Fruit leathers are an awesome gluten-free vegan snack. Just perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth with a healthy and delicious alternative, especially for those on restricted diets. DIY Fruit roll-ups are also unbelievably easy to make. All it takes is some fruit, a Silpat (or some parchment paper) and a cookie sheet, a food processor and an oven (or dehydrator, if you want to make these raw). That's it. It takes all of 5 minutes to whip up, and the rest is done in the oven. A few hours later you've got yourself some delicious DIY fruit roll-ups!
Note: this is the first time I've tried making fruit roll-ups in the oven (as opposed to a dehydrator), and they came out quite good. I got inspired to try it out after seeing this recipe from Just a Taste.
Also note: you can do this with any fruit or berries. If you use things that are seedy (like raspberries), you may want to push the processed mixture through a sieve to get rid of the seeds so that the roll-ups consistency is more smooth. You can also use a bit more fruit than recommended — the more fruit you use, the thicker the leathers will be, though you'll also then need to increase the baking/dehydrating time accordingly. Also, the beauty of DIY fruit roll-ups is that you can certainly keep them classic and simple, or get creative and make some interesting flavored ones (cherry chocolate, blueberry lemon lavender, vanilla peach anyone?).
Also, note that if you're using parchment paper or wax to make these on, make sure that it's cut to fit perfectly into the cookie sheet and so that no edges overlap the mixture on top (any parts covered by parchment will remain a little soggy).Print
- 2 ripe mangos, chopped
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled (or equivalent of 3 cups of fruit or berries of your choice. See notes above.)
In the Oven
Preheat oven to 175F. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or some parchment paper (see notes above).
Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until the mixture is fully pureed. Poured onto the cookie sheet and spread the mixture out evenly.
Place in the oven and bake for 3-4 hours until the fruit leathers are dry to touch and not sticky (baking time can vary depending on how thick you make these).
Remove from oven and allow to cool down. Once cooled, transfer onto a cutting board and cut into strips.
In the Dehydrator
- Puree fruit in a food processor until mixture is smooth.
- Lightly grease your dehydrator sheet with some coconut oil (or use dehydrator liners).
- Spread the mixture evenly and smoothly over the sheet.
- Dehydrate on 108F overnight (or for at least 9-10 hours) until the leathers are dry and stop being sticky. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into strips.
Use extra parchment paper to roll these up in so that they do not stick together.