Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather

I never fared well during the middle school lunchroom food swap. If only I’d had stash of homemade Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather, I could have ruled the cafeteria. Strawberry Mango Fruit LeatherAt every lunch hour from fourth through seventh grade, my classmates would turn out the contents of their brown bags and fancy Arctic Zone lunch boxes (remember those?) and the bartering would begin. Plain peanut butter sandwiches, anything on whole grain bread, and members of the fruit/vegetable kingdom were of no value. Fruit snacks only mattered if they were Loony Tunes. Doritos, Dunkeroos, and Hostess meant money in the (food swap) bank. The most valuable currency of all: fruit roll-ups.

Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather from Well Plated by Erin

Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather. Easy homemade fruit leather recipeMy poor lunch-swap performance stemmed from my mother’s insistence that I buy the cafeteria’s circumspect hot lunch most days. I interpreted her resistance to packing lunch as reprimand for an unknown crime I had committed as a child. At some point, I assumed, she would reveal my offense, I would make amends, and then I could pack Cheetos for lunch and be cool for the rest of middle school. In retrospect, she probably just didn’t want to listen to me whine for Frito Lay every time we went to the grocery store.

I don’t foresee an adult lunch-swap situation happening any time soon, but if yes, I’m totally bringing Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather to trade. Fruit leather is nothing but a quick puree of fruit that’s spread thinly and slowly baked until it becomes soft, chewy, and wonderful. It’s easy to make, far healthier than its processed counter parts, and tastes like a burst of fruity sunshine. Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather. Homemade fruit leather in just 2 steps!You heard it here: fruity sunshine. I see your Dunkeroos, and I raise you a roll of Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather. Let the games begin.

Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather

There’s no need to buy store-bought fruit leather with this easy homemade version. Bursting with strawberry and mango flavors, it’s perfect for lunch boxes and after school snacks.

Yield: about 6 roll ups, depending upon size cut

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 cup hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup diced ripe mango (about 1 large)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Wrapped tightly in plastic and stored in an airtight container, fruit leather will keep for one month at room temperature or one year in the freezer.

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About Erin Clarke

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  1. These are ideal for every meal. I made once with avocado and it was delicious too. That mango looks good!!!

  2. You make this fruit leather look so easy to make, I am going to check out the recipe!

  3. I’ve been wanting to try and make my own fruit leather. Can’t wait to give this a whirl!

  4. I’ve been wanting to try this! I think I’ll eat the whole batch, though!

  5. My kids would kill for these! I have to try it, but when they’re not looking. Otherwise, man, the fights that will ensue!

  6. Ha, the Doritos and Hostess – always! You would’ve ruled the roost with these beauties. Who doesn’t love mango? And strawberries are winners – always :)

  7. I want a roll of this to eat with my lunch later!

  8. Hi Erin, how clever, love these even as an adult, they are great hiking snacks.

  9. Ha! Dunkeroos! My sister and I ate a ridiculous amount of them as kids!

    I keep meaning to try homemade fruit leather. I was never a huge fan of them when I was a kid (my sister on the other hand most definitely was). But I have a feeling the homemade version would be a hit even with me!

  10. This fruit leather would definitely win out in the cafeteria! Love the strawberry mango combo!

  11. Oh. My. Gaaahhhh…this looks so yummy! So, funny little story…I never had any kind of fruit snacks or fruit roll ups growing up (my mom was very much against anything processed) so when I told my husband this, he was shocked! He told his family who proceeded to buy me a box of each of the standard snacks that I HAD to try…fruit roll ups were my fave (after I came down from my 10 day sugar high lol) so this natural recipe is a must make for me! Pinned to try!

  12. I’ve never made my on fruit leather but I can’t wait to make these! So cool ;-)

  13. Eek! I used to love fruit roll ups! So nostalgic!

  14. These look so fun! This is going to sound ridiculous, but I didn’t realize fruit leather was actually made with real fruit! I always assumed it was a combination of scads of sugar and some rubbery, possibly non-food entity that would make it impossible to replicate at home – I’m delighted to find that your version is so natural (and delicious-looking)!

  15. Haha, lunch box swaps bring me right back to my childhood days! I used to fare pretty well, mostly as my mother packed me muesli bars and fruit yoghurt (which everyone wanted!). As far as these delicious fruit leathers? Yum. I’ve never made fruit leather but I love to eat it. Strawberry and mango is a brilliant combination! Lovely post Erin xx

  16. You are bringing me back, Erin! Totally forgot about the existence of dunkeroos until just now! I love homemade fruit leather. Strawberry and mango sounds delicious together!

  17. What a fabulous snack! That mango strawberry cobo is the most delicious thing everrrrrrrrr.
    Enjoy your weekend Erin! xx

  18. Funny Erin! For a while I thought my kids were eating everything I sent to for lunch. It was only very recently that my son said I don’t like peanut butter granola bars. I send one everyday. So, I said what do you do with them. Response…give them away. Nice, huh?! I don’t he’d be giving these fruit leathers away :D

  19. Gosh, I was just thinking about fruit leather today. I haven’t thought about it in ages. Such a good snack.

  20. This is genius! I miss fruit roll up and its cousin, fruit by the foot. Ah the good ‘ol days.

  21. Hahahaha!! My school didn’t allow trading. It still doesn’t… But these look perfect right now!!! Love fruit leather!!!

  22. Hahaha love this post Erin! You made me laugh so hard. I totally remember my days as a master barterer in the cafeteria. Ah, memories. This fruit leather rocks my socks! I’ll trade you 2 yodels and a bag of pretzels??

  23. Fruit roll ups were always my favorite!! You just made me relive those days!

  24. Haha oh my gosh, loved this post and totally made me relive my lunch trading days. This fruit leather would definitely win! Love the strawberry and mango combo :)

  25. This looks like the perfect way to preserve the great flavors of summer!

  26. These fruit leathers definitely do take me back to my childhood! I remember how excited I used to get if Mum packed me one for lunch… thanks for reminding me how awesome they are Erin!

  27. I was one of those kids at school everyone wanted my lunch (thanks to my Mom), but I never did get homemade fruit leathers…… Looks amazing.

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