Homemade Healthy Fruit Roll-Up Recipes

I can still remember when Uncle Toby’s “fruit” roll-ups came out. They were literally life-changing snacks (at least my 8 year old self thought so 😉 ). Whenever I was given the rare treat of finding one in my lunch box at school, I’d do that thing all kids do where you would wrap the roll-up around your index finger and eat it off that way. It made your hands all sticky, but there was something about it that just made it way more fun to eat that way.

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Roll ups made with REAL fruit, honey, and other nutritious ingredients (no refined sugar needed)

Anywho, they weren’t the healthiest of snacks, no matter what Uncle Toby’s slogan of “being made with real fruit” said…

Later on my mum started making these “healthy” fruit rollups for us to take to school, and they honestly tasted a-maaaaay-zing! Kids can be quite reluctant to try new things, especially if the word “healthy” gets thrown into it, but we took to them like a fly to fruit. They became our new favourite treat!

Fast forward to 2020, I had a desire to try my hand at making these healthy versions of fruit roll-ups myself! I love making healthy alternatives to things, and fruit roll-ups were something I hadn’t had since I was a kid! It felt very nostalgic to be having these again, and I can tell you now, they tasted just as good as I remembered! Plus, you get the added benefits that come with eating fresh fruits and veggies, just in “dehydrated-form”.

Before and after the fruit roll up mix has been dehydrated. Once it’s ready, all you need to do from there is cut them out and roll em’ up!

I’ve shared a fair few variations below, so you can try and test a few different flavours to see which ones are your favourites, and give your body a bit of variety in the nutrients it receives.

So if you’re as excited as I was in making these deliciously healthy, yummalicious (this has become my new favourite word 😉 ) snacks, you needn’t wait a minute longer, let’s get straight into the recipe, shall we?

These roll ups were the blueberry, banana and chia flavoured ones (they tasted soooooo good!)

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Fruit Roll-Ups Recipes

You can make any number of flavour combinations! You can follow the flavour combos we recommend below, or get experimenting and create your own! They’re naturally sweetened, vegan and gluten-free!

Blueberry Chis Banana Roll-Up

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 small ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 5-10 dates, pitted

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They make the prefect substitute for sugar-filled roll ups, and are so fun to experiment with (I love switching up the flavour combos!)

Strawberry Rhubarb Roll-Up

  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced & cooked*
  • 3 cups strawberries, diced
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)

Raspberry Peach Roll-Up

  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 3 peaches, pitted & diced
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)

To make:

  1. Wash, peel and remove any stems or pits, if needed. Keep the skins on as many of the fruits as possible (exceptions being things like bananas, oranges, pineapple, etc.) as it’s highly nutritious, and most of the nutrients in these foods are located just beneath the skin.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 centre.
  5. Dry at 63˚C (145˚F) for 6-8 hours. When the roll-ups are dried, they should be a little bit shiny and non-sticky to the touch. Allow them to cool before removing them from the trays.
  6. Roll the roll-ups into a tight roll and with a sharp knife, cut into a length of your choice. Wrap pieces with saran wrap (optional), put in air-tight containers or vacuum seal. Store in a cool, dark & dry place.

This recipe was originally from Fresh Off the Grid.

You know the mix is ready when it becomes shiny and non-sticky to the touch. The best results come from spreading the mix out quite thin to begin with. 

Homemade Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups (Without a Dehydrator)

  • 4 cups strawberries
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (may need less or more depending how sweet your strawberries are)

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 76˚C (170˚F) and line a baking pan with a silicone baking mat.
  2. Puree the strawberries, lemon juice and maple syrup in a high-speed blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture onto baking pan and spread evenly to cover the entire baking mat.
  4. Bake for 4-5 hours, turning the pan halfway.
  5. You’ll know they’re done when you touch them and they ‘re no longer soft or sticky.
  6. Allow to cool, then remove from sheet. With clean scissors, trim off edges then cut into 1 inch wide strips. Wrap with strips with parchment or tissue paper (optional), then use tape or string to seal.

Note:

  • Make sure to spread the mixture as evenly as possible on the pan so it bakes evenly.

This recipe was originally from Choosing Chia.

Tropical Fruit Leather (a.k.a Roll Ups)

  • 1 cup chopped star fruit
  • 1 cup chopped kiwi fruit
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 3 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water

To make:

  1. Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a simmer.
  2. Cook for approx. 10 minutes, or until fruit starts to soften and break down. Cool the fruit mixture a little, then add to a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Spread mixture over dehydrator roll-ups tray or drying sheet until it’s 1/4 inch thick. This will help it dehydrate more evenly.
  4. Dehydrate at 54°C (130°F) for 6-8 hours, or until leather (roll ups) peels away from the tray easily. You might need to use a knife to get along the edges, as it will be tacky, but it shouldn’t stick too much.
  5. Flip the fruit leather and continue dehydrating another 2 hours, or until it’s completely dry and there aren’t any moist spots remaining.
  6. Let it cool a little, then roll it up! You can enjoy your fruit roll ups now, or wrap in plastic wrap (or reusable silicon wrap) and store in a cool, dry place. Will keep for 6 months or longer.

This recipe was originally from Chili Pepper Madness.

Tropical Fruit Roll-Ups

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

To make:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Spread mixture on a dehydrator tray. Spread it about 1/8″ to 1/4″, but still ensure you’re not able see through it. If it’s too thin it will have holes in it.
  3. Dehydrate at 43°C (110°F) for 8-12 hours. The fruit roll-up mixture is done when it’s completely dry and slightly sticky to the touch.
  4. Use a butter knife to lift the fruit leather off the sheet. You should be able to peel it off the sheet easily.
  5. If desired, you can cut parchment paper the same size as the fruit roll-ups to roll them up in.

This recipe was originally from Create Mindfully.

Tropical Fruit Leathers

  • 1 lb strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/2 lb mango
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or honey or maple syrup)
  • Oil

To make:

  1. Thaw fruit if frozen. Add fruit, lemon juice, and sugar/maple syrup to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Lightly oil your dehydrator fruit leather trays. Divide fruit puree evenly across the trays. The puree should be spread out in an even 1/4″ layer.
  3. Set your dehydrator to 57°C (135°F) and dehydrate 4-6 hours.
  4. Remove trays from dehydrator and carefully peel the leather off trays.
  5. Cut into strips, roll, and store in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.

This recipe was originally from Fresh Off the Grid.

Have you made fruit rollups before? What flavours did you make? Share your recipe below! We love getting new recommendations on recipes to try!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa