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This homemade Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather only requires 4 ingredients and is the perfect snack for school lunches! These fresh, whole food fruit rollups are easily made with real strawberries and mango, dried in the dehydrator (or optionally the oven). 🍓🥭
This was my first attempt at making homemade fruit roll-ups! Why have I waited so long?! 🤔 Making your own fruit leather at home is so easy and made with real fruit, and no artificial fillers or colors. It may seem intimidating, but I promise it’s simple. You just need a little time and patience, as it takes up to 8 hours to fully dehydrate.
Strawberries 🍓 I used fresh strawberries, you’ll need 3 heaping cups worth.
Mango 🥭 I used frozen mango for ease (it’s already chopped!) but you can feel free to use fresh. If you do use fresh, be mindful that it’s a little juicer than frozen mango, so that may affect the cook time.
Lemon juice 🍋 Adding a tablespoon of lemon juice helps to preserve the color and enhance the flavor. You can use fresh squeezed lemon juice or bottled, but use NOT from concentrate.
Maple syrup 🍁 This is totally optional. If your strawberries aren’t super ripe and sweet you can add a tablespoon of maple syrup.
Dehydrator (see below for oven instructions). The Denali Dehydrator is a GREAT dehydrator to make this a breeze! I found it to do a better job than making it in the oven, the fruit leather seemed a bit more bendable and “moist” compared to drying it out in the oven.
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Baking sheet. My Denali Dehydrator came with a 12×10” silicone baking sheet that’s the perfect depth (1/4 inch) to make this fruit leather. If your dehydrator doesn’t come with one, or if you’re making this in the oven, just grab a small baking sheet, preferably a 9×13” baking sheet.
Silicone baking mat. Fruit leather peels off of silicone the best. You could use parchment paper if you don’t have a silicone baking mat, but maybe spray it with coconut oil beforehand.
You can make this fruit leather recipe in a dehydrator (what I did using my Denali Dehydrator) or the oven. Cook time will vary depending on which you choose, the kind of dehydrator you have or your oven, how thick/thin the fruit mixture is, so I’ll briefly touch on how to tell when it’s done and how to avoid overcooking it below.
First, wash and slice the tops of the strawberries. Then add them to a blender with the mango, lemon juice and maple syrup. Blend until smooth, it’ll resemble a smoothie consistency. Then pour the mixture onto the silicone baking tray (that comes with the Denali Dehydrator) or parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread the fruit mixture into an even layer the best you can. This will ensure even cook time for the whole sheet so you don’t end up with some crunchy or gooey spots.
When it’s done, and you can tell it’s done when it’s no longer sticky to touch, and the whole sheet is an even color, gently peel it off the baking tray and slice it. If you used parchment paper, you can just slice through the paper and use that to roll it up! I used a pizza cutter to slice my strips.
🍓 The runnier or the thicker the purée, the longer it will take to dehydrate. It can take anywhere from 8 to 10 hours, maybe even longer. It’s easy to overcook it, so start with a 4 hour timer, then gently touch the top. If it’s sticky and there’s still “wet spots” it’s not ready. Dehydrate in additional 30-60 minute intervals. Remember, it’s ideal to spread it evenly in a 1/4 inch layer.
🥭 If you do make it in the oven, you may notice the color is a little darker than when making it in the dehydrator. I made this recipe both ways and I definitely prefer the dehydrator method, however, I realize that it’s not ideal for people who don’t have the budget or space for a dehydrator, so I include dehydrating it in the oven as an option.
🍓 Don’t expect this to taste like or have the texture of store-bought fruit roll-ups. Remember, there’s no additives to make this fruit leather that melt-in-your-mouth consistency. But it’s still so delicious, I actually prefer it homemade.
🥭 You can “rehydrate” the fruit leather if you overcook it by letting it sit out on your counter uncovered. It’ll soften slightly. It’s still good when it’s crunchy, so don’t throw it away!
🍓 It’s really easy for fruit leather to look, feel, and taste differently. There’s a lot of different variable that could effect how it turns out. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again!
Storage. Roll the fruit leather with strips of parchment paper and keep it stored in an airtight container on your counter. Don’t refrigerate it or it will get too hard. You don’t have to worry about it getting moldy sitting out because I know it won’t last that long lol 😝
Of course my kids are obsessed with this fruit leather, but I found these roll-ups to be a nostalgic treat myself! I have a feeling I’ll be making more, trying all the fruits! 🍉🍇🍒🍑🫐🍍🥝🥭
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Wash the strawberries, trim the tops off and place into a blender. Add the mango, lemon juice and maple syup and blend until smooth.
Pour the pureé onto a silicon mat-lined baking sheet*. Spread the mixture as evenly as possible, gently tapping the tray on the counter can help to even out the mixture.
Dehydrate for 8 hours**, checking on them to make sure you don't overcook it (it'll be too crispy to roll). You’ll know they are done when you touch them and it’s no longer sticky.
Slice them into strips and roll them up! You can roll them with parchment paper so they don't get stuck if you'd like. Store in an airtight container on your counter for up to a week (if you place them in the fridge they get hard).
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* I used a silicone baking sheet that came with my Denali Dehydrator, if yours doesn't have one, use a small 12 x 10 in baking sheet/mat. Mine was pretty thick, so a little larger would be ok too.
** You could also make this fruit leather in the oven, just bake at 175 degrees F for at least 6 hours, adding more time as needed. You’ll know they are done when you touch them and it’s no longer sticky.
*** Cook time can vary depending on your dehydrator/oven. I would say start with 4 hours and then check on it every hour thereafter.
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