How to Make Blueberry Fruit Leather – Oven or Dehydrator

This blueberry fruit leather is made with fresh blueberries and a wee bit of honey and almond extract. It is intensely fruity. A dark rich colour thats packed with antioxidants, fibre and all the nutrients in a handful of fresh blueberries. You’re peeps are going to love these roll-ups!

rolls of blueberry leather with blueberries
Intensely fruity, blueberry fruit leather.

Also Read: Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Leather, Pumpkin Pie Fruit Leather, How to Make Fruit Leather

I was fortunate to use fresh picked blueberries for my fruit leather. But you can easily sub in frozen or canned blueberries. And, if you want to stretch your fruit buying dollar – consider mixing in some more affordable fruit like applesauce to make the blueberry flavour go further. Trust me, no one will know, the colour and flavour of the blueberries will shine through.

Not only will you love this tasty treat, but you’ll benefit from all the nutrients in blueberries too. Check out what Canadian Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck says about blueberries. Because we’re using fresh blueberries and very low heat to make this fruit leather, all the benefits of blueberries remain!

blueberry and blueberry pineapple fruit rolls
I made one tray with just blueberries and another with an equal mix of blueberries and pineapple. Both are FANTASTIC. For ideas on what fruit and flavour makers you can use read How to Make Fruit Leather.

Can You Make this Fruit Leather in the Oven?

Yes! I’m fortunate to have a dehydrator at home, so I like using it when making fruit leather, but you CAN make this fruit leather in the oven. Just be aware, it does take some time.

Here are the steps for making this fruit leather in the oven.

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°F (80°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the puree as outlined in the recipe below.
  3. Spread the puree on the parchment paper about 1/8 to 1/4 inch (2-5mm) thin. An offset spatula really helps with this.
  4. Bake for 6 to 8 hours, or until no longer sticky to the touch, does not leave any indentations when pressed with fingers and separates easily from parchment paper. Read How to Check if Fruit Leather is Done.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  6. Either remove from parchment paper or roll with the parchment paper (prevents the roll from sticking to itself).
  7. Use kitchen scissors or a sharp knife to cut into rolls. Enjoy.

Pro Tip: NEVER use wax paper when dehydrating – in the oven or in the dehydrator. It will stick horribly! Use parchment paper.

hand pressing on fruit leather
Press a clean, flat hand on top of leather to see if it’s dry. If you see indentations, keep drying! Read details on how to know if fruit leather is dry.

Recipe for Blueberry Fruit Leather

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Blueberry Fruit Leather

Use fresh, frozen or canned blueberries to make this beautiful, anti-oxidant rich blueberry fruit leather. The recipe can easily be reduced or doubled depending on how much sauce you have.
Prep : 15 mins
Cook : 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey optional
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract optional

Instructions

  • Wash and clean fresh blueberries removing any stem ends and leaves.
  • Use an immersion blender, up-right blender or food processor to puree blueberries.
  • Add honey and almond extract, if using. Taste test and add more as desired.
  • Spread onto lined dehydrator tray about 1/8 to 1/4 inch (2-6 mm) thick. Line tray with paraflexx sheet, silicone or parchment, not wax paper.
  • Place in dehydrator and dry at 135°F (57°C) for 6-8 hours (longer if very humid).
  • Press leather with flat fingers, if there’s an indentation or any dark, wet spots, it’s not ready. If it comes off easily, it is done. Watch how to tell if Fruit Leather is Dry on YouTube.
  • Let cool completely then roll and cut into strips. Store in sealed container for several months. If temperature in house is very warm, humid or varies greatly, store in freezer or fridge.
  • Makes 2 cups puree, enough for one 8×6 inch sheets of leather or 8 inch wide rolls.

Oven Drying

  • For oven dehydrating, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Turn to 170° F (70°C). Dry for 8 hours or more. (see post for more details)

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Notes

To make more, just increase the amount of fruit. 2 cups of fruit will yield enough for 1 tray of a dehydrator or one medium sized baking sheet.
 
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 0.5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberries, dehydrdating, fruit leather, fruit roll ups
slice of blueberry fruit leather
This homemade blueberry fruit leather tastes so fruity – you’ll never get this kind of flavour in store bought roll-ups!

Use a Combination of Fruit

I made an additional tray of pineapple blueberry roll-ups. I used 1 cup of fresh pineapple pieces and 1 cup of fresh blueberries. For this batch, I did not add any additional sweetener or flavourings. Notice the colour difference between the two rolls? The lighter one includes pineapple.

blueberry and blueberry pineapple fruit rolls
The blueberry pineapple roll-ups are a lighter colour and every bit as delicious!

You could also use canned or frozen fruit in combination with blueberries. How about strawberry/blueberry or blueberry/peach? Or maybe blueberry lime flavoured roll-ups!

How to Check Your Fruit Leather

If you need a little more guidance on checking your fruit leather or if your fruit leather is too dry – it’s breaking into pieces, check out these articles.

How to Check for Dryness of Fruit Leather

What if My Fruit Leather is Too Dry

Temperature Guide for Dehydrated Food

How To Store Fruit Leather

Fruit leather easily re-absorbs moisture, so it’s important to store it in an airtight, dry container.

I roll my leather and cut into small, single serve pieces. I store these in an airtight container that’s kept in the kitchen cupboard.

If your house is very warm or humid, keep fruit leather in the fridge to prevent it from absorbing moisture or becoming overly sticky.

You can also store fruit leather in the freezer.

Store in bite size rolls in an airtight container.

Other Fruit Leather Recipes

If you need a little more guidance on checking your fruit leather or if your fruit leather is too dry – it’s breaking into pieces, check out these articles.

Pumpkin and Apple Pie Flavored Fruit Leather

Cranberry Sauce Fruit Leather

Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Leather

rhubarb fruit leather rolls
Rhubarb strawberry fruit leather is another favourite.

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