Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather -- Real Mom Nutrition

Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a tear making fruit leathers. First it was strawberry (read: Strawberry Fruit Leathers), then I tried peach and blackberry. They’ve all been big hits with my kids. I love that I can make these in the oven, no dehydrator necessary. And I love that I can control what goes in them.

Because here’s what in Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups:

Pears from Concentrate, Corn Syrup, Dried Corn Syrup, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Acetylated Mono & Diglycerides, Pectin, Malic Acid, Natural Flavor, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Color (Red 40, Yellows 5&6 , Blue 1)

(Are you looking for the word “strawberry”? I was too.)

With apple season in full swing, it was time to try those too. After some experimenting, I think I got it just right.

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather -- Real Mom Nutrition

Here’s how to make them:

Wash, peel, and chop 4 cups of apples (about 4 medium apples). I used a variety of apples I had on hand.

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather from Real Mom Nutrition

Place apples in a saucepan and add 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a simmer then cover and cook about 10 minutes or until soft.

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather from Real Mom Nutrition

Add 1-2 tablespoons sugar (to taste) and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mash. Cook 2-3 more minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather from Real Mom Nutrition

Pour mixture into blender and process until smooth. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat baking mat and spread into an thin layer with a spatula. (Once it was spread, I whacked my baking sheet on the counter a few times to get the mixture even.)

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather from Real Mom Nutrition

Bake at 170 degrees (or as low as your oven will go) for 2-3 hours or until it’s tacky but doesn’t stick to your finger (you will need to check it periodically). Cut into strips. You can either place them on waxed paper or roll them up as is. Store in an air-tight container.

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather from Real Mom Nutrition

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Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather
  • 4 cups of peeled, chopped apples
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Wash, peel, and chop apples and place them in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add ½ cup water and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook about 10 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add granulated sugar and cinnamon and mash. Cook 2-3 more minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Put mixture into a blender and process until smooth.
  5. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat and spread with a spatula into a thin layer.
  6. Bake at 170 degrees for 2-3 hours or until it's tacky but doesn't stick to your finger.

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  1. Denisines says

    I’d love to try this with mangos, but since we don’t have access to parchment or a Silipat, would tinfoil work?

    • says

      I don’t think aluminum foil would provide the same non-stick quality as parchment or a Silpat. Have you checked your grocery store for parchment? In ours, it’s in the “natural foods” section for some reason. Also, just FYI: I’ve had my Silpats for years and use them a lot–so if you’re considering getting one, it’s a good investment!

  2. says

    Ok, your photos are beginning to look magazine-caliber. Have you gone back to school for photography? That top one is killer! The apple-cinnamon roll-ups sound great and I would love to try making them. I am a little gunshy since my one attempt to make fruit leathers (awhile ago) was a flop–and an expensive one at that!! Please reassure me that this is easy and they will come out perfectly!!!

    • says

      Thanks Stacy. You are too kind. But really, I give all the credit to the nice camera lenses! I’m sorry you’ve had some fruit leather flops. I think the trick is to get it very thin and even on the baking sheet and then to check it regularly while it’s baking. Leave it in too long and it will get crispy, take it out too soon and you get mush. If you try this recipe, please let me know how it turns out!

  3. Erika says

    Made these today, they were pretty easy & came out ok. Mostly done just right but I guess 1 side was thicker than the rest & didn’t dry enough so was too soft to roll up. We just ate it up. But it seemed like a lot of work for about 10 skinny strips of fruit leathers. I think it’s just easier for me to have my kids eat sliced up apples! Maybe if I got a bunch of apples for free I would make again but I wouldn’t go out & buy apples for these.

    Thanks for sharing tho, it was interesting to try making them!

    • says

      Banging the baking sheet on the counter a few times helps to even out the mixture so you get an even thickness all over. They are time intensive but once in a while they are nice as a special treat. I don’t buy regular Fruit Roll Ups so this is fun for my kids. Thanks for letting me know how it went!

    • says

      No you shouldn’t put wax paper in the oven. You can get parchment at the grocery store (in mine it is stocked with the natural foods of some reason) or better yet invest in a Silpat baking mat which you can use for lots of stuff (including cookies) and can be washed and used again and again.

    • Terry says

      The first time I tried plum fruit leather, I tried wax paper…NOT a good idea !! The wax melts into it, causes a huge mess and takes a hammer to get it off the pan 🙂

  4. Megan says

    Hi! I am currently trying your recipe. How long does the apple leather keep? I suspect it will not last long in my house, but I was thinking about making some for my sister as part of her Christmas gift. Thanks!

  5. lesley says

    This ended up being a huge waste of time and money. Parchment stuck to the leather. After researching the Internet I discovered other blogs say NOT to use parchment because it will stick. Also it took 5 hours not 1 or 2. Which I also discovered is more common while reading others bogs about fruit leather. That being said I do love your blog and the leather smelled delicious! I will be trying it again without using parchment.

    • says

      Lesley–so sorry to hear you had trouble. Thanks for letting me know. Do you own a Silpat baking pad? That worked very well for me. As for the time difference, my recipe says it will take 2-3 hours–but your mixture must have been thicker if it took five. I spread it so you could *almost* see the pan underneath but not quite. Hitting the pan a few times on the counter really helped as well to distribute the mixture evenly. Glad you like my blog and hopefully you’ll have better luck with some of my other recipes!

  6. Chuck Bunner says

    Everything went well except my rollups are still sticky. Not bad but not like the ones you buy at the store. Makes it tough eating them for lunch when you are out in the field away from water. any suggestions?

    • says

      Chuck–if they’re sticky, maybe they needed a little bit more time in the oven. I think these taste more like dried/dehydrated fruit than Fruit Roll-Ups, which have added oils to make them soft and pliable, added colors and flavors, etc. Definitely a different taste, but I prefer these of course! 🙂

  7. says

    My grandmother just moved down here to Tasmania from Queensland, into a gorgeous country home surrounded by many fruit trees. She recently gave me a big jar of her home made apple puree from the trees, could I just go ahead and use that? All she did was cook the apples down on the stove and added a few spices, then pureed it in the food processor. It would certainly save some time if I could just directly use that. Also, here in Australia parchment paper is called baking paper (found where the plastic wrap , ziplock bags and aluminium foil is), perhaps that may help some others trying to find it, I think maybe in the UK it is also called baking paper since we use UK English in Australia 🙂

  8. says

    I tried it, mine took about 4 hours in the oven which was a bit of a long time, but other than that it was a fantastic meal for the kids
    Thanks a lot


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