How to Make Apricot Fruit Leather

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather. I used to buy fruit roll ups and fruit leather all the time but you won’t even believe how much better this tastes than store-bought!

There are only TWO INGREDIENTS, way less sugar, zero preservatives and 100% real fruit which has great natural fiber. If you have a large crop of stone fruit like apricots, peaches or plums, by golly you had better make this! I don’t usually say by golly but it is fun to say, “by golly!” 😉  The adults love fruit leather as well. It’s a wonderful snack and a great way to preserve a bumper crop of fruit.

Great news!…You can either dry your fruit leather out in the oven or in the sunshine. The sunshine method is my favorite because you can make a whole bunch at once without heating your oven in summer.

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Ingredients for Apricot Fruit Leather:

5 lbs ripe sweet apricots
1/2 cup granulated sugar, or to taste

Apricot Fruit Leather

How To Make Apricot Fruit Leather:

1. Rinse apricots, cut in half and discard pits. Place on a large baking sheet cut-side-up and bake at 400˚F for 15 minutes (it’s ok to crowd the fruit snuggly in a smaller pan, just keep them in a single layer). Remove from oven and let cool until just warm enough to handle.

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2. Transfer to a blender or food processor and process until a smooth puree (process in 2 or 3 batches if needed).

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3. Pour puree into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste and stir until sugar is incorporated.

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There are 2 ways to dry these out:

1. How to Make Fruit Leather with Sunshine (my favorite way):

Spread puree between 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick on a large parchment sheet or plastic wrap covered baking sheet, extending the paper slightly past the rim. This recipe fills 3 large baking sheets. Set in the sunshine until no longer sticky when you poke the centers. If it sticks to the paper, let it dry longer. It can fully dry out in 1 day if it’s hot out or 2 days if warm and sunny (store indoors uncovered overnight).

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

Note: if you want to make big batches, you can lay out large strips of parchment paper on a portable surface and just put the puree directly on the paper without needing baking sheets. We literally used 40 lbs of apricots for fruit leather this year.

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

2. How to Make Fruit Leather in the Oven:

Spread puree on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place baking sheets in a preheated oven at 200˚F for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours, depending on how thick you spread it. It’s done when it no longer sticks to your fingers when you poke the center. Note: do not place in the oven while it’s preheating or it can burn.

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

We slice fruit leather into strips with the backing attached and make fruit roll ups. Store at room temperature in a large ziploc or foodsaver bags.

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Apricot Fruit Leather

4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours
The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather. This needs only 2 ingredients and tastes way better than store-bought!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: Varies
Servings: 3 large baking sheets of fruit leather

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs ripe sweet apricots
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or to taste

Instructions

How To Make Apricot Fruit Leather:

  1. Rinse apricots, cut in half and discard pits. Place on a large baking sheet cut-side-up and bake at 400˚F for 15 min (it's ok to crowd the fruit in a smaller pan). Remove from oven and let cool until just warm enough to handle.
  2. Transfer to blender or food processor in batches and process until a smooth puree.
  3. Pour puree into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste and stir until sugar is incorporated.

How to Dry Fruit Leather with Sunshine (my favorite way):

  1. Spread puree between 1/8" to 1/4" thick on a large parchment paper or plastic wrap covered baking sheet, extending the paper slightly past the rim. This recipe fills 3 large baking sheets. Set in the sunshine until no longer sticky when you poke the centers. It can fully dry out in 1 day if it's hot out or 2 days if warm and sunny (store indoors uncovered overnight).

How to Make Fruit Leather in the Oven:

  1. Spread puree on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place baking sheets in a preheated oven at 200˚F for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours, depending on how thick you spread it. It's done when it no longer sticks to your fingers when you poke the center. Once at room temp, roll and store at room temperature in large ziploc or foodsaver bags.

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

It’s so sweet how much my kids LOVE this apricot fruit leather! I hope you try your hand at this fruit leather. It’s so easy and you can give the kiddos in your life a sweet surprise :).

