Homemade Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather is perfect for a healthy snack. Easy to make in the oven and with no added sugar, this healthy recipes is the perfect snack or lunch idea for kids!

Homemade strawberry beet fruit leather served in a big glass tray with plenty of strawberries around it on a marble table

Fruit by the foot

Do you remember Fruit By The Foot?

If any of your childhood spilled into the 90’s like mine did, I’m betting you do. For many people, it was kind of a lunch box staple that has many fond and sticky memories attached to it.

Getting healthy and quick-to-make snack together with plenty of strawberries on a marble surface

While my parents never made the measuring tape’s worth of dried fruit a regular thing in our house, I do have a foggy memory or two of rolling Fruit By The Foot out in into my mouth and finding it so stinking fun…and so delicious.

Homemade Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather snacks on the table with flowers in the background

NO fruit by the foot

Of course, now as a mom….I can kind of see why my parents didn’t make Fruit By The Foot a frequent flyer in my house. BECAUSE THERE IS BASICALLY NO FRUIT IN IT!

For real, guys. For something that has the word “fruit” in the title, you kind of would think fruit would be the first ingredient…or at least the second…..but it neither! Go check out  a box of Fruit By The Foot, your will see that the list of ingredients looks something like this:

SugarMaltodextrinCorn SyrupPear Puree Concentrate, Palm Oil. Contains 2% or less of: CarrageenanCitric AcidMonoglyceridesSodium CitrateAcetylated MonoglyceridesMalic AcidXanthan GumVitamin C (ascorbic acid), Locust Bean GumPotassium Citrate, Natural Flavor, Red 40.

Boo! Hiss! Yuck! No thanks.

Overhead on the delicious snack with a cup of sauce on the right side of it

Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather

However, I can still make this fun, interactive and delicious lunch box staple a regular thing for my daughter…..only it will actually contain FRUIT! And…brace yourselves guys….VEGGIES!

Yep, I have veggie-loaded my own DIY, 100% natural Fruit By The Foot! Let’s meet 3-Ingredient Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather!

The thing about fruit leather that I wish I had know forever ago is that it IS NOT HARD TO MAKE! It does take time, but you don’t even need a fancy dehydrator to make it happen! Just a blender, a baking sheet, a silicone mat, an oven and a really patient child. That’s it!

Delicious Homemade Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather looking extra nice and ready for a lunchbox

And if the simplicity of this recipe (in its ingredients and its methodology) doesn’t win you over, then the taste is sure to!

Store-bought, chemical-riddled fruit treats don’t have anything on the delicious sweetness nature gives these strips of fruit leather!

Are you ready? Awesome! Let’s go dry out some fruit!

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe is veggie-loaded, 100% natural Fruit By The Foot!
  • It requires only 3 ingredients!
  • You only need a blender, a baking sheet, a silicone mat and an oven to make this strawberry beet fruit leather.
Closeup of the delicious Homemade Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather with healthy and delicious strawberries looking extra bright and colorful

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Homemade strawberry beet fruit leather served in a big glass tray with plenty of strawberries around it on a marble table
4.67 from 3 votes

Homemade Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Snack
Homemade Strawberry Beet Fruit Leather is perfect for a healthy snack. Easy to make in the oven and with no added sugar, this healthy recipes is the perfect snack or lunch idea for kids!

Ingredients
 

  • 10 ounces strawberries (fresh or defrosted frozen)
  • 1/2 beet, small cooked and peeled
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients. Puree until completely smooth and set aside.
  • Preheat your oven and heat to 170°F and position your oven rack in the middle of your oven.
  • Line two small or one large baking sheet with silicone baking mats. If you do not have baking mats, you can use lightly greased parchment paper, but I didn’t find it to work as well as baking mats.
  • Pour the fruit/veggie puree into the center of each lined baking sheet. Using a spatula, spread the puree thinly over the baking sheet util ti has about 1/8" thickness. It is important to spread it as evenly as possible to make sure that the fruit dehydrates at an even rate. Gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to help fruit/veg puree to evenly distribute.
  • Place baking sheets into the oven on the same rack and cook until the fruit looks dry and is firm to the touch. Usually 5-6 hours depending on how thin the puree is spread.
    If you are using more than one baking sheet and can't fit them on the same rack, rotate the sheets at the 2-3 hour mark so that they dry at an even rate.
  • Once the fruit is leathery yet tacky to the touch, turn off the oven and allow the fruit leather to cool down to room temperature IN the oven.
  • Once cool, top the fruit leather with a sheet of parchment paper and flip baking sheet over onto the counter. Carefully and slowly lift the fruit leather off of the baking mat.
  • Roll the fruit leather in the parchment paper. Using kitchen sheers, cut the fruit leather into about 1 inch segments. Secure with string if preferred.
  • Store in an air-tight container in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Notes

  • This recipe is veggie-loaded, 100% natural Fruit By The Foot!
  • It requires only 3 ingredients!
  • You only need a blender, a baking sheet, a silicone mat and an oven to make this strawberry beet fruit leather.
Calories: 13kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 55mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 7IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg