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Oven Dried Strawberries {Vegan, Paleo}

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.

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.)

store baked strawberries in an air tight container for up to 6 months

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

Oven Dried Strawberries

Oven Dried Strawberries

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Strawberries, * (washed and dried)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F / 90 degrees C.  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 / 90 degrees C 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

Notes

Recipe makes 3/4 cup of dried strawberries

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 11.5g Fiber: 2.1g Sugar: 8.4g Protein: 1g
*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

  • A mushroom 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.  Please note that you want a veggie slicer with blades and not wires.  Strawberries will cause the wires to bend, which creates unevenly sliced berries.
  • 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.

Homemade easy to make oven baked peach chips

easy to make homemade blueberry fruit leather

Pin recipe for later:easy to make oven dried strawberries are a healthy school snack

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

60 Comments

  1. Do you think the strawbs would dry/behave properly if laid on a wire rack insert (on top of a half-sheet pan) or would they dry too fast with their bottoms exposed, AND, would the fruit stick, nasty-style, on the wire rack?

    • This is a good question. I will start off by saying that I haven’t tried drying strawberries on a wire rack. Baking the strawberries on the rack would most definitely reduce the cooking time. However, I do think the strawberries would stick terribly. I have tried trying strawberries on just a metal sheet pan or aluminum foil and they would tear when I was trying to flip them over. You definitely need a non-stick surface like parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.

  2. This recipe did not work at all for me. I was extremely disappointed. I followed the instructions exactly and put them in the oven for 2 hours at 200 degrees. When there was about 12 minutes left, my husband noted a burning smell in the kitchen. Horrified, I took the strawberries out to find that they stuck to the parchment paper. The parchment paper had even stuck to the pan! I managed to salvage a few gooey, half-baked strawberries but I had to throw away most of them. Perhaps larger pieces would have worked better. Usually I have good luck with oven baked fruits and veggies. This one did not turn out as well.

    • Nicole – I am so sorry to read that this recipe didn’t work for you. I have never experienced the parchment paper sticking to the pan in the several years that I have made these dried strawberries. The strawberries do stick to the parchment, but can be readily peeled off (per the video). Is it possible that you used wax paper, butcher paper, or foil? It is critical to use parchment paper (or a silicone mat) for these strawberries to turn out well. As for burning, the only guess I have is if you oven runs hot (or units are not fahrenheit) or perhaps that the strawberries were not uniform in size. If cut at 1/8 of an inch, they should not burn after 2 hrs or less.

  3. Hi there! I have a silly question! Lol. Can I use aluminum foil instead of parchment paper? I totally forgot to pick some up and I have the strawberries ready to go! Thank you!

    • Hi Mindy! I wouldn’t use aluminum foil… the strawberries will stick terribly and you will have a hard time flipping them. Trust me on this one… I lost a whole sheet of them once, it was so disappointing. Do you have a silicone baking sheet? That will also work. If you do not want to wait until you have parchment paper, lightly oiling the foil MAY prevent the sticking (neutral tasting oil, like avocado, would be important to use). I HAVE NOT tried this however, so I can not vouch that it will work and not alter the drying time.

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