easy healthy Oven Dried Strawberries

Oven Dried Strawberries {Vegan, Paleo}

Meredith 11:26 am

Freshly-picked strawberries are one of my family’s favorite treats in late spring and early summer.  These oven dried strawberries are a delicious way to enjoy the intense flavor of freshly-picked strawberries year round.  I like to add them to trail mix and my boys love finding them in their school lunches and snacks.

easy oven dried strawberry recipe

Can I dry strawberries in an oven?

Yes!!!  Even if you do not have a food dehydrator, it is still possible to create dried fruit in your oven.  A low temperature and some patience is all it takes to create this delicious snack.  (And your kitchen will smell amazing.)

Simple steps to make oven dried strawberries:

Oven dried strawberries are a simple to make, healthy snack.  With just a few easy steps (and some time) you can have a crave-able naturally sweet snack your whole family will love.

uniformly slice strawberries to make dried strawberries in the oven

When making dried strawberries in the oven, it is important to slice your strawberries as uniformly as possible.  This ensures the strawberries will finish drying at roughly the same time.  I have found that 1/8 inch thick strawberry slices are thick enough to flip without tearing and yet not so thick that they require additional time to finish drying.

sliced strawberries ready to dehydrate
Slice strawberries into 1/8 inch thickness

 

After about two hours in the oven, the strawberries should be almost dry to the touch.  This is when you want to flip them over so they can finish drying.

Flip strawberries over so and bake for another hour or so until fully dehydrated

During the last hour or so of drying, keep your eye on the strawberries.  The small ends of the strawberries will finish drying first, and you can always remove them from the oven while the larger strawberries finish drying out.

For intensely sweet dried strawberries, use just-picked in-season berries

Your dried strawberries will only be as sweet as the fresh strawberries used to make them.  Though strawberries are available year round in grocery stores, you will have the best results if you make dried strawberries with just-picked berries that are fresh from a local farm.

Oven Dried Strawberries Recipe

4.58 from 35 votes
easy healthy Oven Dried Strawberries
Oven Dried Strawberries
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins
 

Oven Dried Strawberries are a healthy and delicious snack. These dried strawberries can be enjoyed by all because they are vegan, dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free, and contain no-added-sugar!

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dried strawberries in oven, how to dehydrate strawberries in the oven, how to dry strawberries in the oven, paleo, vegan
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 48 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Strawberries * (washed and dried)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment

  2. Slice strawberries into uniform slices, approximately 1/8 inch thick.  Note: if you slice the strawberries thicker, it will take longer for them to dry

  3. Arrange strawberries on parchment or silicone baking liner, leaving space between each slice
  4. Bake at 200 degrees F for approximately 2 hours, until the tops of the strawberries are dry

  5. Peel the strawberry slices from the parchment paper and flip over.  Continue to bake for another 30 minutes to an hour until fully dehydrated

  6. Remove the dried strawberries from the oven and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The dried strawberries can be stored for several months at room temperature without spoiling

Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 3/4 cup of dried strawberries

*Strawberries topped the 2018 EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list (and are always high ranking on the “dirty” list).  That is way I purchase either pesticide-free berries from a local farm or organic strawberries.  Read more on pesticides and produce.

Tips and tricks for making dried strawberries in the oven

  • An egg slicer can be used instead of a knife to slice the fresh strawberries, however the strawberry slices will be a little thicker than if you cut them by hand, which may increase your baking time.
  • Multiple baking sheets of strawberries can be baked at the same time.  However, this will increase the amount of time needed for the strawberries to dry completely.
  • Strawberries can be dried in a convection oven or using the convection setting of an oven.  Depending on your oven, this may speed up the strawberry drying time.  Be sure to check on the strawberries often after two hours to prevent burning!

How long can you store dried strawberries?

I have successfully stored them in an air-tight container in my pantry for more than 6 months.  However, this was ages ago before I had children.  We are now lucky if our spring / summer stock pile of dried strawberries last us past the first month of school in the fall.

Strawberries must be completely dry in order to have a long shelf life.  If there is any doubt, you can always freeze dried strawberries to extend their shelf life.

store oven dried strawberries in an airtight container

Homemade dried strawberries are delicious snacks!

We like to eat these dried strawberries on their own, sprinkled on top of homemade granola, and include them in a favorite healthy snack mix.