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

The kids go crazy for this apricot fruit leather! Easy, tastes way better than store-bought and only TWO INGREDIENTS! How to make fruit leather | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Samantha
    January 30, 2018

    Have you tried replacing the sugar with coconut sugar, and if so how did it turn out? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2018

      Hi Samantha, I haven’t tried that so I can’t really speak to that substitution. I checked both of my fruit leather recipe comments and no one has reported trying it yet.

      If anyone else has tried it, please let us know and thanks in advance! 🙂  Reply

  • Ferzanna Riley
    December 28, 2017

    I wasn’t planning to make fruit leathers (although they look absolutely delicious but I live in Norway so not a lot of natural sunshine right now) The beautiful little girl eating the fruit leather is irresistible. You should use her more often in your pictures! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 28, 2017

      Thank you Ferzanna! 🙂 Please let me know what you think of the recipe when you decide to make it! Reply

  • Sarah
    September 15, 2017

    Hi, I was wondering at what temp and for how long would you recommend for making Peach fruit leather? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 16, 2017

      Hi Sarah, peaches would be a similar process but may take longer to dry out since peaches tend to be juicier than apricots. If making in the oven, I would recommend the same temperature but let it bake/dry out until it no longer sticks to your finger tips when you poke in the center. Reply

      • Sarah
        September 16, 2017

        Ok, thank you. I had tried it at 200° but the edges seemed to dry out too fast while the center wasn’t at all. I tho’t maybe I should do it more like your plum recipe but it didn’t seem to make much difference, except take even longer. 🙂 Oh, well, there are 3 pans left to dry and what is done is being throughly enjoyed by the whole house! My daughter can’t wait to have some in her lunchbox. 😊

        P.S. Your blog is pretty much my only go to for food ideas and new recipes! 😉 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          September 17, 2017

          Hi Sarah, I’m so glad you are enjoying our recipes 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • T.B
    July 31, 2017

    HI Natasha. Just wondering if there is any tips on fixing my mistake.. I made those too thin and it overdry!! Can I do anything to make it not as dry? Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 1, 2017

      We have had that happen when we left the fruit leather in the sun too long. You can wrap a damp towel around a roll of fruit leather and that will help to soften it some. Reply

  • Tanya
    July 30, 2017

    Thanks for sharing! I just took them out from oven and it had lots and lots of juice, I drain it but it looks like there is still lots of juice( my apricotschedule wore overripe I guess), should I just keep drainin till no more liquid? Thanx Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 31, 2017

      Hi Tanya, it could be that they were overripe or that they were baked too long, or both :). I would drain off the excess juice so it dries into fruit leather quicker. Reply

  • Meghan
    June 20, 2017

    Hello! I’m excited to try out this recipe! However, I do have one question; when sun drying are they left uncovered? —You mention to bring them in overnight if needed and leave them uncovered but I don’t see where you do cover them. Did I misread something? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 20, 2017

      Hi Meghan, we do not cover them while they are outside in the sun – you want the moisture to evaporate. It is also not necessary to cover them once they are indoors. We keep them uncovered. If you cover them before they are dry, it will stick to the fruit leather. Reply

  • maurice atkinson
    June 17, 2017

    fantastic to find your site and receipe as i live in southern Italy and my apricot tree has had a bumber year and gor over 100 kilos of fruit. Just made it and it is on the roof drying in the sunshine. Fingers crossed. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 17, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear you found my site! Please let me know how the recipe turns out Maurice! 🙂 Reply

      • Diane
        July 13, 2017

        Love these recipes, thank you. When I do make my fruit leather, here in Arizona,
        in our heat,,, we surely do not want to turn our ovens on. So I discovered my car was already an oven! I bring my cookie sheets out to my car, and put them on the dash and back seat window.
        No flies or ants! (don’t know what the neighbors are thinking), but it works. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          July 13, 2017

          Oh WOW! Now that’s some extreme heat! I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

        • Shellie
          July 27, 2017

          Good idea! I was thinking I could only do the oven because I was worried about the flies. If you can’t cover it then flies would be all over it if I put out in the sun. Reply

        • Kelli
          September 30, 2017

          This is an excellent idea!! I live in central Florida, so laying out uncovered would be a no go with all the bugs😂 I do have a Ford Expedition which could work nicely! Thanks again 😊 Reply

