Most fruit leathers sold in stores contain added sugar or fruit juice. This homemade blueberry fruit leather recipe is sweetened with low-carb stevia or monk fruit. So it's a much better healthy snack for you!
It's rainy here in Connecticut. It's one of those days when you just want to hang out in the house and find something relaxing to do.
So, it was the perfect day to pull out the big Excalibur Dehydrator that I have and make some blueberry fruit leather!
I originally bought the dehydrator to make venison jerky out of all the deer meat my husband gets during hunting season. However, it's also a great machine for drying fruits and vegetables. I probably don't use it as much as I should.
Why you'll love it
When you are craving something sweet, this fruit leather recipe is just the ticket!
These blueberry fruit rolls are a great snack for the kids and a nice way to carry fruit without worrying about smashing or spoiling. Making them was also a good way for me to pass the time on a rainy day.
The puree smells delicious as it dries on the dehydrator trays and comes out with a perfectly smooth texture.
It's a great idea for packing lunches, and kids love how they taste.
There are just two ingredients in this simple fruit leather recipe.
I used about 4 cups to make a puree for blueberry fruit leather. The blueberries are pretty sweet on their own, so it's not essential to add a sweetener when making fruit leather out of them.
I like to sweeten my fruit leather recipe a little with stevia. I find that a liquid version like the NOW brand of Stevia Glycerite works well in this recipe.
I suppose you could add Splenda or sugar alcohols as well, but I wanted to keep it simple and natural.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Use parchment paper. When you store these keto fruit roll-ups, separate the layers with parchment paper, so they don't stick together.
- Use frozen fruit mixture. Try this fruit leather recipe with different types of frozen fruit for some flavor variation.
- Cut with a pizza cutter. This will give it a consistent cut, and it's safer to use as well.
- Add lemon juice. The tart flavor of lemon really enhances the blueberry flavor!
Making fruit leather is super simple. You definitely need either a blender or food processor and your favorite fresh (or frozen) fruits. I used blueberries.
Puree the fruit
Add the blueberries and sweetener to the food processor. Pulse and puree until it becomes smooth and spreadable without any lumps.
Spread puree on dehydrator trays
Line trays with plastic wrap to prevent the fruit leather from sticking to them.
Spread the puree on each dehydrator low-temperature baking tray. Try to spread them out so that they have a consistent thickness.
Place the prepared trays into a food dehydrator with the temperature set at 135 degrees F. The average drying time is 4 to 6 hours.
When leather is dried, it will be a little shiny and non-sticky to the touch.
Cut into strips
Place the finished fruit leather on a cutting board or flat baking sheet. Then, slice it into strips.
️ Serving suggestions
Now that you see how easy making this fruit leather recipe is, let's look at some of the low-carb snacks you can eat it with.
If you are going to eat them for lunch, then I suggest a spinach and strawberry salad with it.
For a delicious lunch on the go, fill some keto coconut flour tortillas with meat and cheese and munch on this fruit leather as a sweet treat!
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make it.
Blueberries can be frozen for up to two years.
You can buy all-natural fruit leathers in the grocery store or natural food store, but they are typically sweetened with apple juice or some other fruit sugar.
The carbs are a bit high for me so I prefer using a zero-carb sweetener like stevia in my homemade fruit leather.
No, it is not completely sugar-free. Bear in mind that each blueberry fruit leather contains about ¼ cup of fresh blueberries. Because of the fructose, each strip has about 5 grams of natural fruit sugar.
If you don't have a food dehydrator, you may be able to bake these in a low-temperature oven. However, I've never tried it that way and recommend using a dehydrator because that's what this recipe is intended for.
For those that don't like blueberries, you can simply change them out with another low-carb berry or fresh fruit. Strawberries would make a yummy keto fruit leather!
After you make your own fruit leather, store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag. You do not have to refrigerate keto fruit roll ups - just keep the air off of them.
Looking for more sugar-free snacks to make after trying this fruit leather recipe? Be sure to check out these gluten-free keto snacks next. They are some of my favorites!
- Keto Chocolate Cookies only have 3 grams net carbs each and are the best way to satiate your chocolate cravings.
