puree on 5 non-stick dehydrator sheets.
  3. Dehydrate several hours until completely dry and bendable.

Happy fruit roll up making!


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6 responses to “How To Make Fruit Roll Ups”

  1. Jan Thomas says:

    I remember my dad making these when I was a child, but I have never done it myself, I am now a new grandma and think I might tackle this, for my grandlittles! I’d love to have you over again to share it with us at Country Fair Blog Party which is a once amonth link up. WE’d be honored to have you share your writings with us!
    Hope to see you there!
    Jan @ TipGarden

  2. JES says:

    Yours look really good! I think I over-dehyrdated mine as they were brittle-ish on the edges… I will try your tips on my next batch. Thanks for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Angi! 🙂

  3. I really need to get myself a dehydrator mat! I tried to make mango fruit roll ups yesterday, and while they taste incredible, they look awful as I had to pick bits of baking paper off the back. Your display looks amazing too! LOVE xx

    • Angi says:

      I did the exact same thing a couple years ago Krissy! I was so annoyed at how much time it took to pick the paper off, but I wasn’t about to give up and throw it all Now, with the mat, they pull off like a dream!

  4. Paula says:

    Is there any way to make these without a dehydrator?

    • Angi says:

      You could use your oven on the lowest setting, but you will need to watch it carefully, because it will get crispy rather than leathery super quickly. My oven only goes down to 170, but other brands sometimes go down to 150. If you live in a very hot dry climate, you can dry things in the sun, or if you have a wood stove, you could possibly set the fruit leather above or near the stove to dry. I have not personally tried that method, but I know the pioneers used to dry fruit this way all the time…

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