Inside: Get an easy grape fruit roll-up recipe with just one ingredient–grapes! Makes a great snack or lunchbox treat.
Have you met a kid who doesn’t like Fruit Roll-Ups? I haven’t.
Trouble is, the boxed kind at the grocery store usually contains multiple added sweeteners, oil, synthetic dyes, artificial flavor, and fruit juice concentrate instead of actual fruit.
So I make my own homemade fruit roll-ups in the oven–no food dehydrator needed.
Since grapes have such an intense, natural sweetness, there’s also no added sugar. A one-ingredient recipe! Can’t beat that.
This recipe is also a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen making something fun.
Ingredients You Need
- Grapes. That’s it! Choose seedless. For a red/purple-hued leather, pick red grapes.
Tools You Need
- Silicone Mat: The fruit leather won’t stick to it, and you can use it for tons of other baking projects. I use a Silpat mat.
- Offset Spatula: This isn’t necessary but makes it a lot easier to spread.
- Large-Rimmed Baking Sheet: This is the one I use.
- Kitchen Shears: Use a pair of kitchen shears (or clean scissors) to cut your leather into strips. Avoid using a knife, which will damage your silicone mat.
My Tips for Fruit Leather Success
I’m not going to sugar-coat it: Making homemade fruit leather can be tricky. And sometimes sticky. So if you want to try your hand at homemade fruit leather, keep in mind my four top tips:
1. Use a Silpat.
A Silpat baking mat is ideal for the job. I’ve had my Silpats for more than a decade and they’ve held up well. If you do a lot of baking, it’s definitely worth having.
2. Make it even.
This is key. It helps ensure that your edges aren’t crispy while your middle’s still gooey. Use an offset spatula (or a regular spatula or butter knife) to spread your mixture on the Silpat. Then, holding the pan at each end, bang the pan on the counter several times to evenly distribute the mixture across the baking mat.
3. Peek. A lot.
Once the leather has been baking for about two hours, start checking it every 15 minutes or so. Depending on your oven and the thickness of your mixture, the total baking time may be more than four hours.
The leather is ready when it still feels a little tacky but doesn’t come off on your finger when you touch it. The leather will dry from the outside in, so if the edges are done before the middle, take it out, cut off the edges, and put the rest back in to keep drying. Edges that get too dry will crack and be hard to roll.
4. Don’t expect perfection.
Some batches turn out better than others. Sometimes you’ll have a thick spot that take a long time to dry. That’s okay. There’s a reason homemade leathers don’t look like the boxed kind, but in my book, that’s a trade-off worth making!
How to Make Grape Fruit Leather
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees or the lowest temperature it will go.
Puree the grapes in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. You can pour the mixture through a strainer if you want the leather completely smooth.
Pour the grape puree into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Spread the fruit mixture on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a Silpat baking mat. An offset spatula like this will make it easier, but it’s not necessary.
Bang the sheet pan on the counter a few times to be sure the mixture is even. Here’s what it will look like when it’s spread evenly.
Bake for 2-4 hours, checking frequently. The leather is ready when it still feels a little tacky but doesn’t come off on your finger when you touch it.
Keep in mind it will dry from the outside in. If the edges feel very dry but the middle still seems sticky, take out the baking sheet, cut off the edges with kitchen shears and put the tray back in to continue baking.
Carefully lift the fruit roll-up off the mat while cutting into strips with kitchen shears or (clean) scissors.
Questions About Making Grape Fruit Leather
My drying process is taking longer–what did I do wrong?
All ovens are different, and your mixture may be thicker, which can prolong drying time. Be patient and keep checking!
Which way do you cut the fruit leather?
That’s up to you. I usually cut on the long end, which gives you longer strips. Or you can cut wider strips the other way.
Can I cut the fruit leather with a knife instead of scissors?
Yes, but using a sharp knife can damage your silicone mat. That’s why I prefer using scissors.
What do I do with the strips after I cut them?
You can place them on strips of wax paper or a piece of parchment paper and roll up (you can tie them with twine for extra cuteness). Or simply roll up without any paper.
How do I store grape fruit leather?
Keep the fruit leather in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag at room temperature. They’ll keep a week or two–but they likely won’t last that long!
Is fruit leather healthy?
This recipe is great because it only contains one ingredient– grapes! But keep in mind that chewy fruit leather can stick to teeth, and that can lead to cavities. So have your kids drink water or brush afterwards.
What other fruits can you use for homemade fruit leather?
- 3 cups fresh seedless red grapes, rinsed and removed from stems
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees (or the lowest your oven will go).
- Puree the grapes in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. You can pour the mixture through a metal strainer if you want the leather completely smooth (I don’t).
- Pour the grape puree into a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Spread mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a Silpat baking mat. An offset spatula works well for this job. Holding the pan firmly at each end, bang the pan on the counter several times to be sure the mixture is evenly distributed across the Silpat.
- Bake for 2-4 hours, checking frequently. The fruit leather is done when it’s sticky but doesn’t come off on your finger when lightly touched. The edges will dry out first and you can cut those off and continue baking the rest. When everything is dried out, remove from oven and let cool.
- Carefully peel leather up from the mat while cutting into strips with kitchen shears or regular (clean) scissors. You can roll them up as is, or place on parchment or waxed paper.
- Store in airtight container and enjoy within a week or so.
*Start checking your leather at 2 hours and keep checking every 15-30 minutes.
*Using a sharp knife to cut strips can damage your silicone mat. Use kitchen shears or scissors.
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Serving Size: 1 Fruit Leather
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 45Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g