Pear vanilla fruit leather

I picked up my first basket of local pears the other day—a true sign of fall. My heart was set on making something new, something easy, something using my new Excalibur.

A seasonal fruit leather seemed like the logical answer. It’s healthy, sweet and super easy to make! You can use any kind of fruit you want—apples, raspberries, strawberries, mango and bananas all seem to work well in leather. This particular combination of ripe pears and vanilla beans turned out to be quite a special treat. Delish!

Pear Vanilla Fruit Leather | A Dash of Compassion

There’s more than one way to make fruit leather but my preferred method is using a dehydrator on a low temperature setting (I’ve read that using an oven on low is also an option). It’s a delicious grab-and-go snack that’s perfect for adults and children alike. And I’m pretty sure this is the shortest recipe I’ve ever shared. Enjoy!

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Pear vanilla fruit leather


  • 5 ripe barlett pears, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 1 vanilla bean, scrapped


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a teflex sheet on your dehydrator tray. Spread the mixture out into a thin layer on the parchment paper. Dehydrate at 110F overnight or until completely dry to the touch. Cut into desired lengths using scissors, roll up and enjoy.



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11 Responses to “Pear vanilla fruit leather”

  1. Ashlae — October 13, 2011 @ 3:59 am

    I LOVE fruit leather! I've never made it at home because I get it wholesale so ridiculously cheap, but your beautiful photos make me want to go out and buy a few pears to try this recipe.

  2. Nicole — October 14, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    Ashlae: You should give it a try! It's so easy and a fun way to experiment with flavours.

  3. Veganosaurus — October 16, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    You've made something as simple as fruit leather look so pretty!! I feel like reaching into my screen and picking one up right now. :)

  4. celyn — October 17, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Look how pretty! You could give it as gifts.

  5. Nicole — October 18, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    Veganosaurus: Aww…thank you!

    celyn: It is a great gift idea!

  6. Rachel — November 11, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    These look so pretty…I love the little specks of vanilla bean! will definitely be trying this :D

    • Nicole — November 11, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

      Thanks! I hope you are able to try the recipe :)

  7. Tutu — September 10, 2015 @ 2:21 pm

    I always add Knox gelatin. It gives leather elasticity just like store bought brands.

    • Nicole — September 11, 2015 @ 10:44 am

      This is a vegan recipes website, so we don’t use gelatin. Thanks though!

    • Lisa M — October 10, 2015 @ 10:31 pm

      Wondering if chia seeds would have the same effect as gelatin. Have you ever tried it?

  8. Jen — September 26, 2018 @ 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the tasty recipe. Will make again. Used honey as do not have recommended sweetener. Did you use an acid such as lemon or lime to maintain the light color? Mine oxidized and was brownish but tasted good although not a pretty.

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