Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups)

Chewy and bursting with flavour, this delicious Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups) is also flavoured with honey and spices. This is an irresistibly delicious and healthy snacking material!

Very Short Post

Hello, everyone. I hope you’re doing well. So am I – thanks for asking. Busy week, you know.

That being said, I am going to keep it super short and sweet this time. It is funny that almost every time I say this (And I use this excuse quite often), I end up writing a really long post. Somehow it does not work the way it supposed. However, I am going to try my best this time to keep it actually short. I promise. I mean, will see :)

A while ago we bough a dehydrator, and we have been very enjoying it. I didn’t experience a lot with it back in summer, except for making some fruit leather including this Strawberry Leather. With the apple season arrived, I have been drying apples a lot lately. It is a super easy and delicious snack. I also sprinkle apple slices with various spices, and I occasionally drizzle them with a little of honey (Or honey plus spices). The result is fantastic; crispier (Thanks to caramelization) apples with a distinctive honey flavour. I am seriously thinking of spreading some Nutella or dulce de leche as an experiment! What do you think of this idea?

However, when it comes to Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups), I have only made it twice so far. Perhaps, I can repeat it one day, but I am satisfied with dried apples for now. While making Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups) is relatively easy process, the presentation part takes a lot of your time. In my case, I needed that for photos, but I am certainly not doing this again, unless it’s going to be an edible gift. Instead, rather than rolling up, I would just suggest you cutting the ready leather into strips with a pizza knife. Of course, if you feel fancy about all the rolling and threading, please be my guest!

Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups)

What’s also great about Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups)? Lot’s of room for some fun! Play with different apple varieties and jazz it up with additions. Those two times I made Apple Leather, I used honey, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, and even lavender – separately or in combinations. The best flavours, in my opinion, are honey-cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cardamom, and star anise. I must (sadly) admit, lavender was not a good addition; surprisingly, I didn’t feel it at all even though I added enough of it. Just roughly divide the apple mixture into the number of your trays (6 in my case) and add the desired flavorings. You can go one-two extra flavorings or as many trays you’ve got.

Don’t fancy apples? Try other autumn fruit such as pears and quinces (You will need to cook quinces longer, I assume.) Personally, I am still trying to figure out how to make pumpkin leather – my 2 attempts have not been deemed successful. Please do share if you have a recipe for pumpkin leather. And I hope some of you will get inspired to try this Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups).

I think I have got another long post, after all :)

See you next week!

Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups)

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: SnacksDifficulty: Easy
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Chewy and bursting with flavour, this delicious Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups) is also flavoured with honey and spices. This is an irresistibly delicious and healthy snacking material!


  • ~ 4 lb. of apples (~9 medium apples 150-170 gr. each)

  • 2/3 cup water

  • juice of 1/2 lemon or more, to taste

  • Optional: honey (1 tbsp. for each cup of pureed apples) and spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg


  • Roughly cut the apples into chunks / slices and place in a medium pan along with 2/3 cup of water. Bring them to a boil, simmer for about 10 minutes, then turned the heat off. Cool slightly then puree with a immersive or regular blender. You should yield roughly 6 to 7 cups of pure.
  • Add the lemon juice. Try and add some sugar if you wish – I used honey instead, one teaspoon for each cup. If you want to use additional flavorings (spices), roughly divide the mixture into few parts and stir in them separately. Roughly, for one cup of puree, you can add ~1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon, a good pinch of ginger or nutmeg, or 1-2 cardamom pods, crushed.
  • Line trays with parchment paper to protect from leaking. Spread onto dehydrator trays. Since the sides dry quicker, make the puree thicker around the edges and the middle is much thinner.
  • Dry at 140-150F (~60C) for 6-8 hours; this will depend on many factors. When the leather is dried, it will be a little bit shiny and non-sticky to the touch and easily peeled away from the edges. Allow it to cool before removing them from the trays. Slice (A pizza knife is a great tool) and roll up if desired.
  • If you are using an oven, opt for the smallest temperature (Ideally, to 170 F); If your oven doesn’t go to 170, you may need to slightly the door to moderate the temperature.
  • Enjoy!


  • The size of each of my trays is ~30×35 cm. One cup of apple pure was enough for one tray, but you can make the layer slightly thicker.

4 thoughts on “Apple Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups)

  1. Marissa says:

    I am SO excited to try this, Ben. I can’t believe how easy this apple leather is to make – perfect for fall hike snacking. Thank you for the different flavoring options too! Have a wonderful weekend, Friend!

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    Wait – did you just admit that you didn’t like lavender in a recipe!? Haha. Seriously, though, I love the idea of making apple leather. I’ve made dried apple chips quite often, but I’ve never made apple leather. I’m thinking cinnamon with a pinch of nutmeg and cardamom – I’ll take your word and pass on the lavender…but only because you told me to!
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  3. Marie says:

    Oh my gosh, this is genius Ben and I’m going to check out the Strawberry version too. I grew up on roll ups and I actually miss eating them. Now I can make them myself.

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