Finally…a snack you can feel good about serving your kids! These homemade fruit roll ups are made with real fruit and easy to make! Only 2 ingredients and no added sugar!
2-Ingredient Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
Mom confession: my kids LOVE fruit roll-ups and we have occasionally bought them in the past. I loved them as a kid too and I turned out fine…wink, wink.
However, I’m not crazy about the amount of sugar and dyes in the store-bought fruit roll-ups. So I started looking into making our own at home.
Why didn’t I do this sooner??
I had no idea how easy it is to make your own fruit leather!! You only need TWO ingredients! Plus, you don’t need a dehydrator or any fancy equipment — just a blender and your oven!
Why I love this recipe:
- 20% Daily Value of Vitamin C per serving
- Easy to make a batch for the whole week
- No added sugar!
- No dyes, no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup like store-bought fruit snacks
Not only will your kids love to eat these healthy fruit roll ups, but it’s a fun recipe for them to help make too! They’ll love to roll up a batch for the week ahead.
And they’ll especially love unwrapping this tasty treat in their lunchbox!
Only 2 simple, wholesome ingredients!
- Strawberries — We used fresh, but you could also use frozen (thawed first).
- Applesauce — We used no sugar added applesauce.
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- Preheat oven to 175°F (this might just mean that you turn it on to the “Keep Warm” setting).
- Start by chopping your fruit so it will process faster. You’ll add the applesauce next to smooth it all out.
How to Make Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
Combine strawberries and applesauce in food processor or blender and process until you have a smooth puree.
TIP: Our Hamilton Beach “Big Mouth” food processor is a workhorse! It has lasted us years!
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour the apple strawberry mixture onto the pans and spread into a thin, even layer. An offset spatula can be helpful here.
When spreading your fruit puree on the parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, try to get it as even as possible. This will prevent uneven cooking.
Bake for at least 4 hours.
TIP: It may take longer depending on the thickness of your puree and actual oven temperature. Humidity can also make drying take a little longer.
You’ll know your fruit leather is done when it is no longer sticky.
After removing your fruit leather from the oven, allow it to cool to room temperature before handling.
We like using parchment paper because you can cut the leather, paper and all, into strips and roll it up. The parchment paper keeps the fruit leather from sticking to itself, and you can unroll it just like a real fruit roll up!
If you don’t have parchment paper on hand, you can also cook your fruit roll ups on a non-stick silicone mat and simply peel the fruit leather off the mat to enjoy.
Store your fruit roll ups in an airtight container.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Use a Different Type of Fruit?
Strawberries are naturally sweet, so they work well for creating fruit leather with no added sugar. However, you can use almost any type of fruit you like to try new flavors!
Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all fabulous options to swap out for the strawberries. You may want to taste test your berries first, and if they are on the tart side, you can blend a spoonful of honey into your puree before baking, for a little sweetness.
Another of our favorite variations is to swap out the apples with fresh pears. They have a similar consistency and mild, sweet flavor.
How Long Does Homemade Fruit Leather Last?
For best results, you want to make sure that there is as little moisture as possible in your fruit leather, to prevent molding.
To store your homemade fruit rollups, place them in a sealed airtight container, or a zip-top plastic bag. Keep in a cool, dry place, away from any heat or light sources (so don’t keep it on top of the fridge, near a window, etc.) At room temperature, it should keep for up to a month.
You can also freeze your fruit leather — it will keep in the freezer for up to a year.
Can You Use Frozen Fruit?
If you don’t have any fresh fruit handy, don’t worry! You can use frozen fruit to make this easy snack. Simply allow the fruit to defrost in the fridge or on the countertop before blending. Drain any excess water that may come from the fruit during the thawing process.
Can You Use Wax Paper Instead of Parchment Paper?
Unfortunately, wax paper will not work as a substitute here. Wax paper will melt into the fruit, so you won’t be able to peel your fruit leather off the paper.
If you don’t have parchment paper handy, you can use a silicone mat. You could also try aluminum foil misted with non-stick spray. I have not personally tried this, but have heard from other readers that it works.
If using a silicone mat or foil, you’ll have to peel the sheet of fruit leather off the surface (when it’s done baking) and roll up in plastic wrap to store.
More of Our Favorite Healthy Snacks for Kids
- Homemade Green Gummy Snacks
- Under the Sea Themed Fruit Snacks
- Reindeer Celery Sticks
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- Instant Pot Popcorn
- Non-Dairy, Gluten-Free Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Chocolate Hummus
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Healthy Homemade Fruit Roll Ups
- Food Processor
- 2 Baking Sheets
- Parchment paper
- 2 cups strawberries chopped
- 1 cup applesauce
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees F.
- Remove tops from strawberries and cut into chunks. Add to food processor and rough chop.
- Add applesauce and puree until very smooth.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and spread your fruit mixture evenly onto both of the sheets.
- Bake for about 4 hours or until fruit leather is no longer sticky.
- Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.
- Cut the parchment paper in strips and roll up the fruit leather. Store in airtight container.
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Estelle Murphy says
Is it possible to do this with any fruit? Just curious. Healthy is the way to go.
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
You could swap out the strawberries for another type of berry, but I would keep the applesauce as the base. Hope this helps!
Have you ever tried this using frozen strawberries? Just curious as they lose a lot of liquid once their thawed, would I include that or not? Thank you for the recipe!
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
I haven’t tried it with frozen strawberries, but I think it would probably be best to drain any excess liquid first. If you do try it, let me know how it goes!
Did you ever try it with frozen fruit?