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Other delicious oven dried fruit snack recipes

Want to try other delicious oven dried fruit snacks?  In addition to these delicious and crisp oven dried strawberries, my family loves homemade blueberry fruit leather, which transforms blueberries into a portable, mess-free snack.  Oven dried peach chips made with sweet summer peaches are another of our favorite all-fruit snacks.

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This recipe was originally published in April, 2017.  The recipe has since been updated with enhanced recipe instructions and refreshed photos.

55 Comments

  1. I’ve roasted strawberries and, of course, eaten them as is, but never dried them. What a great idea! Bet this is delicious for snackin’ or even in granola 🙂

    • Thanks Dawn! I have yet to try a strawberry recipe that I don’t like!! These dried strawberries are my boys absolute favorite snack… I try to ration them a bit so they last a little longer than the first month of school. They are also delicious in granola (especially “chocolate” granola!!!).

  2. I hate to seem lazy but I believe one of those boiled egg slicers would be a quick and easy method to get even slices. I think they slice around that size!

    • Ryan – this is a brilliant idea, not lazy at all! If you try it, I would love to know how it works. And I will definitely give it a try once we are back in strawberry season here in NC. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Sarah E Meagher

    Trying this today. I am using drying rack that I have for my oven. My oven actually has a drying setting. The strawberries aren’t evenly cut so we will see how they come out.

    • Sarah – Since your strawberries aren’t evenly cut, just keep an eye on them toward the end of the drying… and remove the thinner ones that finish first. I hope you love these dried strawberries!

  4. Would this method work if using whole blueberries, blackberries or raspberries? Bananas?

    • Hi Jen – I haven’t tried other berries. Raspberries and blackberries tend to be more tart than strawberries, so I have always worried that they would be too sour when dried. You would want to slice them however, as they would take f o r e v e r to dry if left whole. Bananas I also haven’t tried – mostly because they brown so quickly. I have made a super easy fruit leather with blueberries and an apple… I would recommend something like that instead of whole dried blueberries. https://feedthemwisely.com/oven-dried-blueberry-fruit-leather

  5. I love this idea but mine all stuck to the parchment paper (like completely flattened down onto it and impossible to get off!). What did I do wrong? Would love to try it again!

    • Oh Kirsty, how frustrating… I am sorry! I have never had my strawberries completely stick to the parchment, though I have had them rip or break as I am peeling them off the parchment to turn them over. This happens if the strawberry slices are not sliced thick enough.

      My suggestion would be to retry with slightly thicker strawberry slices. Please let me know how they turn out! Meredith

  6. I dehydrate my strawberries too! They are so sweet, and a great way to preserve them. I agree about sourcing locally too – even more of a reason to preserve them since the season is short.

    • Thanks Anne! I find that farm-fresh strawberries spoil so much faster than the ones we can find year-round at the grocery store. (Different variety, I imagine?). It is always a race to enjoy them… and drying some lets us savor the season a little longer!

      • Johnnie John

        Yes, farm fruita and vegetables don’t last because they do not have all the extra bad stuff (preservatives/gmo) in them like grocery store produce. Lol

  7. Oh my, I’m just dying to have a big batch of these and put them in morning oatmeal, granola, and snack mixes! What a great way to use the mega surplus of berries about to come into season!

  8. The strawberries we’re getting right now are so big, beautiful and ridiculously flavorful. We’ve never tried oven drying fruit before but I’m looking forward to trying this. Strawberries are my favorite fruit, I’d love to add them to granola or nuts!

    • Lauren – We too are loving the incredibly delicious strawberries that are available right now! Please let me know how you like the dried strawberries! I haven’t yet ventured adding them to granola… that sounds amazing!

  9. What a great afternoon snack these would make! I think they would be good in oats too!

  10. What a great idea, and looks easy too! Thanks for all the tips on best way to do this, love the idea of putting this in trail mix!

  11. I have a dehydrator but my strawberries didn’t turn out as well as these. I think I might have cut mine too thin. Will have to try your method.

    • Kitty – I made the mistake of cutting mine too thin the first couple times I made these dried strawberries… it was a nightmare to flip them over. Please let me know how yours turn out!

