Homemade Naturally Sweetened Blueberry Fruit Roll- Ups or fruit leather is a kid friendly favorite snack!
Blueberries pureed with only 2 other ingredients is all it takes to make your own kid friendly version of fruit roll -ups at home. No food dehydrator is required, but if you have one of course you can just use that. Frozen or fresh blueberries will work just the same, just be sure to thaw the frozen berries first.
I don't know about your family but my kids LOVE to come with me to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods knowing when they do they are most often likely to ask for a prepared snack and I will appease them. You can find these type of fruit leathers at many health food stores. My kids most often see them right near the aisle when you check out of course! And they are typically about a $1.00 a piece for a little thin strip. So I decided to try to make a homemade version to see how they'd hold up with the picky ones!
I used a silpat which is a silicone mat and placed it on a baking sheet. Once the mixture is made in the blender you just pour it in the middle and spread to even out.
Then the oven or dehydrator does the rest! Once cooled you can cut them into strips. I made 10 long strips out of mine since they were thinner than the fruit leather version from Trader Joes.
If you use a food dehydrator you will need to cover the trays with parchment paper before pouring your mixture on.
The kiddies approved! A little thinner that they would have liked so next time I will work on not spreading it so thin, but overall they loved them, even the hubby!
Homemade Naturally Sweetened Blueberry Fruit Roll-Ups
- 32 ounces frozen blueberries thawed or 1 pound fresh
- ½ lemon or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla liquid stevia or 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- If needed to help blender add 2 tablespoons of water.
- Pour blueberry juice over a silpat or parchment paper on a baking pan.
- Spread evenly about an inch away from edges.
- Bake 6-7 hours until it's no longer sticky when touched.
- Cut into strips and roll onto parchment paper.
- Secure with tape, elastic or twine.
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, use parchment paper!! I almost wasted two packs of organic blueberries by using parchment paper. The mixture cannot be peeled off. I should have read the comments before attempting this recipe. I was able to peel off the mixture in pieces before it got too dry to do so. I now have it in random uneven pieces in the dehydrator. I hope it turns out ok. The owner of this recipe is negligent in not making the correction. Numerous people have said it is not ok to use parchment paper.
Negligent? I used silpat and parchment to make this recipe as written without issues and there are others who have commented it worked fine for them. I used frozen thawed blueberries. Perhaps using fresh made the difference in yours sticking to parchment.
Hi there I tries this recipe and it stuck to my parchment paper. What did I do wrong?
Hi there. These look yummy. Could the blueberries be replaced with apple? We have excess apples at the moment :). Thanks
I tried this yesterday and followed the directions to the t. I baked it for about 6.5 hours. At 6 hours it was still a little sticky so I added the extra half. When I took it out of the oven, I let it cool for a little. When I tried to peel it off it’s completely stuck to the parchment paper! I couldn’t even try it because the whole back is the paper! Is there something I should’ve done differently?
I am looking for recipie to make fruit snacks. Could I pour this into a silicone mold and bake?
Yes I think that would work.
I used blueberries and 1/2 cup organic raw sugar (sorry - hate pretend sugars) and a bit of water. Simmered it on the stove top till it thickened up a bit - ran it through the blender - then on the stove top a bit more. (I was cleaning the kitchen and it smelled so good, I just kept cleaning just to be in the same room!!) Then put it in my dehydrator. OOH - I used a bit of coconut oil on the dehydrator "sheet", and it came out great! Thanks for suggesting such a great recipe. I know this is an old post, but I'm a bit slow on catching up!
I just blended blueberries in ninja with about 2 t. of Stevia. Poured into a parchment lined pan and baked at 200 for about 4 hrs. SO good and less carbs.
I don't have a blender so I used my Magic Bullet to make this. When I poured it on the pan it was the gelatinous consistency of cold gravy. Cooked fine and tastes amazing! But, I'm wondering, is that the correct consistency?
More details: I used 1/2 fresh lemon juice and 1 tbsp honey.
I'm sure that's fine, the magic bullet must have really worked well to puree the berries.
Would you have to use lemon juice? I am unable to have citrus.
You can leave it out.
I made this recipe a few days ago and my family loved it!! If I wanted to use strawberries, would you suggest using the same amounts of the other ingredients?
Yes same amounts is fine, thank you!
I'm looking to make half of this recipe, do I need to reduce the cooking time for a smaller batch? (Smaller pan) or should it still be 6-7 hours?
I would check it around 4-5 hours, but you may still need to go as long as 6-7.
How do I store them and how long are they good for?
I cut them as you see in the pics in strips and cut strips of the parchment paper to roll each one then placed them in ziploc baggies. They didn't last more than a few days in my house, but probably would last at least 7-10 days or more.
6-7 hours takes a long time. Could you just increase the heat and cook for a shorter time?
I wouldn't mind an answer to this also.
Not really, they most likely would become very brittle and wouldn't be fruit leather anymore. Plus, cooking at higher temps would defeat the purpose of them being nutritive, for the higher the temp, the higher vitamine loss you will get.
This recipe is gorgeous and wonderful documented. Thank you so much. I will try it for sure in 2015, once I have some more time watching my oven;) I love the fact that it is a sugar free snack. Do you think it could work with raspberries too?
yes it would
I have 57 blueberry bushes that produce about 20+ lbs will try this recipe tomorrow
Oh wow I would love that! Time to start planting!
My 29 year old ( police officer ) son just said mom can you make me healthy fruit roll ups to take with my lunch as a snack ,and then I see this . perfect !! Thanks
How wide is 1 serving strip?