Learn to make rhubarb fruit leather. Whether using rhubarb fresh from the garden or using up last year’s frozen rhubarb, you’ll love this tasty treat.
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.
- Preheat the oven to 170°F (80°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prepare the puree as outlined in the recipe below.
- Spread the puree on the parchment paper about 1/8 inch (1-2 mm) thin.
- 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.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- Either remove from parchment paper or roll with the parchment paper (prevents the roll from sticking to itself)
- Use kitchen scissors or a sharp knife to cut into rolls. Enjoy.
How to Make Rhubarb Fruit Leather
Rhubarb Fruit Leather
- 2 cups rhubarb fresh or frozen
- 2 cups strawberries fresh or frozen
- 1/4-1/2 cup honey to taste
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup applesauce
- Combine rhubarb and strawberries in pot with 1/4 cup water and cook until soft, 8-12 minutes.
- Remove from heat, puree until smooth with blender and let cool.
- Combine with remainder of ingredients.
- Spread onto lined dehydrator tray about 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick.
- Place in dehydrator and dry at 135°F (57°C) for 8-10 hours.
- 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.
- Roll and cut into strips. Let cool completely then store in sealed container for up to 1 month or in the freezer for longer.
- Makes 2-3 cups puree for an 8×6 inch to 8×8 inch sheet of leather
- For oven dehydrating, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Turn to 170° F (70°C). Dry for 6-8 hours. (see post for details)
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Here’s a photo collage of the process.
Rhubarb Fruit Leather Combinations
Yes, you can make fruit leather with just rhubarb, but it’s more fun when you add different flavors and textures.
We often mix in pureed frozen fruit like strawberries, mangoes, blueberries or raspberries. Added fruit really punches up the color!
Often, I will also add applesauce. I do this for two reasons. One, I often have buckets of homemade canned or frozen applesauce thanks to our apple trees so it’s a cheap way to double a recipe. Two, the pectin in applesauce helps thicken the puree so it stays nicely on the tray. This is a good trick for any fruit leather.
Sometimes, we also add nuts and seeds. It’s one of the ways I try to add more healthy fats and proteins to my snacking. This is especially important to me when I’m taking homemade fruit leather for extended backcountry trips. I like adding chia, hemp, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds.
Also try different flavor makers and sweeteners like lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon, pie spice, ginger, orange zest, orange juice concentrate, maple syrup, honey or your favorite jam.
When you make your puree taste it! Adjust the flavor and sweetness to suit your taste preferences. Drying will intensify the flavor, if you love it wet – you’ll love it even more dry!
Excellent Trail Food
Fruit leather is a great trail snack, it’s the closest thing you might get to fresh fruit for a while! I use it two ways:
1. Eat as Is
Fruit rolls are perfect to chew on while covering some big miles. They’re light, easy to pack and a flavorful way to get a quick boost.
2. Re-hydrate in Dishes
Pieces of dried fruit leather can also be added to other dishes like oatmeal or chia seed pudding. When you add the water to those dishes, the leather will re-hydrate and you’ll get fruity bits and flavor in your recipe.
Is Your Leather Dry or Too Dry
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.
Other Fruit Leather Recipes
I’d love to see your fruit leather creation. Leave a comment or take a photo and tag #getgettys so I can see it and like it!
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