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.


8C watermelon
2/3C granulated sugar


Line two baking sheets with silicone baking sheets or parchment paper. Preheat oven to 170F°.

Puree watermelon, draining through cheese cloth, set over a mesh strainer. Drain almost all of the liquid, reserving for another use.

Combine watermelon solids with sugar, discarding any seeds. Blend again if needed to ensure a smooth mixture.

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.

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.

Baked by Rachel original

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44 Responses to “Watermelon Fruit Leather”

  1. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 7, 2014 at 7:10 am

    AMAZING! I consumed so much fruit leather and fruit rollups as kids. Looking back, I cannot believe my mom let us eat that stuff!

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

      Thanks Bri! :)

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — July 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Perfection! I’ve made many fruit leathers but never watermelon. Looks yummy!
    Have a marvelous week Rachel!

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

      Thanks Melanie!

  3. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I cannot WAIT to try this Rachel! It’s so simple.

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

      Thanks so much Sally! :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — July 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Fruit leather was the premium currency for “swapping” at the lunch table when I was a kid. Somehow I think it might work at the office too ;-)

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

      It could totally work at the office too haha

  5. #
    Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog — July 7, 2014 at 9:41 am

    This is awesome!! Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

      Thanks Rebecca!

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    Cheryl — July 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Do you have a suggestion on how big to cut the pieces? 8 cups could vary greatly, depending on the size and shape of the pieces. Thanks!

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

      I’d recommend trying to cut it down to 1-2″ pieces for easier measuring and processing. Enjoy!

  7. #
    Matt Robinson — July 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I can’t believe how easy these are to make! My boys would love them!

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

      It’s SO easy! They’d definitely love it :)

  8. #
    Maria Alison | Ten at the Table — July 7, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Rachel, how does everything amazing on Pinterest lead me here??? Can’t wait to try these. We always have so much watermelon coming from our garden that we don’t always know what to do with it. Now I know I can make this and your watermelon sherbet.

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

      Aww, thanks Maria! You’re too sweet!

  9. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 7, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Rachel this is genius, love it and pinned! I want to reach through the screen and grab some! :)

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

      Thanks so much Averie!

  10. #
    Anne — July 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Oh lovely!! I love watermelon!!!
    I’m guilty of doing that now!!! Probably won’t after I bake this though!

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

      Thanks Anne! :)

  11. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I used to be addicted to fruit leather … this looks like the perfect recipe to become obsessed all over again. Yum!

    • Rachel — July 7th, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

      It’s super easy to become addicted to (and totally worth it) :)

  12. #
    Nicole — July 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    When you strain the watermelon do you push the juice out or just let it sit there for awhile?

    • Rachel — July 8th, 2014 @ 7:43 am

      You will squeeze enough out, but not all, to make 2 cups of solid watermelon. Reserve the liquid for another use.

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    Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire — July 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Oh yum! I’ve made so many types of fruit leather before and thought about watermelon, but since it has so much juice, I wasn’t sure if the actual fibers would extracted enough to make the leather – now I know it can! As always, your photos are beautiful!

    • Rachel — July 8th, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

      Thanks Amanda! If you love watermelon, then you’ll definitely love this fruit leather! :)

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — July 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I love that these only have 2 ingredients! I have got to try these!

    • Rachel — July 8th, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! Enjoy! :)

  15. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Seriously the coolest idea ever. I never even thought to use watermelon in fruit leather. I love the little specks in them as if they’re seeds but obviously they’re not, haha..I really need to make fruit leather sometime :( I still haven’t gotten around to it. Boo

  16. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I love this so very much!! Fruit leather is the best- Watermelon?! You are blowing my mind!!

  17. #
    tracy — July 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Yes please. I have been meaning to make some fruit leather, I just couldn’t pick a flavor. This is perfect

  18. #
    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry — July 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Wow, Rachel! This looks simply amazing! My kids will flip for these leathers. LOVE IT! Pinned!

  19. #
    Shannon — July 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I’m not that familiar with making fruit leather, yet. Will this work without the added sugar?

    • Rachel — July 13th, 2014 @ 7:54 am

      I have not personally tried it that way. All recipes I’ve seen have used some form of a sweetener.

  20. #
    Kevin | keviniscooking — July 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    This looks so good and your photographs are beautiful, thanks Rachel. I just picked up a watermelon yesterday – lucky me! :)

    • Rachel — July 28th, 2014 @ 5:52 pm

      Thanks Kevin! Enjoy!! :)

  21. #
    Antonia — July 29, 2014 at 10:37 am

    i’ve never heard of fruit leather
    before… what do you do with it at the end? Just eat it?

    • Rachel — July 30th, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

      Yes, you eat it. It’s dried pureed fruit that can be cut into desired sizes.

  22. #
    Dana — August 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    How do you store the fruit leather? And how long does it stay fresh?

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2014 @ 9:06 am

      I stored mine in a standard plastic container. Typically homemade fruit leather will keep for up to a month at room temperature, or longer frozen. However, I have not personally tried freezing fruit leather and mine has also never lasted long (the family devours it). Enjoy!

  23. #
    Heidi — August 8, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Since watermelon is naturally sweet already, do we really need to add sugar? I am trying to watch my calories.

    • Rachel — August 9th, 2014 @ 8:15 am

      You’re welcome to try without, but I can’t promise what the result will be like.

  24. #
    Theresa — August 28, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Would honey work, instead of sugar? Has anyone tried this?

    • Rachel — August 28th, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      I have not personally tried using honey. However, I know other recipes do exist using it. Keep in mind when you use honey instead of granulated sugar, you need to reduce the amount. Typically it would be 1 cup honey for every 1 1/4 cup sugar, so in this case I’d recommend trying 1/2 cup honey or a tad less. Hope that helps! :)

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