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Homemade Fruit Roll Ups In The Dehydrator

I think my family is really starting to get me!  No, I don’t mean that they want me to bring over some hens or plant a garden patch in their yards.  But when I ask for homesteady things for Christmas, they’re totally on board!

I always loved fruit roll ups when I was a kid! Nw I can make my own with only two ingredients! #cleaneating #fromscratchrecipes #homemadefruitrollups #achickandhergarden

This year was chalk full of homesteading items, and one of which was a food dehydrator from my brother Michael and his girlfriend Coty!  Thanks loves!

So of course I had to try it out right away, but what am I supposed to dehydrate in January??  The trees are bare and the garden is all canned or frozen.

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I also love “tricking” my little daycare kiddos into thinking that they’re eating the same thing that came from the store.  So, fruit leather is now “fruit roll ups”.  And how did I do it with no apples?  I used my Home Canned Cinnamon Applesauce, and bananas.  That’s it.  Two ingredients and no sugar!

I do use sweetener in my applesauce, but not what you would think.  Take a look at the recipe to find out how.  Technically, there are a total of 4 ingredients in my “fruit roll ups”, but for this process you only need the two.  If you don’t have home canned applesauce, you will need cinnamon applesauce, or add cinnamon to plain.

It took me a couple tries to figure out, but I’ve got it down now and am here to help!

The Process


I used 3 cups of the applesauce and one banana, and was able to get 10, 2 inch by 5 inch strips.  To make the strips I simply cut parchment paper to that size.

Start off by pureeing your applesauce and banana together.

I added about 2 heaping tablespoons of the fruit puree to each strip of paper.







Next, spread the puree out on the strips with the back of a spoon.

*The trouble I had the first time around was spreading it too thin.

It actually needs to be about 1/4 of an inch thick, and a little bit thicker around the edges.

Put the lid on the dehydrator and turn it on. (Mine doesn’t have the fancy temp settings so you might have to figure what works best for you if yours does.)

I rotate the trays from bottom to top every hour for 4-5 hours.

When they’re all done, roll them up and secure with a bread bag tie and store them in a ziplock bag!


Do you have a dehydrator? What is your favorite thing to dehydrate? Tell us in the comments!

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Shelley Treadaway

Friday 10th of March 2017

Great post! I love how you used the parchment paper to reduce your waste! These will be so fun to make with my kids. Great share !

Nicki Zieth

Monday 6th of March 2017

These make me want a Dehydrator even more now!

Mimi Winter

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

Do yourself a favor and get an Excalibur dehydrator....they are definitely worth the money and they last a good long time with lifetime warranty....

Staci Samuels

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

Thanks for the recommendation! We plan on upgrading sometime. :-)

Skip The Bag

Sunday 15th of January 2017

Parchment paper! I was wondering what you would use to roll it up. Great idea and I bet these are delicous. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!