3 Ingredient Peachy Pear Fruit Roll-Ups

While you might remember having fruit roll-ups as a kid, as it turns out, they’re the perfect snack for adults too – especially when you make this homemade version! This homemade fruit roll-up recipe only requires 3 ingredients, and it couldn’t be any easier to make.

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Homemade fruit roll-ups made with canned peaches and pears

I like to have them in the house for a quick sweet snack or take them on hikes. They won’t melt or get mashed in your backpack, so they’re a great snack to take on the trails.

This fruit leather recipe makes good use of canned fruit

Fruit Roll-Up Ingredients

This fruit leather recipe is one of the easiest possible because it only requires 3 ingredients!

Canned Pears: The use of canned pears makes this recipe super easy and something that can be made year-round.

Canned Peaches: Canned peaches are also easy to find at the grocery store.

Honey: Honey is needed to add a little extra sweetness and make the fruit leather a nice texture. Any honey will work, but if you have raw local honey, that’s what I prefer to use.

Why use canned fruit in this recipe?

There are a few reasons I actually prefer to use canned fruit in this fruit leather recipe.

  • First, canned peaches and pears are available in the grocery store year-round, and it’s often canned at the peak of ripeness. You want ripe fruit when making fruit leather for maximum sweetness and flavor.
  • Secondly, with the fruit being canned, you don’t need to worry about pretreating your fruit. While pretreatment is not a necessary step, when using raw fruit, some people prefer to do it to kill and prevent the growth of bacteria. Pretreatment involves blanching or soaking produce in a solution of water with either citric or ascorbic acid.
  • Lastly, the fruit is canned with fruit juice concentrate. This fruit juice concentrate is sweet and helps make the fruit leather the perfect chewy (but not sticky) texture. As mentioned above, I don’t buy the canned fruit that’s been packaged with corn syrup. I prefer the “no sugar added” fruit, but you can certainly use the canned fruit with corn syrup if you want, just make sure you drain it really well.
Homemade fruit roll-ups made with peaches and pears

Fruit Leather Gear Spotlight

There are a couple of important pieces of kitchen gear that you’ll need to make these fruit roll-ups.

Dehydrator

You’ll need a dehydrator to make this fruit roll-up recipe. Don’t try to use the oven at a low temperature. It’s not the same. The major difference is that a dehydrator circulates air with a fan.

Luckily, there’s a great home dehydrator option that’s also affordable. I’ve tried a few different dehydrators over the years and the Cosori Food Dehydrator is by far my favorite. There’s no need to spend lots of money on a dehydrator.

The Cosori dehydrator is sleek and well designed, a perfect size, and it has reliable temperature control. It’s also quiet while running. I have nothing negative to say about it!

Blender or Food Processor

For this recipe, you add all the ingredients into a blender or food processor, blend until smooth, and it’s ready to be dehydrated. It’s that easy. I use a Vitamix blender.

Taking homemade fruit leather on a hike for a quick and easy snack

How to Make Fruit Roll-Up

Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions and photos on exactly how to make this fruit-roll up recipe:

Drain the canned fruit and add it to a blender with the honey
Blend the fruit and honey until smooth

Step 1: Blend the Fruit

Open the cans of fruit and drain the excess liquid from the cans. Do not rise.

Add the fruit into your blender or food processor along with the honey.

Blend until smooth.

Spreading the blended fruit onto a dehydrator tray
Spreading the fruit leather in a nice even layer

Step 2: Spread on Dehydrator Trays

Line your dehydrator trays with a silicone fruit leather mat or parchment paper. My dehydrator does not come with fruit leather sheets, so I just cut a piece of parchment paper to fit my tray. Do not use wax paper!

Spread the blended fruit onto the trays in an even layer. Remember, the fruit thickness will shrink once it’s dehydrated. I like to spread a layer that’s about 1/8 of an inch thick.

Lightly tap the tray on the counter once to get some of the air bubbles out.

For me, this recipe makes enough to fill 2 trays, but this might vary depending on your dehydrator size.

Putting the trays into the dehydrator
The dehydrated fruit leather after about 8 hours
Dehydrated fruit leather is thin and bendable but not sticky when it’s finished dehydrating

Step 3: Dehydrate

Dehydrate at 135°F for 5-8 hours.

The exact time will vary depending on your dehydrator and how thick you spread the fruit. Check it after about 4 hours and rotate the trays as needed to make sure everything is dehydrating evenly. 

When the fruit leather is done, it should still be slightly tacky, but not really sticky.

When you touch it, nothing should stick to your hands. It should also be bendable. Once done, let the fruit leather come to room temperature before rolling and storing.

Rolling the fruit leather into fruit roll-ups
Making homemade fruit roll-ups

Step 4: Roll, Cut, and Eat!

If using silicone mats, remove the mats and place the fruit leather on a piece of parchment paper before cutting.

With the parchment paper on the bottom, roll the fruit leather into a log. Using a sharp knife or clean kitchen shears, cut the fruit log into roughly 2-inch wide pieces. 

Store in an airtight container at room temperature. These should keep well for a couple of weeks, but I think they’re best if consumed within 7 days.

Eating fruit roll-ups while out on a hike. They’re the perfect hiking snack

Peachy Pear Fruit Roll-Ups

This homemade fruit roll-up recipe only requires 3 ingredients, and it couldn’t be any easier to make. This fruit leather is sweet, chewy, and the perfect quick snack to take on a hike, or have on hand for busy days at home.
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Servings: 10 fruit roll ups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 15 oz can of sliced pears, no sugar added
  • 15 oz can of sliced peaches, no sugar added
  • 3 Tbsp honey

Instructions
 

  • Drain the liquid from the cans of fruit. Do not rinse.
  • Add the fruit and honey to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Line your dehydrator trays with parchment paper or a silicon fruit leather mat. Do not use wax paper.
  • Spread the blended fruit onto the trays in an even layer. Remember, the fruit thickness will shrink once it’s dehydrated. I like to spread a layer that’s about ⅛ of an inch thick. Lightly tap the tray on the counter once to get some of the air bubbles out.
  • Dehydrate at 135°F for 5-8 hours. The exact time will vary depending on your dehydrator and how thick you spread the fruit. Check it after about 4 hours and rotate the trays as needed to make sure everything is dehydrating evenly.
  • When the fruit leather is done, it should still be slightly tacky, but not really sticky. When you touch it, nothing should stick to your hands. It should also be bendable. Once done, let the fruit leather come to room temperature before rolling and storing.
  • If using silicone mats, remove the mats and place the fruit leather on a piece of parchment paper before cutting. With the parchment paper on the bottom, roll the fruit leather into a log. Using a sharp knife or clean kitchen shears, cut the fruit log into roughly 2-inch wide pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature. These should keep well for a couple of weeks, but I think they’re best if consumed within 7 days.

Notes

I prefer to use canned fruit with no sugar added. If you can’t find that, you can use normal canned fruit with syrup, just drain the syrup really well before blending.
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Eating a delicious homemade fruit roll up while taking a break on a hike

More Homemade Hiking Snacks

I love making healthy and delicious snacks, not only to take on hikes but also to have for easy access while working from home.

Fruit roll-ups are such a delicious and nostalgic snack that’s a lot of fun to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Check out some of the other snack ideas on the blog:

If you have any questions, just chat with me in the comments below!

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    1. That’s an interesting idea, but if I had to guess, I don’t think it would work because a dehydrator uses low heat to slowly dry/cook and an air fryer uses high heat to cook. But I’ve never tried it, so if you do, let me know how it goes!