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This Cranberry Fruit Leather Recipe is a delightful and sugar-free treat you can easily make at home. Learn how to make fruit leather in the dehydrator, and let the dehydrator work its magic. Let us dive into making your own fruit leather or fruit roll-ups the way you always wanted.

A jar of cranberry leather on a wooden table.
Cranberry Fruit Leather Recipe. Photo credit: Low Carb – No Carb.

It is the recipe you are going to make over and over. When I was making it for you, one eventful thing happened. Before I had a chance to take photographs, the rollups were gone and gone in seconds. 

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What would I not do for my family? I bought five more kilos and went to my mum because she has an Excalibur dehydrator and kept dehydrating and dehydrating until I had enough to share and take photos for you. 

Make them a regular snack for your kids or your whole house. It is also perfect for traveling or hiking since you can have a sweet bite on hand wherever you go. Experience a low-carb fruity adventure with this cranberry fruit leather.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This cranberry fruit leather is a guilt-free treat that packs a punch of flavor without compromising your low-carb lifestyle. Try the vibrant tartness of cranberries transformed into a chewy and portable snack.

Natural fruit flavor – packed with the goodness of cranberries, this fruit leather has a taste so good that you would forget all the gummies in your cupboard. 

No added sugar – unlike many store-bought fruit snacks, our recipe skips the added sugars. You will experience the natural sweetness of cranberries without any unnecessary extras.

On-the-go snacking – this fruit leather is perfect for your busy lifestyle as it is convenient and portable. Throw it in your bag, and you get a healthy snack wherever your day takes you.

Healthy Snack Recipes From The Dehydrator

As time goes by here on my blog, I have made several snack recipes made from fresh, low-carb fruits and low-carb vegetables that are extra delicious. I have been making dried snacks using the dehydrator like:

These recipes from your pantry can be uplifted even further into a powdered version, as I did on strawberry powder, cranberry powdermushroom onion and chicken powder.

A plate with cranberry rolls and cranberries.
A plate with cranberry rolls and cranberries.

Fruit Rollups

Fruit rollups are a famous fruit snack typically rolled into a flat, tape-like, or leather form. They are known for their chewy and slightly sticky texture, making them a fun, portable snack option and trendy among children.

Fruit Snacks: Berry Goodness

Making desserts out of fruits and berries is an excellent way to satisfy your sweet tooth while using the natural sweetness of the fruits.

I have made a few low-carb cheesecake recipes incorporating berries, and one of them is wild blueberry cheesecake, which turned out beautiful. It would be best if you also tried these chocolate-covered strawberries. It is an easy dessert recipe that is made for any occasion.

Have you heard of sheet pancakes? If not, let me introduce to you our very own blueberry sheet pan cake that is perfect for a sweet summer and another sheet pan recipe called coffee cake with berries that are completely sugar-free.

Berry Puree Uses

Any berry puree you can make at home can serve its purpose to add natural sweetness, vibrant color, or a burst of berry flavor to your dishes. Let me give you ideas on where you can add your berry puree:

How To Make Cranberry Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe

Let us dive into this simple process of making homemade fruit leather treats using cranberries without added sugar.

Kitchen Gadgets Needed:

  • Dehydrator
  • Blender or Magic Bullet
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients Needed:

  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Water

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE FRUIT LEATHER IN A DEHYDRATOR

First Step: Prepare Your Cranberries

The first thing you need to do is prepare your cranberries by washing them thoroughly and getting them ready for blending.

Ingredients needed for cranberry fruit leather.
Ingredients needed for cranberry fruit leather.

Second Step: Juice The Cranberries

Add the cranberries and water to the blender or food processor and blend until smooth. To taste, you can add citrus to your favorite fruit, lemon juice, or sweetener.

After blending, strain the cranberries using a fine mesh sieve, separating the pulps from the juice. Enjoy the cranberry juice, which is best for morning boost shots. 

How to make cranberry leather.
How to make cranberry leather.

Third Step: Prepare To Spread Cranberry Pulps

Prepare your dehydrator for making the fruit leather. You can use any dehydrator, but if you plan to use the round one, you would need a plastic insert silicone that goes inside the dehydrator trays and layers.

You can use parchment paper or a baking sheet if you do not have it. Cut them into the shape of the dehydrator trays to fit.

Spread the cranberry pulps or your fruit puree onto the baking sheet and ensure they are evenly spread to get an equal thickness when you cut them later.

Once they are assembled and ready, dehydrate them for approximately eight hours.

Spreading cranberry puree on a food dehydrator.
Spreading cranberry puree on a food dehydrator.

Fourth Step: Roll And Cut

After dehydrating your cranberry pulps, allow it to dry for several hours until the fruit leather is set and no longer sticky. 

Peel off the fruit leather from the parchment paper and roll them up. Cut into bite-sized pieces, and your cranberry fruit leather is ready.

Cutting Fruit leather.
Cutting Fruit leather.

