Fruit roll-ups, you know? I mean the chewy snack that we used to call fruit leather, back before you could get it all plastic-packaged in every corner store.

It’s not only a great way to use up your past-its-prime fruit, but a wonderful energy-giving snack you can grab for a busy family on the go.

And it’s surprisingly easy to make your own fruit leather.

My recipe calls for apples, because that’s usually what I’ve got, but you can easily do half-and-half pears and apples, or experiment with whatever other fruit you like.

Fruit Leather


½ cup sugar
½ cup honey
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp grated lemon peel
8 cups apples — peeled, cored and chopped


Preheat the oven to 150°F.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Cover a large baking sheet with a piece of plastic wrap, and spread the fruit mixture on it.

Bake at 150°F for about 6 hours, with the pan on the top rack of the overn and with the oven door left partway open. The baking (drying) time will depend partly on how much juice is in the apples. You’ll know the fruit leather is ready when the surface doesn’t feel tacky to the touch and you can tear it into pieces.

Roll up the plastic wrap off the baking sheet with the fruit leather inside — I like to cut it into snack-sized strips first — and store it in an air-tight container.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Domestik Goddess

    Candy sushi is a flippin’ BRILLIANT idea – good on you, Sam!!

  2. Sam

    Thank you for this recipe! I’m making some candy sushi for my Mom’s birthday (she loves sushi so I thought it’d be cute) and I was going to buy fruit roll ups for the ‘nori’ but I can’t justify the cost to how much you get! It’s in the oven right now and so far it’s looking great! I even dyed it green!

  3. domestika

    Yes, you can – I just love the flavour of honey, plus all those nice heathy enzymes… try straight substitution of the honey with an equal amount of sugar. It might need just a scootch more liquid to puree easily, but you can judge that by eye, based on how juicy your fruit is and how strong your blender is!

  4. delia

    Is it ok to put all sugar instead of part in honey in this, will it still work ok?

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