How to Make Fruit Leathers

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In this post, we’re showing you how to make fruit leathers using a dehydrator, plus recipes for three different flavors! Learn how to make fruit leathers in a dehydrator Want to incorporate more fruits (and veggies) into your active lifestyle? Learn how to make your own fruit leathers! Fresh Off the Grid contributors Kira & Brendon Hak of Adventure Haks show us how to make these healthy lightweight snacks at home. I used to feel really guilty at our lack of fruit whenever we packed our meals for a motorcycle tour or a multi-day backpacking trip. Fruit is heavy, takes up a lot of space and doesn’t last very long, so it rarely makes the cut. But then fruit leathers came along and we started feeling a lot better about what we were packing, and eating! Fruit leathers are delicious and easy! You can take any fruit you have laying around, puree and sweeten (or not) and dehydrate it into a nutritious, chewy, and high-energy snack. Ingredients for DIY Fruit Leathers You will want to pick fruit that is ripe or even slightly overripe. To sweeten, we like to use either honey or pitted dates. Sometimes, if the fruit chosen isn’t tart, we even skip the sweetener altogether. The amount of sweetener is a personal preference so be sure to adjust it to your liking. To fill all four of our dehydrator trays we need about 6-8 cups of pureed fruit; depending on your dehydrator this could vary. Line the trays with parchment paper, as sometimes the puree can leak through. We start with the wrap and remove it after a few hours when it has started to dry. How to make fruit leathers in a dehydrator - a perfect on-the-go hiking snack I’ve shared three of our favourites but the flavour combinations are endless. We tend to choose flavours based on what is on sale or by what we have around the kitchen that needs to be used up. Fortunately, we live in a region of Canada called the Okanagan, which is a fruit orchard heaven. The recipes we have included are what we need to fill only two trays in our dehydrator. We like to do two kinds at a time and vacuum seal variety packs for the trail. Using the recipes we have given as a guide, try these other flavours: Apricot (apricots & sweetener), Strawberry Lemonade (strawberries, lemons, honey), Apple Cinnamon (apples, honey, cinnamon), PB and Jam (strawberries and 1 cup PB)

 Have fun with it, you really can’t go wrong! How to Make Fruit Leather in a dehydrator

GEAR SPOTLIGHT: Choosing a Dehydrator

From making fruit leathers and jerky, drying fresh fruits and vegetables for longer term storage, or even creating dehydrated just-add-boiling-water for backpacking trips or emergencies, there are dozens of ways to use a dehydrator. As with most kitchen appliances, there are a number of options to choose from. There are two that we see over and over again. If you’re budget-conscious the Nesco Snackmaster Pro is probably your best bet. If you will be doing a lot of dehydrating, you’ll likely be able to recoup the cost of one of the Excalibur model dehydrators, which has long held the position of best-of-the-best in the dehydrating community.

Equipment Spotlight: Dehydrators

If you’re in the market for a dehydrator, we recommend buying one that has an adjustable temperature, which will allow you to dial in the drying temp to give you the best results for individual ingredients. The dehydrator we recommend (and use) most often is the COSORI Premium. You can also check out our best dehydrators post for a comparison of all the dehydrators we’ve used and would recommend.
Fruit leathers rolled up and stacked in a pile

DIY Fruit Leathers

Using this basic technique, you can make any number of flavor combinations! Here we share our three favorite fruit leather flavors to get you started.
Author: Adventure Haks
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes



  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced & cooked*
  • 3 cups strawberries, diced
  • ¼ cup honey


  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 small ripe bananas, peeled
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 5-10 dates, pitted


  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 3 peaches, pitted & diced
  • ¼ cup honey


  • Wash, peel and remove any stems or pits, if needed. The skin of the fruit is highly nutritious so we always use the peel as well (exception: bananas, pineapples, oranges, etc).
  • Put all the produce into a blender or food processor, with your sweetener of choice, and blend until smooth.* If making the Strawberry Rhubarb variation: The rhubarb needs to be softened so after dicing put into a pot with just enough water to cover them and cook on medium until soft, we pour everything from the pot, water and all, into the processor so we don’t lose the nutrients
  • Optional Step: We have found if your preheat the mixture in a pot before putting it in the dehydrator it speeds up the drying time. Just dump the blended mixture into a pot and heat on medium for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Line trays with parchment paper. Spread onto dehydrated trays. Since the sides dry quicker, make the puree thicker around the edges - approx 1/4” inch and 1/8” at the center.
  • Dry at 145F/63C for 6-8 hours. Another way to speed up drying time is to check after a few hours and remove the wrap/paper. When the leathers are dried, they will be a little bit shiny and non-sticky to the touch. Allow them to cool before removing them from the trays.
  • Roll the leather into a tight roll and with a sharp knife, cut into a lengths of your choice. Wrap pieces with saran wrap, put in air-tight containers (like ziplock bags) or vacuum seal. Store in a cool, dark & dry place.

