Rhubarb fruit leather is a chewy, dried fruit snack made from pureed rhubarb and sugar. It is a healthy and flavorful alternative to traditional fruit snacks, and can be enjoyed on-the-go or as a sweet treat. The tangy taste of rhubarb lends a unique flavor to the fruit leather, making it a delicious and nutritious snack option.
Do you have rhubarb coming out of your ear from your garden like I do? Try my other recipes for Healthy Orange Rhubarb Muffins with Buttermilk, Summer Rhubarb Lemonade, or Frosted Rhubarb Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting.
This is rhubarb fruit leather is one of my favorite recipes to make with rhubarb. I had picked a bunch of rhubarb in my garden to make some rhubarb sorbet with, but this morning I had fruit leather on the mind.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
The rhubarb puree keeps very well in the fridge if it's tightly covered and just this recipe alone can be transformed into so many different recipes. Think sorbet, ice cream, or granita. If you have a Ninja Creami this would be fun to spin in that machine.
Making homemade fruit leather at home is really easy and does not require any dehydrator to make it. All you need is your oven and a few hours to make it. Waiting is the hardest part of the recipe.
You can change and mix up the types of fruit if you don't like rhubarb.
Chopped Rhubarb - use straight from the garden or frozen chopped rhubarb
Cup of Sugar - I have not tested this recipe with other sugar substitutes but if you know the conversions feel free to do so.
Lemon juice - can be from a bottle or freshly squeezed
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
How to Make Rhubarb Fruit Leather
Step 1: Cook all ingredients in a saucepan for 10 minutes. Use an emersion blender or food processor to puree the fruit.
Step 2: Line a cookie sheet pan with parchment paper and spread the fruit mixture onto the sheet tray. Make sure that the puree is spread out evenly on the pan.
Step 3: Cook the fruit leather at 175 degrees for 5 hours or until the fruit has become stiff. When it is ready, you should be able to peel it apart like you would with fruit roll ups.
Tips for Homemade Fruit Leather
The key to fruit leather is to use parchment paper. Parchment paper helps you when it comes time to cutting the fruit leather. You can easily make the fruit roll-ups as long as you want and just use scissors to cut it
Please note that some ovens might take longer than the specified time below. If the fruit hasn't turned into the leather after the desired time below continue to cook it. Not all ovens are equally the same. 🙂
Storebought fruit leather can contain a lot of chemicals and bad ingredients in them and this recipe has only two main ingredients. I'd rather make them at home than buying them in the store.
Store it in airtight containers or in ziplock bags. Make sure all the air is let out before closing.
A fruit bar is a type of cookie that contains chopped-up fruit mixed in with the dough or spread between layers of dough. Fruit leather is made by blending pureed fruit with sugar and then it gets dehydrated in an oven or dehydrator.
There are many different sugar substitutes in place of regular sugar. If you know the conversion for the type you use feel free to!
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Rhubarb Fruit Leather
- Prep Time: 20min
- Cook Time: 5hr
- Total Time: 5hr 20min
- Yield: 24 1x
Purred rhubarb and sugar blended in a food processor and then turned into fruit leather
4 cups of chopped Rhubarb
1 cup of sugar
Zest of 1 lemon or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1. Cook all ingredients in a saucepan for 10 minutes. Use an emersion blender or food processor to puree the fruit.
2. Line a cookie sheet pan with parchment paper and spread the fruit mixture onto the sheet tray. Make sure that the puree is spread out evenly on the pan.
3. Cook the fruit leather at 175 degrees for 5 hours or until the fruit has become stiff. When it is ready, you should be able to peel it apart like you would with fruit roll ups.
Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the fruit after it's done cooking in the sauce pan.
Place parchment paper on the baking sheet for easy rolling and cleaning.
- Category: Medium
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: rhubarb fruit leathe
How much lemon juice do you use? The picture of ingredients used says lemon juice fresh or bottled, but the recipe calls for lemon zest?
No, I have not tried to do this in a smoker but if you do report back please!
Has anyone tried to do this in a smoker? I'm curious if it would taste good? I might do it anyways don't need my oven heating up my house all day in a heat wave.
Anyone ever try to combine rhubarb and banana to make fruit leather? I am going to experiment. I don't bake, smoothies aren't a real thing in this house, frozen bananas are piling up, so I thought leather might work?
Is that 175 degrees CELSIUS or FAHRENHEIT please?
Thanks for the feedback Elaine! I will try making again to see if I can adjust the recipe a bit.
Elaine Marie says
I tried it. It did peel away from the parchment paper as hoped, but it took much longer to become "leather" than predicted, presumably because the recipe uses a pretty hefty amount of sugar and it was a rather humid evening when I put it in the oven.
I'm sorry this didn't turn out for you. The problem is probably the oven temp. It wasn't hot enough. It is best to use an oven thermometer to make sure the temperature is correct.
The puree tasted good, like tart applesauce. We baked this for 8 hours and it was still not dry in the middle. The ends were dry but we had to throw it all away because we couldn't get it the dried part off the parchment paper. any tips to getting if off parchment paper?