Homemade Fruit Roll Up Recipes

Homemade Fruit Roll Up Recipes

A fruit leather or fruit roll up is such a simple, easy and healthy snack to have in the pantry for times when you’re craving something a little sweet but want to stay away from processed store bought sweets.

Fruit roll ups

What is a fruit leather or fruit roll up? It’s ultimately whole blended fruit which is poured into a thin layer and then dried out. You can think of it like making a fruit smoothie and drying it out. Fruit leathers are commonly made up of a mixture of fruits that are blended together, however other ingredients can be added to enhance flavours and make unique combinations such as yoghurt (to give the roll ups a creamy texture) and spices such as cinnamon (to add a kick of flavour and difference to the everyday fruit roll up recipe).

The best tools to have when making fruit roll ups are a good quality blender and a food dehydrator. A blender will allow you to whip the ingredients together in just a few moments and give you a beautiful smooth texture. Also, by using a blender there is no need to stew the fruits over a stove prior to straining or pureeing. You simply put the raw ingredients into a blender and the work is done for you. These ‘raw’ fruits retain their living enzymes and nutrients as they have not been exposed to heat through the often lengthy ‘stewing’ process.

The food dehydrator replaces an oven in the fruit roll up making process. A food dehydrator usually costs about 4 cents an hour to run compared to an oven which costs around 60 cents an hour to run. This adds up when the average time taken to make a fruit leather is 8 hours!

You can find our favourite blender, food dehydrator and dehydrator accessories for making fruit roll ups at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!

 

Tips for Making Fruit Leathers

  • Use ripe or slightly overripe produce. Slightly overripe fruit which is about to spoil actually tastes better when dehydrated.
  • Don't stick to just one type of fruit - try your favourite fruits together. No doubt they will create a tasty combination. Who doesn’t love a fruit salad?
  • Wash and remove any blemishes, stems or pits and peel the produce if desired
  • Pour the blended mixture onto either a non-stick dehydrating sheet or onto baking paper. You want a thickness of about 3-4mm. A non-stick dehydrating sheet will make peeling off the fruit leather very easy.
  • Pour the mixture onto a non-stick sheet in a circular motion, starting from the outside and working your way in towards the centre - this will ensure the edges are slightly thicker than middle and result in an even drying.
  • Set your food dehydrator or oven to 55 degrees Celsius and dehydrate for 8 hours. Alternatively, you can dehydrate on a lower temperature to maintain the raw food integrity of the produce at 40 degrees Celsius for 10 – 14 hours.
  • The fruit roll up is ready when the fruit has dried and is no longer sticky to touch. It will also have a slight shine to it.
  • Allow the fruit roll up to cool, then peel away from the tray / non-stick sheet. Roll into a tight cylindrical shape and store in an airtight container.

 

Our Best Fruit Leather Recipes

Blend together the following ingredients for the tastiest fruit leathers. Each recipe makes around large 4 fruit leathers. If you think four trays isn’t enough, simply double the below recipes to make more!

 

Strawberry & Yoghurt Roll-Up

  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 dollops of good-quality yoghurt
  • 1/2 apple

This fruit leather tastes naughty but really it’s not. If you love strawberries, this one is for you! The touch of creaminess from the yoghurt makes this fruit roll up an even more satisfying snack.

 

Kiwi Fruit & Mango Fruit Leather

  • 5 kiwi fruits, peeled
  • 2 large mangoes

This is the perfect summer fruit roll up. Super fresh and tangy - wonderful if you like a bit of sourness!

 

Banana & Cinnamon Fruit Roll Up

  • 4 bananas
  • 3 dollops of good quality yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A delicious combination of flavours with the perfect balance of sweet and spice. Another classic variation of this recipe is apple & cinnamon or pear & cinnamon. Simply replace the bananas with apples or pears and forget the yoghurt!

 

Apple & Ginger Fruit Leather

  • 5 granny smith apples
  • 2 teaspoons of grated ginger

This roll up has such a nice kick of flavour to it with the added ginger. This is one for the adults!

 

Apricot and Coconut Fruit Leather

  • 1 tin of apricots or 4 fresh apricots
  • 50g of dried/desiccated coconut

Once you have poured the apricot mixture out on the sheet, sprinkle the top with an additional 50g of dried/desiccated coconut. This gives your fruit roll up a crunchy texture, plus it looks great!

 

Protein Chia Roll Up

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds

The addition of chia seeds adds both fibre and protein meaning this roll up will keep you fuller for longer and is the perfect healthy snack to avoid cravings in the afternoon. If you are short on time, you can use store bought applesauce as a substitute for the fresh apples, however be sure to look out for hidden sugars in store bought goods like this.

 

Hidden Green's Fruit Leather

  • 5 granny smith apples
  • 1 cup of spinach (baby spinach where possible)
  • 1/2 pear

This beautifully sweet fruit roll up is perfect for squeezing some extra veggies into your diet. Also great for giving the kids extra vitamins and minerals as they won't even know what's hidden in them!

 

Blueberry Swirl Roll Ups

  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 3 dollops of good quality yoghurt

We like to set our blender on the 'pulse' function for this one, which allows the mixture to be only slightly mixed/blended through; that way when you pour out the mixture it makes a lovely swirl pattern.

 

Mango Passion Fruit Roll Up

  • 4 mangoes
  • 3 passion fruits

Blend or puree the mango, then add the pulp from 3 passion fruits and stir through the mango mixture. This adds texture and looks great!

 

Pineapple & Raspberry Fruit Leather

  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 pineapple

The pineapple gives the raspberries a beautiful natural sweetness and is perfect as an after dinner sweetness. Short on raspberries? Try this recipe with strawberries instead.

 

 


 

OUR FAVOURITE TOOLS FOR MAKING FRUIT ROLL UPS ARE:

BioChef High Performance Blender

✓ Powerful Commercial grade Motor ✓ Creates Hot soups in 8 minutes flat plus Green Smoothies, Ice Cream and much more ✓ BPA Free Tritan plastic jug which stays looking new for longer ✓ Simple controls with 3 speed settings, 3 time settings and a pulse function ✓ Japanese stainless steel blades that are built to last ✓ Performs as well as any other commercial grade blender on the market ✓ Warranty: 10 years on Motor, 7 years on Parts | 1 year Commercial

BioChef Arizona 8 Tray Food Dehydrator

✓ Stainless Steel Trays / BPA Free Casing ✓ 8 Tray Capacity = 0.79m2 ✓ EPT™ Horizontal Drying System ✓ 24 Hour Digital Timer ✓ Transparent Magnetic Door ✓ Adjustable Thermostat 35º - 70º ✓ Includes: 2 x Non-Stick Sheets, 2 x Mesh Sheets ✓ 3 Year Warranty

BioChef Arizona 10 Tray Food Dehydrator

✓ Stainless Steel Trays / BPA Free Casing ✓ 10 Tray Capacity = 0.99m2 ✓ EPT™ Horizontal Drying System ✓ 24 Hour Digital Timer ✓ Transparent Magnetic Door ✓ Adjustable Thermostat 35º - 70º ✓ Includes: 3 x Non-Stick Sheets, 3 x Mesh Sheets ✓ 3 Year Warranty


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