  12. I would DEVOUR these! I love fruity snacks like this. They seem really simple to make, too. Definitely going to try this when I see good berries at the store next time.

  13. This is so useful, we usually go to a pick your own farm for strawberries and end up with a lot of strawberries. I don’t have a dehydrator so it will be great to dry them in the oven. Thanks for sharing this x

    • Thanks Michelle! We went to a strawberry u-pick farm today and have oodles of delicious, intensely sweet berries. I have some in the oven right now so we can enjoy them when it is no longer strawberry season!

  14. Fantastic idea! We always pick tons of fresh strawberries at the patch and then eat them for days and days and days! Love the idea of saving some of them for later!

    • Thanks Jenni! Yes! We do the same! Strawberry picking season is a definite favorite. And we love how these dried strawberries capture and intensify the flavor of just-picked strawberries!

  15. Lorrie Wright

    Hi You Say To Dry Strawberries for about 2 hours then turn & bake another hr? so i am baking these for 3 Hours?

    • Hi Lorrie – That is correct, it will take about three hours total to dry the strawberries. However, depending on how thick you cut them and your oven, there may be some variation on the total time.

  16. Strawberries…yum,now how about trying apples,peaches,even tomatoes? I plan to try drying all my extra apples.Thanks! BJ.

    • B.J. – I have been trying out recipes for homemade “apple chips” for ages! I can’t seem to get them to consistently dry out and not burn. Please know I am working on it!!! (tomatoes and peaches… great inspiration for this summer, thank you!

      • Dried apples,

        Oven to 175 degrees

        Cut apples just slightly thinner than you are cutting your strawberries. Lay them in parchment paper and bake for about 4 hours.

        Shut off the oven and let the apples cool in the oven. Take them out only when you can handle the pan without a mit.

        I like to do them plain, sprinkled with cinnamon or with sugar free strawberry or cherry jello powder.

  17. This looks really yummy! I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  18. Will using the convection feature help/hurt? I am new to this.

    • Hi Barb – I haven’t used the convection feature to make dried strawberries, so at the moment, I am going to have to guess. I imagine in the first hour or so of drying, the convection feature might speed up the process. Toward the end, however, it might cause the berries to become too crisp / or maybe even burn. I will try soon and update the post with a more complete answer. Thanks for your question! Meredith

      • Hi Barb! I just finished making a few batches of these strawberries and tried out the convection setting on my oven. The first batch I followed the directions as written (2 hrs, flip berries, 1 more hour). And a few of the berries were over dried (brown, with a bit of an off taste). However, when I made another batch and shortened the total time to 2.5 hrs (instead of 3 hrs), the dried strawberries were perfect. So yes, you can use convection setting… but you must be vigilant in the final hour that you remove the berries before they over dry!

  19. Yum, love dried strawberries for snacking on 🙂

  20. mmm this strawberry looks so cute! This is a great way to eat this delicious strawberry all year round. I definitely want to try this! Thanks for the great idea!

  21. Dried strawberries are so expensive!!! I thought about making my own but didn’t think it would be possible without a dehydrator!
    Thank you for a great recipe!

    • My pleasure Claire! These dried strawberries are definitely much more affordable than store-bought… especially if you pick your own strawberries when they are in season.

  22. I had no idea that you could make these at home in your oven! I totally pay through the nose for these, lol! They are great for adding to frosting too to make strawberry frosting without the extra moisture of the fresh fruit!

  23. Such a great idea for adding to my trail mix and Greek yogurt! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  24. I’m obsessed with dried fruit at the moment and this sounds super easy!

    • Hi Shadi – yes! These dried strawberries are very easy (if a bit time consuming) to make. But the time is definitely worth it!

  25. I am just waiting for my garden strawberries to start showing signs of life! There’s nothing like a home grown berry and this is a great way to preserve them – they are only around for such a short time!!

    • Hi Emily – I completely agree! The flavor of freshly picked home-grown strawberries can not be matched. We love snacking on these dried strawberries all winter long as we look forward to late spring when our strawberries start growing again!

  26. What a great idea! I need to try this during strawberry season. Pinning…thanks for sharing! 🙂

  27. Omg I never knew this was so simple, thanks so much for sharing!

  28. I would love to add these to trail mix

    • Absolutely – these dried strawberries are one of our favorite additions to “snacky trail mix”!!!

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