Strawberry, Blueberry & Pomegranate Fruit Leather



Can you believe Valentine's day is right around the corner?
Well time seems to fly by when you're having a great time right?
First of all, I would like to thank EVERYONE who was so incredibly supportive of Tim and I through out our weight loss journey. As you can tell from previous posts, I went from incredibly excited to exhausted without a drop of my usual bouncy self in there. Well good mood Kym is finally back and here to stay. I had my pouty moments, I bitched and moaned about not getting what I wanted, but in the end I am getting what I want. A clean new slate, no more hearing, why don't you get on a treadmill you're at risk for heart disease and diabetes, now it's, where do you work out? What kind of vitamins and shakes are you taking?


If you know anything about me I LOVE sweets. As a kid I enjoyed fruit by the foot and fruit roll ups, devouring each individual pack in seconds. The first time I tried a natural fruit leather I couldn't have been more than 11. I immediately spit it out. Yuck! It tastes like, like real fruit smashed down into strips I ignorantly stated and continued to finish a pack of fruit by the foot. I never went back to real fruit leather until now.

This recipe not only contains only a fraction of the fat, calories and sugar content in store bought brands, but one serving is almost 50% of your daily vitamin C intake, and is full of antioxidants thanks to the lovely portions of pomegranate juice and blueberries. Still not convinced? Well it tastes yummier and much more fresh than the processed stuff.


Trying to make healthier versions of my favorite snacks has been a real eye opener. I did not add any sugar to the batch or preservatives. It only takes a few hours in the oven and the results are truly eye opening. You can taste the fruit in each bite, you can see the naturalness of the leather when held up to the light. As natural as you can get, without any of the guilt. I thought the process would be difficult or a pain to perfect, but in a few easy steps, setting and forgetting, by the next morning I had a healthy snack I never have to feel guilt about eating or sharing with the children in my family.

I know I've already said this, but being healthy doesn't necessarily mean you lose all of the flavor, it brings out your creativity by thinking on your toes while making you more conscious of your decisions. Plus, there's no better feeling than the moment you realize your jeans are beginning to fall off and you have to make an extra hole in your belt. You realize all of the sacrifices and hard work are truly worth it. =]


Nutrition Facts 
per serving (serves 8)
49.9 calories
.2 grams of fat
12.4 grams of carbs
1.9 grams of fiber
.6 grams of protein
46% vitamin C

Strawberry, Blueberry & Pomegranate Fruit Leather
  • 2 cups of chopped strawberries
  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 1 cup of natural pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 a lemon squeezed
  1. Place strawberries, blueberries and pomegranate juice and water in a pan over high heat. Cook down and mash for 10-15 minutes. Lower heat to medium low for another 10-15 (a total of about a half hour, could be more or less depending on the strength of your stove) until it becomes a thick syrup, do not let it burn!
  2. Transfer contents of pan into a blender, add lemon juice, puree until smooth.
  3. Transfer from blender onto a small sheet pan (I used 10x12, but spilled a bit of the mixture, it must be about an 1/8 inch thick, so if your sheet is too thick, use a larger sheet pan) lined lined with saran wrap (make sure the saran wrap does not cover the mixture or it will not dry properly, I used microwave safe, you may opt to use parchment paper too)
  4. With a rubber spatula, spread mixture EVENLY (or it won't dry properly)
  5. Fruit leather recipes usually require using a fruit dehydrator or placing in a 140 degree oven for 8-12 hours (overnight) My oven doesn't go that low, and since this is an original recipe, I placed it in the oven for about 5-6 hours at 170 degrees. When the mixture cannot be moved anymore, it is dry and ready. Roll using the saran wrap to prevent sticking when it's warm enough to be touched. Store in a cool dry place in tupperware. Serves 8.

77 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! I love fruit leather, but have never tried to make it. This looks great! Only question -does this serve 4 or 8? You have two different statements there.

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    1. Just corrected that, serves 8, too busy eating the fruit leather to realize I placed it twice lol Thanks for pointing it out! =]

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  2. I have always wanted to try this but thought that store bought may be full of chemicals! The fruits you brought together here are some of my favorites, so perhaps I do need to try this recipe. Kudos to you sticking with the diet, now it is time for smaller clothes-so glad for you!

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    1. Thank you so much Tina! I'm excited to go clothing shopping but was told not to until I lose more weight, or I'll just have to keep buying clothing every few weeks lol. And yes the store bought ones have so many preservatives and chemicals, barely any of the real stuff. If you do try the recipe I really hope you enjoy it! =]

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  3. This is such a delicious, healthier and less artificial of uncle tobys roll ups! I am in debt to you for such a delicious recipe - how flexible with all the combos possible :D
    Wonderful post and blog!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself
    Latest: Fudgy Fridge No Bake Biscuits

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like them while finding an alternative to the artificial stuff. I hope you enjoy the recipe, it's sweet and tart better than the stuff I had as a kid =]

      Off to check out your fudgy no bake biscuits, thanks for stopping by! =]

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  4. These look awesome! I'm totally bookmarking this and then I'm going to earn major brownie points with my husband who loooooves fruit leather. Do you think it would work with thawed frozen berries? I can't ever find any good fresh berries this time of year :(

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    1. I'm thrilled you like them! And yes you can totally use frozen berries, but since there is more liquid, you will have to cook it down just a little bit longer, no big deal. Hope you and your husband like them! =]

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  5. Dieting Sucks!! If it didn't then the whole world would be skinny! What a great snack you came up with that goes with your diet! Glad you are working out and "adjusting" to the new lifestyle!

