Homemade Snacks Save You Money, Gas, and Worry

Making your own homemade snacks is fun, easy and guarantees that you know what’s in the snack.  And, your kids will love them as this video shows.  Check out this satisfied customer!

Rolled Fruit Leather


4 cups fruit (apples, pears, peaches, apricots)

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup (optional)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Peel and dice the fruit, removing seeds (except for the berries). Add the fruit and water to a stockpot and bring to a boil, then pour in lemon juice and honey. Reduce the heat to medium-low simmer until the fruit is soft and easily mashed with the tines of a fork.  Use an immersion blender and puree the fruit until smooth.

On a parchment-lined cookie sheet or dehydrator tray, thinly spread out the puree between 1/8″ and 1/4″ thick.


For a Food Dehydrator:

Spread onto parchment lined tray between 1/8″ and 1/4″ thick and turn on the lowest setting and dry until tacky but no longer sticky. Refer to your manufacturer’s directions.

For the Oven:

Spread fruit puree onto parchment-lined baking sheets between 1/8″ and 1/4″ thick. Bake at the lowest oven temperature (between 150-180º F) for 8-10 hours until the fruit is tacky but does not stick to you when touched.

Remove from dehydrator or oven, allow to cool slightly and roll. Cut into desired lengths and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.



Editor’s note: Video and recipe by Shaina Olmanson, author of the Food for My Family blog.

Posted on October 17, 2011, in Family, Mom Tips. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Fantastic idea,and I bet it has a lot less sugar than it’s “commercial” counterpart!

    Just out of curiosity, what flavors do your kids like best? That apple/pumpkin one sounds great for this time of year.


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