*Nutrition is an estimate based on information provided by a third-party nutrition calculator

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Meet Brendon & Kira – The Adventure Haks. We are avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy any activity that will take us outside. Most of our time is spent motorcycle touring, where we can combine the freedom to explore new places with our love for hiking, fishing, and camping. We are currently living & adventuring in British Columbia, Canada.Follow along @adventurehaks and at
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  1. Zsombor Lacza says:

    Great post, I’ll try them. I usually take dried fruit anywhere but never tried drying at home. OK, I tried it when I was a kid with mediocre success but these leathers look far more sophisticated.5 stars

    1. They are really easy to do! We hope you get a chance. Let us know how it turns out. 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    I love the idea of pb in a fruit leather! Will have to try for our upcoming camping trip.
    Have you tried dehydrating on a silpat? I avoid using plastic wrap whenever possible. The silicon mats aren’t recyclable, sadly, but at least are reusable.

    1. We haven’t tried those, but we will now! we are always up for anything that is better for the environment!

  3. Great note. Many thanks.
    Quick question: Once they are packed, for how long can they be in the ziplock bag before they go bad?
    I’m planning for consuming them 3 or 4 days after prepared. Would the leathers still be good by then?
    Cheers5 stars

    1. You are golden! We have done up to a week in a ziplock – they are usually gone after that ;). We have tested them up to 4 months so far (vacuumed sealed) with no issues.

  4. Gayle Downey says:

    Thank you for the recipes. Years ago, when I was young, I had a very low price dehydrator, but it worked good. Unfortunately, I lost it through the years, and reading your recipes has given me the incentive to buy another one. I need to eat healthier, and this is a perfect way. Thanks again.

    1. We are happy to hear we inspired you to get dehydrating again. We have had a lot of fun playing around with different recipes. We have a few other recipes on here so be sure to check them out if you need some ideas. Good luck 🙂

  5. Rebecca Grasham says:

    Looks like you have a 5 tray exvalibur do you love it? in the midst of a purchase cant make up my mind on model. Any advice would be great excalibur does not have a ton of great reviews and im curious about the new digital control


    1. We have the 4 tray, and we love it. However, we have no experience with any other brands. As of right now, the only thing we would have done differently was get the 10 tray, so we could do more at once 😉

  6. Chia in fruit leather, amazing!! Would chia be ok with just berries?5 stars

    1. Yup, that works great! Be sure to use really ripe berries or add a sweetener, you might just find them to be a little tart if you don’t.

  7. Thank you for your great recipes. I have a strawberry batch in the dehydrator right now, and it smells delicious! I’ve owned my Excalibur dehydrator for many years, and still love using it to process fruit, veggies, and herbs. Have you ever added veggies with fruit for a leather? I’m wondering about zucchini in with berries or plums? Thanks again, your recipes are the best!5 stars

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      Thanks! We haven’t tried veggie/fruit blends yet, but I’m sure with the right flavor pairing they’d be delicious.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Using wax paper ruined about 15 pounds of my hard earned, self grown, organic peaches and apricots. I was skeptical about using it but I assumed you knew what you were saying. I’m guessing you meant parchment paper. You might want to correct that in your instructions.

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      We are so sorry about this. Yes, parchment paper is what should have been written, not wax paper. It has since been updated. We know how awful it can be to lose good produce. We’re sorry to have led you astray.

  9. I built a solar dehydrator

    Trying blackberry dig as I type.

  10. I used white grapes I grew. I pureed them and strained the seeds and skins out and did not put anything else in the mixture and started drying in the dehydrator as directed. The puree was great and so sweet. It took many days of drying (4) to become usable enough to slice and roll up. MY problem is they are still sticky. Could I roll them in something like powder sugar to help with the stickiness? Cornstarch? I don’t want to use sugar.

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      We have never tried grapes before. We’ll have to give that a try sometime. As for the stickiness, it could be a factor of how much natural sugar the grapes contain. If that’s the case, then you probably don’t want to add MORE sugar to the mix. Perhaps they could be dehydrated even longer to get them to be less sticky. That or roll them in parchment paper, so they don’t stick to themselves.

  11. If you do apple fruit leather do you cook the apples first? Or just puree add leman and sugar and dehydrate?

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      You can do it either way (cooked or uncooked), but for something like apples, we’d suggest cooking them with some water, sugar, lemon juice, and spices. Drain them and proceed to puree. This will break the fibers down, kill off any bacteria, and really up the flavor.

  12. Is it possible to freeze them so they can be stored longer? I’m hoping to put my dehydrator in overdrive to prepare for a 2 week canoe trip and want to get a few different things ready

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      You can freeze them (although it may affect the texture after awhile). If it’s only going to be for a week or two, we’d suggest refrigerating them.

  13. I’m so pleased to have found your recipes. Thank you! I am also from BC so it blessed me to be able to use recipes and ideas from home5 stars

  14. Tom Hutchinson says:

    Hi Kira,
    I was heavy into dyhydrating fruit over 30 yearas ago but wore out the old unit. After a 25 year hiatus I’m at it agin with a Samson 9 tray unit. Very pleased with its performamance. For the past couple months I’ve kept it laoded with a variety of vegetables and fruits. I’m now ready to try fruit leaters. There seems to be an abundance of fresh cranberries in the stores now. One site suggested pitted dates as a sweetner. How does a leather made from cranberries sweetened with dates sound. Any suuggestions appreciated.
    Tom Hutchinson

  15. Susan Crawford says:

    These fruit leathers look absolutely delicious! I want to buy a dehydrator just for those and jerky!