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    1. that's so true! Thanks Erin! I am finally adjusting, I even realized I eat slower and get full with smaller portions. Thanks for your support! =]

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  6. I love fruit leather and you're right - this looks so much better than the store-bought ones! And so healthy too... I would love to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing, Ky!

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    1. It is much better than store bought! Such a huge difference. Thank you! =]

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  7. I have always wanted to try this! I used to LOVE fruit by the foot!

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    1. I told myself I'd try to make my own for months now, it was so much easier than I thought it would be, and tastier than expected =]

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  8. Genius!! Such a great way to skip the additives and still get the tasty treat! Win-win...

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    1. aww thank you! I've really enjoyed making replacement recipes to the ones with additives. Glad you like them, thanks for commenting! =]

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  9. I LOVE this. Bravo on your weight loss and on this recipe. Wish we had the fresh stuff in season here just now but I'll have to take note of this one - I love how it's rolled, just like my eyes just looking at it!

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    1. aww thanks so much Jill! It was fun to make and looks so pretty in the sunlight. I'm thrilled you like them!

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  10. These look wonderful! But I was wondering whether the saran wrap would melt in the oven or does the low temp. prevent that?

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    1. Thanks so much Lena! And great question, no the saran wrap will not melt in such low temperature. Glad you asked in case any one else was wondering too. Thanks for commenting! =]

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  11. Thanks! My grandmother used to make fruit leather like this all the time when I was a kid ... and I always thought they were yummy. I just never learned. Can't wait to try. Hey, have you tried with citrus?

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    1. I'm so glad you'll get to re-create something from Grandma's kitchen, that's always a great feeling =]
      And no I have not attempted this recipe as a citrus flavor yet, but you've compelled me to give it a go. =]

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  12. Wow this is really amazing. I didn't even know you could make something like this at home!! My kids love fruit roll-up and this is so much healthier!! Great idea!
    PS... hope you dropped by my blog 2-8 and collected your award. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the award Ramona! You're the best! =]

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  13. Do you think parchment paper would instead of saran wrap? saran wrap is plastic and has BPA in it which could be harmful...+ BPA leeches from plastic in larger amounts in the presence of heat.

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    1. Parchment paper would work as well, just make sure you have enough parchment exposed on the sides to be able to lift out the finished product.

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  14. This looks awesome.....bookmarked! Will try it with parchment paper. Thanks.

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  15. The color of these are gorgeous! I have made banana ones before in the dehydrator, but haven't in the oven before! Lovely pictures as well!

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    1. Thanks so much! So glad you like them, banana sounds soo good, gotta try to make that one sometime too. Thanks for commenting! =]

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  16. I made some peach leather this summer but now I must try your recipe it sounds great. Congrats on the top 9

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    1. Thanks so much! I'd LOVE to try peach leather, sounds delicious! =]

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  17. You should NOT use saran wrap/plastic wrap in the oven or microwave as it will leach out chemicals!!! Plastic is made from crude oil and is full of nasty stuff. Use parchment paper instead.

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    1. You CAN use saran wrap, I used microwave safe and I'm still alive. But yes you may use parchment paper instead. Thanks for commenting =]

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  18. I love the combinations you used in your fruit leather. I have tried to make fruit leather before, but it never turned out right. I am going to try your recipe.

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    1. Glad you're giving it a try, hope you like it! =]

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  19. Oh yum! These look perfect.. will save this recipe for sure!!

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    1. Thank you Laurie! I'm so excited that you like them! =]

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  20. looks delicous! definitely bookmarking this to try! though definitely nervous about undertaking this project lol...

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    1. Don't be nervous! It's really not as intimidating as it looks. It was my first time making them using my own recipe but following standard leather making procedures, which didn't suit my needs so I just did it my way and it still worked! If I can do it, believe me, you can too! Feel free to e-mail me with any questions at FreeSpiritEater@FreeSpiritEater.com. Hope you enjoy them as much as Tim and I do! =]

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  21. Looking forward to trying this, thank you! How long would these store would you think?

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    1. It lasts up to one month if kept at room temperature if wrapped tightly in plastic, for those who don't believe in using plastic, try an air tight container but I'm not sure how long that would last. It can last up to one year if wrapped properly and kept frozen. Hope that answers your question, have a great weekend! =]

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  22. Beautiful recipe AND pictures! But I've read the recipe a hundred times and I can't figure out where the (tiny amount of) fat comes from. You've only got fruit there. What am I missing?