          • Jackie
            April 6, 2018

            Oh good idea. I have been trying to figure out how to keep the wasps out of it…the van will do nicely 🙂

      • maurice atkinson
        August 1, 2017

        just like yours in the picture. They were very nice and it used up loads of apricots Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          August 1, 2017

          I’m glad it turned out nicely Maurice! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Brandy
    May 31, 2017

    We had a good aprium crop this year so I’m looking forward to trying this. Do you know how long they store before going bad? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 1, 2017

      Brandy, it depends how you store it. It keeps pretty well sealed in a food saver bag for few months, that’s what we did 😬 Reply

  • Samantha
    January 16, 2017

    Could you please make a recipe for peach leather!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 16, 2017

      Possibly this coming year if my parents have a bumper crop of peaches 🙂 It would probably be very close to this one though 😉 Reply

  • Brandy
    September 14, 2016

    Thanks so much! This tastes so great! I made it today! I would like to make some more but had a few questions. I ended up cooking it a lot longer to get the middle done but then the edges got overcooked any suggestions?? If it’s not done in 3 1/2 hours should I turn oven off to finish instead? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 14, 2016

      Hi Brandy, the edges will dry out faster than the center but it helps to spread the puree an even thickness (I found that an offset cake decorating spatula helps). Are you using a convection oven or conventional oven? Also, make sure you don’t put the fruit leather in until the oven is fully pre-heated. I’ve put it in while it was heating and it overcooked and got crispy quickly because the fan was circulating air to preheat it and it dried out way too quickly. I hope that helps for next time! 🙂 Reply

  • nina
    September 10, 2016

    Hi natasha, should i preheat the oven to 200 and turn it off and leave the fruit leather in the warm oven, or should i bake it at 200 degrees for all 3 hours? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 11, 2016

      Hi Nina, you want to keep it at 200 the entire time so leave the oven on. If you find it’s taking too long, you can turn the oven OFF and leave it in there overnight to finish up. Reply

  • Anna
    September 10, 2016

    We used to call it ‘pastila’ in Ukraine, in the old days of my Soviet childhood. I never knew it was so easy to make (too bad, I am not a kids anymore, I’d be eating this non-stop). The only challenge I ran into was to spread it evenly for even drying. And I made it with peaches. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 10, 2016

      Hi Anna, I have found it’s easier to spread it with an offset spatula like this one for frosting cakes. When we were quadrupling this recipe, it was the quickest way to spread the puree. Reply

  • Mariah
    September 6, 2016

    I LOVED your plum recipe! Now trying with apricots. Do you know if I could sweeten with a healthier option, like honey? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 6, 2016

      Hi Mariah, I think honey would work to sweeten it but if you are incorporating more liquid (the honey), it may take slightly longer to dry out and it might be a little darker in color versus using granulated sugar. Also, keep in mind that honey is sweeter than sugar by volume so you probably won’t need as much if you’re substituting. Let me know how you like it 🙂 Reply

  • Leena Roy
    August 16, 2016

    Do I have to bake this in 3 batches? Since it said it makes 3 trays? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 16, 2016

      I was able to fit all three pans in my oven at one time, keeping the racks towards the center of the oven. It depends on the size of your oven. I was able to fit two baking sheets on one rack, plus one below it. Reply

  • August 10, 2016

    very very very nice tnk for you. kiss yor girl Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 10, 2016

      Thank you 😀. Reply

  • Tanya Khochay
    August 6, 2016

    such a doll. And even Eric loves this stuff Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 7, 2016

      Thanks Tanya :-). Good thing we made loads of it for all the kids to enjoy this winter 🙂 Reply

  • Marcia
    August 5, 2016

    My apricot puree stuck hard to the parchment paper. Will have to try plastic and throw away a full batch. so sad. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2016

      That’s unusual that it would stick to parchment paper. Are you certain it was parchment paper and not wax paper? I’ve had issues with wax paper so I don’t recommend using it. It’s also possible to overdry it to the point where it’s breaking and flaking off. The way we saved a batch that stuck once was to place damp papertowels over it overnight and the next day it peeled off easily. Also, if it’s still too moist and not completely done, it will stick to the paper. I sure hope that helps! Reply

