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Make Your Own Foot-long Fruit Snacks

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Create your own foot-long fruit roll snacks with this dirt cheap recipe that uses only 2 ingredients! This recipe can be prepared in a food dehydrator or an oven. We use the Nesco dehydrator on the fruit setting.

How to Make Your Own Foot long Fruit Roll Up Snacks

myo foot long fruit roll ups ingredientsThis has got to be the easiest homemade fruit-roll snack ever created! Dump half the jar of applesauce into a bowl, add 1 package of any flavor gelatin that you’d like, we used Raspberry in our first batch.

Whisk the mixture together until the gelatin is fully incorporated.

mixing foot long fruit roll ups

Pour the mixture onto parchment paper that has been placed on a large baking sheet or on food dehydrator trays.

We cut ours out to fit the trays of our food dehydrator, some dehydrators actually come with “Fruit-roll” trays, but I’ve found that lining the tray with parchment paper cuts the drying time in half (literally) as opposed to using the specialized tray, plus it makes it easier to cut the snacks into long strips when they’re done.

Just trace the insert tray with a pencil and cut it out.

prepare food dehydrator trays

Use the back of a spoon to spread the fruit mixture evenly on the tray.

homemade foot long fruit roll ups raw

Repeat the process with the other half of the jar of applesauce and the other package of gelatin.

fruit roll up ready to dry

If you’re using a food dehydrator- you’ll have about 2 3/4 of full trays. If you have a little extra, you can make wild flavors by combining them. If you’re using a cookie sheet, you’ll have 1 huge tray.

wild fruit roll up flavors

Place in the food dehydrator (ours took exactly 4 hours), but just follow the directions for your particular unit. If drying in the oven, place in the oven on the lowest heat setting available (usually 200F), for 3-6 hours or until the fruit is no longer tacky to the touch.

dried fruit roll ups from scratch

Cool, cut into long strips, roll, and place in a covered jar- if they last that long! Ours NEVER do!

dried fruit rolls from scratch

These homemade footlong fruit roll snacks are a favorite in our house, they go rather quickly, but they’re super inexpensive to make and travel well too!


Budget101 Breakdown

1 Jar Unsweetened Applesauce (Store brand) $2.18
2 pkg Gelatin .20 each (purchased on sale) .40
Total Cost $2.58

This can be made even cheaper by watching for sales on gelatin and applesauce. Note! If you are opposed to using gelatin for whatever reason, you can use plain fruit to make homemade fruit leathers.

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30 thoughts on “Make Your Own Foot-long Fruit Snacks”

    • How did it turn out, I’ve never tried lemon!

      The lemon tasted great – like lemon meringue, but the mixture was not smooth in spite of whisking. I wonder if heating the apple sauce in the micro wave prior to mixing in the gelatin would result in a smoother product? Also the fruit acid seeped through the parchment and oxidized the metal baking sheet.

      The oven is obviously not the best way to do this. I’ll have to try it on my drying screens or acrylic trays with some adjustments for the oven or use a dryer.

  1. Hmmmm…. I wondered if the lemon/apple mix would be too acidic, I’ve really got to try that one! It’s not overly “smooth” anyway, it has kind of a grainy texture to it like most fruit leathers. It’s not exactly the same texture as a store fruit Roll up because it’s not made with syrups, it’s made with real fruit.

    • I’m going to try it again with more attention to uniform thickness – I may have spread it out too thin, and I might be able to add a pinch of soda to counteract the excess acidity from the lemon. I
      ll let you know how it turns out

  2. this is great. thanks for sharing.i will also have my kids help with making this.i love when me and the kids can spend time together making memories.

  3. this sounds great, but any suggestions for not using the chemical laden gelatin? we are pretty much an organic food family… i avoid all those chemicals, but really want to make these!

  4. you can use most any fruit for roll ups. my grandchildren love plain strawberry, no sugar added. strawberry with banana is my favorite.

    also unsweetened applesauce added to other fruit is delicious.
    toss it in the food processor and pulse until smooth. spread onto dehydrator tray lined with parchment paper.
    dry until no longer sticky to touch, about 4-6 hours. Be sure to make the outer edges thicker than the middle.

    This will store for several months in a mason jar or when vacuum sealed.

  5. i am wanting to make this in my oven. i don’t have any parchment paper. is that going to be a huge problem?

    i do have freezer paper. (i know oven and freezer are totally different) i also have tin foil. would that be better?

    thanks for any advice. also welcome to any tips with doing it in a gas oven. have a great day!!!

    • I am wanting to make this in my oven. I don’t have any parchment paper. Is that going to be a huge problem?

      I do have freezer paper. (I know oven and freezer are totally different) I also have tin foil. Would that be better?

      Thanks for any advice. Also welcome to any tips with doing it in a gas oven. Have a great day!!!

      Probably way too late for an answer, but since freezer paper has a good slick coating on it, that might work. I would think the fruit would seep through plain parchment paper.
      Now you have this summer to give it a try.


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