Fruit Leather

Fruit Leather

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  • Total: 4 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 8

Kids love fruit leather! These delicious and fun snacks fit into a lunchbox for school, a bag for a road trip, or a pocket for a snack. Homemade fruit leather is easy to make with your choice of flavors and can be made in the oven or in a food dehydrator. When it is done, cut the leather into whatever size you like and wrap them up for grab-and-go ease. To store fruit leather after it is wrapped, place in an airtight container and refrigerate or even freeze for longer storage.

This tasty recipe is simply made with pumpkin pie filling and applesauce. Both are quick and easy since they are already pureed with the extra bonus of spices added into the mix. However, you can also easily select your own favorite fruit flavor. Try using a mix of applesauce and another pureed fruit like berries, peaches, apricot, mango, and more. There are so many fun and flavorful combinations and you can even add spices for extra flavor. Let kids use their imaginations! If you happen to have access to a fruit tree, that makes it even easier and more fun as kids can pick their own fruit. 

Prepackaged fruit leathers can include fillers, preservatives, and food coloring. These homemade leathers only contain natural, wholesome ingredients. It's simply pureed fruit with minimal sweetener and a little spice, producing a healthier product. It’s a great feeling to give your kids something that you know is fun and wholesome for them. And don’t forget, fruit leather is gluten-free and vegan.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Fruit Leather ingredients
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  2. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin pie mix and applesauce. 

    Pumpkin pie mix and applesauce
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  3. Line the bottom and sides of a jelly roll pan with non-stick foil.

    Lined baking sheet
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  4. Spread the mixture evenly over the bottom of the prepared jelly roll pan. Smooth with a spatula. 

    Pumpkin and apple spread on pan
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  5. Dry in the oven at 140 F or at the lowest temperature of your oven until the surface is no longer sticky to the touch. This could take anywhere from 3 to 8 hours depending on your oven. An electric food dehydrator could also be used according to the manufacturer’s directions.

    Fruit Leather before baking
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  6. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Loosen the edges with a metal spatula. Starting at the narrow end, lift up the corners and slowly peel off of the non-stick foil. 

    Fruit Leather peeling from the pan
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  7. Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut the fruit leather into 8 pieces.

    Cut Fruit Leathers
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  8. If you don't want to serve all of the fruit leather right away, cut pieces of waxed paper to fit each individual serving of fruit leather.

    cut Fruit Leather
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  9. Roll the fruit leather around the waxed paper and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. 

    Wrapped Fruit Leather
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  10. Enjoy!