  • Alina
    July 19, 2016

    Your daughter is too gorgeous for words!!!!!!! 🌸💕😍 and thank you for such a cool recipe for the kiddos !! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 19, 2016

      You’re so sweet :). Thanks Alina! Reply

  • Phillip Ferrell
    July 17, 2016

    Huh. I never seen that before. Kinda reminds of me of jerky in a way. Apricot jerky 🙂 Definitely gonna copy and paste this recipe. Precious! what a beautiful little blue eyed baby girl. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 17, 2016

      Thank you so much 🙂 And yes, it is kind of like a fruit jerky! I hope you love it! Reply

  • Inna
    July 15, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe! I have a bunch of frozen apricots. Would I need to bake those as well after defrosting or just defrost and blend? Do you store the fruit leather in the fridge or at room temperature? Your girl is adorable! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 15, 2016

      Hi Inna, I haven’t tried with frozen apricots but I imagine the initial baking isn’t necessary after defrosting since they will be pretty squishy soft when thawed. We store the fruit leather at room temperature. Thanks Inna 🙂 Reply

  • Your daughter is adorable! I love apricots and when I was a kid, I LOVED fruit snacks (ok, I still sneak some on occasion). I think making them myself is a great idea. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 15, 2016

      Thank you for the sweet compliment. I agree, I can’t get enough of her cuteness 🙂 Reply

  • lena
    July 15, 2016

    Hi, Natasha!
    Spasibo for recipe! I think the flies will like it as well as children 🙂 Do you have any protection while it’s outside drying??
    BTW,your daughter is so precious 🙂 !!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 15, 2016

      Thank you Lena 😀. Flies actually are not attracted to it at all. We don’t cover them with anything. My husband just rescued one bee 🐝. Reply

  • Alena
    July 14, 2016

    Hey Natasha. I want to make these and I haveI a ton of frozen strawberries and was wondering if I can use them for this recipe. If yes, once thawed, do I have to cut them in half and then bake them? If so at what temperature and for how long?
    Please reply as soon as possible. Thanks in advance😊 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Hi Alena, with strawberries you don’t have to pre-bake, just blend them with sugar and strain if you want to get rid of the seeds, or leave them in. I haven’t tried with frozen strawberries but I assume it would work the same way, just thaw before blending. Reply

      • Alena
        July 15, 2016

        Thank you. And do I use the same baking technique in the oven as listed above? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 15, 2016

          Hi Alena, I would not pre-bake strawberries, just add them in “raw” Reply

          • Alena
            July 15, 2016

            No I mean once i pour out my puree… Do i use the same method for the oven as listed above to dry them out? I don’t have enough time to lay them out in the sun. Thank you.

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            July 15, 2016

            Oh I see, yes do the same method to dry them out. Check for doneness at 2 hours and keep an eye on it so you don’t overdry it 🙂

  • Alina
    July 14, 2016

    Can u do this with apples? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Hi Alina, I haven’t tried with apples but I think it could work! I’d probably add a little cinnamon to taste. Reply

  • Nat
    July 14, 2016

    Hi Natasha –
    have a ?
    Hi Natasha –
    have a ?
    do u think I can used honey not sugar?

    I wanna try with blackberries and dry them with sunshine, do i have to put them in to the oven first and than puree?

    and when i am gonna dry them with sunshine, for first day they will not dry, do i have to leave them out side for a night or do i have to take them in side the house and than next day put them again dry with sunshine?
    thanks a lot Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Hi, yes that should work fine with honey instead of sugar. We took the fruit leather inside the garage overnight and then brought it back out into the sun the next day. If you’re curious, we also kept it uncovered outside and in the garage and didn’t have any issues with bugs. Reply

  • Galina
    July 14, 2016

    I was so excited to try this new recipe – wow candy without chemicals! How can i spead it more evenly though, because aftet 4 hours of drying in the oven some places were still liquidy while other areas were already dry… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Hi Galina, try a large offset spatula (like those used for frosting cakes), or a food scraper, or tap the sheet several times on the counter to even out. I hope that helps! Reply