- Keto Popcorn is basically puffed cheese so each serving has just 1 gram net carbs.
- Dried Cranberries might seem like a seasonal snack, but they are delicious all year long! Sprinkle them on your salad for a little extra sweetness.
- Baked Cucumber Chips with salt and vinegar flavor are an alternative to crunchy chips when you are craving something salty.
- Ground Beef Jerky is a high-protein snack that lasts forever and gives you the boost you need when you want a snack.
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Stevia Sweetened Blueberry Fruit Leather
- 4 cups blueberries fresh or frozen
- ½ teaspoon stevia glycerite
- Place blueberries and stevia in food processor. Puree until it is smooth. Pour 1 ½ to 2 cups of puree on to center of Teflex or plastic wrap covered food dehydrator trays. Spread puree out on tray. Since edges can dry faster, the puree should be spread about ⅛-inch thick at center and ¼-inch thick at edges.
- Placed prepared trays into food dehydrator with the temperature set at 135 degrees F. Average drying time is 4 to 6 hours. When leather is dried, it will be a little shiny and non-sticky to the touch. Allow leather to cool and peel it from the tray. Cut into strips. Wrap strips in waxed paper and store in covered container.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 23 [carbohydrates] => 7 [protein] => 0 [fat] => 0 [cholesterol] => 0 [sodium] => 0 [potassium] => 38 [fiber] => 1 [sugar] => 5 [vitamin_a] => 0 [vitamin_c] => 6.6 [calcium] => 0 [iron] => 0.2 [serving_unit] => roll )
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First published on October 1, 2010. Post updated on April 26, 2022, with additional recipe information and new photos.
I made something like this before reading your recipe. I used equal parts of blueberry, raspberry (strained to remove some seeds), and cooked zucchini puree and then dehydrated it the same way. Good way to sneak in some vegetables!
Minor FYI for those with gas ranges, the pilot light (flame) in a gas oven keeps a very nice temp for dehydrating if you don't own a dehydrator! I've used it for several things, most recently I bought a fresh coconut, and after cracking it open, I used a potato peeler (use a sharp one) to slice thin strips. Then I soaked them for about 6 hours in a solution of 1 cup coconut water (from inside) 1 cup filtered water (we have awful tasting hard water) and about 1.5 tablespoons of liquid stevia. I was hoping the sweet solution would permeate the strips, and I did have some success, but I think next time I'll increase it to 2.5 tablespoons, although that's an awful lot to waste, since I couldn't use the liquid for anything afterward. It might also work with dissolving some stevia in the raw with boiling water for the 1 cup of water. After they came out of the solution, I laid them on a baking tray and put them in the oven with nothing but the pilot light flame (no turning on the oven at all) and left them for 2.5 days. It probably would have been a decent amount sooner, but we've been having monsoon rains and it's been unusually humid.
I've got a decent sweet tooth, being raised with the typical sugar-loaded diet, so I wanted them a little sweeter, but this might be sweet enough for someone else. I'd like to try making a keto-sweetened shredded coconut next time to replace store-bought sweetened coconut in my traditional recipes for the holidays. Using a dry sweetener (like swerve or truvia) instead of a liquid stevia might work better too, I'll just have to try them out. But they came out great!
I've used the pilot flame in the gas oven to dry out plenty of things over the last few years (I even made my own keto-sweetened dried cranberries~!) I can't wait to try this recipe the same way, although I think I might try adding 1/4 teaspoon of gelatin to help it hold up and make the texture more palatable to my sugar-addicted and not-healthy-at-home grandkids (and my husband.)
Hope this helps anyone - until we get one of the awesome linked dehydrators about at least. (Also, don't forget you can make a dehydrator from a simple solar oven, if you live in sunny climes, too!)
Thanks for sharing that info!
Can you use the oven? Are you able to sub Strawberries and Raspberries?
Any fruit works and you can certainly use the oven to dehydrate. I'd recommend using a silicone mat as well so the leather peels right off after it's dried.
Thanks for the recipe, but what is agood dehydrater? Can I use something else?
I use an large Excaliber dehydrater but it does cost a bit more than the smaller ones.