Strawberry fruit leather is a fun and healthy snack that provides nutritious vitamins kids need in a fun little roll that they’ll love. Fruit roll ups are perfect for an on-the-go snack or an addition to any lunchbox, you won’t believe how easy it is to make!
This time of year tends to lean toward craziness. With the school year winding down, the calendar is full of activities that have my family on the run most days. I love all the activity of ball games, practices and school programs, but it does become difficult to keep up with the demands of the family, job and house. It forces me to be a bit more organized, planning meals and making sure I have snacks on hand to grab as we run out the door.
Fruit Leather Ingredients
I love using fresh fruit that is in season to make fruit leather (homemade roll-ups anyone?). It requires a bit of time, but I assure you it is worth it.
By using strawberries, what is in season right now, gives the fruit leather an extra bit of natural sweetness. Feel free to substitute with other berries and fruits. You can go based off of what’s in season at the time, or simply your child’s favorite fruit. Add a touch of honey for a little more natural sweetness and you’ll have a great fruit strip snack for the kids to take to school or to have at home.
This is an easy snack to have for when you are on the go, or for an extra special lunchbox treat. Why give your kids fake fruit leather with loads of sugar and artificial colors? Whipping these up takes no time and the oven does the rest.
Can you make fruit leather with frozen fruit?
My boys love this homemade version of the fake fruit roll-ups. Don’t have fresh fruit? No problem! You can definitely use frozen fruit. Let the fruit defrost in the fridge or on your countertop and then you can make the frozen fruit leather the same way you make it with fresh fruit. So easy.
When making strawberry leather, you can even make the recipe seedless by passing the pureed berries through a colander before baking.
Homemade Fruit Leather
It might seem complicated, but this is actually one of the easiest homemade snack recipes you could make for your kids! All you need is parchment paper, fruit and a tiny bit of honey! It does require spending a lot of time in the oven, so make sure you plan to make your fruit leather on a day when you’ll be home for a good stretch of time.
Watch this video to see how easy it is to make fruit leather!
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the fruit mixture onto the paper until smooth and bake it in the oven.
After the fruit leather bakes and cools, you can use kitchen scissors to cut the leather into strips of fruit. Then you simply roll it up and tie it with a bow.
This always looks adorable in lunch boxes and the kids are so thrilled to see a favorite snack and it’s something I feel great about giving to my kids because it’s made with fresh, real ingredients.
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Okay, back to our fruit leather. I’ve laid out everything you need to know to make homemade strawberry fruit leather, but you can definitely use the same measurements with the fruit of your choice. Which fruit will you make with your kids first?
How to Make Fruit Leather – Homemade Fruit Roll Ups
Easy homemade fruit leather recipe made with strawberries and honey. No sugar added fruit roll ups for the perfect afternoon snack.
- Yield: 6
- Cuisine: Snacks
- 4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved (or any other fruit)
- 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
- Preheat oven to 150 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour berries and honey into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- Pour berry mixture onto parchment lined 9×13-inch pan(21cm x 31cm). If you wish to remove the berry seeds, pour it through a sieve or ring it through a cloth (much faster).
- Spread the berry mixture with a spatula to a thin even layer.
- Bake for 6 hours, until leather peels away easily from the parchment. Set on the counter to fully cool down for 4 hours or overnight.
- Using scissors cut the parchment paper from the edges and then into strips. Roll them up, parchment and all.
- Don’t pour too thin of a layer or you’ll have fruit crisps instead of fruit leather-pour it too thick and it will take longer to leather.
- Oven temperatures will vary. Start checking it after 3.5-4 hours. If you leave it in too long again…fruit crisps.
- Calories: 52
- Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 13
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: .7
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