  • NT
    July 14, 2016

    Wow so much apricots!
    I’m so jealous they are one of my favorite fruit but they are expensive where I live 😔
    I’ll have to do with peaches, we got plenty of those Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      I’m looking forward to making more with peaches once they ripen! Do you grow your own peaches? Reply

  • Olga
    July 14, 2016

    Hi Natasha, what if i’ll use melon? Do you think it might work? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Hi Olga, I haven’t trying with melon but I do think watermelon is too watery to work properly. Reply

  • July 13, 2016

    That picture! She is gorgeous! 🙂 Thanks so much for all your recipes – I don’t always comment, but appreciate your hard work and the beautiful layout of your site. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Thank you for your sweet compliment :). I’m so happy you enjoy my blog 🙂 Reply

  • I’ve never done fruit leather and will give this a try. Your baby girl is so adorable! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2016

      Thank you Valya, I hope your kids love it as much as ours do 😁. Reply

  • Inna
    July 13, 2016

    When you put it outside to dry, how do you keep flies and wasps and such from sitting on it all the time? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2016

      I’ve been keeping an eye on it and they don’t sit on it. We haven’t had an issue with it, but if you are concerned, you can tent some cheesecloth over it, just don’t place it directly on the fruit leather or it will stick. Reply

  • July 13, 2016

    Omg wow Natasha always wanted to make my own fruit leather rather than buying especially the ones with lots of loaded sugar food coloring and a bunch of other additives and chemicals even the all natural they still put stuff will hafta try would this recipe also work with apples for the fall btw your baby got so big long hair and into food lol thanx for posting darlin a recipe to do for me cheers enjoy the summa while it lasts Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2016

      Hi Tzivia, I haven’t tried with apples but I think it could work! If using apples, I’d probably add a little cinnamon also. Reply

  • Alina
    July 13, 2016

    Can I use canned peaches for this? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2016

      Hi Alina, I haven’t tried that so I can’t say for sure. I haven’t seen it done anywhere online either. Sorry I don’t have a concrete answer for you. Reply

      • Alina
        July 13, 2016

        A ok
        Thanks 🙂 Reply

  • Kristina
    July 12, 2016

    Thats alot of apricots!! Are they from your parents garden? Must be nice have such a surplus of apricots. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 12, 2016

      Yes they had tons this year!! They have 2 trees that did really really well this year. They also dried a whole bunch of them 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    July 12, 2016

    Wow! This sounds easier than I thought to make. Thank you so much for posting this. I will definitely be giving this a try. I do have a question…. Can this recipe be used for peaches/nectarines and other fruits? BTW, your baby girl is SOOO adorable!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 12, 2016

      Aww thank you Olga 🙂 Yes you can use other fruit. I also have a plum fruit leather posted. You can use other stone fruit and even berries :). I’m curious about making it with persimmon if we have extra persimmons this year. Reply

  • Nina
    July 12, 2016

    Awwww Beautiful baby girl!!! 🙂 😉
    I will give this recipe a try for my 3 year old boy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 12, 2016

      Thank you so much Nina :). She grabbed a fruit leather while I was taking pictures of the recipe and was so into it, it was adorable! I couldn’t help but take some pictures of her. Reply

  • Yana
    July 12, 2016

    My mom used to make this ALL the time, but she would use a dehydrator instead of an oven or the sunshine. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 12, 2016

      I think a dehydrator would work well for this. My parents just purchased one yesterday actually but we haven’t had a chance to break it in. Do you line the shelves of the dehydrator with parchment, wax or something else? Reply

  • D
    July 12, 2016

    I bet the taste is amazing! What is the shelf life? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 12, 2016

      Hi, I haven’t maxed it out since it gets eaten pretty quickly. This is the first year we’ve made a boat load of it so it would last a little longer. I’ll have to report back when we’ve eaten the last roll :). It should last as long as dried fruit – longer if it’s stored in a food saver bag or airtight container. Reply

      • D
        July 12, 2016

        Thank you! Reply

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