Homemade fruit leathers

When my mom was still packing my lunches I always wanted her to include a Fruit Roll-Up or a Fruit by the Foot. The sugary, brightly colored treat was the perfect snack from the prospective of a kid in elementary. But a quick glance at the ingredients and it makes you think twice — maltodextrin, the ever controversial corn syrup, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, acetylated mono and diglycerides sodium citrate, malic acid, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, potassium citrate, yellow 5, red 40, and blue 1. Oh yeah, and fruit.

But those delicious treats don’t have to be filled with all that crap, and you can make them at home too. Pretty easily in fact. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 lbs of peaches (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon

I only used one of these jars.

Combine the water and sugar, dissolve over heat. Add the peaches and bring to near boil.

Add the lemon juice, then put the mixture into a blender and puree, or use a stick blender to do it in the pot.

Turn on oven to 180 degrees F.

Bring that all back to a boil and reduce by at least a third, or until about the consistency of apple sauce or baby food.

Spread the mixture on cooking sheets covered with parchment paper. Spread out the mixture until it’s about 1/8 inch think. Pop in oven for 2-4 hours, until the fruit is tacky to the touch, but won’t spread to the touch either.

Cut with a pizza cutter, store in an air-tight container for up to a month.


Don’t be afraid to use other fruit, or combine fruit. Strawberry kiwi? Peach Strawberry? It all sounds pretty delicious.

  1. Kraig said:

    Where do you come up with this stuff? Please put the Koch household down for one of those free samples. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Brad said:

    Nice photos and recipe. This seems like a lot more work than canned fruit (though the canning process is a pain), so I’m probably just going to stick with that.

  3. Garic Lawrence said:

    Sounds delicioso! I used to love roll ups as a kid!

  4. connie said:

    I feel so bad about giving you those fruit roll-ups that you demanded I put in your lunch? Will you forgive me and don’t forget you owe me your very life.

  5. Lyndsey said:

    hmmm…interesting. Never had homemade ones before are they just are good?

  6. Patricio said:

    They are amazing. I had a taste last night. He could literally sell these by the pound if he wanted.

    @Connie: Your comment made me laugh. I’d say Drew turned out pretty well despite the maltodextrin, and he sure better be thankful for his awesome parents!

  7. Shonagh said:

    This is going to be fun for the summer time! I bet blackberry would be yummy!

  8. bree said:

    Would these work without sugar? Thank you for the recipe!

    • Andrew Thomason said:

      I’m not sure if you could use artificial sweeteners or go completely sans sugar. If you try either let me know!

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