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    1. Hi Sue, that's a very good question. One strawberry on it's own barely has any fat, less than 1%; But when the amount of berries increases to 2 cups of chopped strawberries like in this recipe, the tiny bit of fat begins to add up, 1.2 grams to be exact. Divide it by 8 equals .15 round that up you've got .2 grams of fat per portion. Hope that answers your question, didn't mean to get all high school math teacher on ya lol. Hope you have a great weekend =]

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  23. Those photos are gorgeous--much better-looking than the Fruit roll-ups of my childhood, and much better for you!

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    1. Aww, thank you. These taste better than the fruit roll ups of my childhood too! Hope you're having a great weekend so far! =]

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  24. So excited to try this. I remember eating apple fruit leather as a kid and loved it but have not found it in years. Any suggestions on how to make this with apples?

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    1. I'm excited that you're excited! I have never made it using apples but I looked online for you and found a recipe that might suit you, I wasn't too sure about the others but this one looks pretty good. http://www.chow.com/recipes/29916-apple-and-raspberry-fruit-leather
      Let me know if it works out for you! =]

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  25. So delicious looking! I submitted these to our site, http://pinfaves.com - they deserve all the exposure they can get!

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    1. Thank you so much for showcasing my recipe, I really appreciate it, but I don't see where it links back to my website? I would assume it belongs in the spot that says "This story has no related links". I don't mean to be rude, but I work hard on my recipes and would appreciate credit for it. Thank you very much for letting me know and for sharing my recipe. Have a great day. =]

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  26. Yum :) Homemde 'Roll Ups' I use to have them as a kid ~ This definitely takes me back to primary school days hehe Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

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    1. You're very welcome! Thank you so much for letting me know how much you love them. It warms my heart to hear I brought you back to primary school days. Hope you're enjoying your weekend! =]

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  27. many have commented on this recipe but i am not sure how many have actually made it. I began the process of gathering the supplies the other day and set out to make the leather yesterday.

    you really need to boil the mixture down, after 30 minutes, I just wanted to get on with the process but i should have let it boil more to get more water out.

    I was concerned about what size cookie sheet to use, the directions call for a "small sheet pan" i used a rather large jelly roll pan and it was just right (maybe could have been even a little bit bigger)i used parchment paper to line the sheet pan

    our leather cooked for more than 5.5 hours but was still wet in just a few places. we turned the oven off and opened the door and left it in overnight.

    there were just a few wet patches this morning but the leather tastes wonderful

    it's a bit of an expensive undertaking using fresh fruit (and the pomegranate juice was $4 for a 16oz bottle at WalMart), so maybe I would use frozen fruit next time, knowing that the boiling time will take even longer.

    thank you for the recipe, it's not nearly has hard as some might think, but you do need to boil the mixture down more and cooking time takes all afternoon.

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    1. I can see where the problem arose, even you mentioned it, you must be patient and cook it down until it almost like a jelly, if there is liquid it will not dry properly. Add The wet spots were there because there was extra liquid, the recipe says for at least for hours, but when you can't press your fingers through it it is done. It also sounds like you didn't spread the mixture evenly enough, that too can cause wet spots. If it was still mushy, lower the temperature even more and leave it for a bit longer. Normally this is an overnight process, but I sped it up a bit. I'm sorry it didn't work out quite right, but please be patient next time and trust yourself, I'm glad you liked it in the end. And I used a 10x12 inch pan. =]

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  28. Brilliant! I've always wanted to make fruit leathers but didn't know how without a dehydrator! Gorgeous post! Happy Valentines lovely lady!

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    1. Thanks Jx! Glad I could be of some service to you lol =]

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  29. Thank you for sharing your recipe!!
    looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you for commenting!! So glad you liked it! =]

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  30. Awesome idea!!!! I'm book marking this recipe for sure!

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    1. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as I did =]

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  31. these look so good and easy. My kids would love me if I made them. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Thank you for commenting! I hope your children love it too! <3

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  33. Love this!! New follower :) I featured this in my "spring food" ideas post!

    http://www.discovercreatelive.com/2012/02/inspiration-friday-food-for-spring.html

    now i just have to try it for myself... :)

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  34. I have my second batch in the oven as I type, but have just one question. Your recipe calls for an additional cup of water to be added after the fruit syrup has boiled down. Might I ask why? I omitted the step as it seemed I would be adding the water I had just boiled away; I had tasty results and it was done in about 3 hours.

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    1. Jenny you did the right thing! I went back to add instructions when someone needed clarification and must have mixed that up again. I'm so sorry about that! Let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

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  35. OK, this looks YUMMY! I've been working on making recipes that are "better" for you, and have also been making my own small batch - no-pectin added jams as well... Can't wait to try!!

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  36. Could I make this in the dehydrator?

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  37. I just made this recipe and was so excited as it cooked for the six hours. Then I learned an important lesson: parchment paper is completely different from waxed paper HAHA! The parts that I managed to free from the wax was delicious, will definitely be making this again next week! My 17 month old absolutely loves it, even with the tart, no sugar added flavor. Thanks for a great recipe! I try to buy her the healthiest fruit snacks I can find, without spending $4 a box for the Annie's brand. I feel even better making it myself!

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