I love fruit leather, but those little single packages that they sell at the grocery store are expensive. I knew there had to be a better way and thanks to Google, I found that, yes, it was possible to make fruit leather at home without a food dehydrator. I was a little bit worried when I saw people saying that it took 18 hours to make fruit leather in an oven, but it only took mine a little bit under 5 hours. Not too bad! I cut the fruit leather into strips comparable in size to the kind sold in stores and ended up with 16 of them–I spent about $4 on fruit for this recipe, so that’s a big savings over what I would have paid for fruit leather at the grocery store.
Homemade fruit leather made with fresh raspberries and peaches.
- cooking spray or oil mister
- 2 ripe peaches, pitted and cut into large chunks
- 6 oz. raspberries
- 1 tbsp. agave nectar or honey (more if the peaches or raspberries are on the tart side)
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients to food processor or blender and process until smooth. For seedless fruit leather, strain mixture through sieve. (I happen to love raspberry seeds!)
- Spread fruit evenly (this is really important!) onto baking sheet. Bake until fruit leather is dry, but still flexible. This is about 5 hours in my oven, but the cook time can vary, so keep an eye on your fruit leather as it cooks. Allow to cool and cut into strips using a pizza cutter or kitchen shears. Wrap each piece in wax paper and store in an airtight container or zip-top bag.