2-Ingredient Strawberry Fruit Leather

This homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather recipe is a little bit like magic. You place place pureed strawberries with a touch of honey into the oven, close the door and then a few hours later you have a healthy and fruity snack reminiscent of the store-bought version, but so much more delicious and good-for-you.

Strawberry fruit leather rolled up like a fruit rollupStrawberry Fruit Leather Recipe

If you think this fresh Strawberry Fruit Leather recipe looks beautiful, just wait until you taste it! This homemade strawberry fruit rollup copy cat is packed with strawberry flavor and actually super simple to make. It will be loved by both kids and adults alike. It requires only 2 ingredients: fresh strawberries and a touch of honey. You can even skip out on the honey if your strawberries are very ripe and sweet. This is made in the oven, instead of a dehydrator so no special equipment is needed.

So how do you make it? Basically you are just drying out the strawberries in the oven! It’s almost all hands-off cooking. The hardest part about making this fruit leather is that you’ll have to plan a time to be home to have it go in the oven! This recipe requires a baking time of between 6 and 8 hours depending on the temperature of your oven. You’ll also need to make sure your oven temperature can go as low as 175ºF. 

Making strawberry fruit leather recipeHow to Make Strawberry Fruit Leather

To make the fruit leather you’re first going to prepare the strawberries. Make sure the berries have no signs of mold and actually taste good! Next you’ll puree them, add in a touch of honey and then boil them on the stove to kill off any potential harmful bacteria.

After that you’ll spread the mixture on a baking sheet that is lined with ideally, a silicone baking mat. In a pinch parchment paper will work, as well. Make sure to spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet. If you spread the middle too thick in the middle it won’t cook fast enough and the edges might overcook and become brittle.

Homemade fruit leather with strawberries

The fruit leather will take about 6-7 hours to dry at an oven temperature of 170º. You’ll know it’s dry because the fruit leather changes colors and becomes darker when all of the moisture has evaporated. If you still aren’t sure whether it is done, you can lightly touch the strawberry mixture to see if it’s dry. If it’s still a bit wet let it go for an hour more at a time. It should take no longer than 8 hours.

Once it’s done cooking, let it sit at room temperate to cool completely and soften up. We like to let it sit for about 3-6 hours.

How to cut it up and store it.

Next you’ll place the whole mixture on a piece of parchment paper, roll it up and cut it into serving sizes. It will keep at room temperature for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Cutting strawberry leather into strips with scissors

Tips for Successfully Making it

  1. Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you want to make sure this is spread to the correct consistency.
  2. Take care to spread the mixture evenly. If it is too thick in the middle and thin on the edges, the edges will burn before the middle has cooked through.
  3. The fruit leather will change color when it’s dehydrated enough. Instead of sticking your finger in the mixture prematurely and causing a hole in it (we may have done this a few times) look to check on the color of the fruit leather first. If it has darkened in color throughout, it is likely done and then you can double check by touching it to see if it’s dry. If the middle is a slightly brighter red color than you can assume it’s still uncooked in the middle and you should place it back in the oven to continue to dry.

How to Cut it up

Lay a sheet of parchment on top of the fruit leather. Invert the leather and gently peel off the mat. Roll up the entire sheet of fruit leather starting from the short side and then cut the leather with kitchen shears into 1” strips, or as desired. Store in an airtight container for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Strawberry fruit leather recipe on sheet pan

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Strawberry Fruit Leather

These home made Strawberry Fruit Leather recipe is a little bit like magic. You place place pureed strawberries and a touch of honey into the oven, close the door and then 8 hours later you have a healthy and fruity snack reminiscent of the store-bought version, but really not even close.


Yield 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Recipe Type: Snack
Cuisine Gluten-free, Paleo
Difficulty: Moderate
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 2 quarts strawberries, washed and hulled and halved
  • ¼ cup honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 170º degrees F, and position a baking rack to the center of the oven. Line a rimmed 18” x 13” sheet pan with a silicone baking mat, or silpat.
  2. Place strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour strawberry puree into a large pot on the stove and add honey (if using) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour puree into the center of the prepared sheet pan and using a spatula spread the puree evenly almost to the edges of the baking mat.
  5. Bake in the oven for 6 hours, or until the fruit puree is completely dry to the touch. Let cool completely.
  6. Lay a sheet of parchment on top of the fruit leather. Invert the leather and gently peel off the mat. Roll up the entire sheet of fruit leather starting from the short side and then cut the leather with kitchen shears into 1” strips, or as desired.
  7. Store in an airtight container for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

  1. Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you want to make sure this is spread to the correct consistency.
  2. Take care to spread the mixture evenly. If it is too thick in the middle and thin on the edges, the edges will burn before the middle has cooked through.
  3. The fruit leather will change color when it’s dehydrated enough. Instead of sticking your finger in the mixture prematurely and causing a hole in it (we may have done this a few times) look to check on the color of the fruit leather first. If it has darkened in color throughout, it is likely done and then you can double check by touching it to see if it’s dry. If the middle is a slightly brighter red color than you can assume it’s still uncooked in the middle and you should place it back in the oven to continue to dry.

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July 15, 2019

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One response to “2-Ingredient Strawberry Fruit Leather”

  1. Melanie says:

    Could I substitute blueberries? I picked 9 lbs yesterday and have so many more to pick.

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