Watermelon Fruit Leather

Easy homemade watermelon fruit leather. Just two ingredients! A great snack or addition to school lunches.

Easy homemade watermelon fruit leather recipe from @bakedbyrachel. Only two ingredients!

Growing up I pretty much devoured boxes of fruit roll-ups, as I’m sure many kids did back then. They were hard to resist. The strawberry variety were my favorite. A classic. I do recall rainbow ones and the occasional surprise packages where you didn’t know what the flavor was until you opened it and bit in. Fun for kids, but I’m not sure I’d be so entertained by mystery food these days.

If you asked me 10 years ago if I’d ever make my own fruit leather, I might have laughed. I’m in the kitchen so much more now. Plus, having kids… that definitely changes my view on things. Within the past few years I’ve shared several homemade fruit leather options… all equally tasty! I love how you can control the sweetness and know what’s in it! No special equipment is needed either!

Easy homemade watermelon fruit leather recipe from @bakedbyrachel. Only two ingredients!

One day at the grocery store, the watermelons were practically screaming at me to buy them. You know the moment you see something and that’s all you think about until you pick it up and put it in your shopping cart? That. They were necessary. I knew immediately what I had to make (besides watermelon sherbet, of course)… homemade watermelon fruit leather! Because… why not?! It’s easy and I knew the entire family would love it!

Easy two ingredient watermelon fruit leather (aka fruit roll-ups), perfect for lunches or snacking! A must make for watermelon fans!

And don’t forget to make some delicious watermelon sherbet with some of the leftover watermelon juice!

Easy homemade watermelon fruit leather recipe from @bakedbyrachel. Only two ingredients!

Yield: 2 trays

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, plus

Total Time: 3 hours

Watermelon Fruit Leather

Easy homemade watermelon fruit leather. Just two ingredients! A great snack or addition to school lunches.

Ingredients:

  • 8C watermelon, cubed
  • 2/3C granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking sheets. Preheat oven to 170F°.
  2. Puree watermelon, draining through cheese cloth, set over a mesh strainer. Drain almost all of the liquid, reserving for another use.
  3. Combine watermelon solids with sugar, discarding any seeds. Blend again if needed to ensure a smooth mixture.
  4. Divide watermelon mixture between pans, spreading into an even layer, roughly 1/8-inch thick. Bake for 3 hours or until no longer wet, but still slightly tacky. Rotate pans 180° and swap levels each hour until they are done.
  5. Transfer fruit leather to a cutting board, cut into desired sizes. Store on parchment paper in an airtight container.

*2 small seedless watermelons will produce 9C liquid and 2C solids. Some seeds may still be present, remove any found.

**Cook time will vary depending on the thickness of your mixture and oven temperature.

Baked by Rachel original

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