Homemade Fruit By The Foot

homemade fruit by the foot in a variety of flavors

My kids love dehydrated fruit and fruit leathers. I used to spring for the expensive organic ones at the store, but even those usually have added sugar. The conventional versions usually have a laundry list of bad ingredients. It includes high fructose corn syrup, carrageenan, and artificial food dyes. I started making my own homemade fruit by the foot years ago, and included this recipe in the kid's section of my very first cookbook – Against all Grain.

Ingredients in Fruit by the Foot™

Sugar, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup, Pear Puree Concentrate, Palm Oil. Contains 2% or less of: Carrageenan, Citric Acid, Monoglycerides, Sodium Citrate, Acetylated Monoglycerides, Malic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Locust Bean Gum, Potassium Citrate, Natural Flavor, Red 40.


None of that nasty stuff here!

Make these homemade fruit by the foot easily in the oven or dehydrator! Because they are sweetened with applesauce, they are a much better alternative. And they are consumed just as quickly! You can use any fruit you'd like in them. Usually, we stick to mango fruit roll-ups because they're a favorite with my kids!


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Homemade Fruit By The Foot



Cuisine: American

Category: Candy


  • 4 cups frozen mixed fruit (I used just mango in the video)
  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey, if using tart berries (do not use for W30)


  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the fruit is soft and the liquid has thickened.
  2. Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor. Carefully blend until smooth.
  3. Line dehydrator sheets with parchment paper. If using berries – pour the fruit mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and spread it evenly onto the trays. Use a spatula to lightly spread the mixture evenly, about 1⁄8-inch thick.
  4. Place in the dehydrator for 3 hours at 150°F. If using an oven, bake on the lowest setting for 4 to 5 hours. Rotate trays midway through.
  5. Cut the paper and fruit into 1-inch strips using scissors. Roll them up tightly and secure with tape. Keep in an airtight container for 2 months.

Keywords: candy, dessert, motherhood, against all grain, danielle walker, gluten free, grain free, fruity, paleo diet, fruit leather, kids, healthy diet, clean eating