Making Homemade Fruit Leathers out of Applesauce!

After making 12 jars of applesauce, I wanted to use some of that to make some homemade fruit leathers or “fruit roll-ups” to use some of it up. This is a super easy homemade snack that is good for you too! It’s basically just dehydrated fruit and you can do it with other fruit purées as well. You don’t need to make your own applesauce for this either you can use store bought if you wish to make a healthier option to fruit snacks.

What you’ll Need:

  • Applesauce (I made 3 cookie sheets worth of fruit leathers and it took 5 16 oz jars of applesauce for this. You can adjust depending on how much you want to make.)
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Wax paper
  • twine, ribbon, yarn, or rubber bands
  • freezer bags or other air tight storage container
  • scissors


First you are going to preheat your oven to 175 degrees and then line your cookie sheet with wax paper. Spread out your applesauce or other fruit purée until its flat and even. Let the sauce dehydrate in the oven for about 8 hours (it will begin to darken). Take your fruit leather out and let it cool for a little bit then transfer it to another sheet of wax paper. I did this because the wax paper it cooks on becomes very greasy. Once you have it transferred over, cut it into strips of whatever size you prefer and roll the strips up. Tie them with whatever type of string you chose to use such as yarn, ribbon, twine, or rubber bands (I used twine I bought from the dollar tree!) Make sure you store your fruit in an air tight container (I used freezer storage bags) and keep it in a cool dry place. You can also freeze your fruit leathers, but dehydrated fruit keeps very well. I hope you enjoyed this simple little snack making activity! Its especially great for this time of year when apples and other goodies are in season.

This post has been featured as a guest post on Willamette Kids & Family Magazine. Go check it out for other fun ideas and local resources for kids and families in the Willamette Valley area!



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