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      We bought a dehydrator and do not regret it.

  16. Hello,
    your fruit leather sounds so yummy. im off to pick strawberries tomorow morning and will be trying your receipe in my dehydrator in the afternoon.

    How long can you store these with or without using honey/dates??

    Thank you.

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      Depending on the temperature, you can properly store this on the counter for a few days. After that, we’d suggest putting them in the refrigerator just to be safe.

  17. Another tip for dehydrators is purchasing silicone baking sheets meant for swiss cake rolls. They are shallow and pretty easy to find in sizes for most rectangular dehydrators.

    Fruit leather is a big part of my diet whenever I have the motivation to be healthy. They are easy to grab, have a great shelf-life, and make an amazing candy replacement! I do my best to make them versatile and slip in veggies whenever possible. I’ve also tried adding a little unflavored pea protein or greek yogurt to varying levels of success.

    Fruit/Veggie combos I’ve found to be successful:

    1. Green Leather:
    -Granny Smith Apples (cored, not peeled & cook until soft)
    -Kiwis (remove ends, keep fuzzy peels for fiber/nutrients)
    -Banana (strong flavor)
    (adding grapes and baby kale and skipping the banana next time)

    2. Red Leather:
    -Mixed Berries (I go overboard, grind all seeds separately, and mix them back in for a smooth texture)
    -Sweet Cherry Tomatoes
    (tried adding a little bit of beets one time…not recommended ????)

    3. Yellow Leather:
    -Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash (quickly pre-cook potato/squash in microwave)

    *Ratios can be tricky, so do small batches and make sure the puree tastes great before drying*

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      Thanks for all the flavor suggestions! Those all sound super yummy! And spot on with the silicone baking mat idea.

  18. Hiya!
    I’ve made a LOT of fruit leather over the years with many different fruit/veggie combos. I occasionally encounter a problem where fissures and cracks form in the puree as it’s drying. Still tastes great, of course, but isn’t nearly as attractive when I plan on gifting some of it. I’m wondering if anyone else has ever seen this, or knows what causes it? Thanks!

    1. Fresh Off the Grid says:

      We’ve had this happen to us a few times too! We’re not 100% positive, but we think the root cause is not taking the time to make sure our puree is evenly distributed. The puree should be as perfectly uniform as possible.

      When it’s thicker in some places and thinner in others, the thin spots will overdry while the thicker spots still arent’ done yet. We’ll need to do some more research, but we think that’s the issue.

  19. Lois Hinkle says:

    I am looking for recipes that you can fix that last a long time. Recipes that if needed can last for up to a month.
    I enjoy your recipes for jerky. Thanks for sharing.
    Lucy Hinkle5 stars

  20. We love the strawberry rhubarb combo! My 6 year old is crazy for them and wants one every day. It took much longer than 6-8 hrs in my 4 tray excalibur, not sure why. My son was not a fan of the blueberry date combo, but I’m really looking forward to trying the peach raspberry when they come into season!5 stars

    1. Fresh Off The Grid says:

      So glad you and your son enjoyed them! And we totally hear you on the dehydrating times! They can vary so much from machine to machine. Also how thick the spread is, plus ambient room temperature. Geez. At the end of the day, they really are just estimates.

  21. Thanks for the info about using rhubarb in fruit leather! I’ve never considered that until I read your post and it’s a great idea.

  22. Lisa Buczek says:

    I am a hiker and also love the outdoors but I am also a gardener with a new 19 acre piece of raw land. I am making hiking trails and various gardens throughout the property. I have decided on 3 dwellings on the property. None of the dealing are built yet and I have no electric water or septic. I am planning on compost toilets, shallow wells and 1 lean-to dwelling, one boathouse dwelling, and am not sure on the third yet. I am going to mess around with my raspberries and mulberries ma and see if I can come up with a fruit leather I can make in the sun. I was thinking if I cover my trays with an enclosed plastic form I may be able to get the drying process to continue overnight. Then leave them in the sun the next day also. If they look like they are drying cover them with cheesecloth the second day and let them stay in the hot sun all day. I plan on going with stand alone solar systems eventually. Thank you for the great idea. I have lots of fruits on my property to mess around with.

  23. Thanks for the tips tips about how to spread sick on the edge Center on the center I would not have known that it would not have occurred to me I have two trays of it going right now I’ll let you know thank you again

  24. Hilton Ho says:

    I’m just starting to dehydrate fruits.

  25. My receipe for my dehydrator only shows to dry the fruit, not how to make the rollups. Thanks for your site
    [email protected]5 stars

  26. We tried the strawberry leather, we put another parchment paper on top and put it outside. We live in Riyadh, KSA it was ready in a day ????. These days it is 47°C.5 stars

  27. Can I make lemon leather?