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Pumpkin fruit leather is such a wonderful snack for the fall season! It’s sweet, portable, and easy to share with others.

This homemade fruit leather is full of autumn flavors. It’s “pumpkin spice and everything nice”! Because who doesn’t love pumpkin treats this time of year? This popular snack will have you in the spirit of fall in no time!

A side view of a stack of Pumpkin Fruit Leather roll-ups on a cutting board.

And you have kids, this is a great treat to stash in their lunchbox. While their friends are noshing on the same ol’ fruit roll-ups, your kids will be enjoying the flavors of Fall.

Making your own fruit leather is a delicious way to enjoy this winter squash and all the nutrients it offers. Add in some pumpkin pie spices and you’ve got a great way to enjoy a healthy snack!

Pumpkin Apple Fruit Leather

This fruit leather could also be called pumpkin apple fruit leather. It’s a delicious blend of pumpkin and apple. A perfect blend of Fall!

A pile of Pumpkin Fruit Leather sits on a cutting board with a couple more in a white basket behind it.

How To Dehydrate Fruit Leather In An Oven

You can make this in the oven. Preheat your oven to 175 F. Make your pumpkin leather mix according to the recipe, in a large bowl. But instead of spreading over the dehydrator tray (on a dehydrator sheet), pour mix onto a baking sheet (with edges) covered in parchment paper. A silicone mat will work too.

Avoid wax paper.

Place the prepared baking pan in the oven and bake for about 4-5 hours, or until the center is fully set.

When done dehydrating, cool to room temperature, peel from the cookie sheet, cut, roll, and store in an airtight container.

Good storage containers are glass jars, freezer-safe containers (glass or plastic), or zipper-top bags.

An overhead view looking down into a white basket of rolled fruit leathers.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

If you prefer to make your own pumpkin puree, it’s super easy! Here’s how to make it.

What To Do If You Over Dry Your Fruit Leather

If you over dry your pumpkin fruit leather, it will become very stiff and difficult to cut. I made that mistake myself at first by dehydrating for 24 hours! While the fruit leather was still good, it was incredibly tough and hard to chew.

Pumpkin Leather Ingredients

30 oz. pumpkin puree – Two 15 oz. cans. Make sure this is pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.

2 cups unsweetened applesauce – This can be homemade or store-bought.

1 cup granular sweetener – I used xylitol because that’s what works best for my blood sugar. But for unprocessed sugar, use Sucanat, coconut sugar, or monk fruit. If you want to use a liquid sweetener, I highly recommend honey over maple syrup, but maple syrup will work too. It just won’t be as sweet.

2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice – If you buy it, make sure there is no added sugar. Or take a minute or two to make it quickly at home. Here’s an easy pumpkin pie spice recipe.

2 tsp. lemon juice – Bottled or fresh squeezed.

How To Make Pumpkin Fruit Leather

All the ingredients for this Pumpkin Fruit Leather Recipe in a large mixing bowl.

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

All the ingredients in the mixing bowl, mixed together.

Mix well until everything is smooth and well blended. Transfer to a pot and simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours, or until the mixture has reduced by about half.

The pumpkin mixture being smoothed over the dehydrator tray.

Spread pumpkin mixture over a fruit leather tray made for your dehydrator. Place trays in the dehydrator, and set to the fruit leather temperature meant for your dehydrator. On mine, it’s 135 F. For others, it can be slightly higher. Dehydrate for 4-12 hours, or until the center is dried out.

Peeling the Pumpkin Fruit Leather off the dehydrator tray.

When it’s done dehydrating, cool the fruit leather and peel off the tray. Set on a cutting board.

Peeling the Pumpkin Fruit Leather off the dehydrator tray.

Cut the fruit leather with a pizza wheel or kitchen scissors.

Cutting the fruit leather with kitchen scissors.

Roll up with parchment and secure with a food-safe tie.

Rolling the Pumpkin Fruit Leather up in strips of parchment paper.

Store in an airtight container.

The finished pumpkin fruit leather roll-ups.

How To Store Fruit Leather

Keep these in an airtight container, regardless of whether you use parchment for rolling them or not. Moisture is the worst enemy of homemade fruit roll-ups. These need to stay cool and dry. These will keep in the fridge for up to about 4 days.

Can You Freeze Fruit Leather?

Absolutely! In fact, the freezer is the best place to store these. Freeze up to 6 months.

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Pumpkin Fruit Leather Recipe

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A pile of Pumpkin Fruit Leather on a cutting board.

Pumpkin Fruit Leather

A healthy, delicioius snack that's easy to pack and go with!
4 from 1 vote
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Dehydrating Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 15 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 rollups
Calories: 78kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • Dehydrator

Ingredients

  • 30 oz. pumpkin puree (two 15 oz. cans)
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple sauce
  • ยฝ cup granular sweetener
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  • Place all ingredient in a large mixing bowl.
    All the ingredients for this Pumpkin Fruit Leather Recipe in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix well until everything is smooth and well blended. Transfer to a pot and simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours, or until the mixture has reduced by about half.
    All the ingredients in the mixing bowl, mixed together.
  • Spread pumpkin mixture over a fruit leather tray made for your dehydrator. Place trays in the dehydrator, and set to the fruit leather temperature meant for your dehydrator. On mine, it's 135 F. For others, it can be slightly higher. Dehydrate for 4-12 hours, or until the center is dried out.
    The pumpkin mixture being smoothed over the dehydrator tray.
  • Cool the fruit leather and peel off the tray. Set on a cutting board.
    Peeling the Pumpkin Fruit Leather off the dehydrator tray.
  • Cut the fruit leather with a pizza wheel or kitchen scissors.
    Cutting the fruit leather with kitchen scissors.
  • Roll up with parchment and secure with a food-safe tie.
    Rolling the Pumpkin Fruit Leather up in strips of parchment paper.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 6 months.
    The finished pumpkin fruit leather roll-ups.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1rollup | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 11045IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. Griff Neilson says:

    4 stars
    I think apricot leather is still my favorite from my childhood but this is a darn close 2nd place and I am glad because we have pumpkins coming out of our ears! Great recipe…thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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