Apple Spice Fruit Leather

4 Comments » | Posted by aimee on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013


Sometimes in Southern California it’s hard to tell that Fall has arrived, but when it’s apple picking time, I’m convinced. My dad went to pick apples this year at a friend’s orchard and he brought me four huge bags of apples. They were really sweet and crisp, but mostly Red Delicious, which are not the best apples for baking. Also, they were full of worm holes, so they weren’t very pretty. Because of that, my usual pies were out. And while I love these Maple Olive Oil Apple Chips, I wanted to try something new. I ended up making a couple of batches of this Apple Spice Fruit Leather and was so impressed with the results. I didn’t think I could get a nice, soft fruit leather like I buy at the grocery store without a dehydrator, but I ended up with just that. If you have a high power blender like a Vitamix, don’t bother peeling the apples. You’ll get the extra fiber, and the color from the peels is so pretty. This is a great guilt-free snack to take on a hike, and perfect for your kiddos. Enjoy!



Apple Spice Fruit Leather

YieldAbout 24 pieces

Prep Time30 minutes

Cook Time8-12 hours

Activity GuideBackpacking, Car Camping, Day Trip


  • 8 cups chopped apples (if you have a high-powered blender, just leave them unpeeled)
  • 1 cup spiced apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Large pot
  • Silicone baking mat or microwave-safe plastic wrap
  • Approx 12×17 inch baking sheet
  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen shears, knife, or pizza cutter
  • Blender or immersion blender


  1. Preheat the oven to 170° F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or microwave-safe plastic wrap.
  2. Combine the apples, apple cider, and cinnamon in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer until the apples are soft.
  3. Puree the mixture in a blender and pour onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently shake the baking sheet to spread out the fruit puree.
  4. Bake until the fruit is mostly dried out, but still a little sticky.
  5. Cool completely and then cut into strips. Store in a tightly sealed container.

4 Responses to “Apple Spice Fruit Leather”

  1. Tardismaster says:

    How long do these store once sealed?

    • aimee says:

      These keep for quite some time if stored in a sealed container. I’ve eaten my fruit leather about a month after making it and it has been just as good as when I first made it. It may dry out if you keep it too long, but it shouldn’t go bad (as long as you make sure to get all the moisture out in the first place).

  2. Ginny Trudeau says:

    Your photos are spectacular!

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