Fifth Step: Cut And Save For Later

If you plan to make a massive batch of cranberry fruit leather, another way of cutting and serving them is to spread them all out on a baking sheet or wax paper and put another sheet on top.

You can use a ruler or anything to help you cut the fruit leather to your desired width. After cutting, roll them up without removing the baking sheet so you can still consume them later.

Cutting fruit leather.
Cutting fruit leather.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING HEALTHY HOMEMADE FRUIT ROLL UPS:

  • Parchment paper – if you are concerned about sticking, lightly grease the paper before spreading the cranberry mixture. NEVER use wax paper in the dehydrator or oven.
  • Test – you can check your fruit leather by touching the surface. It should be tacky but not sticky.
  • Spatula – use a spatula to smooth the mixture evenly for a consistent rollup.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What To Serve With Cranberry Fruit Leather?

You can layer thin strips of cranberry fruit leather with yogurt and granola for a fruity parfait or surprise your guests and family by adding rolled-up cranberry fruit leather and a touch of sweetness to your cheese platter, including cheese chips with olives, cheese bacon chipscheese popcornfried cheeseballs, and cheese puffs.

Remember to boost your smoothie by chopping the fruit leather into small pieces and tossing them in for an extra flavor.

Cranberries in a glass bowl with green leaves.
Cranberries in a glass bowl with green leaves.
Can I Use Frozen Fruits to Make Fruit Roll-ups?

Yes, fresh or frozen fruits can make this delicious treat. Just ensure your fruits are fully thawed before blending them for a puree. 

Can I Make Fruit Leather Using Strawberries?

Yes, of course, since fruit leathers are most commonly associated with fruity tastes like strawberry, raspberry, and mixed fruits. As strawberries are one of the most common fruits we use, I have a separate fruit roll-up recipe for you, where I have used various berries. 

You can use any fruits for those not following low carb. The most popular are peach, apricot or plum. 

Can I Make Fruit Leather In The Oven?

While the dehydrator is the perfect choice to make fruit leather, you can also do it in the oven if you do not have a dehydrator.

It is almost the same process as doing it in the oven, but you have to remember that it may make your fruit leather too dry if you do not set it up at the right temperature. 

Cooking the fruit leather in the oven requires the lowest setting, typically around 140°F (60°C), or the lowest temperature your oven can go. Remember to preheat your oven before anything else.

A plate of cranberries and cranberry leather.
A plate of cranberries and cranberry leather.

How Do I Store Frozen Fruit Leather?

Once fully dehydrated, they can stay on your kitchen counter or inside a glass jar or airtight container in your pantry.

The best option for long-term storage is freezing them. You can place each piece of fruit leather between sheets of parchment paper or wrap them individually in plastic wrap. This helps prevent the pieces from sticking together during freezing.

Allow the fruit leather to cool completely at room temperature before attempting to freeze it.

More Sweet Recipes

As you dive into this world of low-carb adventure, let me introduce you to more of our sweet and sugar-free desserts that can satisfy your sweet tooth any day. Make your snacking day memorable with sweetened craisins and gummy bears paired with flavorful cakes and chaffle, starting with our chocolate mug cakecinnamon cream cheese chaffle, and our best breakfast pancakes.

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Low carb easy cranberry fruit leather.

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Cranberry Fruit Leather Recipe

A jar with cranberry leather.

This Cranberry Fruit Leather Recipe is a delightful and sugar-free treat you can easily make at home. Learn how to make fruit leather in the dehydrator, and let the dehydrator work its magic. Let us dive into making your own fruit leather or fruit roll-ups the way you always wanted.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Cranberries
  • 2 Cups Water

Instructions

  1. The first thing you need to do is prepare your cranberries by washing them thoroughly and getting them ready for blending.
  2. Add the cranberries and water to the blender or food processor and blend until smooth. To taste, you can add citrus to your favorite fruit, lemon juice, or sweetener.
  3. Prepare your dehydrator for making the fruit leather. Spread the cranberry pulps or your fruit puree onto the baking sheet and ensure they are evenly spread to get an equal thickness when you cut them later. Once they are assembled and ready, dehydrate them for approximately eight hours.
  4. After dehydrating your cranberry pulps, allow it to dry for several hours until the fruit leather is set and no longer sticky. Peel off the fruit leather from the parchment paper and roll them up. Cut into bite-sized pieces, and your cranberry fruit leather is ready.
  5. If you plan to make a massive batch of cranberry fruit leather, another way of cutting and serving them is to spread them all out on a baking sheet or wax paper and put another sheet on top. You can use a ruler or anything to help you cut the fruit leather to your desired width. After cutting, roll them up without removing the baking sheet so you can still consume them later.

Notes

  • Parchment paper - if you are concerned about sticking, lightly grease the paper before spreading the cranberry mixture. NEVER use wax paper in the dehydrator or oven.
  • Test - you can check your fruit leather by touching the surface. It should be tacky but not sticky.
  • Spatula - use a spatula to smooth the mixture evenly for a consistent rollup.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1 Roll

Amount Per Serving Calories 23Total Fat 0gCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gProtein 0g

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